How did you enjoy the decluttering activity? What was your experience going through the items in your home or living space? Did it make you think that perhaps you may need to start going through other spaces that you inhabit such as where you work or your car? I find that once I begin to experience the change and ease that comes with removing items from my space, I soon want to experience that in all areas of my life. If you feel called to perform the decluttering activity in other portions of your life do so.
Now that you have spent time with the items within your home and cleansed your space as you feel called to we will look at the ways in which energy moves about the home. Let’s start with the basics, under the Chinese system of Taoism there are lies the foundation of the Ultimate as Creation/Matter/Earth in the form of a square and Heaven/Spirit/Sky as a circle that surrounds that square. That square of creation can be reduced to a broken line _ _ known as Yin. The circle can be reduced down to an unbroken line __ known as Yang. Thus we find balance through the Yin/Yang symbol.
Here we find the Yang (Heaven/Spirit/Sky/Male) represented by white and Yin (Creation/Matter/Earth/Female) represented by black. One is never without the other which is why there is always a spot of each in the other. The Yang is at the top denoting the South with Yin at the bottom signaling the North. If we then look a the concept of the lines we find that by arranging the lines representing Yin/Yang we can symbolize the 4 directions. From there we can add a third row to denote the element associated with that direction as well. Thus we have three rows of lines featuring solid and broken lines. By adding an additional three rows we find ourselves at the IChing but that is for another day.
If you would like a more detailed explanation of the directions, elements, and energy associated with them, I implore you to see out some of the many resources that exist online, in text, or in person. Here, we’ll move forward into the art of Feng Shui which utilizes understanding the flow of energy (Chi)in accordance with the system described above to design one’s living space to give you optimal luck and balance. Each direction is known to assist the home in different ways. Taking these associations we can bring the nine sections of the Pah Kwa out into a square that can be divided into 9 known as the Lo Shu magic square. We can then overlay this square onto any home with the South at the top to see the energy associated there and determine what may need to be done to enhance that space.
Now that you’re more familiar with the principles of Feng Shui, let’s find the love portion of your home. If you can grab a house plan or draw one of your home. Using a compass ascertain the direction your house faces from the front door. Then find yourself a Pa Kua or Bagua that you can lay over your house plan matching up the south locations. From there you can determine the sections of your home. The love and relationships portion of your home is to the right of the southern wall/room. For example if your front door faces north then the back of your home would be your Fame and recognition area. To the top right of that would be your relationships/love portion of your home. Now that you know where the love portion is we’ll discuss how to decorate and arrange the items in that portion of your home to bring you love and security.
Here’s to some fun Feng Shui,