Joyful Feng Shui
Joyful Feng Shui helps you create space for more joy, abundance and flow in your life through awareness of the effects of what you surround yourself with.
The energy, the atmosphere and the whole interior of your home and workplace affect you to a great extent.
So why not do what you can to make your everyday life fun, uplifting and enriching?
What is Feng Shui?
Your home is the place where you recharge, relax and find peace, and the energy of your home affects you for many hours of the day. Therefore, the home energy and condition is super central when it comes to creating more well-being, energy, peace, joy of life and presence.
Feng Shui is all about energy.
By becoming more aware of the energy of things around you, you can use your home as an active player in relation to realizing your own and your family’s dreams, intentions and goals. When you become aware of the energy of the things you surround yourself with in your everyday life, you can consciously make your physical surroundings support and uplift you.
A personal and consciously furnished home that is nice to be in can do a lot for your overall well-being.
Your home affects you no matter how it is decorated. The energy and love you put into your home comes back to you many times.
Most of us have areas in the home that work well where the energy is light and comfortable and where it feels nice to be.
Many also have areas that are more problematic, those areas are where your clutter grows, where you cannot make the decor feel right, or the areas that you rarely use, and where the energy is relatively low and heavy.
Joyful Feng Shui
Joyful Feng Shui is the name of the kind of Feng Shui that I have been practicing since 2003. Joyful Feng Shui is also the subtitle of my book “Space for the Joy of Life” (2007, in danish, Sold Out).
Joyful Feng Shui is practically applicable knowledge of how Feng Shui – the wisdom of the energy in the surroundings – becomes a concrete and useful tool for awareness and joy in everyday life.
The purpose of Joyful Feng Shui is to create homes and workspaces where we feel uplifted, safe and free to become and to express the best version of ourselves.
The Feng Shui tools
When you want to use Feng Shui to create more energy in your everyday life, you can start by getting to know the basic Feng Shui tools a little.
Below you get some basic info about the three Feng Shui concepts:
- Chi (the flow of energy)
- The five elements: Fire, earth, metal, water and wood
- The Bagua-map: A mapping of the 9 areas of life, mirrored in your home.
These tools will help make you aware of your options when you want to lift the energy of a room, office, or perhaps your entire home. When you know your toolbox, it is easier to choose what to focus on in each situation.
You can easily use the Feng Shui tools for a start. It will always be a process, and in my view you cannot do anything wrong as long as you include your own intuition, inner sense and gut feeling in the process.
So, whatever the Feng Shui rules say, what you read in a book or what works for your neighbor, this basic rule applies:
Use the Feng Shui tools and solutions that make you happy, lift your energy and make your heart sing.
What is chi?
The energy that we call Chi in Feng Shui originates from the very source of life. We live in a universe of energy.
The Feng Shui philosophy is based on the principle of strengthening and building a good and healthy Chi in one place. The intention is to strengthen and harmonize the energy in the home and in the workplace, so that we create a harmonious energy flow.
Lack of Chi in the environment drains our energy system, while surplus of Chi charges your energy – fills up your batteries..
You get a sense of the Chi energy by feeling, seeing or sensing how water would flow in the room you are in. Is there long, straight paths where the energy is gaining momentum? Are there curved paths where the energy flows gently and calmly? Or are there obstructions and obstacles so that the energy has difficulty getting in the flow?
What are the five elements?
We meet the five elements in traditional Chinese medicine, founded on the premise that everything in us and around us is energy, and that the physical things have emotional and energy equivalents.
In Feng Shui, the five elements are used to deliberately balance the surroundings. You find the balance between the five elements of your home by finding the things that belong to each element:
- Wood: Things made of wood, green colors, plants, tall slender forms.
- Fire: Lighting and live fire, red colors, people and animals, triangles.
- Earth: Ceramics, stones and crystals, yellow and brown colors, flat landscapes, squares.
- Metal: Things and art made of metal, bright / white colors, gold and silver, round shapes.
- Water: Fountains, glass and mirrors, blue and dark, deep colors, wavy shapes.
Finding the five elements in a room is fun and inspiring. I would encourage you to play with it, so you can gain experience with what balance there is between wood, fire, earth, metal and water in your own home.
What is the Bagua-map?
The Bagua is a mapping of the energy of a building.
The Bagua defines how the building will affect those who live and work in the building, in the 8 areas of life:
- Career and life path
- Partnership and love
- Health and family
- Abundance and prosperity
- Helpful people and travel
- Children and creativity
- Wisdom and personal growth
- Fame and reputation
The Bagua map is drawn on the entire building and can also be used to map a single room.
There are two ways to put the map on a building: Oriented to the compass directions or oriented towards the main entrance.
In Joyful Feng Shui I use the front door as a starting point for placing the map. It is my experience that is the method that gives a good picture of the home as an organism and whole when the purpose is to work with the bagua as a tool for personal development and raising your awareness of your own life, as it is mirrored in your home.
The map is drawn on the floor plan by flushing the baseline of the map with the area of career and life path on the line on the ground floor where the front door is located. All corners of the floor plan must be inside the bagua map.
If your home has an irregular shape (not a rectangle), some of the bagua areas will be located completely or partially outside the map.
How to use the bagua map
Once you have drawn the bagua areas on your floor plan, you have a picture of how your life is reflected in your home.
There are many ways you can work with your bagua, and I recommend that you start gently and ask your intution which area you want to start with.
As a starting point, you can use the Chi theory and the five elements when you want to change the energy in an area relative to the bagua card.
As the possibilities are many and the philosophy contains many layers, I would recommend you attend a Feng Shui workshop or visit a Feng Shui consultant if you want to work deeper with the bagua map. With a little help and knowledge, you get clarity on how you can support your personal development and awareness in the eight (nine, including your centre) life areas through changes in your interior design.