A friend recommended a 5-day short seminar on Feng Shui to me. I’ve dabbled in Feng Shui a few times, doing an analysis on each of our houses to determine if I need to add in some Feng Shui enhancements or cures. This course focused on using the Bagua Map.
Simplistically, the Bagua Map (see below) splits your space into 9 squares, each one representing a life area. In each space there is set of colors, shapes, and elements that should be present for good Feng Shui (elements being wood, water, fire, metal, and earth). You can bring in the actual element/color/shape with furnishings or pictures to represent those elements. You can also nourish one element with another – water nourishes wood, wood nourishes fire, etc. There are also other enhancements to bring positive energy to that life domain. Here’s a link to one of the better enhancements information sites.
One of the other specifics in the Bagua Map approach includes eliminating clutter, getting rid of anything broken or unusable, and only keeping things with positive energy. A bit like the Marie Kondo approach to de-cluttering by asking “does it bring you joy?” this approach also asked, “is it necessary?” and “are you just tolerating it?” These questions gave me different ways of approaching the magnitude of stuff we still seem to have to downsize.
As we continue to set up our new Florida home, I will be referring back to some of the Feng Shui design principles as we place our artwork and other “stuff”. We have lots of positives already:
- Our kitchen area with its tall, dark wood cabinets is in the Core Health & Family / Nourishment space, which has wood as its element and tall rectangles as its shape.
- Our master suite is in the Love & Marriage area where using accessories in pairs is one of the enhancements recommended. We have pairs of things coming in the move – picture of a pair of doves, pairs of lights. I’ve also added lots of candles in this space (fire element), and am considering changing some to pink (versus white and green candles now).
- Our guest room is in the Travel & Helpful People space. As this room will also be multi-use as my “office” or quiet reading room, I’ll need to think about designing the room with mini Bagua map review as well.
- I had already placed a triangular wrought-iron plant stand in the Fame & Reputation area of our new home. Triangles are the shape here! I need to decide how to bring in fire element though, or wood (wood nourishes fire). Perhaps place a wood bowl in the plant stand?
One fun thing I’m now planning based on this review is finding a beautiful purple bowl to fill with bamboo (or crystals) and place in the “money corner”. The Prosperity & Wealth area has purple, red, and green as colors and wood as the element. As soon as I can, I’m off on an art & craft show exploration for that bowl!
This dabbling in Feng Shui again was fun and gave me some additional approaches for de-cluttering and downsizing. I’ve done a lot, but there is still much more to do – we are moving from a 2100 sq. ft. house with attic and basement to a 1900 sq. ft. house, no attic and no basement. The loss of attic (where we both have our office spaces) and basement (where we have over 15 shelves of stuff) is where it’s really impacting us! Yes, this move has been on the plans for a long time, but the downsizing is still a big work-in-progress.
Have you ever done a Feng Shui analysis on your space? What was the most interesting thing you learned about your space?
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