The Art of Feng Shui
'Every change in your house, however subtle, will also mean a change within yourself!' - Nina Elshof
Conceptual Feng Shui
Creating an energetically harmonious home
Coming home is a feeling.
So what if you feel restless and discomfort in your home? Why do you feel this way and where does it come from?
Feng Shui is a means to help you understand and give words to these feelings.
Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese philosophy that examines the relationship of people to their environment, and shows us which influence this correlation has on our well-being.
The practice of Feng Shui is based on the traditional Chinese understanding of the universe and its natural cycles and patterns. Key principles of Feng Shui is that everything is energy, we are always in interaction with our environment and everything is changing at every moment. An imbalance in your living environment reflects in your personal live.
Conceptual Feng Shui is a contemporary form of Feng Shui, It is understandable, logical and open to opportunities.
Most important; it is about you! Conceptual Feng Shui empowers you to get started and create balance in your home and therefore in your life.
Yin & Yang
Forces of nature
The forces Yin and Yang are the foundation of Feng Shui.
Yin and Yang are two completely opposite but complementary forces and they carry their own energy. Yin energy is passive and inward focused. Yang energy is active and outward focused.
The two energies constantly interact in a never-ending and ever-changing movement and do not exist without each other. Warm only exists in relation to cold, there is no north without south, no day without night, and no morning without an afternoon. They are like bloom and decay, light and dark, feminine and masculine. There is no good and no bad. It simply is!
So how does this work in your home?
The Yin and Yang energies are expressed by the interior design and layout of our homes
and can be translated into specific colors, materials, and functions of a space.
Yin expresses itself in cold, dark, soft, slow and femininity. Yin energy is in the calm colors around you, in the soft music or the relaxing images of water.
The bedroom, for example, is the place where we turn inside and therefore requires more Yin energy.
Yang expresses itself in warm, light, active and masculinity. Yang energy is in vibrant colors, bright lights and a warm fireplace.
The living room is a dynamic place of family gatherings and therefore needs more Yang energy.
A good Feng Shui home has an harmonious expression of both active and passive energies.
Through the insight and awareness that a Feng Shui analysis offers, spaces can be provided and supported with the essential energetic qualities to optimize its function and create balance.
Everything is energy.
In Feng Shui, Chi is the term for the universal energy, the vital energy that permeates everything around us. Chi is within us and our environment.
Chi enters your home every time you open the front door and should flow freely and uninterrupted into all spaces to nourish your home with vital energy.
Obstacles, like clutter, impair the energy flow, in your spaces and the flow of energy in your home will sooner or later be reflected in the flow of Chi in your body.
Feng Shui lets you to experience the amazing influence that colors, materials, layouts and the placement of your furniture have on the quality of Chi in your home. Feng Shui strives to harmonize the Chi so that it can flow undisturbed through your house. The fewer blockages, the more positive the flow of life energy,
the better you feel.
The Cycle of the Five Elements
Wonders of nature
The key for balance and harmony in your home lies in the cycle of the five elements: water, wood, fire, earth and metal.
The five elements are regarded as the foundation of everything in the universe
and reflect the natural daily and seasonal cycles.
Each of the five elements has a certain relationship with the other elements, based on their nature.
They form an infinite cycle in which they nourish and control each other.
In the nourishing cycle wood feeds the fire, fire produces earth, earth generates metal, metal produces water and water feeds wood. In the controlling cycle you see that the elements weaken and destruct each other. Fire melts metal, metal cuts wood, wood weakens earth, earth holds back water and water extinguishes fire.
All the elements carry their own energy and express themselves in colors, materials and shapes that you will find in your home.
For example fire is expressed in the color red and triangular shapes and water expresses itself in black and blue, wavy patterns and glass objects. Conflicting use of the elements causes disturbance in the energy flow.
Feng Shui is a means to reveal these conflicts and introduce solutions for an harmonious interaction of the elements so that your home is energetically balanced.
The Magic of the Bagua
The Ba Gua is the Feng Shui tool used to analyze a floorplan, it reveals the energetic structure of your house.
The Ba Gua is a grid of 9 equal fields, these fields are assigned 9 aspects of life that have to do with life processes as shown in everyone's life, such as family, career, relationship and wealth.
The Ba Gua represents the interaction between the function of a space and the associated life aspect. It also shows where the Chi flows effortlessly, and where more energy and attention is needed to support the associated life processes.
The Ba Gua contains a wealth of information that tells us all about our house in relationship to ourselves.
Nine Star Ki
How do you dance your life?
Nine Star Ki is one of the oldest forms of astrology and is of Chinese origin. Unlike the astrology of constellations and zodiacs in which you are something, Nine Star Ki indicates how you move through life. Nine Star Ki is the energetic key of how you approach life and with what qualities.
Your birthday is the most important day in your life.
A Nine Star Ki profile consists of a combination of three numbers based on your date of birth. These three numbers relate
to your nature, to your innermost being and to the way you act.
Each number refers to one of the five elements. You carry, as it were, the energy of your date of birth, which is expressed in the specific characteristics of the elements.
Are you sensitive and intuitive like water? Do you feel passionate and proud like fire deep within, are you creative and resourceful in the your actions like wood? Are you practical and caring like earth, or honest and conscientious like metal?
A Nine Star Ki profile provides insight into the way your life develops and unfolds, into the talents and strengths you were born with, as well as your challenges. Nine Star Ki creates awareness and understanding into your life patterns and how you can promote, break free or overcome them.
Feng Shui and Nine Star Ki are directly related. They examine the natural flow of energy in your home and in you, always striving to complete the cycle of the five elements, with the intention to make you feel optimally happy.