The Beginner’s Guide to Feng Shui

What is Feng Shui?

Feng shui is an ancient Chinese philosophical system which places emphasis on energy flow (referred to as chi or qi) through one’s environment. It also borrows some beliefs from Taoism, including the yin yang principle. As such, Feng Shui is concerned with how the spatial arrangement of items in one’s home or work space may help to achieve balance and harmony.

Feng Shui is practical and requires you to create a comfortable and efficient environment. So, regardless of your beliefs, practicing this system may bring you numerous benefits.

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Mapping Your Space with the Bagua

The term Feng Shui comes from two Chinese words which literally mean water and air. These are both life-giving elements, which are carriers of chi. Clearly, maximizing positive energy flow is at the center of the Feng Shui system.

In order to analyze the energy of a space and apply Feng Shui, you may use a bagua, which is an energy map. There are two ways to define the bagua of a space: by following the Classical Feng Shui school or the BTB (Black Sect Tantric Buddhist) Feng Shui school, which is also known as the Western school.  The bagua of each school contain the same areas: fame and reputation, health and family, wealth and abundance, love and marriage, creativity and children, helpful people and blessings, career and path in life, spiritual growth and cultivation. Each area corresponds to a specific color and Feng Shui element. For example, the northern bagua area is associated with career success and water.

If you are following the Classical school, you will need to take compass readings at your front door. This requires a special Feng Shui compass. The BTB method, however, does not require a compass. Instead, it simply requires you to divide the floor plan of your home into nine squares, corresponding to the eight areas mentioned above and a ninth section to represent the heart of your home. Once you have mapped your space, you can decide how to arrange your home and which items to place in a particular area.

The concept of Feng Shui may sound complex, but applying it to your home is easier than you might think. Below are 10 simple tips to help you get started.

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10 Tips for Applying Feng Shui

1. Remove Electronics from the Bedroom

According to Feng Shui, the bedroom is a place to rest and be intimate with your partner. So, electronics, such as televisions and computers, don’t belong in the bedroom. They are counter-productive to the calming energy that leads to sleeping. They emit blue light which disrupts the sleep cycle, create noise, and add to clutter. Most of them also have reflective surfaces, which bounce energy around the room.

It’s recommended that you switch out your digital alarm clock for an old-fashioned wind-up clock. You can also cover up electronics with a blanket or put them in a cabinet if you don’t have an extra room in your home. It’s much better to remove them from the bedroom altogether, though.

So, where should you put your electronics? The game room or family room would be the ideal location for a television and a home office would be perfect for your computer.  This way, they have their own special spot where you can go to enjoy them.

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