FENG SHUI | YIN AND YANG ENERGIES
Your home needs harmonious Feng Shui energies in order to support you and to allow you to live a healthy and fulfilling life. Therefore, it is important to understand the Feng Shui complementary energies, namely Yin and Yang and the application of the Yin-Yang theory on a practical level.
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What is Yin-Yang theory?
What are Yin and Yang in Feng Shui?
How do you create a home with a harmonious balance of Yin and Yang energies?
Which rooms need dominant Yin energy?
Which rooms need dominant Yang energy?
WHAT IS THE YIN-YANG THEORY?
According to the Yin-Yang theory, everything in the universe consist of two opposing, but deeply interconnected energies – Yin ( feminine ) and Yang ( masculine. ) The interaction of these two Feng Shui forces creates the essence of life around us. The “Chi” or Feng Shui energy, is manifested in “yin” and/or “yang” characteristics.
WHAT ARE YIN AND YANG IN FENG SHUI?
YIN (passive, feminine energy) is the Feng Shui energy characterised by silence, stillness, deep darkness, slow and relaxed movements, and hence associated with the feminine, still water, the Moon, etc. You experience Yin energy in the countryside, in the mountains, near a lake or pond etc. It is the predominant energy at night when you go to sleep, or when you need to relax and replenish your energies.
YANG (active, masculine energy) is the Feng Shui energy that is characterized by strong, vibrant sounds and colours, bright lights, upward moving energy, etc. and hence associated with the masculine, the Sun, fire, fast moving water etc. You experience Yang energy almost constantly in a busy office, in a city centre surrounded by skyscrapers, at a great party, near a waterfall or driving on the highway.
One cannot exist without the other, just like the day will lose the essence of a day without the presence of a night; sound without the silence that precedes it, and hot temperature without the cold one. The Yin Yang energies cannot exist in isolation; they define each other, as one is the condition for the other’s existence.
The best representation of the interaction of Yin and Yang is the Tai Chi symbol: a perfect circle with two contrasting colours, black and white, creating the circle of life together and each containing inside it, a circle (essence) of it’s complementary energy. Yin, the passive dark energy is represented by Black and Yang, the positive, extrovert energy is represented by white. The symbol reveals that nothing is totally Yin or totally Yang, but a combination of both.
In your hectic lives, you tend to experience an imbalance of the Yin-Yang energies. This imbalance disrupts the proper flow of Chi within your homes asnd even within your bodies. This has a negative effect on your bodies, your relationships and your life. So it is important to create a home and surroundings with the right Feng Shui Yin-Yang balance. Harmonising the Yin and Yang throughout the home will encourage the Chi to flow easily, thus creating positivity, happiness and good relationships.
When applying Feng Shui, it is useful to assess the general feel of the place – whether it is more Yin or more Yang and then balance out the two. For example, in cities people live in a constant flow of the very active, busy “Yang” energy while the relaxed and nourishing “Yin” energy is very weak. But, traditionally a home should have more Yin than Yang, because it should be a place of calm, peace and retreat from the world. So it is necessary to encourage more Yin into the home by introducing soft furnishings, earthy colours, soft music, lighting etc.
HOW DO YOU CREATE A HOME WITH A HARMONIOUS BALANCE OF YIN AND YANG ENERGIES?
You need to represent both Yin and Yang energies in every space, but there will always be one quality of energy that is stronger depending on the use of the space. For example:
WHICH ROOMS NEED DOMINANT YIN ENERGY IN YOUR HOME?
Your bedroom needs the relaxing Yin energy in order to heal you, so it is crucial to let go of all the dominant Yang Feng Shui elements in the bedroom, such as the TV, exercise equipment, or office items and instead have soft furnishings, comfy cushions in earthy colours, soft music and lighting. While the Yin energy needs to be the predominant energy in your bedroom for relaxation, cocooning, sensuality and sleep; you also need a slight presence of Yang ( think deep red candles, sexual images, a light colour to balance the deep colours, etc. ) The same principle applies to your bathroom.
WHICH ROOMS NEED DOMINANT YANG ENERGY IN YOUR HOME?
On the other hand, the family room, the living room and the kitchen are spaces that will benefit from a stronger presence of Yang energy. Similarly, nowadays many people work from home, so it is important to activate a more dynamic Yang energy in the office or work areas. Here it is advisable to go for vibrant colours, lively music, and a variety of Feng Shui elements that will contribute to an active quality of energy (for example family photos, books, games, various media, maybe a home office). Even though the Yin, or relaxing element, is not the dominant one in these Feng Shui spaces, you still need to have it for balance (think deep colours, relaxed and comfortable seating, images with soothing energy, etc).
In this post, you have seen that the balance between Yin and Yang, creates either a dominant Yin energy or a stronger Yang energy. There are eight such Yin-Yang energies. Read about these eight Yin-Yang energies here:
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