A few years back I got a book called The Western Guide to Feng Shui. I implemented some of the principles of feng shui in my home. However, overtime I’ve allowed life (clutter, junk etc.) to take me over. I want to do a case study of Feng Shui here on my blog and help you (and me) to better understand it.
What is Feng Shui?
It sounds like the latest Oriental dish, but feng shui is a Chinese philosophy that states that the configurations of the earth and its energy lines influence the lives of the people. Consequently, you can affect the energy around you simply by creating a space in your home office that is favorable to your life. This involves knowing the five feng shui elements, feng shui colors and how the energy moves throughout each room in your home.
The Feng Shui system began in ancient China about 3,000 years ago. There are many complex notions that go into feng shui but as Americans we are experts at taking the complex and simplifying it so that we can capitalize on it. Western consumers are not patient. We don’t like to think; you must make it simple for us or else we won’t spend our money on it.
So here are the basics of Feng Shui
In a given living space, each room has its own energy. The energy has to be allowed to flow freely throughout the items within the room to create a total atmosphere of balance and harmony. Who knew that a bathroom had energy? It certainly has a lot of other things, but feng shui teaches us that even a bathroom can bring calm feelings to each family member.
It’s very easy to “feel” this energy when you walk into someone else’s house. When we were shopping for a home three years ago I was surprised how my neanderthal man of a husband seemed to be very in tune to the energy of the houses we viewed. We both fell in love immediately with our current house because of the way it “felt”.
Getting Started – Lopan and Bagua
Practitioners of feng shui use a couple of basic tools to get started. The first tool is the feng shui compass, called a lopan. It gives the practitioner a deeper sense of the energy in the home and what needs to be where in order to allow the energy to flow without restraint. The compass helps to define what colors and feng shui elements need to be represented within each room. It also takes into account which element governs the lives of each person in the house. Don’t ask me how that works, this is what they believed 3,000 yrs ago and apparently they are sticking to the story.
The other tool practitioners use is the bagua. It is the energy map of the house. The bagua helps you understand how your environment relates to the various aspects of life. Wealth, reputation, love, family and health, travel and helpful acquaintances, career, wisdom, children and creativity are the main life areas; each can be represented by a corresponding room on the bagua map. Knowing what portion of the home is in what area dictates the way you will organize it. Each section of the home has a governing element, color and purpose in your life.
Sounds complicated but it’s not. A few years make I made some feng shui adjustments to my home but have slowly allowed the work to be undone. I’ll revisit it and over the next few posts I’ll give tips and ideas on how to use feng shui to increase the balance and harmony in your home office and in your life.
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Have you heard about or used feng shui in your home?
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