Mirrors have been used to enhance and decorate our living spaces for centuries, creating the impression of space and brightening rooms by reflecting natural light from windows. However, for believers in the ancient Chinese science of Feng Shui which uses the laws of heaven and earth to attract positive energies and repel negative ones, the use and placement of mirrors within a building can have a fundamental effect on the health, wealth and luck of the inhabitants. It may sound like superstition, but hundreds of thousands of people worldwide subscribe to the theories of Feng Shui, believing that it balances positive and negative energy to bring them good fortune. You have nothing to lose by trying it for yourself, so if you want to use mirrors to enhance the Feng Shui of your home or office here are seven helpful tips.
Mirrors should be clean, undistorted and placed at the correct height
Any aspect of a mirror that distorts or cuts into your reflection symbolically has the same effect on your positive energy (‘chi’). Therefore, your mirrors should have a perfectly flat surface and be free from dirt or smears and should be hung so that your entire head is reflected with no part ‘cut off’.
A mirror should always reflect something beautiful
The reflection of something beautiful such as a garden, a natural landscape, a vase of flowers or a painting draws positive energy into the room. However, the mirror should not be placed directly opposite a window as this will merely reflect the positive energy back towards its source rather than allowing it to permeate the room.
Don’t place mirrors opposite each other
This will ‘trap’ positive energy, preventing its natural flow and resulting in feelings of restlessness and increased stress for the inhabitants of the building affected.
Mirrors are beneficial in the kitchen and dining room
According to Feng Shui, food represents wealth and a mirror placed in the kitchen behind the burners of a stove is said to increase or double this wealth. Similarly, placing mirrors in close proximity to your dining table is said to bring good luck and wealth.
Avoid mirrors that face your bed
A bedroom mirror that directly faces and reflects your bed is believed to draw positive energy from you as you sleep, hindering the body’s natural self-healing ability. A mirror should not be the dominant feature of a bedroom and can even introduce the negative energy of a third-party into an otherwise happy partnership.
Use bathroom mirrors to create light, space and positive energy
In Feng Shui, the mirror represents the element of water, and thus bathroom mirrors can be used to create a positive energy flow. Note that mirrors should ideally be framed to harness and prolong the power of the positive energy they draw. Bathroom mirrors should not reflect the lavatory itself as this represents a source of negative energy.
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