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You may find that this square or even a couple of square lying in your garden or in next door’s flat. This is not unusual with today’s modern layouts and extended houses. A simple solution would be to add mirrors to the relevant walls to imply that the missing space is rarely there. You could even apply the magic square to each room separately so all nine aspects are represented within the same room. So, how do we put this knowledge into practice?
Let’s take some of life’s primary matters such as health, wealth, and relationships through which you can also get to grips with some common feng shui devices. As far as health is concerned, feng shui doesn’t act as a cure or remedy and neither does it claim to do this but it’s well worth acknowledging the benefits people have experienced after applying feng shui techniques. After experiencing a continual bout of stomach problems, the women who all worked in the same old phase find their conditions improved dramatically after a feng shui consultant was called in.
The expert believed that the sink in the adjoining kitchen was polluting energy as it entered the office and suggested installing a screen in front of the sink. The subsequent well-being of the women suggests that feng shui played its part in promoting good health. Another undesirable arrangement to have is a long narrow corridor that limits the flow of energy. Screens, mirrors and wind chimes are all remedial to features to employ in such cases.
As we have learned form the Lo Shu magic square, the east is the sector of health. So if someone in the household were unwell, the natural suggestion would be to stimulate this area of your home. One feng shui device that we’ll be seeing a lot more of throughout the program is the placing of healthy, luscious plants. Bamboo plants in the east of the living room are highly recommended as well as in the east of your garden that any thorny plants or red or orange colors are not recommended as they will exhaust the surrounding energy.
Crystals are another excellent energy-stimulant and are best hanged just above eye level in a window to be able to capture and refract the natural sunlight. It doesn’t matter what size the crystal is so long that it’s kept clean. They can be used anywhere you feel the need to enhance energy flow. Wind chimes have a very cleansing action and in Chinese folk lore would lead to ward off ghosts and spirits. Feng shui experts have different views as to where the metal or wood-made chimes are better so if you want to use this device, choose whichever you prefer to sand off. If the sand is going to annoy you, it’s best not to have them at all as this would defeat the whole object of creating balance and harmony. Instead, you could opt for bamboo flutes which should be hanged in pairs at an angle.
Wealth another of life’s joys and woes is held within the southeastern portals of your home. Hanging images that portray abundance for example a forest is just one suggestion to enhance your personal finances but a more obvious one would be the incorporation of feng shui coins. Keeping them with your check book, paperwork from the bank or carrying them in your purse can all help to improve your luck with money.
The feng shui money frog is also said to draw wealth into your home or office. Legend has it that during a full moon, this mythological creature appears near homes that can expect good fortune and increase wealth. Placing the frog in your wealth corner enhances your money prospects and placed inside the front door facing inwards symbolizes money coming into your home.
Relationships are influenced by the feng shui you apply to the southwestern rooms of your home. People seeking new love in their life should stay away from sentimentality in this corner. For example, a photo that ties you to your past as this will do you no favors in allowing the future to flow freely into your life. Plants are best to foil evil too as they destroy the strength in this area. Instead, you can use lighting for example, a couple of candles or a lamp which will help to energize the area. As with most long-term relationships, problems can also be traced back to the bedroom although this topic will be dealt with a little later when we look at feng shui through the bedroom.
First though, we must explore another vital part of feng shui, the five elements. The Chinese elements include water, wood, fire, earth, and metal. Interestingly, feng shui means wind and water so it’s quite plain to see how detrimental the elements are to this age in top form. When we look at the productive cycle of the five elements, you can see that it’s all very logical. Water nourishes the growth of wood. Wood fuels fire which produces earth in the form of ashes, earth creates metal and metal can flow in liquids form like water.
For the Chinese, this system quintessentially represents varied stages of change. However, if one part of the cycle is missing, there will be a conflict which can bring danger. There’s always a solution whenever such clashes occur and again it’s very logical to work out which elements are distracted to one another. Water extinguishes fire, fire melts metal, metal cuts wood, wood exhausts earth, and earth pollutes water. The solution to counter these problems is quite simply to add the supporting element. For example, between the incompatible forces of fire and water lies wood which could reestablish the balance.
Each of the five Chinese elements also act as a category into which various aspects such as climate, seasons, color, shapes and even people fall into. An individual according to Heisu, her birth date can work out which element they belong to by calculating their personal star number. Each number correlates to an element and its various traits which indicate colors, directions, shapes, and symbols.