Good fortune never hurt anyone.

Some of us need all the good fortune we can get. Whether or not you believe in the principles of Feng Shui, it wouldn’t hurt to follow these principles in hopes of attracting good fortune, avoiding some common Feng Shui mistakes.

The essence of the ancient Chinese philosophy known as Feng Shui is living in harmony with your surrounding environment. In practice, this means optimizing how you arrange objects around you to make them become better aligned with nature.

Homeowners, for centuries, have been practicing Feng Shui when decorating their homes to boost their energy, foster happiness, and attract good luck and better fortune.

Feng Shui is easy to screw up, unfortunately. One mistake can lead to you attracting negative “chi” or energy and letting go of positive “chi.”

To help you identify and hopefully fix Feng Shui mistakes in your home, we’ve compiled a guide of the many common Feng Shui mistakes you should avoid. Check out the guide below.

Front Door Directly Aligned With Back Door

It is helpful to imagine “chi,” also known as energy, as water flowing into your home when practicing Feng Shui. Like water, chi can rush through your home without slowing down to nourish the space. This surge of chi occurs if your entry doors are directly aligned.

It is vital to avoid a direct alignment of a front door and the back door, as this allows good Feng Shui energy to escape quickly.

You can easily avoid direct door alignment if you are looking to buy a new home. You can redirect the flow of chi through your home through careful placement of furniture and living plants if you already have a home you plan to live in for a few years.

Staircase Facing the Front Door

The front door is referred to as “the mouth of chi” in Feng Shui, as the front door is the point of entry for chi coming into the home.

When a staircase is directly facing the front door, chi quickly rushes up the stairs. A staircase immediately facing the main door causes chi to ignore the ground floor.

You can quickly rectify this problem by carefully positioning artwork, plants, and mirrors to redirect the flow of positive energy in your home.

Dying, Dried, or Sick Plants and Flowers

Fresh flowers and vibrant green plants attract positive life energy into your home and are excellent Feng Shui. However, this does not apply to plants and flowers that are either dying, dead, or in poor health. This principle also applies to natural elements that are dried or preserved.

Plants that are no longer living do not offer any life energy. If a plant is sick, do the best you can to heal it. If they are already dead, dispose of them immediately.

Thorny, Sharp, or Pointy Plants

While we’re on the topic of plants, it’s best to avoid plants with sharp leaves or needles when it comes to Feng Shui. Additionally, thorny plants are discouraged.

Sharp shapes create sharp energy that most people wish to avoid, in Feng Shui. Instead, consider plants with soft rounded leaves. These leaves invite gentle and soft energy into your home.

Bathroom Facing the Front Door

Bathrooms are thought to be places wherein energy drains away from the space, in Feng Shui. Therefore, a bathroom directly facing the front door is a colossal Feng Shui mistake, as it encourages incoming nourishing energy to dissipate immediately.

If you are in the process of constructing your home, you can quickly rectify this problem. If you do not wish to make renovations, you can solve this problem by creating a strong focal point immediately inside the front entryway. This focal point will draw energy away from the bathroom.

Obscured or Broken Mirrors

In most cultures, mirrors are highly symbolic. Mirrors can expand your view and reflect inner teachings for you when they are clear and flat. Broken or obscured mirrors will not tell you hidden truths, according to Feng Shui.

Also, broken mirrors are dangerous and often lead to accidents. Work with clear and polished mirrors that reflect with clarity, if possible.

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