The Nine Steps to Feng Shui® is a method for teaching, practicing and learning Feng Shui “by the numbers.” This easy to follow method is designed to maximize efficiency, so that clients and students can incorporate change into their lives in a seamless and gentle way.
The Nine Steps to Feng Shui® System follows a process that addresses the most important Feng Shui problems first, so that each step becomes easier to take care of. These Feng Shui problems are organized by-the-numbers and solved one by one.
The Nine Steps to Feng Shui® a Home or Business
Step 1: Complete the Floor Plan
Step 2: Balance Extremes
Step 3: Achieve a Proper Circulation of Chi
Step 4: Tune In to Nature
Step 5: Harmonize Colors, Shapes and Materials
Step 6: Use the Right Symbols
Step 7: Fix and Heal
Step 8: Assign and Enhance the Life Areas
Step 9: Use the Power Position in Furniture Placement
Learn more about each step and how it is applied in the home below.
ONE: The Shape of the Floor Plan
The Feng Shui Bagua or Life Areas Map is stretched to fit over floor plans, no matter what shape. When the floor plan is a square or a rectangle, there’s no problem. But if the floor plan is irregular and some areas of the bagua are actually outside, the floor plan has to be symbolically completed both from the inside and from the outside. In smaller homes, bathrooms may occupy a whole life area, and in those cases the bathrooms have to be treated as missing areas. STEP 1 is to COMPLETE THE FLOOR PLAN.
TWO: Staircases, Hallways and Ceiling Height
Staircases, Hallways, and Ceilings that are either too tall or too low, create imbalances in the home. Most home owners perceived these imbalances and try to correct them, but most of the time they end up doing things that worsen the imbalance. For example, someone might add a mirror at the end of a very long hallway, making it seem ever longer. Or they might hang artwork on the wall to the side of a staircase in a way that emphasizes the slant of the steps instead of correcting it. STEP 2 is to BALANCE EXTREMES.
THREE: The Relationship Between Doors to the Outside and Windows and Staircases
The relationship between doors that open to the outside and windows and staircases, how they are located in relation to each other, determines how chi or the life force moves around the home. What you first see when you come home, either through the front door, the back door or the door to the garage, defines how you perceive your home. If the first thing you see is another door, a window or a staircase, that’s a problem. If the first thing you see is a bathroom, a laundry room or a bedroom, that poses a different type of problem. STEP 3 is to INCREASE VITALITY BY CREATING A HEALTHY CIRCULATION OF CHI
FOUR: Windows, Calendars and Clocks
For a home to be healthy and for you to be happy in your home, your home needs to have a healthy relationship with nature and be in tune with nature. We do this by addressing windows and window treatments, calendars and clocks. STEP 4 is to WORK WITH NATURE
FIVE: Colors, Shapes and Materials
The choice of colors in the Feng Shui process goes beyond color theory or design principles. Colors in Feng Shui are determined by the mood you want to achieve in your home as a whole, in every room by itself and hot that connects to the Eastern Five Elements: Water • Wood • Fire • Earth • Metal. The relationship between the elements is complex, but once you learn how they work, the results are astounding. STEP 5 is to HARMONIZE COLORS, SHAPES AND MATERIALS
SIX: Artwork, Photographs and Mirrors
Everything you put on your walls or any other vertical surfaces in your home (such as the sides of cabinets or the refrigerator door) has an effect on you. These items are sending out messages about your deeply held beliefs about yourself, your family and life in general. Mirrors, what kind you use and where you place them, also reveal how you address life. By controlling the narrative that your art, photos and mirrors give you, your home can become your ally, instead of your hidden enemy. STEP 6 is to USE THE RIGHT LANGUAGE
The Feng Shui definition of clutter is: any item that you don’t use and love. If you use it, keep it. If you love it, let it go. Take everything else out of your home and give it or sell it to people who need these things. But there’s hidden reasons why people clutter and why they hold on to things that do nothing but hold them back. We address these reasons during Step 7. STEP 7 is to HEAL AND DECLUTTER
EIGHT: The Feng Shui Life Areas
When we get to Step 8 we circle back to the Bagua Map and address the corners and the midpoints where the energy of each life area is the strongest. As we do this, we help the client set healthy goals for each life area and place “cures” or enhancements that are reminders of their intent for each of their aspirations. Step 8 is to ENHANCE THE LIFE AREAS
NINE: Furniture Placement
Certain furniture positions empower people, and other positions dis-empower them. There are specific rules to follow for every room depending on the use of the room and how many people use it. During Step 9 we do an evaluation of every room to make sure it has all the furniture, accessories, and lighting that are needed for comfort and beauty. This creates the environment where you and your family may live a happy life. Step 9 is to USE THE POWER POSITION
A System That Works
The Nine Steps to Feng Shui® System is synergistic, which means that the work done on each step assists and strengthens every future step, so that creating spaces with good energy becomes simpler and easier over time.
The number 9 is very important in Feng Shui, as it represents maximum power, maximum yield. The Chinese Temple of Heaven was built with series of 9 steps to enhance its good fortune. Each step in the system is like taking a step up and each new level in the Nine Steps to Feng Shui® Pyramid represents a new, higher level of happiness.
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