Question: I have done all efforts to research about dried flowers being bad feng shui. My sister-in-law was in my house and saw the dried roses I have kept and told me to throw them out because it is bad luck. But since they were given to me by a special someone, I want to keep them. Last week another person said the same thing. I want to hear from you, is this really bad feng shui? Should I get rid of my dried flowers?
Answer: Good question, thank you for asking. This reminds me of an experience I had while teaching several feng shui sessions at the local university health conference. There was an unusually high number of the same question coming from different people at different times, all of them about the bad feng shui of dried flowers.
So naturally, I just had to know why all of a sudden everyone is concerned with the "bad feng shui" of dried flowers! When asked, I was told that a clutter-clearing speaker at the same conference mentioned that dried flowers are very bad feng shui and you have to get rid of them.
Insufficient information is often worse than no information, and it does make me sad to see how many stereotypes and wrong ideas are out there about feng shui. The sad part is that by stereotyping such an ancient body of knowledge, people are missing on a powerful opportunity; the opportunity to change the quality of their lives with feng shui.
You mentioned the flowers were given to you by a special someone and you would like to keep them. How can this possibly be bad feng shui? The ancient feng shui masters had a very beautiful saying -- "Trust what your heart is thinking."
Ask your heart what it is thinking about your dried flowers. If you feel beautiful, healing energy connected to them, then, of course, keep them and treat it in a special way. When placed on an altar, for example, a dried flower becomes your very own feng shui symbol of something very dear to you, thus it will keep holding good energy as long as you take good care of it.
People have been drying plants and flowers since time immemorial for various healing purposes, was that bad feng shui? Lavender is a great feng shui flower that we use in a dried form so often, is lavender bad feng shui? Of course, not.
The feng shui challenge with a dried flower is to keep its energy fresh and keep it special. It is also important to let it go when you feel you do not need it anymore. There is no specific timeframe here, it may be one month for some people and years for others. We all have different timelines for dealing with the energy of powerful emotions and feelings.
If you decide to keep your dried flower, have a special place for it. Do not get let it accumulate dust by forgetting about it. This is when dried flowers can become bad feng shui and start creating clutter. Keep your dried flowers as long as you actually see them and love them, and when the energy is not there anymore, feel free to let them go.