The allure and fascination with beauty has captivated philosophers, artists, and poets for millennia. The beauty of a woman’s physical being has long been a source of esteem and admiration, but we also need our homes to be a source of beauty and inspiration.
This type of beauty can be explained by the concept of beautiful energy, called sheng chi.
Sheng chi is a positive and beneficial chi energy that brings benefits wherever it exists, and it’s the secret ingredient in every beautiful home.
“There is nothing that makes its way more directly to the soul than beauty.” ~ Joseph Addison
There can be no doubt that we have a need for beauty.
There is a spiritual quality about beauty that brings us pleasure and delight, and it lifts your eye, your imagination, and your spirit when you see it.
Think of the splendor of the Sistine Chapel in St. Peter’s Basilica, where the beauty of Michelangelo’s paintings, hundreds of years after they were completed still draw and fascinate millions, or the allure of the city of Paris, the canals of Venice, or the magnificence of the Palace of Versailles and its breathtaking gardens.
It’s impossible not be captivated by the attention to detail, and the beauty that’s instilled and permeates in these places. Likewise, we’re also drawn to natural beauty such as Niagara Falls, Hawaii, or the Himalayas.
In feng shui, sheng chi literally means “upward movement,” that means the energy rises and moves heavenward. Sheng chi is forward movement that is alive with energy, and you feel good in it, and often recognize it by how good you feel when you’re in a certain space.
Better still, when your home enjoys sheng chi, this energy ripples out from your home, and that beauty shows itself in your own upward movement in matters of health, love, opportunity, success and wealth.
Sheng chi your home up and brings with it the benefits such as more enjoyment, opportunity and a sense of success and contentment in life. You simply feel better when your home looks and feels good.
Most importantly, beauty in your home doesn’t have to mean it looks like it jumped out of a page from a decorating magazine.
Beauty comes in many forms, so look at these ways that you can use feng shui to create more beauty and sheng chi in your home to enjoy more upward movement in your life.
Organization and order is relaxing.
One of the great benefits of organizing is the visual order, ease of finding things and the calm and relaxation that comes with your home’s orderliness.
When you feel relaxed, you are in the presence of sheng chi.
Admit it: If you’ve ever freshly organized and cleaned your refrigerator or pantry, you may just open the door even when you don’t need anything just to admire because the beauty of the organization.
All those orderly cannisters, boxes, and food items lined up are enough to make you sigh with relief. Plus, kitchen feng shui is good for wealth and health.
Clean is beautiful.
You’ve seen the hoarding shows and it’s clear that these homes are neither clean, nor beautiful. Worse, once the energy begins moving away from sheng chi and beauty, the more it continues going that way.
This is what explains how hoarding happens, and why keeping up with your home’s cleaning and tending to those little daily messes is so important. If left unattended, they tend to grow worse.
There is no denying the restful and pleasurable feeling you get when your home is freshly cleaned – nor is there any denying how seeing a stain on your carpet brings you down.
Make daily habits that help you keep it sparkling and clean and keep up with regular cleaning to bring great sheng chi to your home and life.
Have trouble with organizing or cleaning? Check out A Bowl Full of Lemons website and the site’s maven, Toni Hammersley. Her site will inspire you to clean and organize and there are lots of tips and resources there.
Bedroom beauty helps you rest.
The bedroom is a key area of feng shui, and by putting your decorative attention on your bedroom, you help lift the energy in your room. Many times, the public areas of our houses get most of our attention, yet it’s the private ones that we spend the most time in, like a bedroom or home office.
Don’t neglect your need for a bedroom that you find appealing. A beautiful bedroom makes you feel more relaxed, helps you sleep better, and creates the perfect backdrop for romance.
Look around your home. Is there something that’s a visual blight? It could be a broken window or it could be a chair the cat clawed. A home that has visual appeal is a home with sheng chi.
Fixing flaws is one of the best ways you can improve the chi in your home.
Updating, like adding a coat of paint on a scuffed wall, can give your home a fresh appearance and lift the look and feel of it.
When you put effort into your house, you benefit and feel better and energized. Find small ways, like a vase of flowers, to improve and lift your home’s aesthetics as your budget allows.
Curb appeal lifts your home and invites opportunity.
When the landscaping around your home is beautiful, it’s like a gorgeous frame around a painting. It draws the eye to the picture it frames and each makes the other more beautiful.
All chi begins outside and works its way in.
Create curb appeal with your home to lift the kind and quality of energy that comes into your home. Ever notice how the houses with the best curb appeal also exude a feeling of success about them?
Beautify the walkway to your front door to help sheng chi move to your doorway.
Even if you live in an apartment, make your entryway and foyer as beautiful as possible.