30 May Feng Shui – Bringing Balance to Your Home
What is Feng Shui?
- It may sound like something you would order in a restaurant but Feng Shui is actually a Chinese belief system that can establish balance and harmony in your home or office.
- Pronounced “Fung Shway”, it literally translates as “wind and water” and uses psychological, geographical, mathematic and aesthetic rules in order to control the flow of energy or qi, pronounced “chee” in a room, house, building or garden.
- Feng Shui has been practiced in Asia for more than 5,000 years and many in the Western world now use it to improve prosperity, good health, and general well-being and even big corporations such as Coca-Cola, Proctor & Gamble, Hewlett-Packard and Ford Motors are using Feng Shui in the workplace to improve business and the happiness of their employees.
- Feng shui is based on the opposites Yin and Yang and experts of Feng Shui consider Yin to be feminine and passive energy, and Yang, to be a masculine and fiery force.
- Feng Shui uses this notion of opposites and combines Yin and Yang with the properties of five elements; water, fire, wood, metal, and earth to identify different areas of your life.
- The points on the compass, with its eight separate directions – North, Northeast, East, Southeast, South, Southwest, West, and Northwest – are also important when examining the flow of qi in your home.
- Usually a Feng Shui expert will consult an individual’s Chinese horoscope and use complicated mathematical calculations from the ancient text I Ching, or Book of Changes, to determine what aspects of the house or office are out of balance.
Where does Feng Shui come from?
- Although it is widely practiced today, Feng Shui used to be a secret known only to the Chinese Royals and their scientists and astronomers. The Emperor would use Feng Shui when building his palaces and cities to ensure peaceful harmony in the country, and today Feng Shui is a principle of classical Chinese architecture.
- The most famous example of Feng Shui is the layout of the Forbidden City in Beijing, the capital of China. The Forbidden City is a walled enclosure containing temples, administrative rooms, and the home of China’s extravagant Ming and Qing dynasties. When Chairman Mao came to power, however, he opened the Forbidden City to the public and the secrets of Feng Shui spread throughout China and the world.
- Today most Chinese families and businesses continue to use Feng Shui, and despite some continuing scepticism, it has also become widely practiced in Europe, America and other parts of the world.
How can I use Feng Shui in my Property?
Using Feng Shui is quite straightforward. First you will need to print off this diagram, which is called a Bagua, pronounced “Pa Kua”. Then you will need to draw a similar sized map of the floorplan of your home or office on a sheet of paper. A basic ‘how to’ follows:
USING AN ANCIENT FENG SHUI BAGUA MAP TOOL OVER YOUR HOME PLAN LAYOUT
- First you need to draw a very simple layout of your home. Of course, square or rectangle shapes are the easiest to analyse, but there are options for irregular shapes as well.
- Draw a large rectangle or square (closest to your home shape) and divide it into 9 equal areas/squares.
- Align the bottom of your diagram with your front door or the Mouth of Chi and mark the front door on your sketch.
- It can be located in the bottom left, center or right section only. The front door is where the flow of energy enters and blesses your house.
- Draw the locations of rooms, hallways, bathrooms and any missing walls or corners as best as you can. Don’t worry if a room covers two or more squares.
- For instance, in the picture below Kitchen extends to the center, however as you can see it covers most of the top right Gua, therefore it belongs to the Marriage Gua (Marriage Life Area). The missing right corner in the kitchen will also need to be adjusted to improve marriage or relationship issues.
- An easy way to cure missing areas is to apply something visual that corresponds with the colours and feel of the missing Gua. There are plenty of options to examine and purchase these online.
- You can also work with your Feng Shui Bagua Map to enhance your life areas. For instance if you want more health or wellbeing or that promotion you’ve been after, use powerful visual tools (Feng Shui wall art, colour vases, paintings, statues, beautiful home accessories etc.) to enhance the appropriate Ba-Gua or “Corner of Your Life.”
- Daily positive personal attitudes and expectations will help to achieve the results you desire easier and faster.
- Overlay the Feng Shui Bagua Map over your floor plan.
- Each Life Area or energy center on Bagua corresponds with different part of your life.
- You can determine immediately which rooms need to be adjusted or enhanced using Feng Shui principles.
- Use this Feng Shui Bagua map for your home immediately to resolve the most pressing problems.
- For instance, if you have arguments with your child, take a closer look into Children/Creativity Area.
- If you need a salary increase or a new job, enhance the ‘Helpful People’ Life Area along with the
‘Wealth and Prosperity’ Area.
How do I identify which areas need to be balanced?
I don’t have a particular problem but I would like to improve certain areas of my life. What can I do?
Is there anything else I should know?
Adapted from a post by Clare Stronge www.ourproperty.co.uk and an article from http://www.gowithharmony.com/feng-shui-bagua-map.html