Simply speaking, the Chinese Feng Shui art (pronounced fung shway), is based on balancing the two forces, the Yin and the Yang principles, or the feminine and masculine aspects, in order to create harmony. It goes without saying, but I am about to say it, that when these two principles are balanced, there is no conflict. Instead there is harmony which results in flow; as opposed to stagnation.
The upshot of Harmonious Flow
Yin and Yang have many aspects which can be applied or interpreted on many levels: feminine and masculine, passive and active, content and container, body and soul; etc. What is of interest here is the “content and container” aspects where you are the “content” and your home or office environment are the “container”.
In the Flow
When both are in balance, there is a harmonious flow of health, wealth, creativity and abundance (in all its forms); blockages or stagnation are overcome, and results and goals are achieved.
There’s more to the relationship between Yin and Yang: there is a continuous interaction between the two where principle affects the other. This means that you and your work or home environments are interconnected: you affect your space as much as it affects you.
There are several types of energy blockages and manmade stressors in a workspace that can impact negatively on the people living or working within that space. In a business environment, this can affect whether or not results or profits are achieved, and whether or not employees (and clients) get along. At home, you might experience health issues, lack of communication, restlessness and disharmony of sorts.
Remedies or “cures”
In traditional Feng Shui, remedies to disharmony or lack of balance and flow are referred to as “cures”. Cures traditionally vary from placing coins, using strong colours, particularly red or black, and animals, such as frogs or ducks – all have meaningful presence and implications within the Chinese culture and local folklore. It also involves moving or shifting spaces, boundaries, furniture, or creating new space allocation. The list is long, depending on the issues and problems experienced.
Traditional “cures” vs. modern remedies
However, I truly believe that applying remedies form an already made check-list is not enough. Very often, it is NOT the answer and does not resolve the situation. When it comes to curing “cures” in this day and age, remedies have to make sense to the client and to the consultant in order for them to have the desired effect. In this day and age, and from a cultural perspective that is not Chinese, traditional Chinese cures would lose their meaning and their value for their lack of relevance.
A word of caution
In my view, in order for any Feng Shui “cures” to be effective, they must have contextual relevance not only to the client (whether an individual or a business), but also to culture they belong to or exist within. Remedies have to harmonious with the context they are going to be applied within; otherwise they would be creating more dis-harmony rather than restoring it!
How I apply Feng Shui
One of the services I offer my clients is Harmony & Balance with the objective of restoring the Yin Yang balance at home or at the workplace. During the consultation, problem areas are identified, and remedies and procured according to the criteria previously described in brief.
I use my own modern, intuitive approach, alongside effective Feng Shui principles, to connect energetically to the environment as we as physically. If you like, I feel my way around the space, taking into consideration:
- The nature of the space: its function (whether it is a room, a study, a home or a business).
- Who uses it and in what capacity: all people who use the space, and how.
- The identity, image, and culture of the individual or the business.
- Symbols which are meaningful and personally relevant.
- Issues that are being experienced
- Desired goals or outcome.
Remembering that the key word being “flow”, I also consider how pictures are placed on a wall. This is just as important as how furniture is placed within the space; including plants, sufficient light, and how easily the users of the space concerned access that space – what I call traffic flow lines. The result is an improvement on all levels. Harmonising a space with its users and the function it is designed for, facilitates fulfilling goals and living harmoniously for all concerned; making the Yin Yang balance an interior design imperative.
You can see detailed examples of harmonized layouts by clicking on the pictures in my online-store.
A final advice
Keep it simple. Firstly, you can fix only that which is broken! If you are not experiencing any problems, and all is well; then leave your space alone. You are probably already enjoying the benefits of harmony and balance between Yin and Yang. Secondly, you are part of the “cure” – and will affect the success or failure of any remedy used to harmonize your space. As you harmonize your space, now would be a good time to make a personal effort to overcome any personal issues too.
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