I was approached by a columnist to talk about Feng Shui and what could possibly inspire one to, say, redecorate a house. She asked, “Can you be inspired by a photograph, a color, a picture, furniture or lighting fixtures?” I thought about her question for a moment and decided that these are not the mundane things that inspire me to fine tune Feng Shui in my home.
I told her, “No. I think people should be inspired by wanting to better their relationships with their partner or family members. Perhaps they would be inspired by needing to fix their wealth area so that they can make more money on the job, or work smarter and not harder. If health is an issue, I would imagine people would like to fix their health area so that their health would improve easily and stay stable.”
Thinking about her statement and my response was interesting. I am not sure she got it. Inspiration can be received by doing many things. In my field, I think inspiration comes by wanting to help those who need assistance in a particular area(s) of life.
The nine areas that I work with which are listed from top to bottom in the bagua are as follows:
Wealth area – far left corner of your space from the architectural front door. Keep blues, purples and reds in this area to keep your wealth in good shape. This area need rectangular shapes. It also represents the hip and bones in the human body. This area’s number is 4.
Fame/Good Luck area – this area is the middle wall of the back of the house as you enter the architectural front door. This is a red or fire element area. Candles or pointed sculpture, pictures, etc. should be in this space (butterflies, stars, snowflakes, etc.). It represents eyes and heart in the human body and can many times also encompass the joy in your life. This area’s number is 9.
Relationships/Marriage – this area is the right hand corner of the back wall as you enter the architectural front door. This is a pink area which also needs square shapes and is an earth element. It represents the abdomen and organs in a human body. This area’s number is 2.
Ancestors/Family – this area is to the left middle of your space as you enter the architectural front door. This is a green and wood area which also represents the feet, throat and buttocks in the human body. It does also represent kindness (given and received). This area’s number is 3.
Health/Well Being – this area is in the absolute center of your space and can sometimes be parts of two rooms. It is a yellow/earth tones area and is represented by a square shape – also an earth element. It also represents the stomach and spleen in the human body. It does also represent calmness. This area’s number is 5.
Creativity/Children – this area is to the right middle of your space as you enter the architectural front door. This is a white and metal area. The shape needed in this qua is round or a circle. It also represents the mouth, head and lungs and does also represent courage. This area’s number is 7.
Knowledge/Education – this area is to the immediate left of the architectural front door and may sometimes be behind the front door as it is open. This is a black, blue, green area and is represented by earth and a square shape. It represents the hands in the human body. This area’s number is 8.
Career/Business Success – this area is as soon as you open the architectural front door if your door is in the middle of the outside wall. The colors needed here are black and dark tones. It is a water area and the shape is abstract, wavy or unusual; a shape that is not represented within the other guas. This gua also represents the ears, blood and kidneys in the bagua and also correlates to gentility. This area’s number is 1.
Helpful People/Travel – this area is to the immediate right of the architectural front door. This is a white, gray and black area and represents the head in the human body. The shape for this area is circular and the element is metal. This area’s number is 6.
If you are having a particular problem with your job, family, career, or whatever, you should determine which of the guas need your immediate attention. Get rid of clutter. Organize the space. Keep it clean and neat. Make sure it is well lit and a 60 mm round faceted leaded crystal hanging from the ceiling (especially if you have a ceiling fan which cuts up health, wealth and happiness) would be auspicious. If you would like to hang a crystal in at least one window in every room of your house, you will be inviting all the colors to be represented in every room, which is your goal. With each color comes the energy of that color to help balance your space.
Inspiration for Feng Shui? How about better health? How about a stable and secure job? How about improving family, friends or colleague relationships or if you don’t have a relationship, how about inviting one into your life and how about just wanting your life to be stress free and more conducive to your being constructive, happy and allowing all the positive opportunities to find you? That’s the true inspiration, isn’t it? Let’s make our lives much better – not by being inspired by a piece of art or a possession, but by ideals and ideas of happiness, family, love and intelligence and a stable financial future in which we could all flourish and grow.
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