By Erica Sofrina, author of the book Small Changes, Dynamic Results! Feng Shui for the Western World
Are you at a point in your life where you need to feel that child-like sense of adventure? That part that can be spontaneous and surrender to the unknown?
According to Feng Shui you can enhance key energy centers of your home which will correspondingly get the chi moving in this area of your life. In this portion of my Bagua series, we will look at how to enhance your creativity and spontaneity and ignite that wonderful sense of play and adventure again.
This part of our home is called the Children and Creativity area and has to do with cultivating our playfulness and child-like qualities.( See page 3 for how to locate it). It encourages us to laugh and lighten up and is about deep joy bubbling up within us in a light-hearted way. It is about creativity and the projects we have birthed or that we desire to bring into form. It is about inspiring humorous and happy work, not work that is drudgery. It challenges us to be in the moment and is about getting in touch with our playfulness, spontaneity and sense of adventure. It is also about our own children or the children we want to have.
The Chinese word for this area is Dui which translates to ‘the joyous.’ It refers to the youngest daughter which in ancient Chinese patriarchal society meant the daughter who got to stay home and live the life she wanted, rather than being sold off to the highest bidder, as was the oldest daughter’s fate. She was the delight of the parents and could live a life of fantasy and play. She represents the harvest, the bringer of pleasure.
The element connected to this area is metal, which comes from and is nurtured by the earth. Using objects that represent the metal element will enhance this area. (See my article on the Five Elements.)
Work with enhancing this area of your home when you:
- Are ‘birthing’ something such as a new career, book, art project, or want to become more creative
- Feel creatively blocked
- Want to learn something you always yearned to do but didn’t have the nerve
- Want to have an adventure and make your life more interesting and exciting
- Want to explore and develop your spontaneous, child-like qualities and feel the need to ‘lighten up’
- You want to enhance and/or improve your relationship with children
- You would like to become pregnant
If you are working with any of the areas listed above, Feng Shui teaches that you can work with the corresponding Children and Creativity area of your home to activate the energy (chi) and get this part of your life moving in a direction that you desire.
Next: How to Locate and Enhance the Creativity center of your home