By Kathryn Weber
All energy in the universe exists as a duality; it’s either positive or negative, yin or yang.
Yang energy is the bright energy of laughing children, blooming flowers, energy moving, and outward movement.
Yin energy is the energy of darkness, stillness, and going inwards. Both are important, but when one is out of balance, the house can become overloaded with that energy.
The problem with yin energy is that once things begin to spiral downward, it usually continues that way. That’s why when you see houses that look like they are falling into disrepair, they just continue that way.
If your house begins to become too filled with yin energy, there are some steps you can take to stop the downward spiral that can harm your health and your family’s health, your wealth, and your relationships.
Identify the cause
The first step is to find out what might be causing your house to have an excess of yin energy. This can often occur from things like having a tree touch your house. A tree will pull energy from the house and make it more yin. Likewise, shrubs that are overgrown and block windows will also create yin energy, as will water leaks and dripping faucets.
If a yin spirit forms in the house, you might suffer from lack of initiative, inability to concentrate, and you may also be prone to depression or severe financial deficits. Another cause of yin energy is the location of the home and the property.
This includes being close or viewing a graveyard, church, hospital, police station, or other negative view. Blocking the view can sometimes correct the problem right away. Building a solid fence and painting it white is one such way to stop yin energy. Another is to plant a hedgerow between you and the offensive area or view.
Provenance can also play a part in yin energy. It’s hard to know sometimes what happened on the land our houses sit on. There could have been death or some kind of serious problem and we’d have no way of knowing. If this is the case, this tragedy energy can stick with the house.
If you find that you home is on land where there was death or destruction or is even close to a tragic event, energy can sometimes find its way to you. You can overcome this by planting lots of lush beautiful and flowering plants. This bright, living energy will help offset the energy of a past tragedy. Adding lighting to the landscape around the house will also help.
Death energy can also be in the form of ashes of a loved one who has died.
Allow yourself and your loved one to move on by scattering the ashes and not by storing them in your house. Or, store them in a mausoleum so that you do not have them at home with you. Sleeping with the pictures of a dead person in your bedroom is also not advisable nor is having pictures of relatives who have passed on in your dining room.
Another cause of negativity can be garden-variety dirt. No, not dirt from the garden, but just keeping the house in a dirty state. I often go into neat homes, but frequently find that even though everything is in its place, the floors are dusty, the bathrooms filthy, and the house is in need of a good scrubbing.
If you have spots of dog urine on the carpet and cat litter smells and stains or have not mopped your floors or dusted, then it’s time to get cleaning. A dirty, dusty, clutter-filled house pulls in more negative energy as time goes by. It won’t get better, but it will get worse. Elbow-grease is the cure-all here!
One of the best examples of yin homes can be seen on TV shows like Hoarders. Hoarding is the ultimate yin state. Yin energy is a vacuum. It creates a draw on energy. It’s the pull to yang’s push. When a house becomes a yin house it continues to pull more and more into it — this is the perfect example of hoarding. Often, in hoarding homes there is death energy — putrefying trash and food, decomposing bodies of vermin and pets that have had to “forage” and eventually starve to death or die of disease. It takes drastic action to put a house like this back into a yang state.
But most homes don’t have the extreme yin state that a hoarding house has.
Improve the yin state of your home with light, plants and flowers, movement, and cleanliness. Regular maintenance and attending to routine cleaning and repairs go a long way toward keeping your house more yang than yin. Because, as the show Hoarders has shown us, once a house because a true house, it’s a monumental undertaking — and will require vigilance once it is cleaned up.
Simple things can dramatically improve a yin house and help to restore the balance of energy again. Once you make the improvements in removing clutter, trimming plants, and cleaning thoroughly, who couldn’t help but feel better?
If your home feels and looks yin, don’t allow your house to slip any further. Trim hedges and trees, clean up and straighten up, declutter, and freshen your space with a new coat of paint, replace stained, dirty carpets, and you’ll feel better – and the house will thank you with improved feng shui — and a much improved life for you. What’s more, you’ll be in a living space again filled with yang energy.