The Feng Shui Bagua is an essential tool in associating areas of your physical space with the 9 areas or guas on the map.
Depending on the style of Feng Shui which you are interested in; the process of Bagua application may be different, however the areas on the map would not be dissimilar to the image above. Therefore you may find that you enter your home through the Knowledge and Self Cultivation gua or that your bedroom is located in the Wealth and prosperity area.
This map could be laid over your entire property; it would be applied to your home overall, as well it can be mapped specifically on one or every room individually.
The Bagua encompasses all the areas of our lives:
- Knowledge and Self Cultivation
- Health and Family
- Wealth and Prosperity
- Fame and Reputation
- Love and Relationships
- Children and Creativity
- Helpful People and Travel
These eight compartments, surround the Center, the common denominator or the glue that holds it all together. The interconnectedness of the outside squares is possible because of the Center square, it is my opinion that the Center is YOU.
I personally use the Bagua Map as not only a tool which relates to our physical space, but as a tool which I value when looking at what is going on in my life, my thoughts, my feelings, my experience overall. As well I can apply it to the things which I wish to bring into my life, things I’m working on or towards manifesting.
The Five Elements series of posts I did (Metal
) beginning with the pop quiz
, may have given you another perspective in which to look at creating balance, and potentially how your living rooms
may or may not mirror that.
This series of posts is my interpretation of Bagua map as it applies in Feng Shui; followed by how it can be an instrument aiding us in observing the balances and imbalances, to create connectedness and perspectives in our lives. How our “go forward from the center: our thoughts, attitudes and feelings” have a direct impact on moving forward.
Just like for your home, a Feng Shui consultant may invite you to move furniture, add elements, or subtract clutter in order to get the energy moving in your space; de-cluttering our minds is equally as important.
My intention is to share with you my approach in Creating Space in life with my Creating Space Bagua.
The fifth element in Feng Shui is Metal.
Metal embodies the intellect and the mental aspect in our life. It can be defined as our ability to focus, be quick, be determined, be sharp, clear communication and deep intellectual clarity. Metaphors such as “mind like a steel trap” and “razor sharp mind” convey this definition.
The material itself is can be noted as our human signature, in that we take it from the earth and manipulate it into various forms. Metal can be dramatic and strong, think sculpture, jewellery and buildings. And can be the epitome of strength and endurance, think granite and marble.
Too much metal can
- leave us unable to compromise
- inability to change course even when it makes sense
- sharp tongues
- being weak or over processed
- have trouble connecting
- lack flexibility
- over analysis
Too little metal can be
- unable to stick to your own integrity.
Metal cuts wood; Metal holds water; Metal consumes earth.
To lessen Metal you can add Fire
as it melts metal.
Metal as a structural commodity in our life is, like all of the other elements, needing balance.
Out of Earth, Wood, Fire, Water and Metal. How would you number these in order from greatest element in your life to least in your life?
Which of these elements would you like to nourish?
Which of these would you like to control?
If a tree falls in the forest does it make a sound? I’m not sure. However if a palm frond falls off your palm tree and hits the neighbor’s garage it most definitely makes a sound.
I’ve had the pleasure of being in the garden on 2 occasions in the last month to hear the cracking and subsequent whoosh and crash of a 2 metre frond drop. This morning as I looked up at my tree I was struck with something, perhaps you can relate.
Isn’t it fascinating that plant life just does what it does? Right now in the Southern Hemisphere I see new leaves opening on my trees, my lawn is covered in clover, my citrus trees are nearly done producing and the palm is dropping the seed branch which I think is Australia’s version of snow.
The tree never questions its process, it just goes with its rhythm. All it wants to be is a tree.
You don’t see the orange tree trying to emulate the bamboo, or the bamboo trying to be a hedge. Plant life does its thing, its the plant its intended to be.
The element of wood in Feng Shui is that of growth. Plant life of all kind have a foundation of roots to support the growth above the earth. Just like in our literal life we sometimes need to cut or prune to allow new growth, or to clear so that growth is not stunted or all consuming.
- it is what you see and what your don’t see; as in the plant/tree reaches out above the earth while the roots are hidden in the earth therefore it holds trust;
- its an element of new growth, new skills, new projects.
- Wood embodies expansion.
- trees have branches; our brains can branch out
- trees have seeds; seeds are knowledge
- the color green.
Wood is in Balance when we can trust the process and take reasonable risks; while open to guidance and open minded.
Too much wood can leave us feeling encumbered, and we can not keep up.
Taking to much on and consuming to much of the Earth. We need to bring in the metal element to cut the wood.
Too little wood may be felt when we are not branching out; when we are keeping ourselves small. We need water in order to nourish Wood.
I invite you to consider where you are nurturing yourself for growth in all ways. Physically, mentally and emotional nurturing to grow your tree of life.
Earth is the Element directly associated with the Center of the Bagua.
Hence my invitation for people to come to the center of the map and feel “Grounded”.
The best literal example I can use is what I do prior to teaching a Foot Fitness class or doing any type of bodywork. I generally ask people to do a check in or perform an inventory of their body prior to us going forward.
Its simple and takes only a couple minutes, I invite you to join in.
- Sit with your feet flat on the floor; or stand
- Hands on lap; or hanging easily to your side
- Eyes open or closed, your choice
- Inhale through your nose to the count of 3,
- Exhale to the count of 3 through your nose, like you are pressing out your breath
- Repeat, extending the count as you are comfortable
- Inhale noticing your lungs expanding and your shoulders rising
- Exhale feeling your body melt down down down into your feet
- Inhale feeling the energy rising
- Exhale feeling the energy descending
- Notice your feet and how they are making contact to the floor
- Notice the where you feel the weight distributed
- Press your feet into the floor; extend the toes to create the widest foundation
- Inhale filling your lungs to capacity; lifting through the top of your head
- pause; then exhale and empty your lungs to their depths pressing your feet into the floor
- Take an inventory of your body from the feet up to the top of your head
- Continue to focus on your breath; extending up through the top of the head and extending through the feet into the floor.
- Notice and feel the contrast.
- Continue for as long as comfortable.
This physical check-in can also be adapted to how you are feeling in your life overall. Check out the Earth qualities:
Earth is physical, and is tangible in quality.
Earth is represented by the shades of yellow and earthtones;
Earth is literal soil, ceramics, tile, brick;
Earth is the shapes of square and rectangle.
Earth is practical.
Earth is stability.
Too much Earth energy may be defined as feeling:
- too much responsibility
- weighted down or heavy
- too conservative
- all method no madness
- getting stuck
- to focussed
Too little Earth energy may be defined by feeling:
Balanced Earth Energy
- grounded in the here and now
- accountable of what we do and say
- action to ideas
- practical as an equal partner
- symbolic of being the creator
So where on Earth are you? Or where is Earth within you?
On average are you feeling balanced, centered and grounded?
Can you notice where in your life that you may benefit from cultivating more or less Earth energy. What action can you take to make that possible?
The Element of Wood controls Earth; whilst Fire makes Earth…
More on that to come.