Saturday, May 19, 2012

Feng Shui 101

As I mentioned I was at an Feng shui lecture at IKEA yesterday and learned all sorts of new things, now I pass them onward to you. I'm not promising that below will be coherent or teach you everything but it's a start to move forward from.

One thing to keep in mind: 
Your home is an extension of your life.

The dragon's seat
We want to be in power position (dragon's seat) and feel protected, that is why most people feel more comfortable with not having their back to doors and windows but a clear view of them. In Feng shui it was considered perfect to have a mountain behind your house and trees or mountain on the sides for protection while you have a clear view on the front of your house. We've for ages, subconsciously, decided homes in that position, for example: my home sits in a square formation with three other apartment complexes and I have a clear view from the front of the house over most of my city.

The universal energy. Chi is the energy around us that affects us and vice versa. Good energy (chi) is to keep what you need. Note: Things aren't gone just because you put them away in a storage or in the attic or in the basement, it will still steal your energy.
  • We want soft and calm movement on chi.
  • Round forms give chi good movement.
  • Chi comes in through doors and windows (where we can get in).
  • Tall plants and curtains prevents chi from entering.
  • Chi rushes through narrow and cramped places, without things, like hallways.
  • Chi goes where the eye go.
  • Gets stuck on book shelves with lots of things (specially with lots of black), put doors in front.
  • The colour black attracts more energy.

The 5 elements are the foundation to everything, nothing consists of only one element but it's usually one that is more dominant than the others. The 5 elements are: Water > Wood > Fire > Earth > Metal >, and they're all connected to each other. Every element has a colour scale, forms and materials, for example: Wood, the green colour scale, high and narrow forms and the material wood; all vegetation like cotton and bamboo.
  • All elements need to be in the environment you're in.
  • Metal: white colour scale
  • Earth: if we're not 'up and about' it can easily depress us if we're in a room dominated by this element.
  • Earth: brown colour scale (and mustard yellow)
  • Fire: daylight belong to this element.
  • Fire: red colour scale (red - orange - clear yellow)
  • Water: clear glass, cut crystal, things with reflections, for example: windows belong to this element.
  • Water: blue colour scale and black scale, think all kinds of oceans.

Yin and Yang
You need balance between yin and yang. During different times of our lives we need more of one of them, for example: we need more of the maternal and caring Yin when we're not feeling well.
  • Yang: angular, bright, straight, masculine energy, loud, extrovert and tall.
  • Yin: soft, round, feminine energy, enveloping, dark and warm.

Note: If your home has a good chi or not is something only you can say, listen to your body and in some way or another it will tell you if it's comfortable or not. Remember that Feng shui is changeable because so are we. What is great for you today might not be so in ten years or even just 6 months. 

Thanks to Lightliving - home of harmony for the wonderful lecture!

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