One more way to bring balance into your life is by employing the Draining (or Reducing) Cycle of the Feng Shui Five Elements.
This cycle flows in the opposite direction of the Creative Cycle as each element “drains” the element that precedes it.
The Draining Cycle — also known as the Reducing cycle — goes counter-clockwise on the diagram below.
(Download a pdf of this chart here.)
Here’s how the Draining cycle works:
Wood drains Water ->
Fire consumes Wood ->
Earth absorbs Fire ->
Metal consumes Earth ->
Water depletes Metal ->
and back to the beginning.
This elemental cycle calms things down, in contrast to the Controlling cycle in which each element completely overcomes another.
The kitchen provides a perfect example of how to use the Draining Cycle because it’s often over-burdened with the Fire element — hot stove and oven, red utensils, pointed knives etc..
The element that drains Fire energy is Earth: as a fire burns, the earth absorbs the ashes it creates, draining Fire of its energy and calming it down.
If your kitchen feels overheated, use the Earth element to balance it with a calmer feeling: ceramic tiles, square shapes, earthy colors like yellow and sand.
These are easy things to add to a kitchen, aren’t they?
Where does your space need calming down? Can you see how you might use the Draining Cycle to accomplish it?