Creating Sacred Space
How feng shui can enhance your living space
BY: R. D. Chin
Whether you live in an apartment surrounded by buildings or a temple surrounded by mountains, your space is sacred. By being aware and conscious of each element in your environment, you can create a place to manifest your dreams and to enhance the quality of your life.
The essence of feng shui, the Chinese art of placement, is the creation of a harmony and a dynamic balance between your "inner" space and your "exterior" space. In order to create happiness and peace within yourself, it is best to exercise mindfulness at many levels and dimensions. Therefore, in addition to your daily activities and routine chores, it's important to take time for a massage, exercise or yoga practice, to eat fresh foods, or simply spend some time holding hands with someone special. You also need to support your physical self with spaces that are spiritually nurturing as well as beautiful and functional.
First of all, ask yourself: What does this space mean to me? How did I get here? Where did I get these objects or furnishings? From whom? What is their history? Am I collecting too much stuff? Are all the different aspects of my life balanced? Once you become mindful of these questions, you realize that your physical space is a mirror of your life. With the utmost attention to the details of your surroundings, you can increase your sensitivity to the balance or imbalance of your life.
The Chinese have developed a very interesting logic as to how we can enhance success in our life. By practicing proper feng shui, doing good deeds, and continuing studies for self-knowledge and development, we can improve luck and destiny. In the philosophy of feng shui, self-knowledge includes the study of the symbolic associations of "shapes," "altars," and "colors," all of which help to reinforce our intentions and the spiritual essence of life.
Round symbolizes heaven, and square symbolizes earth. When these two shapes come together, it is a universal recognition of the balance and harmony between heaven and earth. Integrating these two simple geometric shapes into the design of your space is a wonderful way to create a harmonious and spiritual environment. Some decorating possibilities to create this include placing a round mirror on a square wall or positioning a round coffee table surrounded by comfortable pillows on a square or rectangular oriental carpet.
A good example in feng shui is an arched door representative of both the physical and ethereal forms of the human figure. Walking through an arched opening is a much different experience than walking through the typical rectangular door opening. The arch welcomes you into another dimension of space and time.