While we can all agree that bringing Feng Shui into your space is a good thing, is there such a thing as “too much”?
Feng Shui is like having a huge wardrobe — it’s a great resource but when you wear “too much” you negate its positive impact and go right over the edge into clutter, conflict and confusion.
As Coco Chanel famously said, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.” (In her case it was usually a necklace 😉 )
The same goes for Feng Shui.
To have the impact you intend, every Feng Shui adjustment must be thought through carefully and deliberately.
This is especially true when you’re working on multiple issues in your life. “Feng Shui creep” occurs when you add adjustment after adjustment without taking into account how they may conflict with or even negate one another.
What Is “Too Much” Feng Shui?
Mary (not her real name) was having trouble focusing on her work. She correctly added the Metal element to her home office to help herself become more self-motivated, stop procrastinating and be more productive in her sales job.
But then she decided to add the Wood element in equal measure, thinking this might help with some family issues she was also experiencing.
In the Cycle of the Five Elements, the Wood and Metal elements clash: Metal cuts Wood, and Wood dulls the impact of Metal.
So with the addition of Wood, Mary literally undercut her intentions. Once she removed the overload of Wood in her office, the space became less cluttered and positive Chi energy was allowed to flow, helping her to focus on her job.
Ultimately her work success led to greater happiness in her family as well.
Less is usually more when it comes to Feng Shui.
If the adjustments you’ve made don’t seem to be creating the positive impact you intended, take a look around to make sure you haven’t set up a situation where the Five Elements conflict, or created a space that feels cluttered with too many Feng Shui objects in too a small space.
Open up your space to let Chi energy flow. And let me know if you want any advice on the topic.
(photo credit: minimilista on Flickr)