Le Feng Shui moderne : le Bagua
In our modern Western societies, we have always strived to make our interior look like our personality. So, we hang beautiful paintings, we arrange the rooms with furniture to our tastes. But did you know that you can use Feng Shui to rearrange your home so that the energies are properly distributed?
The Origins of Feng Shui
Feng Shui is the art of organizing your living space so that energy flows through it harmoniously. This involves installing furniture, objects or decoration so that each area of a room is harmonious and balanced.
Simplified Feng Shui
We don't know the exact origin of the practice of Feng Shui, but we do know that it emerged in ancient China with the emergence of Taoism. In the past, locals believed that the natural elements had a real impact on their lives. They were talking about the 4 elements as we know them, like wind and water, represented by the energy of heaven and earth. All this energy is in perpetual motion and can be blocked, too abundant or, on the contrary, comforting.
It's not just about moving your chest of drawers to immediately solve the energy problems circulating in a room, but the terrain itself already has an impact! In reality, your house or apartment must be positioned in a certain way and the doors and entrances must point in specific directions. The rules are so difficult to follow that it leaves little room for the imagination and the pleasure of arranging your interior.
This is why large Chinese companies still call on Feng Shui masters to carry out the construction of their offices so that everything is "in order".
And it is precisely in this very specific objective of seeking harmonious organization of places that Feng Shui applies to perfection to leave the inhabitant all the necessary interpretation he needs. An American, a Frenchman or an Indian can then apply these rules of harmony while giving free rein to his own culture and his tastes to organize the pieces as he sees them. It is an art form that allows any individual to express their freedom to express their tastes in full consciousness within a framework of harmony.
Les bases du Feng Shui
As we have seen, Chinese philosophy is extremely important in developing the great founding principles of Feng Shui. It is above all the Taoists who have developed an innovative vision of harmony through several important points.
Qi / Chi
Qi is the precise term representing what we generally call "energy". The translation of this term would be "environmental vital breath" or rather "natural energy flow". If there is Feng Shui, then the Qi will be balanced and then there would be a surrounding harmony which can reverberate within oneself.
Yin and Yang
Now well known in our Western culture, Yin and Yang represent balance in all things. It is used to define the nature of a thing, an environment or an event. The aim is that the balance remains so that it does not negatively impact the life of the person concerned.
The 5 transformations / the Wu Xing
While in the West, we know 4 main elements governing our world, most Eastern countries (and especially China) put 5 of them into practice: wood, fire, earth, metal and water. . All have a specific shape, color and "behaviour". In an interior, it goes much further than putting a poster representing the ocean on the wall to balance the water part. In this specific case, the poster is paper and is therefore in no way linked to the water element. A whole organization is therefore to be expected...
As in traditional Chinese medicine, the time factor is extremely important to harmonize the Feng Shui of an interior. The Chinese calendar is always related to the cycle of the seasons and all the energy therefore evolves with the time that passes through the year. There are therefore very regular variations of Qi that can be predicted in an attempt to balance them.
The compass / the Luo Pan
The compass is one of the most important tools in Feng Shui. It is made up of several rings corresponding to very specific objectives. There are three of them: the "three harmonies", the "three cycles", and finally a last one which combines the first two versions. Each Luo Pan is specific to the school one is using.
Finally here is something more concrete! The Bagua is a tool in the form of an octagonal diagram which makes it possible to precisely position each element in a dwelling using the cardinal points. Two versions exist for arranging opposing forces like water facing fire, or sequentially like the stages of life.
To make your interior more Feng Shui without having to break down walls, it is therefore the Bagua which seems the most suitable for harmonizing its environment. By reorganizing your space, the Chi will then be able to circulate better and it will therefore be a good start to start a "Feng Shui cure"!
The basic principles of Bagua
To begin this return to basics using Feng Shui Bagua, it is good to remember that we all have the power to achieve our goals of inner harmony by helping the Qi to circulate better.
The principle of Bagua is to make an inventory of your situation in the present moment and in the most objective way possible. If you feel that something in your life is not right for you, it is probably because the energy around this subject circulating in your place of life is not harmonized: the Qi is blocked, overabundant or just unstable.
By making a few simple changes to your interior, it is possible to find exactly what you need to regulate the problem that seemed to be eating away at you. It is at this moment that lithotherapy - or stone therapy - can help your interior and by extension yourself!
Let's get to practice
Normally you need to know a little about the art of Feng Shui and specifically Bagua. Now let's move on to today's exercise so that you can practice Bagua techniques in your living space.
First of all, it is important to calm down and take stock of your current life, in the most neutral way possible. Take a pencil and paper and write as much as you need to take stock of your present state. Do not hold back any thought, even if it may be negative or angry. This will help you see more clearly and therefore better understand where you are.
Here are some questions you might ask yourself:
On what subjects does my reality seem to me to be the most burdensome?
How would I like these topics to evolve?
I wish I had many things in my life: name them
I would like to feel these feelings more: cite them and develop the possibilities
I have many goals in life: list them or choose a main one
Now that your mind is clearer, you can now think about your home from a Feng Shui perspective using the Bagua. Let's try to practice the exercise in stages. First take inspiration from the following model in order to be able to carry out the practical exercise to improve the harmony of your living space, indicating the result of your findings in the associated boxes:
Now take another sheet and try to make a plan of your house. It does not matter if the proportions are not entirely respected, because the main thing is that you find a track of the harmony of your place of life.
On top of this diagram, make a grid to reproduce our Bagua model in 9 boxes. If your home doesn't lend itself to this square version, you can always make outlines to create an octagon on your home. The most important thing is to keep the front door at the bottom of your sheet. Normally you should get something similar:
In practice, all you have to do is analyze the general organization of your home based on the findings that emerged from your analysis session. If you find that certain parts of your life are not harmonized, just take inspiration from the simple diagram below to place the lithotherapy stones that correspond in the appropriate area.
Now all you have to do is place the crystals associated with each box in the areas where you have identified particular problems in your previous reflections. Do not hesitate to rearrange your place of life so that these areas are more related to the corresponding box. For example, you can place a bookcase in the "knowledge" zone, a living room or recreation room in the "family" zone, or a bedroom in the "prosperity" zone. Now is the time to unleash your interpretation and your innate talents as an interior designer!
What you must remember
Feng Shui has a lot of fairly complex rules to put in place, but the Bagua model is quite simple to put in place and allows us to reflect our desires and our objectives in our interior. Who wouldn't like to have a much better organized and calmer home?