## Pa-Kua Feng Shui Basics

Written by Steven M. Ng

FENG SHUI BASICS

Feng Shui (literally "Wind and Water" in Chinese), is all about balance and harmony between us and our environment. Just like Yin and Yang energies, Feng Shui is about balance. Where there is light, there will always be darkness; where there is fire, there will always be water; and so forth.

Feng Shui teaches that every individual interacts differently to their environment. Sometimes, a particular environment - such as a house or office - is so suited to you that you find that everything in your life is great. However, if you have troubled relationships or financial woes, it is quite likely that there is some discord or imbalance between yourself and your environment, manifesting in your daily life.

By subtly modifying your environment, you will be able to restore this balance, and consequently improve your life. Modifying your environment can be as simple as changing angle or position of your work desk, or by buying Feng Shui items such as mandarin ducks and placing them in proper locations in your home or office.

There are many systems of authentic classical Feng Shui. This article describes Xuan Kong (pronounced "Shu-en Kong") system. Xuan Kong (literally "Mysterious Void" in Chinese) is a complete system which includes complicated formulae to calculate optimal positioning and composition of an environment.

EIGHT MANSION (PA-KUA) SCHOOL OF FENG SHUI

There are a few sub-schools within Xuan Kong system, including popular Flying Stars school. The descriptions in this article are based on Eight Mansion school, also known as Pa-Kua school. In Pa-Kua technique, compass is divided into eight directions, each of which is depicted by a trigram. Each of these directions have different significance. For example, one of Pa-Kua directions is personal or relationship direction, which will be of most interest to someone with troubled relationships. Furthermore, significance of each direction differs for each individual.

To find out how each Pa-Kua direction affects you personally, you will need to calculate your Kua Number. You can do this by using Kua Calculator at:

Written by Joi Sigers

Let's take most common type of daydream first: worry. We all know this one on a first name basis. Your loved one is 15 minutes late and your thoughts run to negativity like a moth to light. If he or she were an hour late, anyone would be concerned, but if 15 minutes is all it takes to call out negativity patrol, it would pay to take a closer look at yourself and why this is so.

Does above scenario sound a little too familiar to you? If it does, I would almost bet that you've experienced a tragedy in your life that really hit close to home, one that was completely unexpected. Actually, if 15 minutes is an accurate measure, it's safe to say you've endured more than one such disaster. Nothing can bring about insecurities about your present and future quite like your past. (Once bitten, twice shy = once hurt, twice cautious). Sometimes just realizing this will quiet fears and negative thoughts.

Next time 15 minute mark hits (or any trigger, for that matter), tell your subconcious that you know why it's "going there" and then replace negative, worrisome thoughts with positive ones. Focus on how great it'll be, for example, when he/she does show up!

If you tend to spend a lot of time daydreaming about far away places, you may need a change of scenery. People tend to fantasize a lot about beaches, especially in winter - but before you call for a U-Haul, realize that you probably just need to mix things up a little. Sometimes a trip to a nearby town will do trick. (Take it from someone who lived on beach, even beachcombers fantasize about far away places - snowy mountains and houses with fireplaces are just as enticing!)

Do you tend to think really negative thoughts, just out of blue? For example, while doing a household chore, do you start imagining worst-case-scenarios? If you answer in affirmative, you're to be commended for realizing it and owning up to it. You certainly aren't alone! This type of daydream indicates that something is missing in your life. While you probably aren't full-fledged depressed (which could be treated with a trip to doctor), there is something that you're not getting. Whether it's enough attention or love from your loved ones or appreciation for what you do, there are negative forces around you and they're manifesting themselves in your thoughts. Sometimes it's as simple as feeling bad about yourself: feeling old, unattractive, overweight, etc.

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