The History & Basics of Feng Shui
In order to dive into Feng Shui basics, we must first learn learn the very basics. An ancient Chinese art, Feng Shui means wind (Feng) and water (Shui).
It was developed over thousands of years through careful experimentation and observation to balance physical environments, promote harmony, instill a sense of wellbeing, and to improve every aspect of your life — from health and wealth to relationships and career.
The goal of Feng Shui is to harmonize and align invisible energy forces that bind the universe, earth, and humanity together — known as qi (chi).
Historically, Feng Shui was one of the five Chinese metaphysic arts classified as physiognomy (observation of appearances through formulas and calculations) to favorably align or position buildings, structures and spaces influenced by heavenly time and earthly space.
Today the concept of Feng Shui basics point to a contemporary, practical approach for arranging objects within a particular environment to create harmony, balance and good qi.
Through the use of certain tools such as color, numbers, symbols, textures and influencers, Feng Shui identifies spaces which are distorted, and readjusts the energy flow to promote health, happiness and abundance.
Contemporary Feng Shui Basics
Contemporary Feng Shui basics grew from two very different but authentic schools, the Form school and the Compass school:
The Form School (Three-Gate Method):
The Form School analyzes the shape of the environment, the land and flow of the wind and water to find a place with ideal qi.
It takes into consideration:
- The five celestial animals (phoenix, green dragon, white tiger, black turtle, and the yellow snake)
- The yin-yang concept
- Natural elements (wood, fire, earth, water, air, metal and space)
- Important events such as the birth of the certain space or structure.
The Compass School:
The Compass School is based on the eight cardinal directions (eight mansions) — each having a unique qi — and the use of the Luo Pan (a disc marked with formulas in concentric rings around a magnetic feng shui compass that refers to the union of heaven and earth; specifically to the electromagnetic field that holds all matter together).
Compass school Feng Shui is best used in conceptual architecture before construction begins.
Feng Shui works On 3 Main Principles: Qi, Natural Elements, and Bagua
1. Qi (Chi) Energy
The always moving and changing life force. The goal is to keep chi flowing gently throughout the environment, rather than running straight through it. However if get stuck or blocked, chi has an adverse effect on the surroundings.
2. The Natural Elements
Fire, earth, metal, water, air, space, and wood — each are distinguished by a characteristic shape, color, texture and set of attributes.
Feng Shui balances all of these elements to create positive energy.
3. The Bagua
A chart mapping out energy centers or “guas” within a space to determine where to place objects that represent your life’s journey, and matching it with corresponding energy elements.
The Bagua translates to a grid-shaped chart to map nine areas of your life:
- Power, wealth, abundance
- Fame, future, reputation
- Love, relationships, marriage
- Creativity, children, legacy
- Compassion, travel, helpful people
- Self, career, work
- Knowledge, wisdom, harmony
- Family, health, community
- Wellbeing, balance, vitality
Bagua is a powerful tool for manifesting your dreams and goals because of the energy centers that correspond to specific areas of your life, and thus can be improved and strengthened to help you succeed.
A variety of tools are available to balance energy in a space, and their efficacy depends on the particular situation. Tools include light, water, wind, sound, color, art, growing things, mirrors, crystals, and objects significant to your goals and dreams.
Feng Shui Bagua Chart. Image source: fengshuidana.com
Important Feng Shui Basics For Creating A Calm, Comfortable Environment
Feng Shui Symbolism:
- Remove your shoes before entering your homeForm a habit of leaving the stress of your work, commuting or bad days outside and cast out the worries, troubles and dirt of the outside world. It’s a purposeful way to allow only peaceful energy to come inside.
- DeclutteringAn important tip in Feng shui basics — this can apply to anything in your life (your head, your phone, your room, etc). Clutter represents stuck energy. It keeps you tied to the past and prevents new opportunities, experiences, and new relationships from entering your life, making you feel that life is unnecessarily complicated. Start by checking your home for things you don’t love, use or need, look for too many things in too small a space, things that are untidy or disorganized, and unfinished projects. Then clear, repair and clean (use water with sea-salt) to allow energy to move more freely.
