Regisdential Bagua

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Yin & Yang





















Luo Pan - Chinese Compass







 Introduction to Feng Shui

Feng Shui is an ancient practice, science and philosophy based on the study of the flow of energy in our environment and how it affects human beings. The practice of Feng Shui originated in China dating back at least 5000 years ago. It was believed by the Chinese, that people for better or for worse are influenced by their surroundings...


Literally Feng  means wind and Shui  means water.  In Chinese culture the gentle wind and clear water have always been associated with good harvest and good health, and came to mean good livelihood and prosperity.


In Feng Shui, we refer to the flow of energy as "qi". The Chinese studied the mountains, valleys, and rivers and qi was created and carried by these landforms. By harnessing this subtle yet powerful force of nature, we can live in harmony with our environment and enjoy good health and general well-being.


Feng Shui advocates living in harmony with earth's environment so there is proper balance between the forces of nature. The theories of yin and yang, and the balancing of the five elements; earth, water, metal, fire, and wood are some of the basic aspects of a Feng Shui analysis. According to ancient philosophers, interpreting these elements and how the flow of qi interacts in the physical environment can be combined to create all transformation in one's life.


We have adapted these ancient philosophies to our western culture by arranging our environments in a harmonious way which encourages a nourishing, supportive, balanced life. Feng Shui incorporates interior and exterior design elements, by utilizing components, such as lighting, color, placement of furniture, mirrors, plants, and landscaping that maximizes your environment for personal potential and well-being.


According to the philosophy, chi enters a home or office through the front door, which is considered "the mouth of qi." That energy is then dispersed throughout the environment, helped or hindered by objects placed within certain areas.


In the home, Feng Shui creates harmonious relationships, attracts abundance and foster good health. In business, observing Feng Shui principles is a sound way of creating opportunities for growth, improving your standing in the community and attracting new customers. The ancient science of Feng Shui can create advantageous results when applied to our modern living environments.

While disruptions of qi can be remedied, the accumulation of
clutter is more than a concern. People are so conditioned by society that more is better, but unfortunately, if your house is full, then so is your life, and there's no room for growth. Clutter can symbolize a person's lack of trust in the future. Keeping your home filled with things you no longer use or love, or because you may need it someday indicates your lack of trust that the universe will provide for you in the future.

When you look at your home, you are looking at an outer expression of your inner self; everything in your home has an effect on you. Your home is a living portrait of you and your life. Making changes in your home will help to create positive changes in your life.

The spirituality surrounding the practice of Feng Shui does not appeal to everyone. A key aspect to the success and results of Feng Shui depends upon the intention, clarity of focus and sincerity. Rearranging your home doesn't automatically revitalize a person's life. There's a psychological aspect  - it taps into your subconscious because you're surrounded by it, making a decision to adopt the principles of Feng Shui is a solid, physical affirmation.



The Clutter Quotient

The ultimate intention of practicing Feng Shui is to create an environment that supports and encourages the positive flow of energy into your life. The very first step in your Feng Shui journey is the "clear the clutte", to prepare your home for the prosperous, nurturing and supportive energy you so deserve.


"If your house is full, then so is your life, there is no room for growth, no room for new opportunities to enter".


The term clutter does have the implication of being negative, but when the expression is used, the meaning can be misinterpreted and does have a number of translations. Clutter is considered anything in which you surround yourself with that is no longer reflective of who you are - TODAY. Granted, there are severe situations which require the assistance of a professional, but for the most part, clutter can be addressed by just bringing awareness to the concern.


Clutter consists of anything that is no longer valuable or beneficial to you. This could be a bookcase full of books you have already read, clothes that no longer fit you or furnishings that do not reflect your true personality and taste. Possessions to consider are remnants from past relationships, gifts that you received in which you accumulate only to avoid hurtful feelings. All of these things are preventing you from moving forward in your life and depending on the area of your home, could create obstacles or completely block the flow of energy and events into your life.

