Feng shui, like Vastu is not a religion.
Feng shui means wind & water (Jal- Vayu). It is an ancient Chinese art that originated from Indian Buddhism.
What is Feng Shui?
This is a simple question that can be difficult to answer.It is an ancient art and science developed over 3,000 years ago in China. It is a complex body of knowledge that reveals how to balance the energies of any given space to assure the health and good fortune for people inhabiting it.
Feng means wind and shui means water. In Chinese culture wind and water are associated with good health, thus good Feng Shui came to mean good fortune, while bad Feng Shui means bad luck, or misfortune.
Feng Shui is based on the Taoist vision and understanding of nature, particularly on the idea that the land is alive and filled with Chi, or energy (Shakti).
The ancient Chinese believed that the land’s energy could either make or break the kingdom, so to speak. The theories of Yin & Yang, as well as the five feng shui elements, are some of the basic aspects of a feng shui analysis that come from Taoism.
The interaction of these two feng shui forces (Yin & Yang) creates the essence of life around us. One cannot exist without the other, as in their seeming opposition, they deeply support and nourish each other.
Expressed in feng shui colors, the Yin, feminine energy is Black and the Yang, masculine energy is White.
Energy-wise, Yin is soft, slow, relaxed, diffused, moist, passive and silent. Think of the rhythms and essence of feminine energy – the softness of water, the mystery of the Moon, the blackness of rich soil and the deep silence of the night.
Yang is the fiery essence of the mid-day sun and Yin is the stillness and mystery of the night.
Because your home needs a balanced feng shui (Jal-Vayu) energy in order to support your well-being, it is important to understand the application of the Yin Yang theory on a practical, simple level.
- YIN (passive energy) is the feng shui energy of relaxation that you need in your bedroom or in your feng shui spa bathroom. Yin is in the calm colours around you, the soft music, the sound of a water fountain and the soothing, relaxing art images.
- YANG (active energy) is the feng shui energy characterized by strong, vibrant sounds and colors, bright lights, upward moving energy, etc. You want Yang energy in your home office, your kitchen and at a good dinner party with friends.
The Yin Yang energies cannot exist in isolation; they define each other, as one is the condition for the other’s existence. Thus, a good feng shui home has to have a harmonious rhythms of both active and passive energies.
How do you actually create good feng shui in your home?
We can create good feng shui homes & offices from the right use of- feng shui colors, feng shui fountains, feng shui crystals, mirrors and feng shui plants.
Creating a home that will reflect the feng shui Yin Yang balance is very important. There will always be one quality of energy that is stronger depending on the use of the space, but you need to represent both feng shui energies.
Here are examples of the play of Yin and Yang energies in a good feng shui home:
- Yin Energy in Your Home : Your bedroom needs the relaxing Yin energy in order to heal you, so it is crucial to let go of all the dominant Yang feng shui elements in the bedroom, such as the TV, exercise equipment, or office items.While the Yin energy needs to be the predominant energy in your bedroom (think relaxation, cocooning, sensuality, sleep); you also need a slight presence of Yang (think red candles, arousing images, a light accent color to balance the deep colors, etc.) The same principle applies to your bathroom.
- Yang Energy in Your Home. On the other hand, your family room, your living room, your home office, and your kitchen are definitely feng shui spaces that will benefit from a strong presence of Yang energy. Choose vibrant colors, lively music, and a variety of feng shui decor items to create an active quality of energy (family photos, books, games, etc.) Even though the Yin, or relaxing element, is not the dominant element here, you still need to have it for balance. Introduce deep colors, relaxed and comfortable seating, as well as some images with soothing Yin energy.
Having a harmonious balance of both Yin and Yang feng shui forces in your home will create the quality of energy you need in order to live a healthy and fulfilling life.
You can also bring the five feng shui elements with specific shapes, and here is how the feng shui elements are expressed in shapes:
- WOOD: Rectangular
- FIRE: Triangular
- EARTH: Square
- METAL: Round
- WATER: Wavy
Here is the color correspondence of each of the five feng shui elements:
- WOOD: Green, Brown
- FIRE: Red, Strong Yellow, Orange, Purple, Pink
- EARTH: Light Yellow, Sandy/Earthy, Light Brown
- METAL: White, Gray
- WATER: Blue, Black