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  • 2020.07.30

    What is Feng Shui?

    Within the theory of Feng Shui, the spatial reorganization of a residence promotes a greater balance between yin yang, activating the circulation of energies, maintaining what is positive and releasing what is negative.

    This current of thought originated in China more than 4000 years ago and literally means wind and water. Its masters and scholars believe that each house or land has a specific vibration that interacts and interferes in our lives directly or indirectly, affecting our health, productivity, mind and relationships. Despite having no scientific evidence, for many Feng Shui is similar to other practices of traditional Chinese medicine, as it aims to cure or solve specific problems through specific or joint interventions that aim to correct the source of negativity and allow more harmony.

    Feng Shui provides better functioning of the visible and invisible aspects by acting as follows:

    • Identifying existing negative energies;

     • Promoting the healing of the environment as a whole.

    Visible aspects are material aspects, capable of being physically modified. The invisible aspects are the interactions and energetic influences that happen in a space. Even though they are not concrete, their measurement takes place through mathematical calculations and observation of electromagnetic fields.

    Each room in the house has a function with furniture that represents them. In the bedrooms, the bed is the main furniture and needs to be in evidence, what is called the “command position”. In this case, avoid using the bed on the back or facing the door directly.

    In areas with a lot of circulation of people and corridors, it is advisable not to obstruct the paths, leaving the flow of energy flowing naturally.

    In bathrooms, keep toilets and doors always closed. In these rooms there is usually a flow of waste energy and it is important to keep the house properly separated from these points. For bedrooms, avoid mirrors that reflect your bed, it drains the vital energy instead of allowing it to accumulate in your life.

    Currently there are several schools and strands of Feng Shui, the best known are:

    Black Hat School: The most well-known and disseminated technique out there. Of Tibetan origin, this school uses the Ba Gua instrument.

    Gua is a type of map that is used on the floor plan of an house or building to correct and suggest changes. It has eight sides related to different areas of human life, such as:

    Colors: Black and Dark Blue – Shape: Winding – Element: Water

    Colors: White, Gray and Black – Shape: Round – Element: Metal

    Colors: White and Pastel – Shape: Round – Element: Metal


    Colors: Pink, White and Red – Shape: Square – Element: Earth

    Colors: Red – Shape: Triangular – Element: Fire

    Colors: Purple, Purple – Shape: Rectangular – Element: Wood

    Colors: Green – Shape: Rectangular – Element: Wood

    Colors: Blue, Violet and Green – Shape: Square – Element: Earth

    To activate a specific Gua, simply identify its location in the residence and decorate it with objects in the corresponding colors and shapes. There is also the possibility to add some elements and symbols of luck.

    Source of image: architecture

    Ba Gua has the protective function of bouncing negative energies out of the house. It must be positioned above the entrance door.

    There are a lot of elements that are used when practicing Feng Shui, such as:

    Source: unplash

    Used for its resistance and strength that increase over time, bamboo has long life, prosperity and flexibility.

    The smiling Buddha has the ability to absorb and transmute the energies of conflict, problems and unhappiness. It can be placed in entrance halls always facing the main door.

    Source: Unplash, @kadh

    Since Crystals have the ability to reflect light in different colors, the crystal is a piece attributed to healing and activation of the vital force. It can be used on balconies, hanging in the centers of each room or near door frames or windows.

    Source: unplash

    The sound and movement of water reactivates the vital force, in addition to bringing prosperity and luck. It is used in entrances to buildings and gardens.

    Source: Lee Classical Feng Shui

    This symbol unite the shapes of the energy of the sky (round) and the energy of the earth (square). The red thread represents the Yang force bringing wealth and luck .

    Source: pngwing

    The infinite knot originates from Tibetan Buddhism and represents the bonds of compassion, interdependence between individuals and the rebirth movement.

    Source: medium

    The wind bell is used to exalt the vital force and scare away negative energies. It can be used both outdoors and indoors.

     Due to its rich tradition and ancient knowledge, Feng Shui is a set of practices and observations of space, which when used wisely, can add quality of life to your daily life.

    It is worth mentioning that Feng Shui goes beyond mere decoration rules simplified by websites and media in general. Its determination arises from the evaluation and specific analyzes that are based on fundamentals of oriental culture. Therefore, its use must be with responsibility and respect, in order to value tradition and custom that has been widespread for other cultures. So, look for a professional who can clarify and advise you on the use of your techniques properly.

    Diego Pacheco, diego@goesto.co
    Architect and Interior Designer.




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