Feng Shui principles work to help space challenges or disturbances. Challenges could be the home’s architecture or landscaping, which can disturb the flow of the “chi” (good energy, thoughts, and ideas). A Bagua is a tool to identify specific areas of your space. When used as a template for organizing, the Bagua map helps you with space planning, furniture placement, choosing the decor, and how everything will most beneficially and functionally suit you. Check out the e-book “Organize your home with Feng Shui template” at http://www.i-deal-lifestyle.com/e-book.com to Feng Shui your space.
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To utilize the Bagua map, hold it in your hands, standing at the front entrance of your home to identify the nine areas of your home. Visualize the bagua template placed over your floor plan from the front of your home, where you enter. You will then determine if your front door is in the knowledge, wisdom, career, or helping people and travel area. If you are standing at your front entrance and the door is to the far left, you are entering through knowledge and wisdom. If your front door is in the middle of the home, you are entering through Career, and if your front door is to the right of the home’s front, then you enter through Helping People and Travel. So, if you can identify the bottom part of the bagua, the rest of the floor plan will be readily determined if and only if you have a rectangular or square home. But here’s the thing: Most of us do not have a perfectly rectangular or square home. Do a second floor; it may have some parts, and even if we miss it, it duplicates the first floor exactly. So what do you do if some part of your home is missing a bagua area or overextends outside of the bagua area? The link to the e-book will be very helpful to understand Feng Shui better.
Placement of furniture, trees, vases, equipment, family photos, books, chairs, tables, lighting, artwork, electrical equipment, telephones, and wires must be considered to protect the “chi” from affecting the inhabitants. Open doors must be protected when facing stairwells so the “chi” does not leave the space. Staircases that come down towards your front door let out all the excellent chi energy from your top floor. Putting a red carpet at the bottom of the stairs can stop the good energy from escaping out the front door or letting in negative energy from the street. Windows or mirrors facing each other in rooms, or no windows, keep energy keyed up. A landscaping faux pas is a tree directly in front of your front door, blocking any good energy from entering the home. Furniture placed in a blocking way instead of open to the entrance of a room can fiercely impact you.
A friend had his couch blocking part of the entrance to his front door (career area), and his business dropped in sales significantly. When I saw the placement of his couch, I asked him if he was having business challenges, and he asked, “How did you know?” Well, that is what a Feng Shui specialist knows! For instance, when you walk into a room, and the back of a couch faces you, or the back of a chair or your desk’s chair backs to the entrance of a room, it is not only a block in that part of your Bagua, it symbolizes things that just keep coming up from behind, challenges that come “out of the blue.” It is just poor decor in most cases. If there is absolutely no other way to place the couch, desk, bed, or any pieces of furniture facing the back of the entrance, then you must have a mirror positioned so that, when sitting or lying down, you can look into the mirror to see the gate or door to the room. Also, your bed placement is so important. No bed should be in the path of your bedroom doorway. When your feet face an open door, lying down, or sitting in a chair, this is the coffin position and can result in the “D” Word. I don’t want to say the D word, but that is what the Masters of Feng Shui propose.
The colors of your walls interior and exterior, types of objects, odd-shaped rooms, beams or sharp corners, where the bathrooms or kitchens are located, and what is painted in a painting, depending on where the painting is placed, can all affect the energy and prosperity, health, relationships, recognition, personally and professionally, for all who work or live in the space.
Going deeper into Feng Shui, you would want to know the year your home was built and the direction the front door faces, whether east, west, north, or south, or a combination of two directions. You will also learn how to determine the best position for your bed by calculating your birthdate information. Which way your home or business faces can determine fortune or misfortune, even if it looks aesthetically pleasing. Feng Shui can correct most architectural, landscaping, and decor challenges while enhancing all areas of yourself and your space with the building or home.
Getting help from a Feng Shui specialist helps you with what you choose to bring into your home or what to eliminate. Make good choices about your desired art since art pieces reflect your space's intentions. Each decor has different colors, is made of different elements, and can be matched to the best area of your home. Plants and/or trees in and outside sources for better energy flow or symbolize positively or negatively based on where they are home can be placed to increase good energy and flow. What kind of furniture, or anything you bring into your space, can mean good or bad health to the people that use the space.