| Every object or element present in a space has its own particular energy that it
radiates to everyone and everything else in its proximity, whether it's the warm
energy of a fireplace.
This includes large celestial objects like planets, stars etc.—they all emit energy and have influence your life in some way or the other. But did you realize that inanimate objects and elements like metals have energy too and also affect your life? Well they do.
Fen Shui Considers Elements to Have Energy
Feng Shui is based on a prevailing view in the East: that everything in our environment, whether living or inanimate, is imbued with movement. This is just not a belief but a reality based on the scientific fact that objects and elements are made up of tiny molecules and atoms that vibrate and stay constantly in motion. And since the atoms of these are constantly in motion they are abuzz with an energy that though not seen by the naked eye is able to influence our day-to-day life.
Under the Feng Shui discipline, there are a number of unique tools that assist us with tapping into the invisible energies of these inanimate objects. Feng Shui elements can help us to regain control over our lives and boost our creativity. Through proper Feng Shui practice you can have every single household object or Feng Shui decorating object in your home to emit positive life energy for you! But for that to happen you first have to remove all the negativity from your mind and then strongly and positively believe in Feng Shui!
Chi,, or the energy an object, person or place has, is very important in Feng Shui . Since Chi relates to whatever is in a space, the flow of Chi is unique to every home and space. You will need to look carefully and thoroughly around your own house to assess where Chi is flowing freely and where it needs to be helped out a little (or a lot!).
Chi can be broken up into several components. The two main categories are: (1) Yin and Yang, and (2) the Five Elements. Feng Shui utilizes the concepts of Yin and Yang and the Five Elements to help rebalance the competing energies in your home. Yin and yang is representative of the opposite forces.. As for the second category of Chi energy, five elements in Feng Shui are: water, wood, fire, metal, and earth. Like people, each element has its own unique personality that either enables it to “get along with” the other elements, or to “fight against” the other elements if the balance is not right.
The Five Feng Shui Elements
The Feng Shui elements have a strong role to play for balancing the Chi of a space or home. In order to implement the spiritual techniques of getting a positive Chi flow in your Feng Shui home, you must be able to see how the concepts of yin and yang, the five elements, and the overall concept of Feng Shui relate to your home and each item in your home—things like your computer, your potted plant, your fish tank, your favorite pillow, your orange vase, and so on—are all made of the Feng Shui elements and have either yin or yang energies contained in them.
You can know about each element in detail in the specific articles for each of the element but a brief introduction to each element helps you to understand the basic concept of The Spiritual Feng ShuiTM.
An Introduction to Feng Shui Elements
Each Feng Shui element has unique properties.
Take water , for instance. Water as in trickling fountain, can signal networking, communication, professional opportunities and wealth, while running sink or toilet water that is just wasting water may signal loss of money or poor health.
Wood promotes development and creative energies. You can use wooden objects to promote motivation, inspiration and passion without overwhelming your home.
Since metal elements are transmitters or conduct energy, introduction of metal can generate attention and transmit energy to that area.
Various types of metals are considered very precious for their associations with health—for example, many people wear copper bracelets. But if one uses too much metal in a space, it may attract too much energy which can be quite destructive.
The Earth itself has solidity and permanence to it, and the element of earth appropriately represents these qualities of stability, permanence, and home. This can be necessary in a space that is too full of movement.
The element of Fire is considered the most powerful of all five elements and represents energy and passion.
Though the properties of Feng Shui elements individually are important, what is more important is the positive or destructive effect that each element can have on one another. If you have a room that lacks the wood element, for example, only using a wooden Feng Shui decorating would not suffice. You will have to supply some water element as well, because water is what enables wood to grow.
Why? Because the compatibility of elements depends upon the Cycles of elements.
The overall Chi (ie. the total balance of Chi that is the sum of all the things in your living space) of the Feng Shui elements
can either be harmonious and unified, or it can be ridden with conflict, creating a kind of war. You will know if your home’s Chi is conflicted because you will feel uneasy, anxious, lethargic, unsatisfied, depressed, nervous, worried, sad, selfish, jealous, angry, frightened or empty.
When you attain “ideal” Chi (not too fast, and not too slow) the balance and harmony to your life will return. There are many different ways to achieve that optimal Chi, and it is different for everyone. It will soothe your nerves without depriving you of much-needed excitement and stimulation.
Energy is not solid or concrete; it is fluid and transferable, and that goes for all objects and people, too. Something that is yin can become more yang. Something that is yang today can turn around to become more yin tomorrow.
Both yin and yang are essential. Y ng energy is essential because it helps you stay motivated and gives you the push you need to get things done. But too much yang energy can drive you nuts! It can make you feel chaotic, frenzied and over-stimulated. It can make you feel too passionate, so that you can never just sit back and relax. Feng Shui elements have the power to balance the Yin and Yang energies of a sapce.
You can and should utilize the concepts of yin and yang and the five elements to help rebalance the competing energies in your home, but for that you require a systematic Feng Shui study and a strong belief in essence of The Spiritual Feng ShuiTM.