WHO HASN'T EVER HEARD OF FENG SHUI?
In this article I will make a basic introduction to the ancient Feng Shui philosophy and its application at home.
You will discover its positive influences on the environment and how it adds value to the well-being of people by understanding its different energy principles.
APPLYING ORDER AND FENG SHUI AT HOME
Fen Shui is an ancient art from Chinese origin, which studies the influence of the landscape, orientations, distribution of space, shapes and colours that work harmoniously together in conjunction with our physical surroundings.
Feng Shui is not a religion but a way of seeing the world we live in, based on the principle of unity and observation of the universe.
According to this discipline, everything around us, including the smallest pieces of furniture and the most insignificant ornaments, all have an energy component. Its principles are based on the yin and yang theory, two different types of energy that connects people to the places where they live and work.
WHAT DOES FENG SHUI MEAN?
"Feng" and "Shui" are two Chinese characters that mean wind and water. Two elements of nature that determine the perfect harmony because while the energy flows with the wind, the water accumulates it. Understanding the influence of these energy flows will be our basis for determining the location of objects, where everything harmoniously together.
FENG SHUI FUNDAMENTS (My Experience)
To understand Feng Shui correctly, we must begin by understanding its core foundations and principles. From these important principles an entire philosophy of life and its energies working in conjunction is a very important aspect for this philosophy to be carried out effectively.
EVERYTHING IS ALIVE
Not only people, animals and plants are alive, but also objects are considered live energy which are portrayed in the Feng Shui ideologies.
If Feng Shui was a mantra for a professional organizer, according to its principles we should discard everything that is inutile or constricts energy in our lives. An example would be to take a look into your closet, cabinet or dressing room and recognise this issue? 😉
EVERYTHING HAS A RELATIONSHIP
Our house and the place where we work are open windows that depict one self. When we clean and organize our homes, we make energy flow and enable good things to enter our lives. Start by modifying your environment and you'll see the effect it has on your life.
The universe has always been in a state of constant change. According to this principle, smooth and constant changes are beneficial for maintaining energy flow and not becoming stagnant.
The universe has been in a state of constant change. According to this principle, smooth and constant changes are beneficial for maintaining energy flow and not stalling.
YIN AND YANG
Yin & Yang are two opposing and complementary forces in which the entire Feng Shui philosophies are based upon.
The Yin represents the passive force and the Yang represents the active force.
The Yin application pertains to different areas and spaces within our homes where we have different rooms for alternative purposes, such as a room that relaxes us and others that alter our different emotions that are in our minds.
An example would be through eliminating or introducing elements into our lives that will eventually sustain a level of balance.
A yang area would be one with a lot of colour, movement, full of furniture and straight lines, suitable for the living room or living rooms.
THE 5 ELEMENTS
I have already explained that in Feng Shui all that surrounds us is energy, we ourselves are energy. The phase or state in which this energy is located is represented by 5 elements:
Fire: very active energy
Wood: active energy
The land: balanced energy
Water: flowing energy
Metal: retentive or concentrated energy
"By correctly executing on these 5 Feng Shui elements you will achieve and reap the rewards of a well-balanced, harmonised home"
I propose this as an exercise:
Take a tour and inspect each and every room in your house and sort out each item you find into one of these 5 elements. Make a list of what you find by detailing its colour, its geometric shape, material or its meaning.
*A cushion would represent fire because of its colour.
*A picture of the landscape with mountains would mean land.
*A blue curtain could represent water.
*A metal photo frame depicting the element metal.
*Plants in your habitual living area would represent wood or active energy.
Now count how many items you own from each category. Do you have an excess of any of these items? If yes, it means your home isn't in balance.
Play with the decoration to find harmony and let the energy flow. It is not so important where you place each item but more important to eliminate unnecessary items which can disrupt energy flow patterns.
THE DIFFERENT SCHOOLS
Feng Shui has been developed by great teachers, and over the years numerous different schools or systems have emerged depending on their application. Four Feng Shui schools have been specifically disseminated in the West.
1. Compass school or the eight directions
According to this method, each of the eight cardinal points relates to a type of energy and these points or directions can be determined within a room or house.
2. Eighth House School
The facades of the house and its arrangement with respect to a compass allow it to be divided into eight segments or "houses". The astral letters of its inhabitants would indicate which house is best suited for each individual, that is, the place where they should sleep, work or spend most of their time.
3. School of the Shooting Star
This school is part of the orientation of the facade and draws an astral chart of the building from the date of its construction. Assess the effect of surroundings and building elements, and anticipate problems. It treats the cycles of time and defines the good and unlucky periods of a property. It is linked to the intangible forces of time that cause health problems, material, physical or economic.
4. School of the shape or sect of the black hat
Take the entrance to the building as a starting point. Part of the notion that the energy of a building flows according to the location of the entrance and the shape of the surrounding landscape. A grid called Bagua will establish how each area of the building can affect its inhabitants.
All of these systems use the compass to assess the circulation of energy in a building and attribute a crucial influence to earth's magnetic fields and the energy of the sun and planets. They are linked to the astrological divination system called the Nine Ki, which allows you to choose the most appropriate time to perform an action.
The four Feng Shui schools share the basic principles of Yin and Yang or opposing energies, the Five Elements and the Eight Trigrams. The differences between them lie in the application of these principles.
For their part, the astral letters of the inhabitants of the house will also be fundamental in the four streams.
THE BAGUA MAP
The Bagua is the name given to the Chinese symbol composed of eight trigrams sorted in a certain way around a centre, the yin-yang.
