I was waiting at a red traffic light on my way to a feng shui consultation when a car pulled up next to me, windows rolled down. I looked over and was surprised when I heard the driver ask, "Is it bad feng shui to have a mirror in my bedroom?"
First, I wondered how on earth he knew that I was a feng shui practitioner in the first place. But before I could figure that one out, I blurted a response: "How well do you sleep?" "Fine," he said. So I said the mirror was totally OK and drove away, soon remembering the magnetic sign on my driver's side that read "Luminous Spaces Feng Shui."
Early in my feng shui training, I learned about the power of mirrors to improve the energy in our homes. These surfaces reflect everything in our spaces right back onto us, so if you are having trouble sleeping or experiencing nightmares, a mirror may be to blame. You can cover the mirror at night for a few weeks and see if sleep improves.
Beyond bedrooms, mirrors are great tools for improving the feng shui in our homes. Here are some of the most effective ways to use them.
1. Deflect negative chi.
In order to keep challenges outside your home from coming in, you can hang a Bagua mirror (a 6-inch octagon with a round mirror in the center) over the outside of your front door. I hung a mirror to deflect the electrical transformer on my street, but you might hang one to offset a neglected lot nearby, oncoming traffic, a church (remember there are funerals there as well as happy occasions), a water tower or large power line, or even a graveyard (need I say more?).
2. Mend a bad relationship with neighbors.
Most of us have had a poor relationship with neighbors at some point and know how challenging they can be. In order to shift this negative energy, you can hang a small, round mirror on a fence that faces into your property. Every time you look into it, imagine that it is opening a portal of loving kindness with your neighbor. This has been really effective for many of my clients, believe it or not!
3. Fill a "missing" area.
When you apply the feng shui Bagua map to your home, you may have a "missing" area. In this case, locate the two walls that are adjacent to this missing area and hang a mirror on both in order to visually extend the space.
4. Stimulate action in your career.
Since mirrors are yang (stimulating and energetic), placing them inside of your foyer or front door is thought to help inspire you to take action once you step outside.
5. Complement a fireplace.
In feng shui philosophy, the center of your home is thought to correspond to health and longevity. Having a fireplace there is therefore not the best idea. Under Chinese Five Element Theory (consisting of the elements of wood, fire, earth, metal, and water), mirrors are considered the water element and are appropriate to hang over a fireplace.
6. Reflect the power of nature indoors.
If you're lucky enough to have an abundant yard, consider hanging a mirror to reflect that nature into your house. If you have beautiful trees, the mirror will add wood energy, which contributes to growth and expansion. If you overlook a mountain, the mirror will add earth energy, which is all about stability and strength. And if you see a natural body of water, you can enhance prosperity!
7. Expand your vision.
If you need enhanced vision and creativity in your career, you can hang a mirror next to your desk. Looking into the mirror will increase ideas and options and expand your vision.
8. Add light.
If you have a room that has few windows and is rather dark, you can hang a mirror opposite or adjacent to the windows to increase the natural light and add more energy to the room.
As you can see, mirrors are rather magical objects that can help us remedy problems as well as radiate positive energy in our homes. I hope you try some of these placements out and let me know how it goes!