Feng Shui Basics

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Feng in Chinese meaning “wind” and Shui in Chinese meaning “water” is arranging furniture in order to create balance with the natural world. The goal is to harness energy forces and establish harmony between an individual and their environment.

The commanding position is the spot in a room that is the furthest from the door and not in direct line with it. It puts you diagonal to the door. Ideally, you should have a clear line of sight to the door.

The five elements—earth, metal, water, wood, and fire—come from the Taoist tradition. The elements are five interrelated phases in life that work together to create a complete system. Typically, the practice of feng shui works to balance these five facets in your home and each of your life area.

A bagua is the feng shui energy map superimposed on the floor plan of your home. The Chinese word “bagua” translates to mean “eight areas.” Each of the eight areas relates to a different life circumstance, such as family, wealth, or career. And, each of these areas has corresponding shapes, colors, seasons, number, and earthly elements.

Think about how you have used feng shui in your home without even knowing. Also think about how you can bring in more balance with the natural world using these feng shui principles.

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