This week’s topic was inspired by a gal I work with who is actually making a conscious effort to implement proper Feng Shui into her home. The descriptions of her remodel got me to thinking that I don’t know very much on the subject, and thus the birth of this week’s topic. This posting is a brief over view as to what Feng Shui is about, but know that it is a very in depth subject. Feng Shui is so in depth that there are designers and architects who only work with Feng Shui. In addition there are literally thousands of books printed on the subject as well.
Feng Shui Bedroom (A)
Feng Shui (pronounced fung sh-way) translates into English as “Wind Water” from Chinese. Feng Shui has been around for thousands of years, but has most recently become popular in the west during the 1960′s. There are many different methods to following Feng Shui but they all have some common dominators, such as qi (pronounced chee) which is essentially the harmony or life force of an object or person. It is said that a person with good qi is balanced in their life and is something that everyone should be striving for. In addition to qi there is a map that all good Feng Shui followers use as a loose way to set up a space for optimum qi. This map is called the Bagua Map (pronounced Ba-gwa).
Bagua Map (B)
The Bagua map has nine different segments that represent everything essential in a person’s life that should be balanced for good qi. The map should be positioned so that the career and life path segment are where the front door is located. This is a version called the “Black Sect” which is more of an American thing where the Bagua Map is oriented based on the interior architecture versus the orientation of the building (or a compass). Some people even acquire a floor plan of their space and overlay the floor plan on top of the map. the health and wellbeing are always, always, always are in the center of the map since this is the most important to both mind and body- above all of the other segments.
So now we know what areas in our home we are to work on- but how does one go about accomplishing balanced qi? There are two different ways to go about it. The first is with color.
- Color Green is excellent for improving health and balancing family life when used in the East feng shui bagua area of your home.
- Color Blue is a very good feng shui choice in the North bagua area to support the energy of your career growth or in the East (Health/Family) and Southeast (Wealth/Money) to water and nourish the Wood feng shui element.
- Have some strong Yellow in the South feng shui bagua area for happy gatherings and good times.
- Pure White in the West feng shui bagua area (Creativity & Children) will bring supportive energy for all your creative endeavors.
Happy Gatherings? (C)
Another method of implementing proper Feng Shui in your home is known as Symbolic Feng Shui which takes into consideration the five elements which can work together to create good qi in the home. The five elements are Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water.
Here is the color correspondence of each of the five feng shui elements:
- WOOD: Green, Brown
- FIRE: Red, Strong Yellow, Orange, Purple, Pink
- EARTH: Light Yellow, Sandy/Earthy, Light Brown
- METAL: White, Gray
- WATER: Blue, Black (3)
[Be sure to add] a strong Wood element in your home, as Wood feeds the Fire in the relationship of five feng shui elements. (3)
It is important to be mindful that you are not placing contradicting elements in the same space. For example, it is unacceptable to use the colors of blue or black in the southern direction, since blue and black represent water, which will douse the fire in the south!
Some other bits of advice that I found during my research is the concept of the Trinity. The Trinity refers to anchoring Feng Shui with the main energy centers, these centers being the kitchen, the bathroom and the bedroom.
It is important to qi to create a clean and inviting entrance; this includes painting the door a contrasting color to the rest of the house and flanking the front entrance with real plants. Also, it is considered bad qi to keep shoes in front of door, since qi comes in from the entrance and brings potential shoe smell with it. I must say, this last bit is good life advice!
The main room of a home should be open and not blocked off. This will cause qi to come in and bounce right off the furniture and go out the door! Instead, try facing a comfortable sofa towards the door so as to remain inviting.
Remember that windows should never be blocked off by furniture (why would you anyway?).
Lastly, keep energy clean. This can be done by removing clutter, having plenty of natural light, having good air flow, and (of course) having conducive Feng Shui decor in your home.
I know you were expecting this picture! (F)
Happy New Year!
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