Feng shui is a Chinese design philosophy which literally means wind and water, which act as the source of all life energy according to ancient Chinese beliefs. In order to bring blessings and abundance into your home environment, you have to harness this life energy. In this article, we’re going to let you in on how to design your space according to the principles of feng shui.
Raising the Chi
When designing according to feng shui, the main thing to remember is that raising the level of chi is so important. When allowing this life energy to move fluidly and freely throughout the given environment, you may need to adjust things in order to prevent chi from becoming trapped or stagnate. Avoid creating a cluttered, messy space by tending to your garden regularly, and resist placing furniture or pots that may obstruct a clear path.
Applying the Bagua
The Bagua shows you how your environment is connected to your life, and is composed of nine Life Sectors that correlate with aspects of your life; family, relationships, children, career, knowledge, wealth, fame, helpful people and t’ai chi, which is your overall health and wellbeing. All nine sectors should be present in your garden, and you can raise the chi in areas of your garden that are lacking in your life to creative a positive impact.
The Five Elements
Fire, water, earth, air and metal are the five elements that make up our natural world, and so it’s important to include each of them in your garden to create a harmonious, welcoming space. To create a nourishing cycle of the elements, be sure to organise your garden in a way that helps the elements flow together. Consider including elements such as timber, stone, lush gardens and water.
Balancing Yin and Yang
Based on the concept of complementary opposites, yin-yang is the idea that life energy has a passive and active side. It’s important to keep these energies balanced, as they both contrast and work together to achieve a balanced energy in your home space. Use colour mindfully, and plan for a balanced garden composition.
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