Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Feng Shui Living
Lets talk about Feng Shui. The Feng Shui grid is a vital part of any Feng Shui practice in the home. It is what provides the guide for where to place items in order to improve the flow of Chi and bring optimal positive energy into the home.
The above Feng Shui grid shows the energetic areas in your home that are responsible for different aspects of your life. You should place this grid on top your home plan to identify the specific areas of the grid.
The "Entrance" part of the grid indicates that you should view your home spots from the main entrance in accordance with the grid.
What is Feng Shui? This is a simple question that can be difficult to answer. Feng Shui is an ancient art and science developed over 3,000 years ago in China. It is a complex body of knowledge that reveals how to balance the energies of any given space to assure the health and good fortune for people inhabiting it.
"Feng" means "wind" and "shui" means "water" (pronounced fung-shway). In Chinese culture gentle wind and clear water have always been associated with good harvest and good health, thus "good feng shui" came to mean good livelihood and fortune, while "bad feng shui" came to mean hardship and misfortune.
Feng Shui is based on the Taoist vision and understanding of nature, particularly on the idea that the land is alive and filled with Chi, or energy. The ancient Chinese believed that the land's energy could either make or break the kingdom, so to speak. The theories of yin and yang, as well as the five feng shui elements, are some of the basic aspects of a feng shui analysis that come from Taoism.
The main tools used in a feng shui analysis are the Compass and the Ba-Gua. The Ba-Gua is an octagonal grid containing the symbols of the I Ching, the ancient oracle on which Feng Shui is based. Knowing the Bagua of your home will help you understand the connection of specific feng shui areas of your home to specific areas of your life.
Hopefully this has been helpful.
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