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Ground Your Home with Feng Shui

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Ground Your Home with Feng Shui

By Erica Sofrina, Founder of the West Coast Academy of Feng Shui and author of the book Small Changes, Dynamic Results! Feng Shui for the Western World.

Are you in a place where you feel your life is spinning out of control? Is the relentless daily treadmill wearing you down to the point where you wonder what it is you are really accomplishing? Applying simple Feng Shui principles to the center of your home can often shift your experience and move your life back into a place of balance.

According to Feng Shui, we can work with key energy centers of our home to bring into balance and/or enhance this corresponding area of our lives. In this last segment of my Bagua series, we will look at how to enhance our homes to support being more centered and balanced.

This part of our home is called the Center. In Chinese it is the Tai Chi and is the place of complete balance, the marriage of heaven and earth and can be found at the center area of the Bagua Map. The Yin/Yang symbol is often placed in this area representing this perfect union.

The Tai Chi is the source of all of the other areas of the Bagua. It is like the stone that you drop in the water that ripples out in all directions. It is about stability, being centered and grounded in all that we do.

This part of the home should ideally be open and uncluttered and feel very grounded, using a lot of earth tones. It is connected to the earth element which is represented by yellows, golds and all earth tones, materials made of earth such as sandstone, dirt, brick, tile, ceramics and stucco along with square and rectangular shapes. All of which can be used to enhance this area.

Work with enhancing this area of your home when you:

  • Want to bring in more harmony and balance in your life
  • Want to feel more grounded and centered
  • Want to feel a deeper connection to ‘source’ energy

Staircases are inherently dangerous. Use earth tones to give them a sense of stability

You can locate this energy center by overlaying what is called a Bagua map (on page 3) onto the floor plan of your living space. This information comes out of the ancient Chinese book of wisdom and divination, the I Ching and is one of the more esoteric parts of Feng Shui. To learn more about the Bagua, please see my article on Charting the Energy Centers of Your Home.

Once you locate the Center area of your home, take a close look at what your environment is telling you in this area. Can you draw parallels between what is happening or “not-happening” in your life by observing what is going on in this section of your home?

Do you find the staircase in the Center, representing a busy life that is moving too fast? Is the junk closet under the stairs blocking the flow of energy? Perhaps this is missing from your floor plan all together? (See page 3 for working with missing areas).

Feng Shui teaches that our outer environment will always reflect our inner environment. The staircase may perfectly depict your life…. tearing up and down all of the time with no sense of balance or center!

The good news is that by shifting the outer, we also shift the inner and are able to consciously direct our lives and change our experience.

Next: How to Enhance the Centered Part of your Home

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Erica Sofrina

Erica Sofrina is an Internationally recognized Speaker and Teacher and Author of the book Small Changes, Dynamic Results! Feng Shui for the Western World. She is also a life coach and motivational speaker and is the founder of the West Coast Academy of Feng Shui. She has run a successful business as a Professional Organizer, Interior Designer and Certified Feng Shui Consultant for over a decade and resides on the charming coastal town of Half Moon Bay in Northern California. Find out more at

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2:39PM PDT on Oct 17, 2013

I love it! Thank you!

12:28PM PDT on Jun 13, 2012


11:01PM PDT on Jun 7, 2012

I have trouble figuring out the bagua for our home. The house is rectangular. The garage is attached by a breeze-way room. It is smaller than the depth of the house or garage. The center of the house, itself is taken up by stairways, one atop the other and fireplace and 2 closets. Kinda' strange set-up.

10:34PM PDT on Jun 4, 2012

Yes Antonia, Feng Shui brings in many common sense decorating ideas, but it is much more than that, see the Bagua information in this article. At the Foundation of Feng Shui is the belief that we should create beautiful places that inspire us and feed our souls. When we do, we are happier people. It is very simple and very obvious. That is the point I have been making in my articles, it IS simple and obvious.

7:32PM PDT on Jun 4, 2012

Erica, sounds like you're describing plain old interior decorating.

12:59PM PDT on Jun 4, 2012


12:52PM PDT on Jun 4, 2012

Thank you all for the constructive comments. I appreciate you taking the time to comment. Shelley, all is not lost because your wealth area is in the bathroom. I had a house like that and my solution was to make that bathroom totally wonderful. I painted it a wonderful periwinkle blue, got beautiful berry colored new towels and bath mat, hung some beautiful crystals and had a wonderful picture incorporating these colors that reflected a feeling of plushness and abundance, and I kept the toilet lid closed at all times. I made it so that I loved that bathroom. Bathrooms were negative places because in the past they were unattractive out houses. Make your bathroom feel like a spa...see my last article on 8 steps to Feng Shui for Bathroom, link found at the top of the comments section.
Paul, regarding your comment about finding a Feng Shui book to simplify it. My book is called Small Changes, Dynamic Results! Feng Shui for the Western World and available in hard copy, kindle or in a pdf format that you can down load from my web site. See the link for my book at the end of this article.
Antonia, yes there are dishonest people in every profession, we all know that, and you are not the first to bring up Penn and Tellers video. That doesn't negate all of the legitimate people who are committed to helping people make their homes wonderful, nurturing and inspiring places to be. You can't dismiss an entire profession just because there are some crooks in it, if so we would have t

11:33AM PDT on Jun 4, 2012


6:22AM PDT on Jun 4, 2012

Thanks Erica,,must get a book on this, as I don't know much about "feng".

3:47AM PDT on Jun 4, 2012


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