The basics of Feng Shui

What is Feng Shui for me, and how can I help you with its toolkit?

I came across Feng Shui by first reading a book about it in 2007, and for long years kept my knowledge and curiosity to experiment with things active – but for myself. I have used it for various purposes in our homes, wherever we lived – depending on what I needed to ’fix’ in my own life. I came to a point in 2020, when I realized I wanted to help others with this vast knowledge and decided to become a professional consultant, under the guidance and training of Karen Rauch Carter. You are currently reading this page as my next adventure in helping people (the first one being a professional, ICF licenced coach).

Feng Shui schools

There are several Feng Shui schools of thought existing peacefully beside each other today. I chose to learn and use the Tibetan Black Hat method. With the help of my master, Karen Rauch Carter, I successfully gained insight into all the basic and advanced techniques that allow me to help my clients change their lives for the better, with intention. Karen has become known as a best-selling author of several Feng Shui books, and working as a Feng Shui consultant, learning herself from professor Thomas Lin Yun for several decades. This school combines the traditional approach of Chinese Feng Shui schools with the more modern, Western-mindset and expectation of people to overcome certain challenges in their lives. As a down-to-earth, practical and pragmatic guy with an equal amount of openness to spirituality, I particularly enjoy the thought of being able to create change in your life by using your existing stuff at home and thinking about what you want and not want, and also what you have and want to have. So you don’t have to ‘wake up at 6am and look 49.5 degrees East’ to change anything in your life.

If you are open to accepting that you do indeed have the possibility to overcome the challenges of your life and create opportunities for yourself, please read on and I can help shift the energy of your home for the better.  As complex as Feng Shui is, it is equally great in its simplicity: whatever materializes as a problem, obstruction or hurdle in your life (in your mind and whatever you experience in your everydays) can be visually seen in your home. How?

The 9 areas of our lives – Bagua

Our lives can be divided into nine areas or life situations and they are spatially represented by areas in our home or office – calling these areas Guas. The sum of these guas put in a particular order is called the Bagua, and the ‘ba’ of Bagua means ’eight’ (having eight sides). The 8 sides plus the middle create nine zones that relate to the different life situations.

The 9 areas (not in any particular order):

  1. Prosperity
  2. Fame and Reputation
  3. Relationships and Love
  4. Family
  5. Health
  6. Creativity and Children
  7. Skills and Knowledge
  8. Career
  9. Helpful people and Travel

The names speak for themselves, as all of us find our lives revolving around these topics. If you are interested in understanding the philosophy and workings of Feng Shui on a deeper level, I am happy to guide you to various literature on this topic. On this website, I aim to showcase the everyday usability of Feng Shui, and raise your curiosity on how you can create a more fulfilling, abundant life for yourself, with my help. If you didn’t succeed for some reason with traditional tools, give Feng Shui a chance. Real Feng Shui works by noticing what is happening in your life right now, and how your home reflects that. The two work the other way around as well: if you reshuffle things in your home to resemble something you want, it will materialize in your life quite soon. So watch what you wish for!

Everything around us is in relation to something else. This spatial relationship is what Feng Shui is all about. The question is: what kind of Feng Shui surrounds you now, in your current living space (or office space)? You would be wrong to think that nothing is ‘feng shui-d’ around you now. Everything is, it’s just not necessarily serving you optimally.

Areas of the Bagua – the topics of our lives

Prosperity

This area represents abundance: so you have plenty to spend on good things in life (these, however, are not the same as the expenses you must cover, such as bills, food or rent). Some consider this as a power area, because money in many people’s minds is something we can influence others with. Think about any of the large software company founders for example. Enough said: if you would like to have abundance, you need to work on Prosperity.

Fame and Reputation

This part of your home is the one that helps you become the person you really want to be, influencing how others will see and perceive you. This of course is also dependent on who you come into contact with (opportunity) and what financial gains may come of this later on. This area is also the one responsible for your self-worth, self-identity, self-confidence…all making an impact on the quality of your relationships. If you have something to work on in these areas, come and work on Fame and Reputation.

Relationships and Love

Whether you are single and desire a new romantic relationship or would like to bring a new quality into your existing relationship with that special someone – maybe even spice up your sex life, then work on the Relationships and Love area. If you want your relationships in harmony, bring this area of your home into harmony.

Creativity and Children

This is where creativity and creative thinking ’live’. If you start rejuvenating your home here, you will have loads of creative ideas for how to go about things in other areas of your home as well. This area connects with children, since they usually think quite creatively. Anything to do with kids – either your own, your future ones or others within the family – should start here.

Helpful people and travel

This part of your home helps to get help from someone who could make things easier for you (a kind teacher, a helpful administrator, an honest real estate agent or someone at a networking event, etc.). It could be someone you know already; or someone ‘out of the blue’ offering their help. And remember: the Universe or the Angels (or whatever you believe in, Feng Shui not being a religion) from the other side may also be helping your life in many ways. This area helps in you being treated in a fair and just way. If you long for more (or less) travel, or are moving somewhere, this is also the area to take care of for yourself, so things go well for you.

