Cycle of Chi Through Five Elements
Chi first transforms into water as it falls from the heavens. When the transformed chi meets the earth, it undergoes another transformation as it begins to nourish plant life. The next manifestation of the chi energy is into plants (wood). From this incarnation, chi transforms once more, this time into fire as the plant or wood feeds it with powerful energy. Out of the fire, chi transforms into ash (earth). The final stage is chi recreating itself into metal. The cycle then repeats itself with metal drawing water from the heavens.
In feng shui, the chi cycle is the perfect manifestation and movement of chi energy through the earth plane. Everything in life recreates this same cycle in order to maintain balance. Through the application of feng shui principles for chi energy, you can bring balance to your home and your life.
Elemental Cycle of Life
The chi moving through the world to create five elements has a byproduct of three distinct cycles of energy.
- Creative Cycle: The creative cycle is the first energy cycle created by chi. When chi falls to the earth it creates water that becomes the creator of all life. Without chi transforming into water, there would be no life. The creative cycle continues through the rest of the elements in order of creation.
- Controlling Cycle: This is the destructive cycle. Simply put, this cycle reveals that each element has the ability to destroy the other elements when the creative cycle is out of balance.
- Weakening Cycle: The third cycle of chi is a weakening one. This occurs when the chi energy can no longer nourish the elements. A weak chi cannot support the natural cycle and therefore all of the elements also weaken. In this cycle, the energy cycle operates in reverse.
Working with the Five Elements
Now that you have a better understanding of the five elements and the roles each places in balancing the chi energy, you can begin working to balance the chi in your home. Remember that the key to successful feng shui is achieving yin and yang balance. Unless there is a natural element like an outside land formation or a missing corner in your home, you should be able to achieve balance by using the less is more theory.
Directions and Elements
Compass directions and elements have matched energies that will help you when you begin balancing the energies in your home. Although compass school of feng shui requires greater math calculations to determine the kind of energies residing in your home, you can use basic feng shui principles and applications to help lessen any negative effects.
- North: Water
- Northeast: Water and Metal
- East: Wood
- Southeast: Wood and Fire
- South: Fire
- Southwest: Fire and metal
- West: Metal
- Northwest: Metal and Water
Less Really Is More
You don’t need to take a minimalist approach to your interior design, but when adding feng shui elements, it’s always best to do so in moderation. Depending on the school of feng shui you practice, you can place elements into your rooms to strengthen a weakened energy. This will take some practice and you may have a few false starts, but if you are persistent, you’ll learn and soon find the correct remedies or cures found in element principles.
Restoring Element Of Balance
Traditional feng shui practitioners believe that working with the five elements of feng shui is the only true way to restore or correct positive chi flow to your home.