How to Use Feng Shui to Deal With Negative Energy

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What is negative energy? When we look at the feng shui of the home, we want to improve the flow of qi, life force energy. Ideally we’re looking to have healing and supportive energy, rather than “negative”, stagnant, and sick qi. If you imagine water, this is similar to the flow of qi. A gently flowing river is healthy and vibrant, whereas a still pool of water attracts bacteria and illness. Therefore, negative energy may manifest as illness, loss of resources, challenges, and difficulties.

Where does this negative energy come from? Sometimes the negative qi is already in the home from previous inhabitants. Other times maybe it's just a more challenging year for your astrology. Negative qi can also be invited in with negative attitudes. Unfortunately, we can send negative energy to others. When you do this (purposely or inadvertently), the same energy is mirrored in your space and life. 

But please remember, don’t panic! Fear and despair can create more negative energy. Instead, flip it around and look at difficulties as a signal that you’re ready to do some work and upgrade. Life is about challenges, it’s what makes us human. And it’s a gift that connects and allows us to feel compassion for ourselves and others. 

Check out our feng shui tips to notice and shift any negative energy to improve the qi of your home.

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    Commanding Position

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    If you feel that you may have some negative energy in your home or life, it’s important to check that your bed, desk, and stove are in the commanding position.

    This means that when you are lying in bed, sitting at your desk, or cooking at your stove, you are facing the door without being directly in front of it. Usually diagonal from the door is the best location.

    By simply shifting your position, your perspective changes and the qi can support you. 

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    Clear with Sound

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    Although we can’t see sound, the vibrations move through the space and forms within our homes. Beautiful sound can cut through and transform negative qi into positive energy. 

    If you play an instrument, melodic sounds can be used. You can also sing from the heart. What makes your heart sing? The metal element can be invoked with metal singing bowls or ting sha which are especially effective. We also love the crystal singing bowls. 

    Put some ritual into it by starting at your front door and circumambulating the space in a clockwise direction.

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    Uplift with Oranges

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    Oranges are like gold when it comes to clearing negative energy. The shape, color, and scent of oranges invoke bright, yang, sun energy. Just like the sun at high noon, the scent of oranges are cheerful and life-affirming. The peels are especially powerful, so be sure to eat the oranges!

    Keep away negative qi with a bowl of nine fresh oranges (or clementines or tangerines or...) in your home.

    You can also use an orange essential oil mist frequently to deal with any negative energy. A mist is light enough to use several times a day in your spaces.

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    Space Clearing

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    We recommend a regular space clearing ritual in your home to release any accumulated negative energy. Some of our favorite ways to space clear include:

    • Smudging with botanicals like sage or palo santo
    • Spritzing with a space clearing mist like sage or palo santo
    • Opening all the doors and windows to the outside for a minimum of nine minutes between 11am and 1pm
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    Move the Qi

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    Sometimes negative qi is stuck energy. It’s energy that is stagnant and not moving.

    If you feel stuck, try moving the qi around the home by literally moving 27 objects. It can be as simple as rotating a vase a few degrees, or something more dramatic like rearranging your furniture.

    Just get the qi moving so it’s not like a still pond, but flowing like a life-giving river.

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    Let Go of Negative Objects

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    Negative energy may be invited into your home with second-hand or emotionally charged objects. 

    Examples include: 

    • Antiques or second-hand items holding the energy of the previous owner(s). Note: not all hold negative qi.
    • Paperwork from a painful legal process
    • A gift from a relative that makes you cringe
    • And so much more!!

    The best option is to let go of these items that feel negative to you. You can also move them out of the house. If that’s not possible, use a space clearing technique like smudging or a space clearing mist to clear some of that negative qi. If it’s especially charged with emotions, you may need to do this regularly.

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    Living Green Plants

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    Plants are a go-to for negative energy because they bring healing and growth into your home. Be sure that your plants are well taken care of and they do not fall ill. Or else they’ll instead be contributing to the negative energy in the space.

    One of our favorite plants for negative energy is the snake plant. It’s leaves resemble fierce swords of protection to cut through any challenging qi.

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    Black Tourmaline

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    The color black can absorb and transmute any harmful energies, so black tourmaline is a protective crystal that can be placed in your home.

    One way to use this stone is to create a grid of protection by placing one piece in the four corners of your home. In the center of a grid, you can place a clear quartz to amplify the protection.