We can all use positive energy in our lives, whether it’s in our homes or work setting, we can use the healthy effects that positive energy brings. Sometimes positive energy can be hard to come by. No matter how hard we wish or pray for it, it fails to make its way into our lives. Feng Shui is an old geomantic Chinese spiritual practice passed down from generation to generation – but now practiced all around the world by many different cultures – that was created specifically to bring positive energy to an environment by way of color schemes; numbers; furniture positions; and decorations. Creating a Feng Shui office or Feng Shui home can be a simple process, all it takes is the right tools and the right attitude and you will be Feng Shuing in no time!
About Feng Shui
Feng Shui practices started about 5,000 years ago in Yangshao and Hongshan cultures. Master Yang Yun Sang was considered as the founder of the practice, who opened a school called “The School of Feng Shui”. Later he would go on to write a Feng Shui book that would go on to become the basis of Feng Shui art even up unto today. His philosophy was, that we must find the naturally shaped earth locations, which would be the chi (universal energy or energy that surrounds us) of the earth locations. Such philosophy is now applied to homes and offices but converted in a way where we are able to apply the same search doing so by using a tool called a Bagua map to discover these energies. Hundreds of years later another Feng Shui school opens called , The Compass Feng Shui School, which opened to develop strength and popularity in its students. Master Wang Chih was the head, who based his practices on The Bague arrangements which are now, to this day, how we map out spaces to Feng Shui it. In the 19th century Feng Shui really started to emerge into what it is today – a world known practice now used in many other cultures.
How Feng Shui has affected people around the world
Many people are claiming to the practice of Feng Shui as a practice that has constitutes to clearer thinking, working better and developing positive energy in their life. Claiming that before using the practices of Feng Shui, negative energy and bad luck was the center of their lives. One person has claimed to the fact that since applying a Feng Shui living room to her home, her relationship status has drastically improved, along with her working conditions. Another person claimed that in recent times, people of her house were frequently sick, but after converting her house into a Feng Shui house, the people in the house amazingly stopped getting sick. Another person who was selling a house, did some Feng Shui decorating and the next person who stopped to look at the house, bought the house. There are many other positive stories of people who have applied the Feng Shui basics to their particular spaces and have had positive results in the process, including one guy who makes it a duty to keep his office space organized, as it constitutes to his financial success. Below are a few Feng Shui tips on how to get started Feng Shuing.
Getting started with Feng Shui
The Feng Shui Bagua Map – traditional
Feng Shui can be produced in several ways, but to start up and recognize key areas of particular energy differences, one must use a Feng Shui compass to get a reading on the space, a floor map of the space and a Feng Shui Map, also called a Feng Shui Bagua. Feng Shui bagua is used to analyze the different energies in a space. Basically it’s a Feng Shui map that connects particular energy locations with different areas in your life. There are eight different Feng Shui areas – North, Northeast, East, Southeast, south, Southwest, west and northwest. Each one of these areas should accompany a certain variety of colors, element and symbolization of an area in their life. There are two different ways of applying Bagua, one is the traditional way which was just explained and the other is the West Bagua way.
The West Bagua way doesn’t require the use of a compass, instead it requires an alignment of the lower grid of the floor plan, with the wall of the front door of the space. You will need a nine square grid that will fit over your floor plan and align the bottom of the nine sure grid with the bottom of the floor plan. Each square should symbolize a particular area of life ranging from personal growth, health and creativity to prosperity, fame and love, which all symbols are positioned according to the Feng Shui areas. Once you’ve recognized the particular area, you then can apply the appropriate color schemes and furniture that represents the particular life’s area. It is highly recommended not to use both the Bagua traditional and Bagua western ways together, as it will not work effectively if one does.
How to Feng Shui
We will after knowing how to read your space and all of its particular energy locations, you are now ready to begin to rearrange, decorate and add accessories to your space of choice to allow positive energy to commence. There are many ways to add energy to your place. Knowing the Feng Shui rules can give you a kick start into Feng shuing your place.
Feng Shui Rules
Rule #1 – Un-Clutter every room – positive energy must be able to flow throughout the space. With a cluttered space, positive energy can be disrupted by the clutter, which in turn can result in cluttered thinking, and then develop negative energies of confusion and possibly a hidden disgust. Neatness is a root of a harmonious home and a harmonious life.
