In Feng Shui the centre of any building or room is considered extremely important. Known as the Tai Chi or ‘Great Void’ it’s a very special place.
However, as Feng Shui deals with balance and harmony, you may wonder why so much emphasis is put on the middle.
To explain this, let’s have a look at the Bagua (or Eight Palaces) that is used in Compass Feng Shui.
Around the centre we have the eight trigrams. These represent different energy personalities. Each has a mix of yin and yang and is associated with many things including elements, colours, family members, body parts and compass directions.
For example, the trigram at the top right of the diagram has three blue broken lines. This is full yin energy and is represented by the earth element, yellows and browns, the mother, stomach and the south west.
It’s opposite, three red unbroken lines in the bottom right of the diagram is full yang energy and is represented by the metal element, silver, greys and white, the father, lungs, skin and the north west.
The other trigrams represent mixtures of yin and yang as you can see from the colours and whether the lines are broken or unbroken.
By placing the Bagua over a floor plan we can see how best to support these energy personalities. If the floor plan is irregular it may be that one or even two of the trigrams are missing and therefore unsupported. Or, if the layout of a house dictates, certain trigrams may be stronger than others and need to be brought into balance.
However, there is one area that is not governed by a trigram and that is the centre or Tai Chi. You’ll probably recognise the familiar symbol in the middle representing yin and yang.
We have three types of chi or energy in this world: yin, which rises from the earth and is soft and diffuse; yang which descends from the heavens and is hard and focussed; human which comes from us.
If we take us out of the equation for now, yin rises up to meet yang descending and, where the two meet, there is a constant dance of changing energies. This ever-changing situation always happens in the Tai Chi area and gives rise to the eight trigrams or energy personalities.
So, if the centre of your house or room is cluttered, dirty, dark or dank, you’re not helping the energies to interact and created the finely balanced states that will bring harmony to your environment and that is why Feng Shui always starts with the middle. It’s a little like a wheel – if the centre isn’t strong enough to support the spokes then your wheel won’t last long and you won’t get very far!
Jackie Notman is a copywriter, feng shui consultant and e-commerce retailer. This article is from her blog ‘Life – and everything else’ where you’ll find an eclectic mix of articles and information.
This Feng Shui information is general for everybody. However, there are deeper levels of Feng Shui which take into account you and your specific business or home environment.
If you would like to find out more about living in harmony with your environment, and using energy to your advantage, contact Jackie Notman on 07920 461574 or through her website www.fs168.co.uk
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