Shui’s Yin Yang for Self-Improvement
By Pat Heydlauff
An often asked question is, “Do Yin and Yang have anything to
do with Feng Shui?” Or, “Can I use something other than the
traditional principles of Feng Shui to bring balance and harmony
into my surroundings so I can improve my life?” Others even say they
would like to use Feng Shui but do not want anyone to see something
in their home that does not look normal, is weird or obvious.
Yes, Yin and Yang have everything to do with Feng Shui. They
are part of the foundation Feng Shui is built upon; when Yin and
Yang are in balance based on your needs, you will be in
balance. For example weather that is not too hot and not too cold
could be described as perfect Yin and Yang; also not too dry or too
wet. Or it can be something that is not too big and not too small as
in a wonderful piece of chocolate cake.
Not a One-size Fits
It is that balanced
energy somewhere near the middle that provides you the best positive
energy, personal balance, peace and harmony so you can thrive and
empower yourself, not just survive. This is not a one-size-fits-all
tool. Balance to one person might be a warm humid climate while
another might prefer a cooler more arid climate. Yin Yang balance is
the underpinning for planet earth. Earth and its gravitational pull
have the perfect balance within the universe in order for it to
remain in a gentle rotation cycle while revolving in its orbit.
You can use Yin and Yang to describe all direct opposites.
When it comes to activities you might perform in a day, reading a
book, sitting on the beach or listening to peaceful music is very
passive and very Yin. If you are swimming, playing tennis or
bicycling, you are very active and using Yang energies. Yang is
considered energy from the heavens or the universe and Yin is
considered energy from the earth.
Yin can be
darker, gentler, paler, softer and more passive
lines, rectangular and broad oval shapes
textured surfaces, natural wood and fabrics
Yang can be
stronger, brighter, lighter, more active and aggressive
octagonal, square and angular in shape
reflective surfaces, glass, polished marble and stainless steel
When it comes to home furnishings those pieces that are soft,
have curves and flowing lines would be considered Yin and those with
hard edges, reflective surfaces and are very angular would be Yang.
If your home décor is too comfy and all you want to do is curl up
with a good book or take a nap it is too Yin – add furniture with
hard edges, lots of shooting upward lighting such as a torchier
lamp, remove some of the pillows and eliminate some of the earth
tones. If your décor is unwelcoming and no one spends time visiting
you soften your décor with items from the Yin category such as
pillows, throws and softer upholstered furnishings. If you don’t
like going into a room or sitting in a certain area of a room,
observe the Yin and Yang of that space – a few simple changes should
shift the energy and better support your needs.
You can even apply this thought process to clothing. If you
have a Yang strong in-control personality and you want to become
more Yin, you can do that by softening your clothing, wearing
garments that are soft to the touch, are deeper in value and drape
or flow in the wind. If your personality is more Yin and you wish to
strengthen your demeanor and become more Yang then wear clothing
that is sharp, crisp and is fitted or more structured in nature.
This simple clothing rule can be applied to your daily activities;
every time you need to make a presentation, simply use Yang clothing
and for a casual event, use Yin clothing.
Using a balance of Yin Yang energies is one of the simplest
ways to use Feng Shui principles in your home and apply them to your
life. If you have a lot of light colored tile on your floors it is
very Yang and needs to be balanced with Yin furniture or decorative
accessories that are darker and softer otherwise you might find
yourself on edge and anxious. If the walls in your rooms are all
quite dark they are very Yin and need to be balanced with lighter
colored furnishing to avoid feeling down and discouraged. Too much
Yang in a room will be exciting but eventually can create
aggressive, angry thinking. Too much Yin in a room will be peaceful,
maybe even boring but eventually could be depressing.
The same set of simple Yin Yang rules can be applied very
successfully to an office to improve productivity. By using the
principles of Yin and Yang you can go a long way on balancing the
energies in your home and in your personal life. And, no one will
ever know you are using some Feng Shui techniques to do it. Through
the use of Yin and Yang, you will expand the flow of energy
throughout your home and your life; you will increase your
productivity and improve your self-empowerment.
Remember to evaluate the rooms in your home based upon a few
of the characteristics mentioned above and apply them so you can
create a wonderful balance and sense of well being. The balanced
flow of energy in your personal environment leads to a less
stressful in-control improved and empowered you.
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