Clutter is low, sluggish, and confusing energy that drains energy from you. Clutter is a dilemma, as it hinders clarity of focus, and aside from the disruption, it also blocks the flow of positive energy. To our subconscious mind, clutter triggers visions of stagnation, stuck energy and places where life doesn't move. This usually represents the things we are avoiding and where we don't want to put our attention.
The explanation why most people avoid addressing clutter is not because it takes effort or that it can be time consuming. The real reason is the fact that clutter clearing is a very emotional, overwhelming process, similar to therapy, and it takes emotional determination to even get started.


Clutter can also symbolize a person's lack of trust in the future. Keeping your home filled with things you no longer use or love, or because you may need it someday indicates your lack of trust that the universe will provide for you in the future.


In addition to all that is visible in your environment, other less noticeable locations in your home also have a huge affect on your life. Just because you don't see it doesn't mean that it's not affecting you.

Hidden clutter includes your garage, closets, basement, or attic spaces. Chi energy stagnates in storage areas. Closets represent things that are out of sight, unknown, or unrecognized. When we fill our closets with clutter, we stifle our ability to be intuitive and insightful.


Your garage is more than a storage space. It's your daily portal in and out of the world and reflects your freedom. Consider your car as a symbol of your mobility, independence, and gives you the capacity to be self-directed in life. If there's so much stuff piled up in your garage that you can barely fit the car, you may be hindered or overly cautious, affecting your forward progress. Your vehicle is one of your most costly financial investments  -  doesn't it deserve to be protected?


A cluttered attic creates a feeling of being under pressure and reflects your higher aspirations. It's hard to feel optimistic about the future when there's so much stuff "hanging over your head" or the weight of the world is on your shoulders. And the basement and other below-ground storage areas are considered your subconscious territory.


Go straight for it, give it away, find a home for it, make decisions about it, and address it! Once you start moving the energy in your home, you will be surprised how quickly events move in your life!


Clutter-clearing does not need to be considered an enormous challenge. It is one of the most effective self-improvement strategies available to you. Every magazine and piece of paper you recycle, every book you give to the library, every knick-knack and item of clothing you release to a new owner creates space in your life for new insight, energy, joy, and experiences. 

The Bagua

In the practice of Feng Shui, the principle reference symbol of your environment is determined by using a map called a Bagua. Ba means eight, while gua means trigram (area), simply means eight trigrams. The eight sections of the Bagua each represent one of the eight life aspirations and each is attributed to a different facet of one's life. The Bagua symbols derive its significance from the eight trigrams of the I Ching, thereby imparting symbolic meaning to the eight compass directions. The I Ching, or Book of Changes, as it is known in the west is the principle source of philosophy and symbolism for Feng Shui.


One of the most common uses of the Bagua is to enhance the Feng Shui of your space by identifying the symbols and directions of the life aspirations of your environment. The Bagua is one of the tools used in Feng Shui practices. The eight sided figure which when superimposed on the plan of a home, room or garden - can be used for Feng Shui diagnosis. If you want a simple and efficient means of improving the Feng Shui of your home or garden, then Bagua is the answer. 

Understanding the associations and meanings of each 'gua' is the first step in learning to place the Bagua. Individual guas have unique personalities, symbols, and associated elements. When you know about each element and its meaning, the Bagua tells you how you can make healing enhancements to your space using one or more elements. Wealth, reputation, love, family and health, travel and helpful acquaintances, career, wisdom, children and creativity are the eight life areas or aspirations; each is represented by a corresponding area on the Bagua map.

The Five Elements

Another important aspect of Feng Shui is the Five Element Theory. These five elements are considered the main manifestations of qi, the vital energy. According to the Chinese, everything in this world belongs to one of the five elements or energies, namely earth, water, wood, metal, and fire. They are believed to affect every action and activity and produce life changing effects, when applied to daily life. It is also fortified by the fact that all the twelve horoscopes are based on the five elements. They define the characteristics of a person according to the amount of the element present. Given below is more information on the five elements in Feng Shui.


Fire Element (forceful energy) The colors that represent the element of fire (expansion and transformation) are red and orange or any other bright color that bounces light and energizes. The shapes that create the energy of fire are angular such as pyramids, triangles, diamonds, and sunbursts. These shapes send energy quickly in all directions and therefore create movement and change.

