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Feng Shui – Bringing Balance to Your Home

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?

  • Think hard about the different aspects of your life. If you’ve been ill recently, or your child is having problems at school, there may be a need to examine the space in your home that relates to Health or to Children.
  • If your child has been having problems with discipline, then check whether there is too much qi from the West in their bedroom. Energy from the West is linked to the element metal which can be a disruptive and energetic. As qi from the West needs qi from the East, try balancing the energy in your child’s bedroom by putting a green plant, or a wooden bowl in the space. Wood and the colour green are linked to the East so these objects should help restore harmony between the elements.
  • Feng Shui experts also use certain objects which they believe have the power of redirecting, reflecting, or shifting energy in a space. These kinds of items, which are known as cures, include mirrors, crystals, windchimes, and pools of flowing or standing water.

I don’t have a particular problem but I would like to improve certain areas of my life. What can I do?

Perhaps you’d like to meet someone special, ask for a raise, or improve your child’s performance at school? The principles of Feng Shui can be used at all times to increase success in the different areas of your life. Place the Bagua over your floorplan and follow our simple guidelines to boost certain aspects of your personal life.

Marriage/Relationship/Partnership

Fresh flowers, particularly pink ones, will attract new romance. If you are already in a relationship, however, hanging a pink crystal ball in the right-hand corner of your home, and bedroom, will harmonise any problems you may be having. Round mirrors hung over a bed also reflect harmful energy flowing towards you both while you sleep but never hang a mirror opposite your bedframe – this encourages a third party into your relationship!

Fame/Reputation

This area of your home should make you see red – literally! Red is the colour of the fire element which is the most powerful force for success. Hang a red crystal in this area of your office to boost your reputation at work, or put red flowers and red candles in this area of your home.

Family/New Beginnings

The best energy to introduce to this area of your life is that of growth. Placing family photos and green plants will encourage harmony and development. If you are starting a new business venture, or a new job, or even if you just want to make a fresh start with something in your life, run a table top water fountain here to encourage the flow of energy into your project.

Career

The career space is associated with the water element and the colour black, so many of the recommended Feng Shui cures include water. Things like crystals, mirrors, an indoor water fountain, a fish tank, or decorative black ornaments will all boost your career. But it’s worth noting that a metal wind chime placed over your kitchen stove activates your career as well!

Benefactor/Travel

Everyone wants to meet helpful people in their lives. Surrounding yourself with productive relationships can make for a long and happy life. The colour most closely associated with this area is grey. You could paint the walls grey or put grey cushions in the room.

Wealth

The most important principle here is receptiveness. What you want here is to encourage the flow of success into your life. This can be enhanced by using a tabletop fountain, or a fish tank, to stimulate the flow of money into your life.

Knowledge/Self-Cultivation

The Knowledge area of the Bagua is associated with the earth element, which is associated with solidness and the colours black, blue and green. You should also put your bookcases, papers, and files in this section of your home or office.

Children/Completion

The Children’s section is about completion and the future. Our children are our most likely hope for the future, but even if you don’t have children you can use this area to help activate any plans you may have. The colour associated with this section is white. Use white or metal in this room to harmonise whatever energy you want to attract into your future.

Is there anything else I should know?

The above tips will improve balance in specific areas but there are several general principles that will maintain harmony in all aspects of your life. The main thing to remember is if any part of your life is in disarray, then your corresponding space needs to be examined. Clutter in your property causes blockages or problems with the corresponding area of your work or home life.

  • There should be no television sets in your bedrooms. But if you must have one then cover it with a plastic table cloth afterwards to trap its electric energy.
  • Place an indoor water fountain in your home in a favourable area to attract whatever you want in your life. Water encourages that energy to stay but be careful where you put it as it can also encourage bad energy to linger. If you notice bad results in an aspect of your life after placing the fish tank for approximately four months, shift your fish tank to another location.
  • Be careful with a red sofa set. Red is the element of fire which is the most powerful force. But too much red in the living room can give rise to heavy work pressure for you, and disruptive or misbehaved children.
  • And always open your bedroom windows at least once a day to allow fresh qi to come in. If not you will be sleeping with stale energy every night and therefore no new luck will come your way.

Adapted from a post by Clare Stronge www.ourproperty.co.uk and an article from http://www.gowithharmony.com/feng-shui-bagua-map.html

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