The term Feng Shui is derived from the Chinese concept of yin and yang. The concept itself is a property of qi, or life force. Combinations of yin yang elements represent a particular quality and pattern of energy.
In turn, the proper arrangement of these energetic qualities would affect not only the qi of the environment, but that of the individual within the environment as well.
With Feng Shui, the objective is to bring both into harmony so as to foster prosperity, health, and well being within the wind (feng) and dispersing the qi throughout the universe and water (shui).
The expression bagua literarily means sequence of the later heaven. It is the arrangement of the combination of yin yang elements which is also known as energy trigrams, so that they exist in harmony ands balance. Thus each trigram must have a balancing partner that contributes to universal harmony, for instance the earth is balanced by the mountain, fire is balanced by water and wind is balanced by heaven, and thunder is balanced by lake.
The bagua is laid in a circular pattern with fire at the top, followed by earth, lake, heaven, water, thunder, mountain, and wind in a clockwise sequence. The yin yang symbols known as Taiji, is located in the center of the trigrams, and represents the unifying force of the universe.
Practioners of Feng Shui use bagua to determine the energy flow throughout the home and in other living spaces. How? For instance by corresponding the trigram pattern to the different parts of a room, a practioner determines whether the room is in harmony with the universe or not.
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When analyzing a home, office or workspace of an artist, doctor or scientist, a feng specialist would pay particular attention to the partition of the room that corresponds to the lake of the bagua, because the lake represents creative energy.
If there is a clutter of disorganization in the section of the room that corresponds to the lake, or if the room is partitioned so that the lake section is actually occupied by a cabinet, bookcase or closet, then the office would be considered to stifle creativity.
And what happens after this? The Feng Shui specialist might recommend moving the office to a more hospitable room in the house, or reconstructing the storage space to free up the creative energy in the lake section of the room.
Good health is said to be located in the wind trigram of the bagua, so maintaining this space and using it effectively is critical to practioners of Feng Shui.
There are many relationships between bagua and Feng Shui, but the most prominent are :
Arranging chairs and other sitting items with their back to the door or windows is not recommended by Feng Shui. Why? Because it is considered bad Feng Shui to leave the back exposed to possible attack through the door.
If your home is located at the end of a cul de sac, across from a church or other spiritual center, at the end of a bridge or near a free way, you might consider other suitable locations because Feng Shui says these locations all have either too fast or not enough energy flow.
So what location is the best when choosing a home? The ideal location according to Feng Shui principles is a rectangular plot of land on a hill, with open space in front of the home.
As for the proper its front door should be in proportion to the size of the house. Too large or too small an entrance will not facilitate proper qi flow through the home. Mirrors should not face chairs or beds, and windows should face only pleasing natural views when at all possible.
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