One of the fundamental tools of Feng Shui when it comes to representing the energy plane of the home is the Bagua Map. This map is divided into 9 areas that represent different vital aspects of our lives: love, work, wealth and prosperity, health, family, children, people around us, travel, reputation, knowledge and our interior or centre.
According to the Bagua map, changes can be made to the distribution and design of our home to remove obstacles from our lives and increase positive energy.
PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS OF FENG SHUI AT HOME
Decorate and fill your house with harmony without losing any of your style. Follow these 10 simple steps and start enjoying the energy of this philosophy from now on.
1. Prepare for entry
The entrance of a home should be cosy. Make sure the doormat is relatively new and clean and that your hall is tidy and decorated with bright colours, endearing photographs, plants or flowers. If you make your main entrance attractive, you'll be attracting good things into your life.
What a good way to get started!
2. Rounded line furniture
Whenever possible, choose furniture that doesn't have straight edges and pointed corners.
3. Less is more
Avoid recharging spaces. Cushions for example provide great comfort on sofas but do not overload them. One cushion for each square. No more!
4. Brilliant decoration
Luminous objects attract Chi; thanks to the subtle fluids they emit and transmit it to people nearby.
5. Corrects irregular spaces
Place auxiliary furniture to fill corners or dead zones in order to help energy flow.
6. Chairs and beds
Don't think about placing them directly in front of the door but rather diagonally in a more commanding position
7. Light and appetite in the kitchen
Your kitchen should simply be bright to attract good doses of Chi that impedes food. It should be well airy and clean. Embroider it if it's regular and spacious.
8. No indiscreet windows
Sleeping can become troublesome if your window is not covered with a thick curtain as you'll feel restless and have trouble sleeping.
9. Mirror, mirror
Mirrors are an important feature in Feng Shui as they serve to accelerate and redirect the flow of energy. Use them to power the light in a certain direction of your home, where the Chi is stagnant.
10. Oxygenate your home
Decorate your house with plants that cleanse the environment and reduce noise and environmental pollution. Some of the best plants for this are? Aglaonema, sharia, chrysanthemum, dracena, gerbera, ivy and sansevieria.
THE IMPORTANCE OF ORDER IN FENG SHUI
Order is a very important aspect in Feng Shui because it deals intensively with the vital energy called chi, its current and varied forms of appearance and its manifestations in time and space.
Order and disorder directly influence chi. Disorder, for example, can prevent chi from flowing into a room full of objects. When the chi gets stuck in a corner, it loses its strength, remains stagnant and extends a negative energy that becomes sha.
It is important to maintain order by making sure that the chi remains current. Corners filled with newspapers, papers or other things cause the chi to somewhat become a blockage of energy in the room and the shah circulates.
Feng Shui is based on the interaction of the outdoor environment and inner well-being activities. If order is taken into consideration from this point of view, then it is clear that the external order could provide clarity inside. However, imagine a messy room full of clutter and other items, what would be the point of placing a bouquet of flowers to increase the energy of the room?
Positive energy would be lost in chaos. If you put the bouquet in a room where there is only one table and one nice armchair, you will see that the positive effect of the flowers will act throughout the room.
Restoring order into your life activates the chi and helps to get everything that was paralyzed back into motion. Discarding and letting go of what is no longer needed will always be a critical confrontation with a part of the past but will leave room for the new energy.
"A place for everything and everything in place"
Would you like to know what your main Ki number is, also called essence or personality?
Perform this simple calculation:
1. Add up all the digits of your year of birth, until reduced to a single digit:
Ex: 1977 = 1+9+7+7 = 24; 2+4 = 6
2. Subtract the number you gave in the example step 1 (6) subtracted from 11
Ex: 11 – 6 = 5
My essence number is 5. What about yours?
BASICS YOU SHOULDN'T FORGET
The ancient art of Chinese origin, which studies the influence of the landscape, orientations, distribution, shape and colour of the buildings by considering the vitality of its inhabitants.
The Yin and the Yang
Two types of energy that represent the active and passive ways of life. They are opposing and complementary forces but at the same time one of the fundamental principles in which Feng Shui is based. They assume the duality of the universe.
It is the universal energy or life force that exists in every living and inert being. Chi can be conducive, unfavourable, or benign. In general, this term refers to favourable energy flowing to a well-placed place.
The Five Elements
Wood, fire, earth, metal and water.
The Astral Charter
A diagram used, among other methods, by astrologers to exercise astrology. It represents the sky (positions of planets, fixed stars and some other bodies) earth (horizon and meridian) from a place (latitude and longitude) at a specific time (local time). This is a geocentric representation.
Local Sidereal Hour
Time measurement based on earth's movement relative to a star.
The Magic Square
It is the itinerary of chi energy variations through each year, every month and every day.
Astrological System of the Nine Ki
In Japan, Feng Shui astrology is known as the Nine Ki. 9 corresponds to the nine figures of the Magic Square. On the other hand "ki", in Japanese, is the term of Chi energy.
The Eight Trigrams
They are symbols representative of the different types of energy. Each consists of three straight, continuous or choppy strokes, which embody ying and yang. From the fusion of these stripes you get a total of eight combinations, four for Yin and four for Yang. Each trigram has a name, an address, and belongs to an item and a number
I hope you enjoyed this article and it will help you if you want to implement Feng Shui in your home. If you have any questions you can write me an email or leave your comment right here.
By the way, did you do the calculation to find out your personality number? Does it match your favourite number?