I have written extensively on the Bagua Map in my book Odyssey of the Heart: Paths to Wholeness through Feng Shui and e-course: Dancing with Energy: Manifesting your Heart’s Desires with Feng Shui. You might know the bagua map as a tool that is used in feng shui, in fact it is one of the most common methods of applying feng shui principles in North America today however I have always seen the bagua map as symbolism and, you may know, symbolism is powerful, and impossible to escape – in any culture.
The type of symbolism the bagua map represents is different aspects or aspirations in life. It is divided into eight sections: Family, Abundance, Reputation, Relationships, Creativity, Helpful People, Career and Self Knowledge.
You can actually use the bagua map and certain aspects of feng shui just as a symbolic map, and in fact for myself, that’s what I do. For clients however, I use a more traditional method.
Using the Bagua Map
The first step in this process is to draw the floor plans of the home, including a separate plan for each floor, e.g. the ground floor, the basement, the upstairs. Next, apply the bagua map over the floor plan. The orientation of the bagua map is important. With the bagua map properly aligned over your floor plans, your front door (or entrance door to a room) will be in one of the three orienting bagua areas: Self Knowledge, Career or Helpful People. The bagua map can also be applied to each room, e.g., the living room, the kitchen, each bedroom, etc. Then map out where all the other areas are located on that floor or in that room. Unless your home is square or rectangular shape, you will find the bagua map won’t fit. A part of one or more of the grid will be missing.
Missing Parts of the Grid
Take a look at what is happening in your life in that area. For example, if you have a ‘L’ shaped home and the wealth area is the part missing, consider whether your finances are in good shape. If so, rest easy, especially if things are going very well in the corresponding bagua areas. It means you have extra energy flowing into your home in those areas. On the other hand, if you find yourself continually in the red or struggling financially, the chances are good – from a feng shui perspective – that it has something to do with the missing bagua part of the grid. But don’t panic, this can be easily fixed. It can be as simple as planting a tree in the corner where the walls would meet – if the house were square, or as elaborate as adding a patio or deck to fill in the area. There are countless fixes to suit every situation.
What Story Does the Bagua Map Tell You?
Once the structure of the house is attended to, you can begin taking a good look at what stories each of those eight areas have to say about your life. Are some rooms over-used while others are nearly empty? Do you have rooms used only for storage? Look at where the clutter accumulates in your home. Look in closets, in cupboards, under beds and on top of shelves. Look everywhere and makes notes as you go along. With your bagua map and notes in hand, you are ready to begin to make the feng shui changes that will guide you in rewriting your life story.
Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh.
Today, celebrate your life by making time for joyful activities! You are meant to have joy in your life. Your soul whispers to you constantly, urging you on and creating opportunities for you to celebrate the precious jewel of the being that is you. Are you listening?
Flowers bring me joy. I love photographing them.
Today, celebrate your life by making time for joyful activities! You are meant to have joy in your life. Your soul whispers to you constantly, urging you on and creating opportunities for you to celebrate the precious jewel of the being that is you.
You are one-of-a-kind. No one else on earth thinks the same way you do, has exactly the same feelings or shares the same experience of life. Every moment of your life occurs only once, although it may seem to be the same old life, every moment has its own special nuance, and it is impossible to go back and do anything again in exactly the same way.
How sad that many of us go through life as if it were a kind of drudgery, but what can happen when we do not make time to experience joy is we lose energy and become depleted and blocked. Taking time to nurture yourself supports your health on all levels and it is the biggest gift you can give yourself.
But, many people say, I don’t have the time or money to have joy in my life. Joy doesn’t have to take a long time or cost anything. Ask yourself what you can do to ensure that you get the time to nurture yourself? Reassess your priorities? Adjust your schedule? Delegate responsibilities? Say no to activities that do not support you?
Take some time to examine what it is that truly makes you feel good. What you do is not as important as the fact that you are taking time out for yourself, whether it is ten minutes, an hour, or a day. Put away your to-do list! Do not do anything you think you must do, but think of activities that are fun, inspiring, or exciting. Or choose activities that offer peace and serenity.
Today, ask yourself, what really brings me joy? Today plan a small joy-break for yourself. Here are some examples:
· call a friend and maybe have lunch together
· go for a walk
· listen to music
· read a book
· look at the clouds
· visit a church or synagogue
· go to a sacred space in nature (a place that feels special to you)
· visit an art gallery
· borrow a book on art from the library and feast your eyes during your lunch break
· read poetry
· learn something new
For more exercises like this, check out my eCourses page here.
What are you grateful for in your life?
Much of the time, most of us are so busy thinking about our problems, what is wrong in our life, and what is lacking, that we forget to be grateful for what we have. For what is right, and what is working for us.
Whenever you are trying to shift the energy from confusion to clarity, practicing an attitude of gratitude is a powerful tool at your disposal. The reason it works is because whenever your thinking is focused on problem and lack, there is a tendency to attract more of the same energy into your life. When you are focused on gratitude there begins to be more in your life to be grateful for.
Your attitude of gratitude applies to the past, present, and to the future. You can be thankful for what you already have (the past), for what the day brings (the present) and also for things which haven’t yet occurred – but which you have faith will. This is not unlike signing off on a letter, “thanking you in advance” when you write asking for help from someone. It sends out the intent to receive back a positive response, doesn’t it?
Your attitude of gratitude also applies to the people in your life. Let those you love know that you are grateful for their presence in your life, and that you appreciate them. Everyone wants to be appreciated. If there are people in your life who are ‘challenging’, ask yourself what your experience with that person might be teaching you, and be grateful for it. It may be best to do this inwardly. For example, you might want to tell your stingy boss that you are grateful he is teaching you about generosity!
A beautiful way to practice an attitude of gratitude is to get a little notebook and each night before going to sleep, review your day and write down everything that you are grateful for. Even when things have gone wrong in your day, ask yourself if there is something in the experience to be grateful about. Perhaps you met with someone you wouldn’t have met ordinarily. I believe there are no accidents in life, and that when things go wrong, it is a sign from the universe, telling me to slow down and be more aware. And then I start to notice whether being in that place at that time has a message for me.