1.) Emptying the Cup: A well-known Japanese practice goes something like this: a visitor wants to experience Zen. The master, serving tea, keeps on pouring the visitor’s cup full- but doesn't stop. When told by the visitor that no more will go into the cup- the master simply replies that similar to the cup- one is full of her own opinion. No one can experience Zen unless the person empties the cup. What’s the relevance, here? It's simple- the clutter must be cleared. As Rodika Tchi asserts, this is an “essential” step to experiencing feng-shui in the home.
2.) Learn the Five Elements of Feng-Shui: By integrating feng-shui inspired elements you can incorporate these time-honored traditions in your home:
- Wood: try plants, vertical lines, and the color green for new beginnings and growth.
- Fire: lighting, triangular items, and the color red for passion/reputation.
- Earth: earth tones and square items for stability.
- Metal: white and light pastels, metallic items, and rounded objects for focus.
- Water: sinuous objects and the color black for connections and inner truth.
4.) What’s Your Kua Number and Lucky Directions? First, find your Kua number; Then use a feng-shui directions chart to locate your lucky directions. Once you determine both items you can begin to re-work your space to accentuate the direction. For instance, maybe you can turn some sofas to the correct direction to revitalize better energy. From sofas to your bed, the dining area, and much more, these can play a pivotal role in the feng-shui of your home.
5.) Don’t Forget About the Outside: Utilizing the practical guidelines for the five feng-shui elements you can apply them to outside your home as well. For instance, look for triangular items to enhance the fire element in your garden. Do the same for other elements in order to achieve the correct level of energy- feng-shui doesn't only apply inside of your home.
6.) Pay Attention to the Upkeep: In feng-shui, the fluidity of energy and the element is central to the concept. In other words, the energy can easily be influenced with your actions. As, in the initial step, the cup was emptied, one must be careful not to disturb the positive flow of energy. Staying mindful of the elements and energy can allow you to maintain the positive state of feng-shui in the home.