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
This part of Feng Shui comes out of the teaching of the Bagua, the source of which is the ancient Chinese book of wisdom and divination, the I Ching. To read more about the Bagua, I will refer you to my prior article: Where is the Energy in your Home.
We can locate these energy centers by overlaying what is called a Bagua map, onto the floor plan of our living space (see page 3). Once you locate where this energy center is in your home you can enhance it with objects that reflect what it is you want bring into your life pertaining to this area. You will want to:
1. Take a look at what is going on there and see if it connects to what is going on in your life at present. (You may have some ah-hah moments!)
2. Clean it up, clear it out and make it an inspiring place to spend time in (Click here for a list of all of my past articles on how to do so)
3. Add enhancements to encourage the chi (energy) to become activated along with environmental affirmations that represent what it is you do want to have happen in this area of your life.
These Environmental Affirmations are physically manifested thought forms. Every time you look at these objects you are sending the chi in this direction, however subtle this may seem.
According to the laws of attraction – ‘like’ attracts ‘like’ energy. By strategically planting into your space objects that hold the energy for something you desire, you are attracting this ‘like’ energy to you. (See my article Your Home is attracting your Future).
Environmental Affirmations can work for or against us, moving our lives in a direction we don’t want. Feng Shui teaches that everything in our living and work space should inspire, uplift, be useful and reflect who we are now in our lives and where we want them to go.
Take a close look at what your environment is telling you about yourself. Is your artwork affirming what you want to bring into your life? (I.e. if you are single and want a relationship, how many single people pictures do you have?) Any object you have in your space that you do not like, invokes an unpleasant memory or does not reflect your true desires is keeping this energy in your space and hence, in your life. If it is not moving your life forward in a positive way, it should be removed and/or replaced with objects that generate happy, pleasant and uplifting thoughts.
Enhancements for Children and Creativity
Locate the Children and Creativity area of your home and activate the energy there by adding some of the following:
- Whimsical objects such as toys and artwork that encourage you to laugh and lighten up.
- Artfully arranged supplies used for creating art and doing hobbies you love. (Note: this is not the place to put unfinished projects that have been sitting there for any period of time. These are called ‘naggers.’ Remove from your space anything that is sending a negative message such as ‘I can never finish anything.’
- Posters, paintings, photos and collages representing happy children or that were created by children (make sure they reflect happy, carefree children).
- Quotes, affirmations and sayings pertaining to children and creativity.
- Vision boards depicting you at play, doing what you love and/ or something you never had the nerve to pursue, with words affirming your own creativity and spontaneity. Dream big and envision yourself doing it!
- Circular, oval and arch- like shapes and objects (these represent the metal element).
- Objects made of metal, brass, steel, gold, silver copper etc, such as candle holders, picture frames, jewelry, lamps statues and furniture.
- Objects that hold a positive memory from your own childhood such as handmade items and memorabilia or pictures of you being totally goofy and having a great time!
- Personal objects you made that sprang from your own creativity such as artwork, poems, writings and scrapbooks, invoking memories of creative and happy times.
- Objects that represent the new career or project you want to bring into form. If you are writing a book, put your writings here and affirmations about how the book will be received in the world. Work then with the Fame and Reputation area to enhance this further.
- If you want to start a family add objects grouped in “threes” of things with two big ones and a little one representing the new family you want to bring in, or “fours” of things, correspondingly depending upon the size of the family you desire. An example might be two larger candles with one smaller one, animal figurines with two larger parents and a child, etc. To enhance this even more, locate the Children and Creativity area of each room that is appropriate and enhance it with three things as described.
Next: Using the Bagua map to locate the energy centers in your home
(If this falls in a room or area of your home that is not appropriate for these enhancements, such as in the bathroom, you can do a mini-Bagua and enhance a wall of a room that represents this area. See below for how to do a mini-Bagua.)
How to Place the Bagua Over the Floor Plan of your Home.
1. Draw a sketch of the floor plan of your space. This should be the birds-eye view as if you are looking down on it. Include all built-on decks, stairways and attached garages. If you live in a condo, apartment or one room, draw the shape of this as if you are looking down from above.
2. Draw a square or rectangle over the floor plan in the shape of the Bagua map. Stretch it out into a long skinny rectangle if need be. All of the areas of the home (or space) need to be within the square or rectangle. If your home is an irregular shape, still draw the rectangle or square around it. Not all homes are square or rectangular, so you may very well be missing some areas of the Bagua. Instructions on how to deal with this are below.
3. Stand at the front door with the map parallel to the floor with the Entrance Quadrant touching your stomach. This will tell you the direction to overlay the Bagua map onto the floor plan of your home.
4. Now divide your home with the Bagua map overlaid on it in nine equal sections. This will identify for you where all of the key nine areas are of your home are. The wealth area will always be the far left quadrant of the home and the Love and Marriage the far right section, etc.
5. If your home is not a rectangle or square, you may be missing areas of the Bagua. If this is the case, you can do a mini-Bagua for each room of your home that is appropriate and enhance the Children and Creativity corner of each room. Treat the main entrance to the room like you would the front door of the home and lay the Bagua accordingly. This energetically brings back into the space the missing area. If this area falls in the yard, create a Creativity garden if appropriate.
6. If you have more than one floor of your home, what ever is below is above. You do not turn the Bagua differently for each floor. In which case you may have more than one Children and Creativity area, the same rules of enhancement apply to all areas!
Note: I practice and write about Western Form School Feng Shui which works with the Bagua map and is a different school than Classical Compass School Feng Shui which uses a Chinese compass along with Chinese Astrology to determine chi or energy flow. I suggest you choose the approach that resonates the most for you and stick with it to not be confused by the different schools and practices.
Top Photo of Cathy coming out of the Goddess Cave, bottom insert is of a member of my group during a spontaneous moment on the way to our swim with wild dolphins at one of my Five Elements Immersion Retreats on the Big Island of Hawaii. Next retreat – November 2011
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