Refreshing Your Home’s Energy with Colour

Refreshing Your Home’s Energy with Colour

How timely that I received a question about paint colour, while the painters are busy doing exactly that while I type this!

 

Colour plays an important part in our lives.  It affects how we shop, eat and feel.  We can have an emotional connection to colours, take a look at your closet, there is most likely a theme.
We surround ourselves with the colours that we are most positively attracted to, and even those that we are neutral about.  Those neutral colours may be ones we have had to make peace with, if we are limited to changing them, think of your office.
When we are decorating our homes or other spaces that we spend a lot of time in, colour can add to, support, deplete and even take away from our energy.  We can seek guidance from an interior decorator and other sources to empower, reflect and support who we are through colour.
The Feng Shui Bagua Map and the elements can also be a resource if we are wanting to add to the energy of our space.
Each life area has a colour associated with it, and by laying the Bagua map onto your floor plan, to paint your home in this way may appear and make you feel as if you lived in a Rubik’s cube.  Most likely not the ideal palate choice for most.

Colours Associated with Life Areas

Wealth and Prosperity:  Blues, Purples and Reds
Fame and Reputation:  Reds
Love and Relationships:  Reds, Pinks and White
Health and Family:  Blues and Greens
Center:  Yellows, Oranges and Browns
Children and Creativity:  White and Pastels
Knowledge and Self Cultivation:  Black, Blues and Green
Career:  Black, Burgundy, Chocolate and Navy
Helpful People and Travel:  White, Black and Greys
The life areas surrounding the Center, blend into each other and share similar hues.   Your interpretation and association to the colour and of the shade and intensity is what also adds to the energy.
For example:  I always associate Wealth and Prosperity or Gratitude with Purple.  Why?  I LOVE Purple!  Purple to me is regal, rich looking, elegant and its been my fave colour since well birth.

Know this:  If the area of your home has a Feng Shui association with colours that you have an aversion to, then painting it in that range will detract from the energy you were intending to infuse the space with, because at the end of the day YOU who live in the space are NOT attracted to it.

Colours Associated with Elements

Wood – Blues and Greens (columnar/stripes/objects made of wood)
Fire – Red (candles/triangles/cones/lighting/sunlight)
Earth – Yellows, oranges and Browns (squares/rectangles/art featuring terrain)
Metal – White and Pastels (circles/ovals/arches/rocks/metal objects)
Water – Black, Burgundy, Chocolate and Navy (asymmetrical shapes/ponds/glass/mirror)
To learn more about the elements I invite you to read HERE
You can also add those by incorporating shapes which helps with the controlling or nourishing cycle of the elements overall.
In my opinion, if you absolutely love a particular colour, it feels good to be surrounded by it that in itself uplifts and supports your energy and that of your space.
We can get too caught up by “thinking” about it and processing all the information out there.  Remember to follow your intuition, what speaks to you?
Also, remember its just paint…it is a relatively easy fix, change and modification to any space.
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The 5 Elements- Assessing your Physical Space

The 5 Elements- Assessing your Physical Space

The pop quiz for finding your elements within you may help to identify how those elements are within us.  

And those elements within may also be represented in what we surround ourselves with in our physical spaces.  We surround ourselves with the things that we are most attracted to and our homes, our desk and our closets are a visual representation of who we are and what we like.
Here are some ways in which we can identify those elements.
Wood:  Greens, Blues, plants, flowers, actual wood, columnar and pillar shaped items.
Fire:  Reds, triangle shapes, cones, pyramids, sunlight, wool, leather, animal products.
Earth:  Yellows, earthtones, soil, rectangles, square shapes.
Metal:  Whites & pastels, rocks, stones, metals, arches, circles, ovals.
Water:  Black, dark colors, glass, crystal, mirrors, assymetrical shapes.
If you want to balance out a room that has a dominant element, the same controlling cycle applies.
If you want bring more of an element into your life you could also choose to wear the associated colors.  So take a browse through your closet, which element do you most often wear?
As an example Red may not be a color that for everyone wants to cover themselves in or paint an entire room in.  Choosing a red pen or a red journal, or red undergarments can add some spark or fire and melt a bit of metal.  
If you find yourself wearing or surrounded by a lot of earthy colors, try adding blue or green throw pillows to the sofa or a blanket to add some pop.
Color and shapes can amuse the eye and add that little something something to your wardrobe and also to your space.
I’m curious does your physical space reflect your Pop Quiz results? 
I invite you to share below on the Blog,  Facebook or email.
Controlling the Yang Elements

Controlling the Yang Elements

If you took the pop quiz I posted previously you may be asking the question, 

Is it necessary to balance out my elements? 

or 

Does everything have to be matchy matchy?

The short answer is no, if you are content and feel that all is as it needs to be then hey, keep doing what you are doing.  If you are feeling like you would benefit from moving some energy to feel different or more balanced then the answer would be, yes.

It is not ideal to have equal scores on each of the elements.  It would be difficult to manage that and since life is dynamic we need both Yin and Yang elements in order to keep us moving.

Yang elements are the ones we project outside of us, from the quiz standpoint they are the ones with a score of 72 or greater.  Yang is masculine, bright or light, big, busy, high contrast, and open.

Yin elements are the inside of us, scores on the pop quiz are less than 72.  Yin elements are dark, feminine, muted, and softer.

We need both for overall balance, as we need the light and the dark; day/night; big/small and so on.  Essentially balancing opposites.

