Feng Shui In The Basement
Your basement, if you have one, might hold all kinds of feng shui secrets. And that is because everything below your feet resonates with your past. So you might say, it is what it is, or, it is what it has been, and it cannot be changed. However, what really matters is how you feel about it, and how your memories affect your current state of mind. So here it is, organize your past and happily move on into the present and the future. But what if we don’t have a basement as most of us don’t here in Florida? Then your storage pod, or closet, or shed, or whatever you use to keep your hidden treasures, is your next target for a thorough feng shui assessment.
All these pods and stashes symbolize your past and your subconscious mind as Karen Kingston points out in “Clear Your Clutter With Feng Shui.” A cluttered basement, she says, “symbolizes issues from the past not dealt with.” And by the way, she asks “is your heaviest junk in the basement? And how long has it been there?”
Now that you know what’s at stake, let’s create your script for organizing your neglected junk and thus clear your path into the future.
• Make sure that the door to your stash opens fully and easily.
• If the door squeaks and creaks, oil the hinges.
• If the lock is rusted, replace it with a new one.
• Haul everything out.
• Clear spider webs and dust and clean the space.
• Spray with a 50/50 vinegar water solution. Spiders detest vinegar.
• If the air is musty and damp, install a dehumidifier and empty it regularly.
• Think about the bagua as you sort through all that you cannot part with.
• Financial files and tax records that have to be kept seven years could go into the wealth corner, designated as wealth accumulation.
• Luggage, for easy access, can be in front, on the right, in the travel-related sector of the bagua.
• Academic records or old text books should go into the wisdom/knowledge area.
• For preservation of important treasures, plastic storage bins are best. They come in all sizes and are easily stackable.
• Label bins and boxes, clearly marking contents and dates.
• Make sure there’s adequate light, if not, change to a brighter bulb.
• Try to have a clear area in the very front, the bright hall in feng shui, where beneficial qi can accumulate and bring good luck.
Since they are usually below ground, basements resonate with the earth element. And in significant correlation, we find that people with strong earth in their element profile are often pack rats or collectors. Thus, to counteract a feeling of being stuck in the past, fire or wood can be added to create rising energy. Your storage boxes, for example, could be red or green.
When it’s all done and organized with easy accessibility and visibility, some surprising insights might surface that can only be sorted out with hindsight and adequate distance. Looking back, you might have a better understanding of your personal history and how you have reached your current position in life. And, perhaps you’ll discover how much there is to be proud of and what all you have accomplished.
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