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Feng Shui beginners - a little introduction.

Do you feel good in your home or is something bothering you and you don't feel comfortable?
Are you finding excuses not to go home?
Can you sleep or are you having nightmares?
Amongst others, Feng Shui beginners will find cures for these problems.

Feng Shui is such an enormous science that it is almost impossible to put it all into one book or a website.
I have tried to gather some easy tips that everyone could use in kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, living room, dining room, home office and on the entrance.

For Feng Shui beginners all this might feel a bit confusing and overwhelming but the more you deal with it the clearer you will see it.

Feng Shui will help you feel more comfortable in your own home and make it friendlier for living. You will probably find that some of these tips you have already applied not knowing anything about Feng Shui. But that is what Feng Shui is all about - living in harmony with nature and creating a natural environment around you.

Feng Shui tells you where to put your working desk or your bed but it is also very important to choose natural and clean building and decorating materials as well as furniture to surround you. Let in loads of fresh air and natural sunlight and ban chemical cleaners.

Here are some general Feng Shui tips:
+ use all the rooms in your house daily.
+ sit safely, meaning with your back to a wall not a door or window.
+ keep all areas clean and clutter-free.
+ keep all appliances in good order and fix or exchange all broken things quickly.
+ do not keep things you don't need.
+ If you don't see it, you won't think about it.

Yin and Yang

First lesson for Feng Shui beginners - the Equilibrium.
Two forces, positive and negative, fight against each-other to dominate. Contradictory, but interdependent.

Yin is slow and yang is fastmoving. The aim is to achieve a balance between the two.

Some examples of the opposites of Yin and Yang:

Yin (calming) Yang (accelerating)

Yang (white, wind) is rising and Yin (black, water) is calming

Moon - Sun
winter - summer
night - day
dark - light
low - high
passiv - active
odd - paired
cold - hot
soft - hard
slow - fast
lower - upper
short - long
wet - dry
inner - outer
feminine - masculine
contemplative - speaking
defensive - offensive
obedient - stubborn
tubby - slim
earth - heaven
botanics - zoology
unconscious - conscious
submissive - dominating
sensitive - pressing
hollow - solid
flexible - inflexible
weakening - focusing
valley - mountain
serious - fun
slumber - wakefulness

CHI is the energy

Chi (or Qi) is the 'energy' or the 'life force'.
The energy has to flow without obstacles but not too quickly as well to achieve spiritual and physical health, wealth and luck.

If Chi flows evenly through your house, you will be positive and easy-going.
If Chi's flow is blocked or it flows idly, you are probably having problems.

The 5 elements

The helping cycle of the five elements

Ideally there should be harmony between all 5 elements:
wood, fire, earth, metal, water.

If one of the elements is missing or dominating you may be experiencing difficulties.

The elements help and control each other.

Element - helps - damages - feeds - controls

wood - water - metal - fire - earth
fire - wood - water - earth - metal
earth - fire - wood - metal - water
metal - earth - fire - water - wood
water - metal - earth - wood - fire

Like for example water helps trees (wood) to grow, metal (like axe) damages wood. Wood feeds burning fires and earth controls tree's growth.
So if you want to add the energy of wood in a room you can strenghten it by adding water (that helps wood) and metal (that helps water). But Feng Shui beginners might want to start with adding just the obvious (wood in this case).

WOOD: Green and light blue colors.
Trees and plants, wooden furniture, paper, columns, scaffolds, landscape pictures, tall and narrow forms.
Growing to hights, easy success.
Use when starting new projects.
Light greens are associated with Family.
Dark greens - wealth. Also purple is the symbol of wealth.

FIRE: Reds, purples and bright orange colors.
Sun and its symbols, candles, lights, lamps, triangles, red, artificial materials, pictures of sun or fire, excitement, speed, radiance, expansion.
Creates passion, heat, activity; catches attention and gives energy.

EARTH: Browns, yellows, beiges, pale and mixed orange tones.
Low, flat, square-shaped forms.
Home, receptivity, takes down tensions and relaxes.
Clay, bricks, terracota, cement, stone, squares.

METAL: White, gold, silver, grey.
Focusing, analysing, sharpness, helps finish things.
All metals, round and oval shapes, domes, metal objects, stairs, door fittings, cutlery, white, grey, silver, gold, coins, clocks.

WATER: Black and dark blue colors.
Flowing, making bonds, connecting, communicating.
Rivers, streams, lakes, black, blue, mirrors, glass, winding patterns, fountains, ponds, aquariums, pictures of water.

Bagua map

Feng Shui bagua map

Bagua map is the most important tool for Feng Shui beginners.
It shows the energies connected to eight directions and the middle (taiji), five elements and Yin-Yang.

Every part of this map meets an aspect in your life. Everything happening in that part of your house or room influences it's aspect.

Use this map anywhere - on your house, different rooms, working desk etc.
Find the areas you want to improve in your life and apply bagua map on your house and all rooms.
Hold the map so that the entrance is in north, northeast or northwest on the map. So your wealth section is always in the far left corner (for Feng Shui beginners this section is usually most important). The map is always directed to south.

Feng Shui beginners should also keep in mind that some aspect of your life are more specifically connected to some areas in your house, so first pay attention to them:

Career - front door; home office; every room you do your work or study in.

Wealth - home office; kitchen; the place where you usually deal with money and pay bills.

Marriage - bedroom; living room; room where you and your partner usually spend time together.

Family - living room or recreation room.

Health - bedroom; kitchen; dining room.

Creativity - home office or studio.

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