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03-Feb-2011

Feng Shui and Wood

The Five Elements - Part I

Feng Shui has been called acupuncture for the home. In fact, the origins of Feng Shui and acupuncture are the same: Chinese Medicine. The goal of both is to bring balance to your body or your home. This is accomplished by balancing the energy of the five elements– wood, fire, earth, metal, and water – that make up the delicate balance of our body, home, planet and universe.

The wood element encompasses the energy of expansion and growth. Like a tree, wood wants to spread its limbs upward, always reaching toward the sky, while maintaining its grounding. For those of us who encompass a lot of wood energy (we all have a dominant element), wood can balance the frustration we experience when we don’t feel we are moving forward in life.

In terms of your home, the wood element can easily be found in furniture, flooring, cabinetry, plants, flowers and textiles, such as upholstery, rugs, carpet and curtains. Characteristics of this element are the color green and columnar-shaped objects, such as a floor lamp or a tall vase. Even a rolled-up green yoga mat would be considered a wood element.

Because wood holds the energy of growth, you can use this to your benefit. If you are naturally inclined for fast-moving growth, then you may need less wood energy in your home. On the other hand, if you need some motivation or an extra skip in your step, then adding more elements of wood to your home would be beneficial. It’s all about finding your balance point. As your home comes into balance, so will your mind and body.

Tisha Morris Certified Life Coach, Feng Shui Consultant, Energy Healer
Author, 27 Things to Feng Shui Your Home (Good Things to Know)
www.tishamorris.com
Recommended Read: Wood Becomes Water: Chinese Medicine in Everyday Life by Gail Reichstein

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