The use of dried plants and flowers in interior design is very common. Yet, many Feng Shui consultants say that dried plants and flowers are bad Feng Shui.
Take any magazine about homes, and you will find dried plants and flowers in most homes, even, and especially in, high end homes. Some of these arrangements look really beautiful. Many people see these arrangements as a statement of taste and status.
Many Feng Shui consultants say that dried plants and flowers are bad Feng Shui. Can all those interior designers be so wrong?
So what is the truth? Are dried plants and flowers bad Feng Shui? Feng Shui Myth or Truth?
Dried Plants and Flowers are Bad Feng Shui
It is indeed Bad Feng Shui to keep dried plants or dried flowers in your home or office.
These objects are former living beings that have died, and are in the process of decay. Any objects that remind of death and decay reduce the vitality of a home or business.
Lots of People Talk about Dried Plants and Flowers on the Internet
Some months ago I joined a group on Facebook devoted to decluttering. At the time, I wanted to see what other people were offering around decluttering, as I was creating my own course (Declutter from the Heart) on the subject.
One time, in that group, a woman asked advice on what to do with a bouquet of red roses. Her husband had given it to her on their wedding day.
Immediately, lots of women offered their advice on how to best dry the roses and how to display them in the home.
I also posted, letting her know that dried plants and flowers are Bad Feng Shui.
Another woman, who said that she was Chinese, commented too. Laughing (out loud), she said that she had never heard of dried plants and flowers being bad Feng Shui, and, being Chinese, she knew about these things. She complained about people appropriating Chinese culture, when they were not born in China or spoke Chinese. I knew this was directed at me.
Just after prodding a little bit, I learned she was born in the USA, as were her parents, and her only fully Chinese ancestor was a grandmother. Her grandmother had lived through the Chinese “Cultural Revolution” (which sought to do away with traditional Chinese culture), and despised Feng Shui.
In short, this 1/4 Chinese woman knew nothing about Feng Shui except what she was googling at the moment of having this exchange on a Facebook group.
Not Everyone Agrees, but Dried Plants and Flowers are Still Bad Feng Shui
The woman, however, would not give up. She proceeded to share a link from an article written by an Anglo-American woman living in Hawaii. She seemed oblivious of the irony that she was sharing Feng Shui information from another non-Chinese woman, who didn’t speak Chinese, to try and make her point.
These Anglo-American Feng Shui consultant wrote that the belief that dried plants or flowers are bad Feng Shui is an “absurd superstition.” Her argument was “What about anything in your home made from wood? Is that not a dried plant?”
Dried Plants or Flowers and Wooden Furniture are not the Same in Terms of Chi
By reading the article this other consultant had written, I concluded that she really had not studied chi in depth or simply did not understand how chi works. She also did not understand how human psychology works.
Dried plants and flowers are only pretty and vibrant in the beginning (and some not even then).
They usually accumulate a lot of dust and if you try to dust them they break because they are very brittle. Then they look awful, and are nothing but bulky dust collectors and dust-mite-breeders.
Another reason why dried plants are bad Feng Shui is that they are “dead” in terms of chi.
When they have been dried, they have lost most of their original chi, and what little is left fades away quickly. Dried plants and flowers have no vitality, and they drain the vitality of a room.
Barren sticks of plants that have been polished and treated to look like dead trees are also bad Feng Shui.
Reminders of death are bad Feng Shui because they affect emotions negatively.
A piece of furniture, on the other hand, has been processed in a way that chi is added to the piece of furniture as the carpenter or laborer works on building it. Most furniture has been treated to do well over time and not get faded.
Wooden furniture is further charged by your own care whenever you dust it or clean it with a special blend to nurture the wood and keep it fresh looking. The same applies to bamboo.
Use Only Plants or Representations of Plants that Activate Chi
Dried plants and flowers are bad Feng Shui, but most people don’t know it.
It is easier to count the few homes where I have not found dried plants or flowers, than the hundreds of homes where I have had to ask clients to remove them.
Many people are surprised to learn that these decorations do more damage than good to a home (or business).
When decorating your home with plants or flowers there are only three options that have good Feng Shui:
- Real plants and flowers. (Remove fresh flowers as soon as they start to wilt.)
- Silk plants and flowers.
- Crystal plants, trees or flowers.
Do not use plastic plants or flowers. They are cheap and tacky looking. Plastic is also considered dead in terms of chi.
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