Use Chinese Color Theory to Quell Pandemic Challenges! (Part 2 of 2)
In our last entry, we discussed the Five Elements and how each can help us maintain balance in our lives. If you applied it directly, then you added black to the Career/Kan Gua, green to the Family/Chen Gua, red to the Fame/Li Gua, yellow to the Health/Tai Ch’i Gua, and/or white to the Children/Tui gua.
The Five Elements
Another very effective way to amp up a particular area of our life or quell a part that is comparatively excessive is to use the different cycles also associated with the Feng Shui Ba-gua and the Five Elements.
These Five Elements are associated with many parts of nature and our lives.
- The seasons: Just as Spring follows Winter, and the harvest in early Autumn leads to cooling temperatures and falling leaves in late Autumn, there is a natural progression, or productive cycle within these Elements.
- Plant cycle: This cycle starts from the seed in the frozen ground to that seedling awakening with the warming temperatures and bursting out of the soil, to the growth to maturation to reaping and finally death/dormancy, planting the seeds for the next year’s cycle.
- 24 hour cycle: Our darkness and stillness begins at midnight, moves to morning, to noon, to later afternoon, which moves into evening, and the whole cycle repeats itself in a very predictable manner.
The Productive (Creation) Cycle
This cycle shows us how one element seeds the creation and growth of the next in a continuous sequence, again like the rotations above. The circle above demonstrates this series:
- Water nurtures Wood
- Wood feeds Fire
- Fire feeds Earth by creating ash
- Earth feeds Metal as it contracts and condenses
- Metal nourishes Water
Applying the Productive Cycle to Life’s Challenges might include:
If your career just tanked and you were laid off, then you might add some white (Metal Element) to your Career gua, as Metal feeds Water.
If you need to pump up your reputation, then add some green to your Fame/Reputation gua, as Wood feeds a Fire.
If you need to build your child’s confidence and self-esteem, then add some yellow to your Metal gua, as Earth contracts, expands, heats up and cools to produce Metal.
Remember: You don’t need a lot of the color you’re adding as a cure within a gua. Instead just splash some color around using art, throw pillows, accessories, etc.
The Restrictive Cycle This is another means of improving the balance in your life. This cycle controls, or restricts an element that has grown out of proportion with the others.
- Water puts out fire
- Fire melts metal
- Metal cuts wood (think of a metal saw)
- Wood breaks up earth with its roots
- Earth dams water
Applying the Restrictive Cycle to Life’s Challenges might include:
Fire represents your Fame (or Reputation,) so if your reputation is becoming overblown and you’re becoming infamous, thwart it by adding some Water: black, navy or other dark colors.
Metal represents your Children, so if your kids are not following house rules, not following your instructions, or becoming belligerent, you can curb this by adding some Fire: red in small doses throughout the Children Gua.
Wood represents your Family, so if your older family members are being critical of you, your children, or your parenting, then put the brakes on by adding some Metal: white, metallics or pastels.
Earth represents your Health, so if you not getting enough sleep, not eating healthfully, or not getting enough exercise, then add some green in all the colors of nature. Consider a lighter lime to energize, a darker forest green to relax you.
Laying the Ba-guaIf your home/office isn’t a square or rectangle, it’s harder to know how to lay the Ba-gua. If you need help, give us a call/text/email us and we’ll chat about your space.
In conclusionWhile this might be hard to believe if you haven’t experienced the wonder of Feng Shui, it truly works. (You may wish to read the story of my initial experience on this website tfi.design/about– just click on the About tab to read my story.) Our suggestion? Give it a try, keeping your intention on balancing out this challenge in your life. Then email us through this website and let us know how it went. We can’t wait to hear from you!
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