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The origin of Feng Shui is situated in China. This millenary practice has more than 4,000 years of tradition, and promotes the beneficial effects that the environment can produce on our physical and psychic health, based on the way of interpreting nature. The main objective is to achieve a harmony between energy and people and environments wherever we are: home, work, etc ...
Feng shui means WIND and WATER, are two Chinese words or ideograms that formerly related to the flow and circulation of vital energy.
- 1 What is Feng Shui for
- 2 The pillars of Feng Shui
- 3 How to understand Feng Shui?
- 4 Yin Yang in Feng Shui
- 5 The Yin Yang couple
- 6 The five elements of Feng Shui
- 7 Relationships and changes between the elements
- 8 Conflicts in the elements
What is Feng Shui for
The main objective of Feng Shui is none other than to reach achieve harmony and peace in our homes and workplaces, based as we have seen the ancient Chinese popular culture. That is why it teaches us to locate the different elements of a house in the ideal place in order to meet this objective, in order to avoid fluctuations of possible negative energies that are preventing us from a positive flow in our lives.
The pillars of Feng Shui
Feng Shui has three important pillars that are:
- Decoration of the house / job.
- Design of the home / or job.
- Orientation of the house / job.
According to Feng Shui everything around us, even the most insignificant furniture influences us, because it has the ease of harmonizing these energies creating a balance on the organism. We can apply this theory as a method to restore for example our mood.
How to understand Feng Shui?
Understanding Feng Shui is not difficult, it is based on studying and practicing. Already in the ancient civilizations they did it and with it they achieved the desired happiness and inner peace. Part of the basis that all places have both negativity and positivity, as well as their energies and projections.
Let's see some more aspects in the form of definition such as:
- Relationship between home inhabitants.
- Balance in chromotherapy (colors).
- Home Orientation
- Elements (water, wood, metal, fire and earth).
- Wind circulation in the home.
- Water and its course in relation to the home.
Yin Yang in Feng Shui
Feng Shui seeks harmony, and is helped by Yin and Yang to make it. These words meantwo forces that oppose and complement each other at the same time and are present in nature, as well as in all its elements. Yin and Yang, as we say, complement each other, and by means of equilibrium they can be restored if either of them is unbalanced.
In Chinese culture, the Yin would become darkness, stillness or passivity and Yang clarity, movement as well as activity. The Yin is fully related to the feminine and Yang to the masculine. If we think of the sun and the moon we will understand it better. But let's see some more concepts to have these concepts clearer:
- Yin: Feminine, day, dark, passive, stillness, peace, mother.
- Yang: Male, night, clear, active, movement, war, father.
The Yin Yang couple
The happiness of any couple would then be to find the balance between the two poles in a relationship. This is achieved when, for example, in a woman Yin factors develop and are accentuated and on the other hand, the Yang side is softened. On the other hand, the opposite must happen in man, and with it, get the desired emotional balance, find the fullness and finally the happiness of the couple.
For example, Feng Shui recommends never argue in the marriage room, since this room must be destined for shared rest and love encounter. Therefore, conflicting issues are better to avoid, but if they occur, they should be in other spaces of the home, or better still in some "neutral" spaces, which would be found outside, outside the home.
The five elements of Feng Shui
Feng Shui describes five elements of nature: wood, water, fire, earth and metal. It also includes a sixth element, the chi that defines it as the vital energy, as well as a constant flow of electromagnetic currents traveling the universe and whose course is changing the temporal changes using space-time. Let's say it will be the thread of the elements to achieve our goal, in this case the balance.
These five elements are associated by means of coordinates, shapes, colors and materials, and also as not as chi will be the basis of our future balance. Review that people also have the five elements, although in each of us one or the other may predominate.
This mystical art must also respect established basic rules, since Feng Shui tries to harmonize our space, where man lives and projects energy.
Now we are going to see the elements, previously named that also intervene in our beloved Feng Shui, which are the following:
- Metal:For example, you can put a glass of water in the rooms of the house, and in turn it can be perfectly placed in a metal container, because we understand that material as a good containment so that water cannot escape.
- Water: We will imagine that water produces nutrition to trees and trees produce wood, that is, the next element.
- Wood:Wood burns, and obviously burns with fire, a factor of nature and the next element.
- Fire:He has burned the wood and now feeds the earth, reborn to understand it better, returns to the earth. And therefore the next element would be the earth.
- Land:Here we have the earth and we will look for the Metal, because it comes from it, as we see we go around the cycle.
Relationships and changes between the elements
We have already seen a life cycle in a practical way, now we will see their relationships and their changes, be born and reborn, generate and regenerate ...
Metal is dominated by fire, simply because it melts it. It is for this reason that the metal being molten is dominated by fire no matter how strong it is.
Fire is equally dominated by water, however destructive it may be, as we see there is always one element that dominates over the other.
Water is dominated by the earth, it simply absorbs it and thus its domination is demonstrated.
The land is dominated in turn by wood, we see this in the trees that feed on it by extracting its vital energy for life.
Wood is dominated by metal, for the simple reason that we symbolize the metal as an ax, which is capable of destroying and overthrowing it.
Note: As we see it is a change after another, a constant renewal, an internal struggle to survive and above all a cycle.
The conflicts in the elements
We have already seen the cycle, the birth and the outcome in the path of the elements. We observe then that conflicts occur in this exchange of movement and space. As an example: Water absorbs the earth. There is a conflict between them, there is a clear domination being the reason. And therefore there is imbalance.
We will see next determining factors in this conflict and resolution relationship.
- Imbalance with: Metal
- Conflict with: Earth
- Harmony with: Water
- Combination for balance: Fire and Wood
- Imbalance with: Metal
- Conflict with: Wood
- Harmony with: Wood
- Combination for balance: Earth and Water
- Imbalance with: Earth
- Conflict with: Metal Fire
- Harmony with: Metal
- Combination for balance: Water and Wood
- Imbalance with: Fire
- Conflict with: Wood
- Harmony with: Earth
- Combination for balance: Water and Metal
- Imbalance with: Earth
- Conflict with: Water
- Harmony with: Fire
- Combination for balance: Wood and Metal
Explaining all the art of Feng Shui requires much more than a simple article, but we hope you liked this brief introduction and learned a little more about this exciting millenary art.
David Álvarez García. Therapist
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