In such a fascinating and beautiful island like Puerto Rico, can you imagine the incredible magic that could flow into your life if you learn how to apply feng shui? While the energy of the Island of Enchantment flows through its deep blue ocean and majestic mountains, a festive echo that was born in the chants of the Indian Taínos, charges the atmosphere of Borinkén (Taíno name for Puerto Rico) with mystery, romance, and adventure.
Thanking the wind for breathing life into our aboriginal ancestors and the water for its restorative power to cleanse and renew us, I became fascinated with the ancient science known as feng shui. Pronounced “fung way” and meaning in Chinese, wind and water, this philosophy states that everyone and everything in the universe is connected by a web of energy flow. Passionate about transforming places into beautiful and energizing spaces, I decided to become an expert in feng shui.
Known as the “life force,” ” good “Chi” is created with a flow of positive energy. When this energy is disrupted or blocked in some way, it becomes stagnant, affecting one’s life in negative ways. Regardless of its ancient origins, feng shui remains compatible with the modern world we live in and can be applied anywhere in the world.
Emerging several thousand years ago during China’s Han Dynasty, feng shui created a historical impact all over the world. Before building a new city, officials asked experts of this art who were ancient, knowledgeable, and wise to find the most “auspicious” or “lucky” site. Knowing that chi could be potentially destructive as well as harmonious, these city officials wanted to make sure they applied the principles of feng shui.
While many people have the misconception that feng shui is a religion, a new age concept, or a cult anyone can apply it to his or her lifestyle, regardless of spiritual background. Its primary purpose is to enhance many aspects of your life by bringing balance and harmony into your home or business.
When you walk into a beautiful place, you may immediately feel a wonderful vibe uplifting you. Alternatively, if you find yourself in a cluttered and dark space, your mood may shift, making you desire to leave that environment right away. Just like the body is the temple of the soul, the home is the temple of the body, and feng shui creates a harmonious environment within the home.
Taking care of your living space is essential, and the first step you must do before applying feng shui is removing all clutter. This philosophy supports that dust and disorganization mirror your mental atmosphere. If your home is chaotic, you may want to examine your emotions to identify what is causing the chaos. It also emphasizes that since everyone and everything have energy, and we are all connected, your world begins within you.
If you are like most people who have been conditioned to believe that objects don’t have energy, you may neglect some of your personal belongings and accumulate a group of items that has no purpose in your closets, attic, or basement. Believe it or not, this energy becomes dead or stagnant and impedes the flow of good chi. Also, words and emotions can impact the energy of the room. Just like happiness and harmony allow the flow of good chi, arguments, disagreements, and annoyances can disrupt the chi flow of the environment.
The Western Bagua Map is one of the most fundamental tools used in this practice. Placed over the floor plan of the home or business to locate key areas of energy. Starting with the front door, this rectangular or square map is the easiest one to use because it doesn’t require a compass. Divided the Bagua map into nine equal parts, the guas are the areas that represent the different aspects that create a balanced and joyful life. These areas are health, abundance and prosperity, fame and reputation, relationships and love, family, creativity and children, skills and knowledge, career and helpful people and travel. Represented by one of the five elements, which are: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water, a designated color and shape symbolizes the element that enhances the energy of the specific gua.
The front door is the mouth of chi; the front door is the most important place in the house. The Bagua map begins with the front door because it is where vital energy enters and exits your home. It is also where you leave the outside world behind and enter your inner world. Its appearance gives a clear message to the outside world of who you are and what you stand
Now that you have read about some of the fundamental principles of feng shui, you may be interested in learning how to manifest your magical flow by applying this practice in your life. So stay tuned for more feng shui information on the Island of Enchantment’s future articles.