What is Feng Shui?
Feng Shui means wind and water. In Chinese culture these elements are associated with good health. Thus good Feng Shui came to mean good fortune.
In Feng Shui nature & your environment considered to be alive
Feng Shui is based on the Taoist vision and understanding of nature, particularly on the idea that the land is alive and filled with Chi, or energy. It reveals how to balance the energies of any given space to assure health and good fortune for the people, who are inhabiting it.
Feng Shui is all about energy. Good energy and bad energy. Has it happened to you before, when you entered a bright, spacious, airy, place, you felt really good there, but you couldn’t really explain why? And the opposite, when you felt suffocated or just really down, when you had to walk through long, narrow, straight, dark corridors, without any window or furniture in the way?
What made you feel good or bad? The energy of the place. It does matter what the building is made of, its history, location, the energy of the people lived there and the energy of the inhabitants currently living or working there, etc.
It is also depending on your sensitivity how much you are affected by these things.
You are projecting your energy into your environment
You are an energy being, interacting with the energy vibrations of people and objects around you. And at the same time you are projecting your own vibrations into the environment too.
Exercise 1. Feel the energy in your home!
Grab a note book and pen and stand in the front door of your house facing in.
Take some deep breaths. Close your eyes. Imagine this is the first time you walked through the door of your house. You are simply an observer, writing down what feelings, sensations, thoughts you discover as you walk through your home. Try to be objective.
Stop in the hall. How do you feel? Is it dark, bright? Are there obstacles in your way? Is it cramped or spacious? What are the dominant colours? How do they make you feel?
Then walk into the next room. What do you see? Is there clutter? Dirt? Dust? What do you feel? Are there any pictures on the walls? If yes what is the subject, the atmosphere of the picture?
Do it for every room on the ground floor in your house.
Brilliant. Now put it aside, we will come back to your observations later.
The Bagua Map & The I Ching
To be able to see how your energies are reflected into your living space, house or flat or even one room of your home Feng Shui uses the so called Bagua map. (Please note there are other Feng Shui schools, however for simplicity I will only be focusing on the Bagua map in this short introduction to the subject.)
For 2 years I have been practicing Bagua, which is an internal martial art, bringing into alignment mind, body and soul, through physical exercises and contemplation on the I Ching or Book of Changes. It is an ancient Chinese oracle based on 8 trigrams: Thunder, Mountain, Fire, Water, Lake, Wind, Earth and Heaven, depicting the Universe.
They are all represented in my painting around the octagon shaped Bagua map, which Feng Shui uses to enhance the energies of your environment. In the Chinese oracle the above mentioned basic elements are being combined into hexagrams to consult destiny. They are “representations of actual conditions in the world, and of the combinations of the light-giving heavenly power and the dark, earthly power that occur in certain situations.
Based on my experiences with Bagua, I created an artwork called The Universe, Dragon & Phoenix. The energies of this artwork are taking you deeply into the Universe. They are representing balance, which is key in achieving spiritual development and a higher state of being i.e. living in harmony & alignment with the Universe. The Yin and Yang are seemingly opposite forces, which are complementing each other, as light and darkness, Dragon and Phoenix, Sun and Moon, Man and Woman, Fire and Water… In my painting with the Yin and Yang in the centre there are two possible paths are being shown in attempt to find our way to enlightenment: an easier and a more difficult one, representing our own choice, our free will of taking responsibility for our own life and destiny…
The Bagua Map & Feng Shui
Look at the Bagua Map as an easy to use tool that quickly helps you find out which area of your home represents the energies of your wealth, health, love, etc, so you can influence these areas in a positive way. When you do that the energy shift in the certain area is reflected into your life, so you can attract more money, better health, your soulmate, etc.
The Bagua Map represents The 8 Life areas:
- Career, your life path
- Knowledge, wisdom, skills
- Foundation, Family, Past, Health
- Abundance, Prosperity, Wealth
- Fame, reputation, social life
- Marriage, Relationships, Love
- Creativity, Children, Future
- Helpful people, Blessings, Travel
The 9th one is The Centre – The heart of your home
How to use The Bagua Map?
When the octagon shaped Bagua map is converted into a square it’s so much easier to find out where all these areas are located in your home.
Now you need a floor plan of your home to scale. Place the above Bagua map on top aligning it with the wall that contains the main entrance. Now you see where the wisdom, the career and Helpful people areas are located. As it is very unlikely you live in a square shaped house, the next step is to adjust the Bagua Map. You do it by dividing both the width & the length of the of the floor plan into 3 equal parts, so you can have the 9 area grid drawn or placed on your floor plan.
It’s wise to draw this grid with coloured pencils, so you see where you can place objects to activate these areas.
What does it mean activating a Feng Shui area?
When you wish to increase your financial success, have better health or attract to you the love of your life, as you see these life areas appear at different parts of your home. By placing certain object, energies in these areas, activates them, brings them to life. If you do it right your life area starts thriving.
Step 1. Create your floor plan
Step 2. Create your Bagua grid
Step 3. Overlap the two – identify which life area falls into which part of your home.
Step 4. Is a very exciting one. Get your notes from the first exercise and see what your feelings, thoughts sensations say about a certain area in your home. It can bring lots of light bulb moments.
Enjoy. And let me know your discoveries, when feeling out your living place. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I look forward to hearing from you.