Contrary to popular belief, Feng Shui (pronounced ‘fung schway’) … the 4,000-year-old art of placement … isn’t about decorating! It is about creating a calm and energetically nourishing living space. When the feng shui of a home is balanced, people who live in the home have a better chance of achieving personal balance. Here is one perspective on how your home can affect your health:
Each part of our home corresponds to different parts of our bodies. If you are suffering from aches and pains, alleviate some of the trouble by making adjustments to the appropriate area of your home. This may seem like a fanciful notion, but you could experience immediate relief as a result.
In the practice of Feng Shui, your home – and each individual room – can be divided into nine energy centers. These centres are called ‘guas.’ The nine centre combined form a ‘bagua’ (pronounced bah-gwa). The Health gua is located in the centre of the bagua, because our health – good or bad – affects all areas of our lives.
In addition to specific parts of our bodies, each area of the bagua is associated with certain colours, natural elements (fire, water, earth, metal, wood), and other features.
The Bagua Body Map
and How to Apply it to Your Home’s Floor Plan
Hips, Back, Joints
FAME & REPUTATION
Eyes & Heart
(Ability to see things in the proper perspective.)
LOVE & RELATIONSHIPS
Abdomen & Organs
(Step forward through life.)
(Overall health. To strengthen all body parts and all areas of home.)
CHILDREN & CREATIVITY
Mouth, Teeth &
(Speaking up for yourself)
SKILLS & KNOWLEDGE
(Ability to handle life situations)
Kidneys & Bladder
(Ability to hear others and listen for opportunities)
HELPFUL PEOPLE & TRAVEL
(Having a clear head
to face challenges)
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1) Draw a floor plan (to scale) of the main level of your home or a single room.
2) Using a highlighter, divide the home/room into 9 equal-sized sections.
3) Locate the exterior wall where the main entrance to the home/room is located. Note that this is the entrance that was designed by the architect to be the formal entrance. It may not necessarily be the door you use most often.
4) Apply the Bagua Map (above) to your home following the guide above. Write the names of the corresponding Life Sectors on your floor plan.
EARS: Health issues relating to the ears, blood, kidneys and bladder are linked to the Career gua. Revamp this space if you are suffering from hearing loss or have difficulty being heard. If people accuse you of being in denial, check this area for any grime, squeaky hinges or stuck doors and windows.
HANDS: If you are experiencing difficulty with your hands and fingers, arthritis or insomnia, check the Skills and Knowledge area. Excessive clutter could be aggravating problems. Check this area if you are having difficulty handling aspects of a relationship or keeping in touch with friends.
FEET: Check out the Family gua. This area is linked to your ability to stand on your own two feet. Dying plants, clutter, excessive heat or an overload of electronics can trigger anything from athlete’s foot to plantar warts. Trouble in the Family gua can make it difficult for you to move forward in life.
SKELETAL SYSTEM: Conditions that affect your hips, thighs, lower back, pelvis and bones are linked to the Prosperity zone. Check this space if you have hip or back pain. The Prosperity area is also linked to your ability to stand up to bullies. Too much heat, light or electrical equipment here can compound all of these health issues.
EYES & HEART: Problems with the eyes, heart and small intestine are linked to the Fame area. Examine this area if you suffer from poor eyesight, glaucoma, conjunctivitis or heart problems. Cloudy mirrors, leaky faucets and grime are common manifestations of eye trouble. If you have difficulty being recognized for your contributions, you might also want to examine the Family area for trouble.
ABDOMEN: Health issues relating to the stomach, intestine, spleen and genitals are linked to the Relationship gua. Keep this space free of rickety furniture, faulty electrical equipment and drafts. Such problems can be manifested as ulcers or colitis. You should also attend to the relationship gua if you are emotionally incapable of experiencing intimacy.
MOUTH, TEETH & RESPIRATORY SYSTEM: If you have mouth/lip sores, dental problems or asthma, check the Children & Creativity gua. Excessive heat and light can irritate such problems – so can leaky ceilings, faucets, toilets and clutter. On an emotional level, creative blocks and shyness are related to this area.
HEADS & LUNGS: Headaches, brain injuries, mental problems, lice and dandruff are all linked to the Helpful People gua. Check this area for junk, leaks and excessive heat or cold. If you have a drain in this area, keep it covered when you are not using it. On an emotional level, problems with authority figures can also be addressed by making feng shui adjustments here.
OVERALL HEALTH: If you are suffering from a serious health matter that affects every part of your body – such as major organs, cancer, HIV, cystic fibrosis or multiple sclerosis, you need to examine the very centre of your home – the Health gua. Keep this area open, spacious and airy. Walls, staircases, columns and other obstructions can cause problems here. Paint these obstructions natural earth tones – like honey, chocolate or pumpkin. Cover stairs with a soft carpet and place a square rug at the top and bottom of the staircase. Hang a round, faceted crystal at the top of the stairs. If you have a column in this space, hang mirrors at eye level on all four sides of it. (To give the illusion of it disappearing.) If the column is round, encircle it with a reflective material to give the same illusion.
About Terri Perrin and Fine Art of Intention Feng Shui:
Terri Perrin began studying feng shui in 2006. She received her Feng Shui Practitioner certificate from Mount Royal University, Calgary, AB, in 2008. She launched Fine Art of Intention Feng Shui shortly after moving to the Comox Valley, British Columbia in 2009.
Committed to continual learning, in 2009 Perrin became a student and disciple of the late His Holiness Professor Thomas Lin Yun, founder of the California-based Black Sect Tantric Buddhist (BTB) Feng Shui School. She has also received advanced training from several of North America’s most well respected feng shui masters. In 2011, Terri was one of only seven other feng shui consultants in the world who was invited to participate in a 12-week mentorship program with renowned feng shui expert David Daniel Kennedy, author of several books including the best seller — Feng Shui for Dummies.
Perrin has delivered feng shui workshops and corporate ‘Lunch and Learns,’ and performed consultations across Vancouver Island. An accomplished writer, she released her first feng shui book — The Complete Guide to Feng Shui Crystals — in January 2011. A revised and updated version of the book was published in May 2012. Her efforts to promote her business earned her the Comox Valley Home-Based Business Association’s 2010 New Business of the Year Award and 2011 Business of the Year Award.