Feng shui is a method of arrangement that originated in China, dating back centuries. The basis was the study of Qi or energy and how it moved or was affected the landscape. By understanding this, the most auspicious sites could be determined. There was a deep understanding of the importance of working with the natural order of things.
Back then, this system was mainly for the elite, to ensure they were well protected and in position of power whereas now, we can apply this system in our every day lives and it is accessible to all. Instead of studying surrounding mountains and water ways, we look to surrounding buildings and roads which create the modern day landscape. In addition to the study of what surrounds a home, we can also assess how energy circulates within the home. What is the quality of the energy and how do you interact or feel with it. You often hear the expression "good" or "bad" feng shui. While there may be some truth to that, essentially feng shui is all about the relationships that exists between. What might be beneficial for one person in the house can be depleting for another, depending on your individual element or life gua, personal experiences or memories and simply what phase of life you are in. The real question is, does the energy support or deplete you? What is the interaction between you and that thing? A Feng Shui analysis explores these relationships, identifies the areas and placements that can bring you the most support, and provides the recommendations to make any necessary changes to bring about a positive result!
This system can be applied to improve specific areas in life such as career/finances, within relationships, family dynamics or just an overall sense of wellbeing and purpose.
To do an assessment, two things are required. One, a compass, and two, the Bagua. Once the directions of the property have been established, this a tool that you could say serves as the map which the eight directions or traditionally called trigrams will be overlayed to the floorplan. There are four yin (often called female) trigrams and four yang (male). That is to say, each direction has either a predominately yin or yang energy associated to it. In addition to that, each direction also has an element associated to it. Each of the elements has its own energy, personality or essence. An element can pertain to a body part or bodily functions as in Chinese medicine, can pertain to a color, a season, an emotion, a spiritual aspect of being.
When the five elements move in what we call a productive or natural cycle, balance is obtained, just as represented in the yin/yang symbol. When this cycle or interaction moves in an unnatural way, too slow, too fast, backwards..then we experience imbalance or disruption either or a physical or emotional plane. This is in part what is meant by the quality of energy, which can often be adjusted in the arrangement of furnishings etc. We can speed up slow moving energy, or slow down fast moving energy.
Once this grid is established for the home, we can then go the next step and begin to understand which areas are most beneficial for each individual in the space, according to their life gua and element. Ideally, we want to spend the most time in the areas that are most beneficial or supportive! Ex. Have you ever had the experience of leaving a space and feeling completely exhausted like you need to go have a nap for no obvious reason? This is usually a case of spending time in a space that although may have been well decorated, was not energetically aligned for you. Nice decor does not guarantee good feng shui!
The Taiji symbol shows the relationship of yin and yang, coherence. They are opposites yet interdependant, constantly transforming into one another.
For a polarity to exist, there must be an opposite. Night slowly becomes day, action followed by rest, inhale vs exhale, and so on. These polarities ensure growth, change and evolution. Rooms can also be assessed on the yin/yang quotient based on what is the purpose of the space? Kitchens and family rooms, tend to be more yang while bedrooms more yin. That being said, a balanced room should represent both in varying degrees.