I Feng Shui.
Pronounced “fung shway”. I believe it works, and the more you use it the more you see how it works.
But what is it?
Thank you everyone who answered my Twitter question about it.
So in my own words:
It’s part science and part art, comes from China and is thousands of years old. Thus, one blog will hardly a Feng Shui Master make. But if done right, it can balance the energy on your turf so you can welcome some good things in your life generally speaking. And who doesn’t want good things?!
Wherever it is you spend most of your time, whether a house or apartment or office or dorm room, you can make as many and as small and big changes in colors and elements that work for you. Starting with removing clutter and bad energy. If you’re a hoarder, you probably just threw up in your mouth a little after reading that clutter bit. Maybe this isn’t what you thought Feng Shui was.
But Feng Shui is someone all of us can “date” to some degree. But if you want to get a little more serious with Feng Shui, then you can start with something called a Bagua Map. And if you have a floor plan of your dwelling, then you have a head start. If not start with a square or rectangle, whichever best describes the shape of your place, on a piece of paper. The “bottom” of the square should be where the entry/front door to the space is. Worry about whether something faces North, South, East or West, later.
1. For now, get your square down on paper and mark where the main entry door is. My house is more a rectangle than square, so I’ll be using my house as an example here. My front door, if I’m facing the front of my home, is not “centered”. Yours may be. The important thing is that the entrance to your home is marked on the square you’ve drawn.
2. Then divide up your square into nine equal parts, as if you’re about to play some freaky game of tic-tac-toe. Whether you’re doing this Bagua Map for a single room or an entire house, go ahead and follow the template here and assign colors and elements (Earth, Metal, Water, Wood, Fire) to your nine equal parts.
The beauty of all this, is that it can be applied to one room in a house full of a hundred rooms just as it can be applied to an entire floor of a home. Bearing in mind that none of us have the extra money to go Feng Shui crazy and repaint our homes and redecorate, as I mentioned before, you can start to use the colors and elements in ways that work for you.
I have Feng Shui’d two homes in my life and without sounding like some Miss Cleo Korean wanna-be, I can speak volumes if you need me to about the benefits of Feng Shui. Because more than just painting walls and sticking bamboo trees on shelves, the Bagua Map in Feng Shui connects the nine areas of your life using the nine parts of the map.
3. And here are the nine “life areas” behind the colors and elements. You can plainly see the colors, from the diagram above, associated with each area. The Bagua Map can be scary to approach upon first glance, but realizing it started with a plain old square with your front door marked on it should help.
And now I’m sure we’ve all been to someone’s home and thought “I like/don’t like what they’ve done”. But Feng Shui isn’t necessarily about liking or not liking, but in principle it’s about being aware of balance. I don’t expect anyone should ever have every color of the rainbow, and fountains and trees and fires roaring in their home, “because that’s what the Bagua Map says”. But, I will in the next part of this Feng Shui series, share with you how I’ve applied it in my own home.
So until then, please take a look at the Bagua Map and figure out what/which room falls where in the map (i.e. “Love & Marriage” is the kitchen in my house, and so I have bursts of red and red accents in my kitchen). Great love and marriage is not found in Feng Shui, but I believe that the balance and care put into where you spend most of your time in pays off.
For example, perhaps your front door opens into the “Career” or “Knowledge & Wisdom” area, and not in “People & Travel” like mine does. Get it? I hope you do. And I hope you’ll follow along. And please do leave a comment or question below if you have need! And yes, clearing clutter MUST be done. Come on, it’s the new year!