which claims to use energy forces to harmonize individuals with their surrounding environment.
The term feng shui literally translates as “wind-water” in English. This is a cultural shorthand taken from the passage of the now-lost Book of Burial recorded in Guo Pu‘s commentary:Feng shui is one of the Five Arts of Chinese Metaphysics, classified as physiognomy (observation of appearances through formulas and calculations).
The feng shui practice discusses architecture in terms of “invisible forces” that bind the universe, earth, and humanity together, known as qi.
Historically, feng shui was widely used to orient buildings—often spiritually significant structures such as tombs, but also dwellings and other structures—in an auspicious manner. Depending on the particular style of feng shui being used, an auspicious site could be determined by reference to local features such as bodies of water, or stars or the compass.
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How to organize your Live using the 9 principles of Feng Shui
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We all want new beginnings, new motivations, new ways of thinking, more money, more muscle, less weight, better jobs. But most of these resolutions highlight the end goal (whether quantifiable or unquantifiable) and do not necessarily give you tools necessary to get there.
I never ever hear anyone talk about how, specifically, they are going to keep their resolutions. We don’t lack motivation. We lack a system that works.
So I suggest that we change our approach and allow feng shui principles to guide us toward a more fulfilling life.
How you can use feng shui to achieve your goals:
Set your affirmations. Write down nine affirmations that correspond with the feng shui areas of your home. As a feng shui consultant, I’ve seen this practice work wonders for my clients; it really helps keep them on track. Your affirmations should relate to the nine guas, or the areas of life named in feng shui philosophy. These manifest in different parts of the home, and you can calculate where they lie in your space using this Bagua map.
CREATING YOUR OWN BAGUA TO ENHANCE FENG SHUI
To do this, you will need to sketch the layout of your home, in pencil so you can easily make changes. Try to keep your house roughly to scale.
While traditionally, bagua’s were created using an octagonal shape, rectangles will work as well and will be much easier for you to use.
With that being said, draw a large square around your layout and divide this into a grid of nine. Make sure all rectangles are equal sizes. Your front entrance door should be at the edge of the lower grid, representing the mouth of the chi. It may be in the bottom left, bottom centre, or bottom right rectangle depending on the layout of your house.
With this being done, you should clearly be able to see certain rooms falling into different areas of the grid. Some rooms may fall into two or more spaces and that is perfectly fine. You will be focussing on the grid that most of the room lays in.
Now you know which areas certain rooms within your house fall in, you need to know what these grids represent. They represent life areas or energy centres, and each corresponds with a different part of your life.
You can see an example below:
How To Apply the Feng Shui Bagua Map – Quick & Easy
The Feng Shui Bagua Map can be applied to the floorplan of your home to achieve more peace and harmony in your life. Covers how to determine missing and extended areas. Western Method. This is a short and simple instructional Quick-Start Guide of just the basics that will help you get up and running with the Bagua Map in no time at all.
From consultant Heather I. Melcer: Harmony in Motion
Feng Shui practitioners use the bagua to find optimum positions and understand specific areas of both their homes and lives. They can also carry out these readings for people who want to aid the energy flow in their own homes.
In basic terms, the bagua allows someone to create an energy map of your home, office or garden.
The most effective way of doing this in your own home is to create your own bagua map.
So, if you’re looking to write an affirmation for the career gua that inspires you to chase a new job, it could look write, “Numerous job opportunities come to me and I intuitively seize the best one without fear or hesitation.” And if you’re focusing on the children gua, you could write, “I am patient with my children and always find a way to resolve conflict without hurting their feelings.” In writing these more specific affirmations, you are reaffirming your commitment to change and talking about it like it’s already happening. You are illuminating a path toward transformation.
Recruit some guidance.
Pair your affirmations with one inspirational, meaningful quote you can refer to throughout the year. It should relate to your affirmations and inspire you but not nag you. A quote conveys the idea of endless possibility whereas a resolution is just a yes or no proposition. Place the quote somewhere prominent in your home so that you can check in with its power every day. I chose this Goethe quote for the new year:
“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, magic and power in it. Begin it now.”
This has a lot to do with my career and it also reminds me of the importance to follow through, work hard, surmount obstacles and accept any outcomes. It also reminds me of the magic of creation. I am trusting myself more each time I read the quote, and it continues to lift my spirits every day.
Feng Shui for your Desktop
Laura Morris Feng Shui consultant Toronto, ON 416-899-7082
November 6, 2016 Are you easily distracted while you study? Do you have trouble focusing when you work from home? Do feel like you have zero control over your work life? You may have a home office or workspace that needs an energy adjustment. A big component to achieving success in your career, work or schooling is to set up a supportive and stable place to think, create and focus. You can create an office (even at home) built for success by using simple Feng Shui principles.
For a home office, the best case scenario is when you can create a dedicated space specifically designed for you work/study. Ideally it would be a spare room where a door can close and even lock, but the reality is you may not have the space, so instead you will need to find a quiet corner of the house to set up shop. Download your Work Life Bagua worksheet The Feng Shui tips below will work for any office (inside or outside the home) but I will address specific issues for a workspace within a multi-functional room i.e. an open concept main floor. When working from home you may need to carve out your workspace in a living room, family room or bedroom. Working in a shared space can be distracting and disruptive. By following the tips below, you can create a dedicated energy area that feels separate from the rest of the room, this will create more stability and less distraction. Here are five simple ways (and two complete instructional videos) to help make you feel more secure and productive in your workspace using Feng Shui:
1. Desk position.
In Feng Shui we call the optimal position of the desk and chair the command position. It should face the door or entry way so you have a commanding view of your surroundings. Also having a solid wall behind you provides a solid backing so you can rest at ease and focus on your work. What if my desk can’t face the room or opening, what then? Watch the Feng Shui Your Office video below for more info on the command position and how to tackle that situation.
2. The desk.
The material and colour of your desk is important. I prefer using a solid wood desk or at the very least not a see-through table top. Glass desk tops allow ideas and creativity to leak away and fall through. I also prefer a darker coloured wood. Practically speaking this makes the papers easier to see and focus on.
3. The chair.
Another way to create more support and stability is with your desk chair. A proper chair will give you both physical and energetic support. Things to look for: higher back, functional, solid back. The higher back gives you that feeling of cocooning and support. You can choose a bold colour if you need more get-up-and-go like red, which represents the fire element; or go for stability, and grounding with brown. If you are in a multi-functional room you can further cocoon the area by adding a screen to block out any distracting or negative energy. It will help to keep things focused and calm.
4. The 50/50 rule.
Remove any clutter that isn’t serving a purpose. I like the rule of thumb that you should be able to see 50% of desk at least once per day. Having said that, a messy desk can be creative and productive when you are in the middle of a project, but do try to clear your desk and reset between new projects.
5. Using the power of the bagua.
You can also activate certain key areas of the desk top by adding objects and elements in a specific gua/area. This will boost energies and help to balance out the 5 elements. You can use the areas of the bagua and apply it to your business life by mapping out your desktop. Watch the video How to Feng Shui Your Desktop and download the Business Life Bagua worksheet to get specific info on each area.
Map your own desk! Do want to learn more about each of the nine areas of the bagua and how it relates to your work life? Download this worksheet I have created here:
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There are many ways to increase the Feng Shui energy flow in any room including a home office by arranging your desk. Learn a few ways to do this from our Feng Shui expert in this free video clip.
Expert: Katie Grant
Bio: Katie Grant teaches a workshop for actors and other creative people. Her style of Feng Shui is called the BTB, from the Tibet Buddist School. She is the owner of Grant Redesign group in Los Angeles.
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Will be continued 🙂