Who hasn’t heard about Feng Shui or about the influence of energy and the environment on people's well-being?
In this article I will try to give you an introduction to the Feng Shui philosophy and its application in the home.
Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese belief, which studies the influence that landscape, orientation, distribution, shape and colour of buildings has on the vitality of its inhabitants.
Feng Shui is a way of seeing the world and living, based on the principle of unity and the observation of the perfect and eternal order of the universe. According to this discipline, everything that surrounds us, even the smallest piece of furniture and the most insignificant decoration, influences our energy. Its principles are based on the theory of yin and yang, two types of energy that connect people with the places where they live.
What does it mean?
"Feng" and "Shui" are two Chinese characters that mean wind and water. It is the art that determines the perfect harmony between the energy forces of the Earth and the cosmos, with the particular energy of each person. Understanding the influence of these energy flows is the basis for determining the location of objects, where everything merges harmoniously.
Feng Shui has been developed by great teachers, who have developed different schools or systems according to their application. In the West, four Feng Shui schools have developed:
1. School of the compass or the eight directions
According to this method, each of the eight cardinal points is related to a certain type of energy and these points or directions can be determined within a room or a house.
2. School of the eighth house
The facades of the house and its arrangement with respect to the compass allow it to be divided into eight segments or "houses". The astral charts of its inhabitants would indicate which house is the most suitable for each individual, that is, the place where he should sleep, work or spend most of the time.
3. School of the shooting star
This school starts from the orientation of the facade and draws an astral chart of the building from the date of its construction. Evaluate the effect of the surroundings and the elements of the building, and anticipate the problems. It deals with the cycles of time and defines the periods of good and bad luck of a property. It is linked to the intangible forces of time that cause health, material, physical or economic problems.
4. School of black hat form or sect
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 form of the surrounding landscape. A grid called Bagua will establish how each area of the building can affect its inhabitants.
All these systems use a compass to evaluate the circulation of energy in a building and attribute a crucial influence to the magnetic fields of the Earth and to the energy of the sun and the planets. They are linked to the astrological system of the Nine Ki, which allows choosing the most appropriate time to carry out an action.
The four schools of Feng Shui share the basic principles of Yin and Yang, the Five Elements and the Eight Trigrams. The differences between them lie in the application of these principles. The astral charts of the inhabitants of the house are also important in the four streams.
Practical application of Feng Shui in the home
1. Main entrance
It must be cosy. Make sure the mat is relatively new and clean. The hall must be neat and decorated with bright colours, charming photographs, plants or flowers. When the main entrance is attractive, you are attracting the good things to your life.
Whenever possible, choose furniture that does not have straight edges and sharp corners.
Avoid filling the spaces.
The bright and luminous objects attract the Chi, thanks to the subtle fluids that they emit and give to the people who are nearby.
5. Irregular spaces
Place auxiliary furniture to fill the corners or dead zones.
6. Chairs and beds
Do not place them directly in front of the door since you will receive an impact too suddenly.
It needs to be bright to attract good doses of Chi that permeate the food. It should be well ventilated and clean so that the Chi circulates smoothly, but without stalling. Ideally, it should be regular and spacious.
Avoid sleeping or sitting with your back to them if they are not covered with a thick curtain since you will feel restless and have difficulty sleeping.
They charge great importance in Feng Shui. They serve to accelerate and redirect the flow of energy. You can use them to direct the energy and light to a certain direction of your house, where the Chi is stagnant.
Decorate with plants that clean the environment and reduce the noise and environmental pollution of the home: aglaonema, chamaedoria, chrysanthemum, dracena, gerbera, ivy and sansevieria.
Orderliness is a very important aspect in Feng Shui, because it deals intensively with the vital energy, the Chi and its flow. Disorder can prevent Chi from flowing: in a room full of objects, the energy movement is paralyzed.
When the Chi is stuck in a corner, it loses its strength. It stands still and begins to rot and spread negative air to become Sha. For this reason it is important to maintain order, so as not to slow the current of Chi. The corners replete with newspapers, papers or other objects, cause the Sha to circulate in the room.
Feng Shui is based on the interaction of the external environment and inner well-being. If order is viewed from this point of view, then it is clear that order on the outside brings clarity inside. In a messy and crowded room, it does not make sense to place a bouquet of flowers to increase the energy of the space.
Your positive energy is lost in the chaos of the space. On the other hand, if the bouquet is placed in a room where there is only one table and a nice armchair, the positive effect of the flowers will act throughout the room.
Naturally, the places where one lives and works are not usually empty, but in these cases order is achieved by placing things in their proper place.
The act of ordering sets in motion the Chi and helps to re-establish the movement of everything that was paralyzed. Discarding, recycling and letting go of what is no longer needed, will result in a critical confrontation with a part of our past, but will leave room for the new.
"A place for everything and everything in its place"
BASIC CONCEPTS TO REMEMBER
Ancient art of Chinese origin, which studies the influence of landscape, orientation, distribution, shape and color of buildings on the vitality of its inhabitants. Its purpose is to balance the energy or chi of the place where we live or work.
The energy or universal life force that exists in every living and inert being. Chi can be auspicious, unfavourable or benign. In general, this term refers to favourable energy currents flowing to a well-placed location.
It is the harmful and negative chi that according to Feng Shui, attracts bad luck and affects the economy, profession, family, health and personal life of the people affected.
The Yin and the Yang
Two types of energy that represent the active and the passive. They are opposite and complementary forces at the same time and one of the fundamental principles on which Feng Shui is based. They suppose the duality of the universe.
The Five Elements
Wood, fire, earth, metal and water.
Diagram used, among other methods, by astrologers to exercise astrology. It represents the sky (positions of the planets, fixed stars and some other bodies) and the earth (horizon and meridian) from one place (latitude and longitude) and at a specific time (local side time), being a geocentric representation.
Local Side Time
Measurement of time based on the movement of the Earth with respect to a star.
Itinerary of Chi energy variations through each year, each month and each day.
Astrological System of the Nine Ki
In Japan, the astrology of Feng Shui is known as the Nine Ki. The 9 corresponds to the nine figures of the Magic Square; "Ki", in Japanese, is the term for Chi energy.
Symbols of different types of energy. Each one consists of three straight lines, continuous or interspersed, that represent ying and yang.
Source: Practical Feng Shui, Iona Purtí. Editorial Oceano.
By Lorena Peláez
Personal Organizer - Palma de Mallorca