- Do a space cleansing and house blessingRemove negative energy, sadness, fear, anger or disappointments from the past and spread fresh energy for attracting new opportunities. Space cleaning can be done by burning sage and walking throughout the house while whispering words of love and prosperity
- Let in an abundance of light, fresh air and greeneryOpen the doors and windows – invite nature’s oxygen in and let fresh energy flow through. Allow your body’s natural cycle to slowly move towards night by using soft lights and dimmers in rooms.
- Turn your home into your castleMake your home a sanctuary fit for a king or queen. Create a space filled with love and free from tension with the things you love and from which you can feel good chi emanate. Remember it’s all about how much good energy you let circling, not about how much the objects cost.
- Use enhancersThe magic happens when placing certain items in specific Bagua zones corresponding to the area of life you wish to enhance. Some have symbolic power meaningful only to you, others a real connection to the electromagnetic energy of that area — but both are placed to improve and emit energy.What makes Feng Shui enhancers work, is when you see that object or symbol, you are reminded of the energy it attracts and emits. For that few seconds that you focus on it, you’re reminded of your goal or dream (the reason you placed it there), and thus your thoughts attract that energy.For instance, if you chose an object that reminds you of a constant money flow, and you see it every day, you’re constantly reminded of abundance flowing to you. The object in itself isn’t bringing in the flow of abundance, it’s the meaning you’ve attached to it which makes you experience the flow of it, and through that gets attracted to you.
Feng shui coins to attract the energy of wealth and money.
Feng Shui Color:
Color is one of the easiest ways to energise your home or office for good Feng Shui. Color is very powerful, as it is an expression of light, and way too many spaces are starved for light.
Knowing how to use color to strengthen and balance the energy is a complex subject. The best is to incorporate a combination of three colors at the most, and choose colors according to the energy you need to circulate.
Choose colors for harmony:
- Soft and neutral colors provide a sense of calm.
- Incorporate blues, lavenders, greens, peaches and other soothing earthtones into paint, bedding, artwork, fabrics or decorative objects.
- Choose what colors would make you feel happy and peaceful, then find a way to introduce it into various spaces.
- Overuse of white can cause what is referred to as a ‘white occurence’ delivering too much cold energy, so it’s important to add other touches of color to offset this effect.
Feng Shui Sound:
- Soothing Sounds of Nature – Create a playlist of natural sounds, such as gentle waves, mountain streams, chirping birds or a gentle breeze through the leaves. When you listen to sounds of nature, your heart-rate slows down, your breathing becomes more expansive and your nerves calmed.
- Sound Healing – Incorporate a melodious tingle of large bells, chimes, or a Tibetan singing bowl. Remember to concentrate especially on dark corners where sunlight is not accessible, to move the energy into a higher vibration.
Feng Shui Intention:
Good intention is the key ingredient in whether or not the steps taken to attract positivity qi will result in success or not. So everything about Feng Shui must be done with the intention of its effectiveness and not in doubt of its efficacy.
A positive frame of mind with a benevolent outlook, healthy respect for oneself and others, is the magic mantra which invites in wellbeing.
How Feng Shui Helps You Succeed
Just for a moment, imagine a space where you can finally breathe and exhale. Where your mind can unwind, and your body relax with peace and bliss tangible in the atmosphere.
A space that supports you, your needs, your goals and dreams. Where everything is methodically designed for alignment, and to improve your health, prosperity, relationships and overall happiness.
Such a space is inspired by Feng Shui.
By applying Feng Shui, the subtle energies of your spaces support and promote your aspirations, whether for greater abundance, health, romance, and companionship, or simply to reignite a renewed zest for life.
When your space is calm, your thoughts slow down and you can begin to hear the guidance from your soul. Your spirit is renewed within an environment totally setup to restore your physical and spiritual energy.
When you design a healthy living environment with the above mentioned feng shui basics, there’s a natural sense of ease and harmony circling, in which you will feel relaxed, rejuvenated and inspired to move towards your dreams and where everything transcends into an effortless energy flow.
A flow that brings about happiness, peace and prosperity.
Do you use any Feng Shui basics in your personal space? Share it with us in a comment!