So, what exactly is Feng Shui?

May 8, 2013 Lifestyle

feng shuiFeng Shui Philosophy

Many of us know that Feng Shui has something to do with the Chinese art of interior design in which certain elements fit in a specific place to attract positive energies. Let’s try to get a little bit more info about Feng Shui. Nothing too complicated, only the basics.

The terms mean wind (Feng) and water (Shui), two natural elements crucial to humankind survival. Feng Shui is based on the Taoist philosophy of living in harmony with all elements of nature. All living things are considered filled with life energy or qi.

Feng Shui aims at bringing balance and comfort into our environment, whether it’s our home or office environment. The very first step in bringing good Feng Shui should be making an analysis of the environment with the energy map or the Bagua and the compass. The latter is also called Luo-Pan (Luo – everything and Pan – bowl). The traditional Bagua is an octagonal map, each of the eight zones representing one aspect of life:

South – recognition and fame

Southwest – marriage and happiness in couple

Southeast – wealth, prosperity

East – health, family relationships

West – luck of children

North – career

Northeast – education

Northwest – the presence of mentors, of people who can support you

Modern approaches to Feng Shui use a chart which identifies nine areas, instead of eight.

Cheryl Grace, Feng Shui author, explains: “Classic Feng Shui places most of its emphasis on making adjustments to the physical environment to create the free flow of energy. Practitioners work with a map called the Bagua. It divides a space into zones, or guas, that represent various aspects of life— family, health, career — and then they make corrections, or “cures,” to enhance each aspect, such as placing coins or crystals in strategic spots.”

Other “cures” are placing a certain element in the area that needs improvement. If your focus is on health, than you should place wood Feng Shui elements like plants or wood furniture in the East area of your home. Moreover, you can find out your Feng Shui birth element and enhance it with its specific colours and shapes. The five elements are water, earth, fire, wood, and metal.

Each of the five elements are represented by specific shapes and colours and have certain attributes

Fire – Triangle/Red, Orange, Purple/Passion, Emotion

Earth – Square/Brown, Yellow/Grounding, Stability

Metal – Circle/White, Metallic/Strength, Independence

Water – Curvy/Black, Blue/Relaxation, Inspiration

Wood – Rectangle/Green, Teal/Growth, Expansion

These are things that require either individual study or the help of a professional to implement. And there’s a lot of philosophy behind them that you could agree or disagree with. Luckily, there are also some simple rules that you could use in your home.

A few tips for good Feng Shui at home

One of the golden rules provided by Rodika Tchi, Feng Shui consultant is to “clear out your clutter, get rid of everything you do not love in your house. Clutter clearing is a time-and energy-consuming process that will feel like therapy, but it will help you lighten up the load, so to speak.”

Then, the air should be purified with plants and have as much natural light as possible. Plants can be used to represent the shape and colour of a specific element.

According to Rodika Tchi, the bedroom, bathroom and kitchen should be paid special attention as they are connected with the health.

Fountains and aquariums can stimulate the circulation of energy (qi) in your home.

Music and art reflecting positive images uplift the qi and makes stressful situations go away.

And last, but not least, a few Feng Shui recommendations for the bedroom:

- TV, computers or exercise equipments are not invited

- Soothing colors (“skin colours” like) are perfect for the bedroom, achieving a balanced flow of energy

- Positive images are especially important in the bedroom: don’t choose any images that you wouldn’t like to happen in your life

- The bed should not be placed in a direct line with the door, have one table on each sides and should be easily approachable from both sides

- During the night the bedroom doors should remain closed, closet doors included

- Candles are the ideal Feng Shui lighting

And finally, two simple rules for bedrooms of couples. To keep the balance and harmony in the bedroom, all decorative objects should be in pair and keep only photos of the couple, not big pictures with other family members of friends.

Going through this small journey in the Feng Shui art it seems that we apply some of its rules without knowing that it’s good Feng Shui: eg. keeping the air fresh or using candles in the bedroom. So, after all, it’s not that complicated, we all Feng Shui a little…