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
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