The front left area of the bagua is referred to by several different names. I call it Self-knowledge and Introspection. Others use a variety of terms; knowledge, spirituality, contemplation, and self-cultivation are the most common.
These terms are not actually very far apart. This area is about knowing oneself, requiring some introspection and/or contemplation. Self-cultivation also requires knowing and developing oneself. The idea is to focus on the self in a meaningful way to evolve and grow.
In order to fully appreciate and understand this bagua section, it is important to also look at the Relationship area, diagonally opposite Self-knowledge and Introspection . Self-knowledge puts the emphasis on the self and Relationship puts the emphasis on connecting/relating to another.
First, it requires that a person have a clear sense of self before entering a relationship. Otherwise, the person becomes lost and is defined by the other person or the relationship itself, and is no longer an authentic individual. If two people have a healthy relationship, that relationship will, in turn, support individual growth. And the positive cycle continues…
Secondly, balance relates to time. Does a busy schedule allow for individual time? If every free moment is spent in relationship time, with no consideration given to individual interests and needs, an imbalance is created. Frustration, resentment, and a lack of self-growth can result. Private or individual time is necessary to support the relationship.
Consider whether the space supports this balance. Ideally, there is a room for meditation or personal activity in the front of the house, and the master bedroom would be in the back right. As most of us do not live in ideal houses, it is necessary to address this in other ways.
Place something in the front left area that speaks of personal growth, self-awareness, etc. including a statue, altar, photo, something symbolic of a personal passion, or anything that serves as a conscious reminder of this area of your life. In the back right area of your house or apartment, put a picture of you and your partner or a pair of something. Avoid single or group images.
Create a space somewhere that allows you to be alone. It could be a small den, studio, or corner of a room. The point is to acknowledge yourself and your need for time to just be, meditate, or pursue an activity that lets you get in touch with your inner self.
Then look at the master bedroom. Is it a retreat that honors the relationship? It should be a sanctuary that honors the two of you. Elsewhere in the house there should also be at least one space that supports communication. For instance, does the furniture arrangement in the living room invite conversation or does it invite television watching? A quick assessment of what happens in that room will give you the answer.
If you are not in a romantic relationship, this interconnectedness of the sections of the bagua is still relevant. If you are interested in being in a relationship, create the space to support one, along with the space to support yourself as an individual. Create the balance in your home and life to support the balance you would like in a relationship.
By looking at both the Self-knowledge/Introspection and Relationship areas in your home, you can help support both of these areas in your life. One of these areas cannot be looked at in isolation. Just as you need both to achieve balance and wholeness, your surroundings need both to support those aspects of your life.
by Carol Wheelock, Red Ribbon Professional member of the International Feng Shui Guild
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