The Bagua is a Feng Shui tool whose origins can be found in an ancient Chinese book of divination, the I Ching. For thousands of years, the bagua has served as a living map, which can be used to help in navigating each of eight life aspirations, including health, wealth, fame, relationships, creativity, helpful people, career, and wisdom. The center area of the map is often represented by the yin/yang symbol. Yin and yang symbolizes the duality of our changing world yet together they encompass the chi, or energy, that animates all living beings.
Rooted in the belief that we are connected to every person, place and thing, the Bagua map reinforces the significance and meaning of each and every item in your home. It serves as a bridge connecting the visible with the invisible. Though the Bagua map is deceptively simple in appearance, it is a powerful blueprint for the changes you wish to enact.
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One of the most common questions about Feng Shui and the Bagua map is "How do I position the Bagua map over my floor plan?"
Imagine a bird’s eye view of the house or apartment or room you are mapping to determine its overall shape. Superimpose the 9-section grid over your floor plan, aligning the bottom edge of the Bagua map with the wall in which the front door is situated. As the primary Mouth of Chi, your front door is used as your starting point for determining the orientation of the Bagua Map. Most often, the entrance will fall in one of three areas: Wisdom, Career, and Helpful People. This method of aligning the Bagua map is called the Three Door Gate method per the teachings of His Holiness Grandmaster Professor Thomas Lin Yun.
The general guideline for houses is to include in the floorplan every room that is under roof, including the garage if it is also under the same roof. If any area of the Bagua Map falls outside the floorplan, it is considered a “missing area.” This is due to a floor plan that is L-shaped or U-shaped or some other configuration rather than square or rectangular or octagonal. The floor plans of many Western homes often include missing areas. While this is not preferred, there are ways to enhance these areas. An experienced Feng Shui practitioner can help with these challenges!
Now that you have familiarized yourself with the Bagua Map as it relates to your home, what observations can you make? What aspects of your life are going well and which would you like to improve upon? For example, do you wish to increase wealth, improve relationships, enhance career opportunities, or rediscover your creativity? Using the Bagua map, we can improve our chances of achieving our desires by placing “environmental affirmations” to magnify and intensify those desires in a very tangible way. Dancing Spirit Gemstone tools were created to assist in this purpose.
Working with gemstone energy is very rewarding in itself. However, when you combine its power with Feng Shui principles, you are aligning the odds in your favor. Pursue your dreams with a little help from these ancient ways of intentional living.