Have you ever wondered at those strange little mirrors and wind chimes seemingly haphazardly hung on weird little corners of houses in Vancouver? To the western eye, this aesthetic seems bizarre and random, but here’s the scoop: Traditional Feng Shui uses elements, such as water and wind chimes to balance the Qi, or energy flow through your home. It’s called introducing “a remedy” or sometimes, “a cure”.
Now we’re not suggesting that windchimes and fountains are a necessary cure. Traditional Feng Shui is a complex methodology –not reliant on New Age intuition– and what cure is right for your home depends largely on your goals, the direction of your home, and the environmental elements that aid or impede the gentle flow of Qi.
When we’re analysing your home or workplace, the first stage is to indicate what life situations you’d like improved. Health, wealth and familial or work relationships are some from which to choose, but you are the one to have agency. Basically, you can adjust your home to facilitate faster wealth growth or convivial relationships, or both, but not all spaces are suitable for all outcomes.
Once your goals are determined, a chart of the space is prepared based on the compass directions that divides the space into 8 different sectors. Then, according to the 5 Element Theory and Yin and Yang Theory, we are able to see how we can balance the different areas to facilitate the right activity (certain locations are better suited for sleeping, for example).
The cure can be as simple as moving a piece of furniture or equipment, for Yin and Yang Theory. Or introducing a plant or water feature, as for 5 Element Theory.
When Feng Shui is balanced, more opportunities come your way, and this is what we mean by “living in harmony”.
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