If we want to improve our lives having an understanding of the positive benefits of art using the art and science of Feng Shui can be extremely helpful.
An Introduction Into The History of Feng Shui
Feng Shui is an ancient art and science that originated more than 3,000 years ago in China. Some elements of Feng Shui practice date back at least 6,000 years, and it contains elements of various branches of scholarly study, including physics, philosophy, astronomy, and astrology. Translated to English, feng means “wind” and shui means “water.”
In Chinese culture, wind and water are associated with good health and good Feng Shui is associated with good fortune. Feng Shui is also related closely to the Taoist vision and understanding of nature and the notion that the land is alive and filled with chi (Qi) or energy. Chi is known as “The Dragon’s Cosmic Breath”.
There are many practitioners of Feng Shui who apply the principles as the art of placement and the placement of art. Based on the belief that as humans we are connected to the space we occupy, understanding how the placement of yourself and the art objects within your home and office may have a positive affect in various areas of your life. The converse is also true: bad Feng Shui can lead to negative energy.
Why should you care? With even the most simple, basic knowledge of Feng Shui energy you can choose art according to the energy you need, such as soothing and sensual in the bedroom, or active and vibrant in the living room or office. This can be done by referring to the Feng Shui Bagua or ‘pakua’ which is essentially a map indicating areas of your home or office space and the aspects that they correspond to.
How Can You Use Feng Shui in Your Home?
One of the most potent systems for activating energy inside homes is the Pa Kua Eight aspiration method of Feng Shui, which offers a simple way for you to start activating the corners of your home. You can use this easy method to improve your Feng Shui in any room within your home that you use frequently in order to attract any single one of the eight kind of luck. To be effective it should be a room that you use often. The result of enhancing rooms and corners using the element associations of the Pa Kua is often pleasantly surprising. Good fortune associated with the kind of luck you are activating will manifest, sometimes in ways you least expect.
Personal aspirations and tastes
In the practice of Feng Shui, as with everything else, personal creativity and tastes, as well as individual priorities, must be factored in to obtain maximum results. So do listen to yourself.
Do not use anything, paint and colour or place any piece of art or object, which you yourself do not like. You must respect yourself and your own inner voice. This is the best way to ensure that your personal chi blends with the way decorate and arrange your rooms. Unless you have a positive interaction with all the objects you place inside your home, they will not have as much power to actualize good luck for you. For example if you really hate the colour pink, then no matter how good this colour may be for attracting love into your life, my advice is not to use it. This is because your dislike of the colour is related to your own auric field at some unconscious level. So respect that!
Also, as we grow older, our tastes and aspirations will change. So you can change your tastes as much as, and as often as you wish. You can re arrange your room, furniture and the decorative objects you use to activate your corners as often as you like.
Choose artwork that speaks to you and you love looking at, in Feng shui your intentions and desires are key.
More Fascinating Facts About Feng Shui
How to Use Art to Eliminate Stress: In an article in The New York Times, Wei Dong, a professor in the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, emphasized, “Good feng shui means being in harmony with nature, or your environment, your mind and your soul…" He advises us, if you’re stressed, in Feng shui terms, you have too much fire in your life. Since water puts out fire, you’ll want to seek out the tranquillity of nature and water.
To this point, if you want to eliminate stress from your life it would be well advised to choose art that contains water elements, like this painting by Sterling titled “Light Blue Reflection”.
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Source: The healing power of Art & Artists , Feng Shui for interiors by Lilian Too