Rule # 2 – Position all furniture correctly – another way to allow positive energy to flow throughout a space. There should never be furniture out of place. Furniture out of place causes discomfort and in turn distributes negative energy. A space should allow ease of moving throughout the space whether walking through or just casually sitting.
Rule # 3 – Keep work and rest areas separate – working in a space where sleep is happening as well, can add unwanted affects to the other that can either disrupt sleep with work energy or wear down work activities with drowsy affects .
Rule #4 – Repair what is broken immediately – Another aspect of positive energy disruption. Broken furniture, appliances or any piece of equipment of this matter is a carrier of bad energy, fix it or get rid of it.
Rule #5 – Hang mirrors – mirrors are positive energy reflectors that can continue positive energy through out a space, it also prevents negative energy. Try refraining from putting up mirrors at the front door, as this will deflect positive energy back outside the door and will not allow it to enter the home.
Rule #6 – Display Plants, flowers and fruit around the house – again, promotes positive energy. Refrain from plants with thorns this is not positive energy friendly.
Rule #7 – Install a water feature – water promotes feelings of relaxation and harmony. Even if it’s just a painting or water colors, these features will still have the same effect as say a falling water wall.
Rule # 8 – Decorate with appropriate colors – green = family, yellow= health and red = fame. For a complete representation of each Feng Shui color please visit – http://i41.tinypic.com/2cq02lt.gif.
Rule # 9 – Avoid sharp lines and corners – sharp corners represent negative energy and prevents calmness and relaxation from stimulating. Keep beds and chairs away from a room’s lines and corners.
Feng Shui bedroom colors:
The most common Feng Shui bedroom colors are black, deep chocolate, pure white and soft vanilla – the walls maybe painted earth (not necessary high yellow but a form of a darker yellow). It is said that Feng Shui bedroom colors should match that of a human’s skin color which ranges from white to dark brown.
If you are not into this particular style of colors, Expert Village will give you an idea on another style of Feng Shui colors that can still add Feng Shui’s positive energy into a bedroom.
Feng Shui bedroom layout:
Bed – Should be placed diagonally opposite of the entrance way – be clear that your headrest is not directly placed under a window. If it is, you would be inviting unwanted energies and allowing positive energies to escape, which eventually disrupts a sleeping process. If there is not a choice but to place a bed diagonally similar to the entrance, neatly place a table or stool between the entrance and the bed as to shield negative affects on positive energy flow.
Unwanted Gadgets – Get rid of all gadgets that promotes work, as exercise equipment, computers and as far as the TV is concerned just cover it with a cloth when not in use, this way any negative effects from it can be blocked or for better measures, just get rid of it completely.
Paintings – Any paintings in a bedroom should represent the celebration of life and if a painting is violent and disturbing it should be taken out of the bedroom. A perfect spot for a painting in a Feng Shui bedroom is opposite of the bed.
Additional Furniture: Any additional furniture should remain un-cluttered and allow positive energy to circulate . If a mirror is added please be careful. Mirrors can omit negative energy into a space. Please keep mirrors away from beds and even away from the opposite wall of the bed. Never allow reflections to happen while lying in a bed. The results of letting this happen can cause negative effects in relationships.
Feng Shui Numbers:
Below are numbers with its associated Feng Shui energies:
0 – Potential
1 – New Beginning
2 – Balance
3 – Creativity and Family
4 – Stability
5 – Change
6 – Patience
7 – Contemplation
8 – Abundance
9 – Accomplishment
Many may claim that the number four is an evil energy simply because of the Chinese language, which the word death has a similar sound as saying four. But the expansion of this practice to other cultures’ whose language doesn’t have a similar sound of the word death and the word four may not agree. It may just depend on the culture or the person but in actuality, the number four means, stability.
Feng Shui has been used for thousands of years in homes and offices. It can be our responsibility to find positive energy in our lives. Starting with Feng Shui, our lives can take a definite course of change that can cause promotions, healthier relationships, better physical health and a peaceful night’s sleep. No matter what method of Feng Shui is used, try to stick to its basis and allow it to work effectively for you!