We can add more value to our life by using the practice of Feng Shui to decorate our homes for positive, balanced energy. It may seem complicated to put into practice, but Feng Shui is relatively easy to understand.
In a previous post, “Feng Shui for beginners: energies of color”, we learned how the flow of energy, chi, is expressing through one of the most powerful tools in Feng Shui: color. Colors correspond to the Five Elements: WOOD, WATER, METAL, FIRE, AND EARTH. By knowing what each element brings into your home, you can decide what energy you want to create in your space and, thus, what colors to use.
We identified each element and the colors that associate with them in part 1 of our Feng Shui blog series. In this blog post, part 2, we will introduce you to another important principle of the Feng Shui philosophy: the Bagua map.
So once you’ve decided on what elements and colors you wish to incorporate in your living space, the next step is to make a map of your home using the Bagua mapping system.
Here’s how it works.
The Bagua – the Feng Shui energy map of your house
The Bagua is an ancient, powerful Feng Shui tool that connects your life with the energy of your home. This way, you can trace the areas where more attention and energy are needed.
There are two types of Bagua maps: the traditional Bagua and the Western Bagua. If you are new to Feng Shui, it’s better to pick one school of thought and stick to it so you don’t get overwhelmed. Since we are delving deep into the Eastern wellness philosophies in this article, we will focus on the classical Bagua.
The translation of Bagua in Chinese is “8 areas”. But the Bagua actually has 9 areas if we include the center. This center area is considered to be the 9th area as it encompasses the energy of all other areas and belongs to the element of Earth.
How to work with the traditional Bagua map
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Step 1: Where to start with your Bagua Map
The first step is to print the map and start at the entrance of your home. This is the point where all the energy comes into the house. As you look at the Bagua Map, the entry of the house should coincide with the North point of the Bagua. Imagine the shape of the Bagua and where the rooms would be. Depending on the shape of your home visualize the Bagua to fit your home. Congrats! Now you have a clear perspective of the Bagua map of your home!
Step 2: Decide what areas you want to work on
Take your time to understand the information about how the Bagua system works. Analyze your home and start seeing it with fresh eyes according to the map. Then decide which areas of your life you want to bring fresh and positive energy in.
Treat each part of the house with love and awareness and you will be surprised by how the energy starts to flow in its natural way, effortlessly.
And that’s it! Pretty simple, right? As we said, Feng Shui does not have to be complicated!
Your next step
In the next article, we will go deeper on the knowledge of the Bagua, through the 8 Feng Shui areas, their Element, their characteristics, and how to apply it in your home. We also draw some inspiration from our beautiful hand-made rugs to help you bring Feng Shui into your homes.
Image:Now it’s your turn! What areas do you want to improve in your life and your home? If you are still looking for some home decor inspirations, head to our Instagram account. We are constantly sharing posts about lifestyle, interior design, and, of course, our Sukhi rugs!
Ready for part 3 of “Feng Shui for beginners” to start applying the Feng Shui map? See you there!