Originally published as Internal and External Feng Shui – The Energy of Wind and Water
in the Llewellyn Journal, Date: 2004-07-05 By: Jill Henry, EdD, PT, APP
Feng Shui (pronounced fung shway) literally means wind and water. Water represents the physical, manifest world while wind represents the inner world of energy that interacts with the outer. External Feng Shui is about arranging our environment, our homes, and our businesses to open to the energy (Chi) of Prosperity and Success. Internal Feng Shui is about exploring our inner worlds of mind/body/spirit and opening these worlds to the Chi of Health and Happiness. In many Feng Shui resources, the emphasis is on external Feng Shui only. External Feng Shui techniques are effective, however they are not the whole picture. For example, many businesses use flowing water by the front door in the form of a fountain to influence the energy to enhance career and business success. But if, upon entering the business, the person who greets you is out of balance and projecting negative energy, then the effect is cancelled out. This article explores techniques to develop both internal and external Chi and attract good energy into your life.
EXTERNAL FENG SHUI
FENG SHUI includes the idea of living in harmony and balance with our environment and dates back over 7,000 years. It is the study of energy (Chi) and how its circulation affects people. The circulation of this invisible energy can be blocked or distorted by our environment, thus creating Shar Chi (or negative energy). You’ve probably gone into a home or business that just doesn’t feel right to you. You can’t put your finger on it, but you know you want to get out of there as soon as you can. That’s Shar Chi. You want your home and business to reflect positive Chi. You want to live and work in places that help you feel balanced and energetic.
Basic approaches to developing good Chi in Feng Shui include physically rearranging furniture, colors, and objects in your home or office to promote good energy circulation and using Feng Shui Cures (placement of certain objects like statuary, handing crystals, colors) where physical change is not possible.
Arranging your home, office, business for good circulation of Energy. In arranging a room, 9 areas are noted to be of special significance. The center table, also known as a Baqua Map, illustrates the relationship of areas in a room (or home). Imagine dividing your room (home, office) into the following 9 areas, then place objects that reinforce the attributes of each area.
WHERE TO BEGIN?
Choose a room in which to begin. An office, bedroom, or family room will do nicely. Decide first whether to view the room from the directions or from the entrance. When using a Baqua Map from directions, superimpose the map over the room with each directional area corresponding to the true compass directions. If, for example, your entrance to the room is in the South, then you would reverse the map accordingly. An alternative used in Feng Shui is to simply place the Career area at the main entrance of the room. You would align the map as illustrated in this article. It really doesn’t matter which map orientation you choose. We are looking at the relationships of elements with each other more than the compass directions. Fire should be opposite of water, and not next to it because fire turns water into steam and water douses fire. They cancel each other out.
Now, stand in the main doorway and survey each of the 9 Life Areas as illustrated in the Baqua Map. Look for “flow-less” areas, dead, empty areas or cluttered areas. Take one section at a time and simply observe. The following are questions you may wish to ask yourself during this process. Follow the map clockwise from the entrance and answer the following questions.
Now, using the Baqua Map and your answers to the questions, bring in objects that match the colors, elements, and attributes associated with each area.
You may also use Feng Shui cures – simple additions to enhance energy flow including:
- Bright Objects: Mirrors, faceted crystal balls, gems, lights, candles
- Sounds: Wind chimes, bells, music
- Living Chi: Flowers, plants, birds, fish
- Moving: Mobiles, chimes, fountains
- Heavy: Stone, furniture
- Mechanical: Computers, stereos, TV
- Bamboo: flutes
- Color: Relates to each area on Baqua Map
(Specific applications of Feng Shui cures such as hanging a crystal to reflect energy in dark spaces, or placing a mirror on your door to reflect unwanted energy from the road back out to the road are discussed in detail in Energy SourceBook – the Fundamentals of Personal Energy).
Be careful not to re-clutter. As you are working in each area, reinforce your beliefs in the positive aspects of each area using internal Feng Shui.
INTERNAL FENG SHUI
Before beginning your Feng Shui work, pause for a brief 5-minute meditation for each Baqua area. During these mediations, you will be getting in touch with your beliefs about the 9 Baqua areas. When you work on clearing your beliefs as well as clearing your space, your Feng Shui will become more potent and effective.
The meditation technique is quite easy. Simply sit, close your eyes and feel the air of your breath moving in and out of your nose. Focus on the breath. Relax with the breath. Feel the breath flowing in and out, like you would feel the breeze on your cheek. Now gently ask yourself a question, and allow the answer to come into your mind. All the while, keep your breath in the foreground, and allow the answers to gently float up in the background. Don’t attach yourself to the answers. You are just uncovering your internal clutter. Simply observe them at this point. After completing the 5 minutes, write down a simple affirmation you can use while you physically re-arrange that portion of your room. Affirming your desires while doing something physical is a very potent process to attract Chi into your life.
I have listed 9 separate questions below, each followed by an example affirmation, for each Baqua meditation. Do not try to do these all at the same time. One question for each meditation. One meditation and affirmation for each Baqua area.
Our lives are Feng Shui, wind and water. From the unseen beliefs and thoughts we hold within us, to the visible reflections of these thoughts we see in our environment. The outer reflects the inner and it is important to work on both aspects of ourselves. If you decorate the wealth area of your home by placing coins and money there, but every time you look at the money you feel inside that you don?t deserve to be rich, then you are re-directing the positive external energy into a negative internal energy. But, if you are ill, and decorate the Wood area of your home with beautiful, healthy green plants, and each time you view the plant you see yourself as growing more and more healthy, then your internal and external energies are in alignment, and you will see miracles in your life. Enjoy your path of Feng Shui.
To your Best Energy!
Dr. Jill Henry, Ed.D., (North Carolina) has over thirty years of experience in traditional medicine as a physical therapist, including ten years teaching at the Medical College of Georgia. Active for sixteen years in complementary and alternative medicine, she is an associate polarity practitioner, practices CranioSacral Therapy, is a meditation instructor, and workshop facilitator. Jill may be contacted at her website: https://mountainvalleycenter.com