Earth Element (grounding and support) The element Earth is associated with muted tones such as yellows and brown. These colors slow the energies. Shapes of the earth energy are squares and rectangles; they are horizontal shapes that encourage the grounding of energy. Changing artwork and windows from portrait to landscape can increase the earth energy in a home.


Wood Element (personal growth) This element encompasses colors that are clear and energizing. These colors are greens associated with growth and purples inviting abundance. Wood represents energy that moves vertically and is therefore associated with cylinders and columns.


Water Element (release and renewal) The element of water is expressed in dark blues and black. These colors invite personal wisdom. The energy of water element is represented by any shape that produces flow. Still water energy is represented by any shape that would holds water and creates a womb like effect. Moving water shapes are drawn as cascades or ripples. This energy flows to the sides and down.


Metal Element (mental power) The metal element is introduced through the colors of white, silver, and gray. These colors are sharp and influence intelligence. The metal colors are also represented by the powerful rainbow and bring both healing and creativity. The circle is the shape that brings in the metal element. In a circle, energy is constantly moving in an expanding cycle sending energy outward. This flow of energy often brings individuals into a collective commune.

Yin & Yang

The Yin Yang Theory is one of the main theories of Feng Shui are two energies that shape the universe and everything in it. We refer to these two energies as "Yin"A? and "Yang"A?, together constitutes balance. Good Feng Shui can only be created when there is balance and harmony between Yin and Yang.


The best representation of the interaction of Yin and Yang is the Tai Chi symbol: a perfect circle with two contrasting colors, black and white, creating the circle of life together, and each containing inside itself the essence of the opposite energy. Expressed in colors, Yin energy is represented by the Black color and Yang energy is represented by color White.


As your home needs harmonious energy in order to support you, it is important to understand the application of the yin yang theory on a practical level. In the Western culture we tend to experience an imbalance of Feng Shui energies. We live in a constant flow of the very active, busy, Yang energy and often weak or even missing energy of Yin (the relaxed and nourishing one.)


Creating a home that will reflect the Yin Yang balance is very important. There will always be one quality of energy that is stronger depending on the use of the space, but you need the represent both energies. The concept of Yin and Yang is one of the most fundamental and profound theories of Feng Shui. It is the Chinese perspective of balance and continual change.


Without understanding the conceptual view of Yin and Yang, one cannot properly utilize five elements, since the five elements are the basis of the energetic representations and are the (only!) corrections utilized in Feng Shui.


In Feng Shui, applying the Yin and Yang concept brings about balance, harmony, and prosperity. Achieving good Feng Shui therefore has much to do with balancing the Yin and Yang elements.

Directions and Locations

In Traditional methods of Feng Shui, more commonly known as Compass School, a chinese compass is used called a Luo Pan.


In the Bazhai or Eight Mansion method the kua number or trigram of the home is used to derive the four auspicious and inauspicious locations. Ming Gua or most commonly known as your Gua number gives your four auspicious and inauspicious personal directions. Each direction and location reveals a different quality of chi.


Flying Star Feng Shui or Xuan Kong is an analysis of the home based on the construction year of the home. It has nothing to do with the stars in space, although they are called stars. It is actually the quality of energy which is located in the compass directions of the home. Fixed stars, as they are called do not change, but every year at the Chinese New Year, visiting or annual stars "fly" into a different location of the home bringing with it a different chi quality influencing your home.


Both Flying Star and Bazhai are part of the Compass Feng Shui School. With both methods, a compass is required to take the facing and sitting direction of your house. However, Flying Star goes further and takes into account the age of the house, the time element and how the energy of a house changes over time.


BaZi, also known as the Four Pillars of Destiny is an additional branch of traditional Feng Shui. Simply put, it is your Chinese Astrology Chart. The Four Pillars of Destiny contain four components that makes up a persons destiny and fate based on their moment of birth: 1year 2month 3day 4hour.


The Bagua is the very foundation of Feng Shui. In traditional methods, the directions on the Bagua are used. In the Western Form methods, the Eight Life Aspriations of the Bagua are used. Contrary to popular belief, all methods of Feng Shui produce successful results.

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