Feng Shui is most often discussed in terms of our environment: our homes, our workplaces and our gardens or outside spaces. We, as energetic beings, interact with the energy of our environment.
There’s no doubt in my mind that, by applying Feng Shui knowledge, we can ensure a harmonious space in which to exist.
However, there is another aspect of Feng Shui which is often overlooked. If you’ve read any of my other articles on Feng Shui you will know that I talk of layers: we can view everything fairly superficially to begin with and then delve deeper into another layer and another layer until we find the perfect environment for us at that time. Another way to use layers in Feng Shui is to think of the environment as one layer, time as another layer and ourselves as layer too. After all, if we Feng Shui the space we’re in shouldn’t we Feng Shui ourselves too?
So, how do you Feng Shui yourself? It probably won’t surprise you to learn that this has many layers too. On a superficial level we start by treating our physical body in a way that conforms to Feng Shui principles. Feng Shui is part of the system known as Tao (The Way) which also includes macrobiotics, Chinese medicine, acupuncture, shiatsu, chi kung and tai chi. So, we have some guidance on how and what we should nourish our body with and keep it in balance to maintain good health.
Now let’s go beyond the physical. Feng Shui, and in fact Tao generally, is about balance. It isn’t about achieving and holding on to a balanced state. Instead it’s the activity or dance of energies that constantly go on with the aim of achieving balance. This dance gives us our energy, creativity, vitality and passion. In Feng Shui these energies can be broadly categorised into 8 segments (before slipping into more detailed layers!). These are represented by the trigrams (three lines showing a mix of yin and yang energy) and shown on a diagram known as the Bagua (8 Palaces).
Each of these Palaces represents a category of our life: wealth, recognition, relationships, children, support, career, education and health. It’s quite sensible to assume that, if we focus too much on one aspect of our lives that other aspects will suffer from lack of attention. In fact, a buzz phrase in business at the moment is ‘work-life balance’ and a model used by life coaches is similar to that of the Bagua. This clearly demonstrates that a system that is thousands of years old is as relevant today as it’s always been.
Let’s use it now to bring some balance into your life:
1. Take the 8 areas shown above and mark out of 10 your current satisfaction level (with 1 being poor and 10 being completely satisfied). This is your benchmark and shows the areas you need to work on first.
- Recognition (do you get noticed for what you do?)
- Relationships (family, partners and social)
- Children (whether you want them, don’t want them, have them or not)
- Support (who’s there to listen, lend a hand or pick up the pieces if needed)
- Career (or business if self employed)
- Education (knowledge, qualifications, experience etc)
2. Now focus on the area with the lowest mark:
- Write in detail how this part of your life would look to score it a 10/10
- Go back over the detail and highlight the bits that would give you a middle score (between your original low mark and 10/10). This will add a sense of realism to the process and provides a focus for short term goals
- Now write down at least three things that you could do that would take you closer to this reality
3. Up to now this process probably sounds like a coaching session but here’s where the Feng Shui bit comes in because you can invigorate the appropriate energy in that sector of your life that will help you to achieve the actions you have written down. For each sector you are working on you can apply the following to your home, room or even an altar that you set up to focus on bringing your life back into balance.
- If you are working on your Wealth sector use Water in the form of dark blues and black colour, water imagery or even an indoor fountain in the south east area of your home, room or altar.
- If you are working on your Recognition sector use Wood in the form of green tones, tree imagery or houseplants in the south area of your home, room or altar.
- If you are working on your Relationship sector use Fire in the form of red tones, triangular shapes and lots of light in the south west area of your home, room or altar.
- If you are working on your Children sector use Earth in the form of neutral and yellow/brown colours, square shapes or pottery in the west area of your home, room or altar.
- If you are working on your Support sector use Earth in the form of neutral and yellow/brown colours, square shapes or pottery in the north west area of your home, room or altar.
- If you are working on your Career sector use Metal in the form of white, gold and silver colours, domed shapes or glass/chrome decoration in the north area of your home, room or altar.
- If you are working on your Education sector use Fire in the form of red tones, triangular shapes and lots of light in the north east area of your home, room or altar.
- If you are working on your Health sector use Water in the form of dark blues and black colour, water imagery or even an indoor fountain in the east area of your home, room or altar.
4. Work on one sector at a time. Don’t try to change everything all at once as it will make the dance of energies even more erratic and balance longer to find.
5. Once you are happy to up your mark in that particular sector then start work on the next lowest scoring sector.
6. If you can, consult an accredited Feng Shui consultant to survey your home and/or workplace. Any changes they can recommend will support your inner Feng Shui work.
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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