Use Art Mindfully
Art and artifacts carry energy into your environment, so be thoughtful about the artistic expression you bring into your space and be mindful of the intrinsic energy of artifacts. Imagery can connote a specific direct correlation to your life. You wouldn’t want to feel stranded, lost or shipwrecked, for instance, so avoid that imagery in your decor.
When making selections, be mindful of the literal and subliminal messages of each piece. In some cases, the imagery is pretty apparent. Cultural pieces may have a sinister intention, so even if you find the piece compelling for its artistry, the intentional energy of that piece isn’t appropriate as decor. Negative or dark imagery do not support hopefulness and joy. They won’t lift you up or raise your vibration.
These images carry a very low vibration that will transfer into your life and is best left to galleries and museums. Some art to avoid in your decor:
- Parts of dead animals (or whole animals) bring very YIN energy into a space. Not only because it’s a dead animal, but because of the historical energy of that animal…the fear and pain it went through prior to its demise.
- Displaying the cremains of a loved one. Again, very YIN energy. Create a special place to honor this loved one either in a cabinet or in a niche in your garden. Garden memorials are especially lovely. There’s no nicer tribute than to have a place to sit in nature with the memory of your loved one.
- Ritual masks that are sinister depictions of angry deities designed to frighten people or other deities. Their confrontational, fierce energy is too harsh and therefore unsuitable for domestic decor. Their intended purpose is to intimidate and terrorize.
- Weaponry. Knives are Metal Sha (aka, Poison Arrow) and, along with guns, are designed for killing. If you collect weaponry, keep them stored in locked cases, out of sight.
- Chaotic art is too YANG and the overall energy can translate to chaos in your life. There are many pieces of this nature that I enjoy visiting in a museum and appreciate the skill of the artist to evoke such a visceral response. But, again, it’s a momentary experience. In a personal or work space, it has the potential to be disruptive and unsettling.
- Art that depicts fighting, war, killing (humans or animals) or other unpleasant imagery has harsh, energy that evokes the basest instincts. When I see this displayed in someone’s home or office, I often find there’s a lot of anger and discourse.
- Scenes of ships being tossed at sea or shipwrecked are another common choice that has destabilizing energy, which translates to and infuses the space with fear and instability.
- Pointy mountain images also carry YANG energy, which is only recommended when you need support while you work…having a mountain at your back is very supportive. Erupting volcanoes are not suggested because of the YANG Fire Sha that’s destabilizing
- Images of falling water and churning seas are also too YANG and destabilizing.
- Any imagery that makes you recoil in fear, disgust, or foreboding
- Imagery that depicts or evokes emotions of loss, weeping, or sadness
- Images depicting scarcity, depression, anger, or depravity
Instead, use imagery or art that is tranquil, uplifting, joyful, and life-giving:
- Images of gently flowing water and seasides
- Imagery of green meadows and rolling hills
- Art that is playful, joyful, and lighthearted
- Inspiring words or quotes
- Images of family (not in the master bedroom), vacations, and celebrations
- Images of animals in repose, in pairs, or depicting family connections (such as a doe and her fawn). Images of pairs of animals that mate for life support committed relationships.
- Gentle, supportive deities such as Quan Yin, Jesus, Angels, Buddha, etc. (Deities of any kind in the bedroom are inappropriate since the bedroom is a place for rest and romance. If you want to invoke the protection of a deity, put it on a wall or shelf/table just outside the bedroom door)
- Art that depicts flowers and other botanicals
- Sketches, and architectural renderings
- Imagery that is soothing, gentle and has a good spirit about it