Nourishing Cycle:
Choosing to control an element would be desired if the overpowering presence of one of the elements inhibited your ability to nourish another element or energy in your life. 
Here are my top tips on how to you may be able to balance out the main Yang element.
Controlling Cycle
Water douses Yang Fire:  
Fire is strong communication, Water is strong connection to Spirit. 
Fire is connected to speaking words, Water is connected to the sense of hearing.
Fire is leading; Water is going with the flow.
Top tip to cool your flames:  You have something valuable to share and when you talk people listen, however, we can learn more by listening than speaking.
Metal is mental and intellectual; Fire is passion and emotion.
Metal is focused, quick and sharp; Fire is lively, spark and excitement.
Metal is strength and endurance; Fire is warmth and community.
Top tip to melt your Metal:  Allow your wisdom to be conveyed with clarity and delivered with warmth.  The facts may speak for themselves but may be received better if delivered with emotion as well.
Wood is intuition and inspiration; Metal is mental and intellectual.
Wood is taking root and branching out; Metal is excavated and can be manipulated.
Wood is what you see; Metal is what you smell.
Top tip to prune the tree(s):  Your vision of life is strong, however you may benefit from backing up your intuition with the facts.  The facts can help you determine where you can prune your branches in order for the stongest ones to really prosper and for the roots to take better hold. 
Wood consumes Yang Earth:  
Earth is grounded; Wood is connected to both heaven and earth.
Earth is practical and stable; Wood is rooted and flexible.
Earth is fertility; Trees have seeds (knowledge)
Top tip to your cultivate your forest:  Start planting your ideas by getting them out there in the fertile soil, in order for them to start to grow.  Let your intuition guide you and trust in your ability to allow yourself to take reasonable risks.
Water is movement and depth; Earth is stability.
Water is the tapping into spirit; Earth is grounded in here and now.
Water is synchronicity; Earth is accountability.
Top tip to get more earthy:  Too much water can make you feel overwhelmed and you may benefit from stepping on firm ground in order to take stock.  Connect physically, meditate, stabilize yourself by taking a stand, choosing to process all the floating “stuff” that is washing over you. 
Top Tip for all the elements:  Be Gentle with Yourself as you experiment with finding your own balance!
Yang Metal and Water; Yin Wood Fire Earth

Yang Metal and Water; Yin Wood Fire Earth

The Children and Creativity Gua is the home of Metal and is associated with water, Lakes specifically.
Metal is is the thinking, the intellectual element.  Metaphorically speaking you have a mind like a steel trap.  You are focused, quick witted and razor sharp. Determination along with strength and endurance would potentially be ways to describe you.
Metal is excavated from the earth, and the large gap between your earth score and metal depicts that.  This element can be shaped to our liking, as in using metal for jewellery or building skyscrapers.  It is both strong and can be malleable.
When we have too much metal in us it can also be portrayed at times as uncompromising or an inability to change course even when it makes sense to do so.  The razor sharp mind may also be interpreted as having a sharp tongue.
Yang Water is the connection to Spirit and Spirituality.  Your metal thinking may be a high source of creativity, which brings Joy to yourself and others.  Water is tapping into your spirit or going with your flow.  Metal is a nourishing cycle to water, in that metal holds water.
These elements are Yang elements and are what we show to the world.
To control Metal the addition of Fire is necessary.  Fire controls metal since it melts the element.  Fire is our communication to our community.  Fire is our passion and emotion, it is leadership, it is connecting.  
Absorbing and accumulating information comes easily and it shows you are one to go with the flow.  I would invite you to consider sharing your wisdom and creativity in teaching another or a group of others.  Stoke the fire within by communicating what you know.
You have a strong sense of connection and synchronicity and may benefit from tending the wood element to nurture your own ideas by sharing what brings you Joy.  
Wood, Fire and Earth are yin elements. Yin is the inner details of ourselves.
Allowing the water vibe in your life to nourish the ideas you have to branch out.  Fire needs wood to burn.  Perhaps there are things you are “thinking” about and not doing.  
What would it feel like to grow those ideas (wood), and tell others about what you are thinking (fire), and connecting to your ground (earth) to take action on your ideas?
I would invite you to think about how it wood feel to put yourself out there rather than think about it?  
Yang: Fire and Earth; Yin Metal, Water and Wood Assessment

Yang: Fire and Earth; Yin Metal, Water and Wood Assessment

Fire is the dominant element in this assessment, followed by Earth.

You are a connector and communicator; you are passionate about what you say and do.  You have a strong connection to your ecosystems:  family, friends, colleagues etc.  A healthy amount of fire is nourishing, lively and adds excitement.  Your personal warmth draws people to you and you make people feel wrapped in warmth as well.

Earth is the element of the physical and tangible.  Fire burns wood which feeds the Earth and the numbers show a nourishing cycle.  That feeling of being Present, Grounded and connected is important to you and you seek ways to cultivate it in your life.  You take action and are accountable for your words and actions.

These two elements together bring to mind:  You stand up for what you believe in.

The yin/inner elements are Metal, Water and Wood.

Metal is connected to the Children and Creativity Gua.  It is the home of Joy!  Having fun, being creative, colorful bubbles up from deep within you.  Laughter is an expression of this joy.  This element is also the thinking part of you, the intellectual.  We draw metal from the earth and can mold into whatever we choose. Again an expression of your creativity.

Water is going with the flow of life and we use water to control Fire when it is dominant.  There is an imbalance between the two elements in the assessment and that may be present in feeling stuck, going against the flow, or not feeling the flow you want.  There may be lots of thinking going on and you may be keeping this to yourself.  Not seeking out Helpful People, literally or energetically.  I invite you to consider where the idea of “diving in” or creating a wave for yourself in order to remove the blockages of your flow.

Wood is required to fuel the Fire.  The current assessment would suggest that you may be at the beginning of something.  That being open-minded, being open to trust and accept guidance may be in your life presently.  I invite you to nurture the seeds of your knowledge and wisdom, and trust in the process.