The term “bagua” is originated from the book of the I-Ching, a pious text facilitated to forecast the future. But the word may appear to be unfamiliar to you. ‘Feng Shui Bagua’ is one of the most primary tools of Feng Shui for Feng Shui beginners.
An old Chinese term “bagua” stands for “eight parts” (“ba”=eight, “gua”=part) and Feng Shui bagua is a layout or chart that categorizes the different areas of your life to the 8 portion of your living space. These eight prominent sections of a space are characterized by what are known as “guas” of the bagua chart. The bagua map can also manifest a ninth center section that associates with the 8 major related life areas. So in the layout of bagua map nine main energy points are displayed that are most valuable.
The goal in Feng Shui is to obtain harmony and happiness in our lives. Feng Shui believes this is the most prominent aspect of living. The nine-bagua areas are Health, Reputation, Family, Competencies and Knowledge, Career, Relationships and Love, Prosperity, Helpful People and Travel and Creativity and Children.
Some people in their first tryst with Feng Shui are most attracted to the areas of "Prosperity" or "Relationships and Love". Prosperity and love are quite strong motivators for several of us. And in the western culture especially they think "more" is always welcome. If one pill will cure a headache, two should do it in halt the time. But, sadly, neither Feng Shui nor medicine generally works that way. It is a wrong concept in Feng Shui to emphasize on only a few bagua areas and focus all your efforts on those. Feng Shui yields results on balance not on excess, and imbalanced thinking generally leads to disappointing results.
There are people who think that prosperity or money can bring them happiness. You might have noticed health concepts or career fanatics pursue single goal at the cost of all others. Moderation is a key to right balance. Not to say you must not have high targets, but to be happy you have to balance, in all the nine life event sections. Feng Shui teaches bringing balance as all the baguas corresponds and supports each other. The secret to happiness is not to neglect any of the nine areas.
Feng Shui helps us utilize our environment to ascertain our intentions and initiate the creative process. To optimize our life we need to have each area helping all of the other areas so the best possible plan for our lives can be realized. We need to balance our Feng Shui ambience as we can't control everything in our lives and our surroundings to make everything right for us. In fact, the more we try to be in control the more likely we are prone to problems.
Balancing our Feng Shui environment emphasizes we connect to the creative way that keeps the world moving so we can attract those elements which are in our vested interest. According to old Chinese teachings our life is influenced by luck, destiny, Feng Shui, virtues, and education. Many people believe the last one, our education, is what enables us to build our own destiny. Others believe that their virtues will bring them good luck. It's interesting that the teaching merits luck as the greatest influence and Feng Shui is third. By balancing our Feng Shui influences, we are trying to set the creative procedure in motion that will offer us the greatest opportunity of achieving harmony and happiness. We can use Feng Shui to help us in this effort. Even if it is a 100% cure, we still have luck and destiny to handle, but at least with Feng Shui we can give it an attempt.