Feng Shui

Balance

Many cultures in the past have referred to the Earth’s energy lines in various ways, the Chinese called them the dragon currents in the old art of Feng-shui, the art of balancing and harmonizing the land. By building pagodas, temples and stones structures they believed that it helped to heal the Earth. Feng-shui is to the land what acupuncture is to the body, it regulates the flow of Chi, the invisible aetheric life force.

 

Feng shui in the Garden

A Feng Shui garden should follow nature's lead as much as possible with the primary aim of creating harmony and balance. There are certain fundamentals to remember when you begin to plan your Feng Shui garden.

  • Paths should never be straight, as chi energy would run too quickly towards your home, instead let them meander and curve through your garden. A curved path encourages chi to move more slowly and freely. If you already have straight paths, then allow plants to grow over them so the chi can circulate freely around them.

  • Trees or large shrubs will provide privacy and protection at the back of the garden.

  • Balance is created by mixing different sizes, shapes and colors of plants so that no one species is overwhelmed by another.

  • Water features such as pools, ponds and fountains are beautiful and encourage beneficial chi. They also symbolize prosperity and create yin (feminine) energy.

  • You can create more Yang (masculine) energy by using garden lights to add light to the garden’s dark areas. Remember balance and harmony is the key to a Feng Shui Garden.

Feng Shui, the art of perfect placement, is about allowing life energy (chi) to move through your environment. This positive energy brings blessings into your life. To find perfect placement and encourage good chi flow, you need to use various Feng Shui principles.

Raising the chi

To raise the level of chi in the garden and make sure that it moves smoothly and freely throughout the space, you have to get rid of barriers to chi, and you need to use Feng Shui fixes (called cures) to raise the chi in areas where it may get trapped and stagnate.

You can also use cures to solve the problems that arise when chi moves too quickly through your garden. Chi moving too quickly and can actually help create an unpleasant environment that's agitated instead of relaxed. 

Balancing yin and yang energy

Yin-yang is the idea that life energy can have a passive and an active side. Yin-yang is based on a concept of the universe as containing complementary opposites — qualities that seem to be in contrast to each other but that actually work together. For example, soft and hard or light and dark are qualities that complement each other.

You need to keep passive and active energy (yin/yang) in balance.

          

Good feng shui in your garden will help attract nourishing, high quality energy to your home, as well as delight all your senses.

The main tools used in creating a good feng shui garden are the same tools you use in creating a good feng shui home. You will need to know the
Bagua, or energy map of your home, as your garden Bagua is an extension of your home Bagua. Garden decor can be used as subtle feng shui cures. Think of the Bagua energies needed in each area and match your garden decor accordingly. For example, an outdoor fountain with floating golden bells is excellent for the Money & Abundance energy (Southeast), while a metal sculpture of a turtle is a great protection feng shui cure for the

Applying the Bagua

The Bagua is your Feng Shui placement map and symbolizes how your environment is connected to your life. The Bagua, which is shaped like an octagon, has nine Life Sectors that correspond with aspects of your own life as shown in Figure 1.

The nine Life Sectors of the Bagua are:

  • Career

  • Knowledge

  • Family

  • Wealth

  • Fame

  • Relationships

  • Children

  • Helpful People

  • T'ai Chi (overall health and well-being)

The Bugua Map

Figure 1: The Bagua is your garden's roadmap.

These nine Life Sectors have a physical location in your garden and a symbolic location in your life. All the Life Sectors should be present in your garden. If your garden is oddly shaped, one of the sectors may be "missing," which means that the corresponding area in your life will have problems. So if your oddly shaped garden is missing the Wealth sector, or what would be your Wealth sector is actually in the neighbor's backyard, you may find yourself losing money or just having "bad luck" — things don't go your way.

According to Feng Shui principles, enhancing the chi in a Life Sector in your garden increases abundance in that area of your life. So if you need a little more love in your life, make sure the Relationships sector gets the attention it needs.

Incorporating the Five Elements

The Five Elements— Earth, Metal, Water, Wood, and Fire must all be present and in balance in a Feng Shui garden. The universe is made up of these elements working together, and you want to reflect that in your garden. The elements work together to create a harmonious, welcoming space. This is called the nourishing cycle of the elements.

 

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Monday, November 02, 2009