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Published June 17th, 2015
Feng Shui
Orange zinnias in this Lafayette home helps Health bloom. Photos provided

When we have good health we truly do have it all. Health and well-being is not just related to physical health but also to mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. Finding balance in our lives is healthy and is what is desired by so many, yet it eludes the vast majority of us. Just as we attain balance in one area of our lives, another area goes haywire.
In our homes and businesses, the health sector is found in the middle of our spaces. And it is no wonder, since health is central to all other areas of our lives. Without it the other areas certainly suffer. This area of the Feng Shui Bagua (see image on page D12) is unique and unlike other bagua areas in that it is not represented by an I Ching trigram, like all the other areas of the bagua, but instead, by what represents balance in feng shui - the yin-yang or tai chi symbolism.
The yin, or white side of the symbol, represents the feminine, moon/nighttime, winter, cold and the unseen. The yang, or dark side of the symbol, represents masculine, sun/daytime, summer and the physical/seen. Balance is all about opposites being present and coexisting together. Every component is an important and necessary part of the cycle, akin to how we cannot appreciate good times without facing life's challenges.
The second important aspect of the Health area of our homes or businesses is that it is in the center for a reason. All of the other areas are connected to this area, so if the Health/Tai Chi area is strong and activated, then all the areas of your home or your business receive an energetic bump. Conversely, if Health/Tai Chi is compromised or has negative feng shui, then all of the other bagua areas are also drained, stagnant, or otherwise negatively affected. It's a critically significant area energetically, so make sure you are aware of what exists in the center of your space.
Third, the Health/Tai Chi area is governed by the Earth element so items that are crystal, ceramic, clay, stone or cement work here. Feng shui borrows the Five Element Theory from Chinese culture and medicine - water creates wood, wood creates fire, fire creates earth, earth creates metal, metal creates water. Since fire creates earth, fire symbolism also works well in this area. For any one area of the Feng Shui Bagua to achieve true yin-yang balance, all five elements must certainly be present in actual elemental form, or with representative colors or shapes.
Do be careful to minimize metal, however, as metal drains earth.
One client in Moraga has a bathroom in the Health/Tai Chi area of their home. Everyone in the home had been suffering symptoms of lethargy, low energy and constant colds. Bathrooms all have draining energy, but a bathroom in the center of a home is the worst possible placement. Fortunately, this is a classic example of how feng shui can help adjust for poor placement without major remodeling.
We mirrored the entire outside of the offending bathroom door so, physically, the area disappeared, but also energetically, the area no longer existed as its former draining location. We activated the Earth element that rules this area with several specific longevity symbols such as turtles, lotuses, cranes, deer, and evergreens. We also made other improvements in all of the bedrooms, beginning with the master bedroom, and addressed the clutter in the yard. The household recovered, and shifted into wellbeing.
Remember to fully activate or adjust any area of the Feng Shui Bagua, attention should be paid to that area of the home, master bedroom and yard.
If your home has an untidy garden or is at an energetic dead end, on cul-de-sac, below the road, has an uneven shape or lot, is on a narrow windy street or has a narrow front walkway, a clearing and healing followed by individualized, personalized, and specific feng shui adjustments or "cures" can be beneficial.
So before summer gets into full swing, take a moment to consider your health goals for the year and reflect on your progress - and take a peek at what is happening in the center of your home.
The feng shui energy of your home is connected to a total of nine energetic areas of your life, including your health and the health of your household. Checking in with your space and specifically addressing the Health/Tai Chi area will certainly bring new focus, new energy, and integrated alignment with your goals for health and wellbeing.
Remember, when you have your health you truly have it all!

Decorative metal cranes are ideal for the Health sector, like in this Orinda home, and remind us of a long healthy life.
Multi-colored pieces represent all five elements in tai chi and help achieve yin-yang of the Health sector. Metal art is appropriate indoors or out.
Red represents fire, and fire creates earth, so this red rug placed in the Health area of a Moraga home generates healthy energy.
Michele Duffy, BTB M.F.S. is an Orinda resident who, since 1999, enjoys creating "Space as Medicine" Feng Shui one space at a time, as well as hiking in nature, cooking, and spending time with her family; Canyon Ranch Feng Shui Master, International Feng Shui Guild (IFSG) Red Ribbon Professional. To schedule a professional 2015 Feng Shui Consultation, contact Michele at (520) 647-4887 or send an email to spaceharmony@gmail.com.

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