Career and Life-path

This part of your home is the one that helps you do the things right, when it comes to professional endeavors – whatever this may mean for you. It could be your business activities, your employment path, a spiritual way or influencing other people (and calling this work), here you can set up things, so all works out well.

Skills and Knowledge

This part of your home is the area where you can influence how you learn, store and use knowledge. Although all areas impact each other, this one fulfills a particularly important role. For example, if, for some reason, you cannot manage your income well, you may think that the Prosperity gua isn’t working for you, and this might not be the case! Or if you always walk into the same wrong romantic relationship, you might need to think about it a bit. Alternatively, if you are attending school or some form of adult education – irrespective of your age -, you can strengthen your intention to learn and benefit the most from it – start here.

Family

Our family is the most important part of our lives, and it only makes sense that our home also has an area devoted to them, supporting us in many ways. The energies that are responsible for our everyday expenses – rent, food, other miscellaneous costs – are ‘stored’ here. If you don’t have this area working for you, the Prosperity area won’t be able to fulfill its role either.

Health and all other things

The center part of the Bagua contains all the things that haven’t been mentioned above yet. Our physical, mental and emotional health. As this area is to be found in the center of our home, it connects with all the other areas in a physical and metaphoric way. As they say: ‘if you’ve got health, you’ve got everything!’

The role of Chi (Qi)

Chi means energy. It flows through our bodies, as well as around our living spaces. We can move Chi energy, if we want to, by way of decluttering, cleaning up, placing new things in new positions or directing the flow of energy in a certain way. Chi can ‘rush through’ our home or avoid it completely; and it can get stuck if we fail to move certain things for a prolonged period. We energize with the help of Feng Shui principles. We create balance from imbalance to bring about harmony into our lives. The objects and material things around us can support – or hinder – us. If we don’t create such a correction, we need to expend our own energy to bring about certain changes, while it could be done by way of consciously moving our surrounding stuff into an energetically better position – and doing the ‘heavy lifting’ for us. So why would you waste energy on something that a mirror or a light can do for you?

How can we change a specific life situation? Changing our stuff with the toolkit of Feng Shui

Feng Shui offers 9 traditional cures that have been available and used for thousands of years to solve problems. So this isn’t really a new fad. If we begin to utilize these, we can almost always tap into the energetic field of a room or space, and that in turn will also have an impact on us.

Light

If we allow light into a certain area, we create energy with it, and that in turn will bring about change. A candle, electric lights, fire (in a controlled manner), lava lights or a new window will all help; but we can also think of mirrors, crystals and other light reflecting objects that, placed strategically and properly, will provide light.

Sound

The introduction of a soothing sound also makes energy move around and influence that room’s mood and atmosphere. The sound of moving water (waterfall, sea and waves), chirping birds, bells, chimes or other sounds that make you feel better are all at your service.

Living beings

Animals are not only great mates, but enablers of raising levels of energy. Make sure to keep them clean and healthy, otherwise they might radiate a bad kind of energy into our homes. Plants are also providers of good energy – pay attention that they are indeed living plants, not dead or dried ones.

Weight

We may use certain objects or symbols of such objects – based on Feng Shui principles – to ’ground’ certain things in our homes. Think of situations when you are ’up in the cloud’, ’in a dream world’ or simply unable to think realistically. A small elephant statue or a paper weight might just do the trick for you.

Colors

All the different parts of our homes correlate with a certain color or colors. If we learn to use these colors consciously, doing so will have a positive impact on us, living in the home. You may do this very visibly – e.g. with the repainting of a wall -, or more subtly, maybe even hidden, by way of putting colored cardboard behind a sofa. If you do this with intention, it will work from a Feng Shui perspective, as in Feng Shui, things don’t need to be out in the open in order for them to work.

Moving objects

As many moving objects are almost like a living ’thing’, they are also able to get energy moving around themselves. A small cart, bells, water, a fan or a curtain moved by the wind are all such things.

Electric current

We have an ever growing number of stuff that is electronic, and these gadgets can also be put into service in our homes.

Symbolic things

All things that represent something for you – in others words symbols – are able to energize your subconscious. One such traditional cure may be a bamboo flute for example, which gets Chi moving around, often multiplying it in certain situations. Back in the old days, they presented certain good news with the sound of a bamboo flute; nowadays it’s more like church bells, a trombone or a door bell that is responsible for such sounds.

Other

Everything and anything we did not mention above, goes into this category: whatever it is that makes your home a supportive home for you. Try and make these non-standard cures as personal, as possible, in order to give meaning for you.

Why it’s worth to engage in a Feng Shui consultation for your home or business » find out on the next page!