Feng shui (fung shway), the ancient
Chinese art of home and business arrangement and location to improve life, has
been embraced by non Buddhists because it brings harmony into the environment.
The principals of feng shui are grounded in thousands of years of observation and
Feng shui has a strong
tradition of the importance of color. The Six True Colors are white, red, yellow, green, blue and black. Together and in sequence they represent emptiness and
substance, the cycle of life from the blankness of white to the
completeness of black, which is all the colors together.
The Seven Color Spectrum of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and purple reflect the energy of
The Five Element Colors are a keystone of feng
shui. Each color has a meaning and a corresponding “element” or
substance. By placing these colors and their elemental
counterparts in the correct area of a room - as determined by a
feng shui master or a really good book, one can influence
prospects and outcomes. Traditionally, this means the redirection
of “ch’i” or energy. For those who view feng shui from a non
religious perspective, color and element placement may be seen
simply as giving a psychological boost.
fertility of rice
(includes red fabrics)
and clay (ceramics) and stone
and healthy plants
reduction in stress
Things to consider when using color
in the home or office:
Strong colors should not bring discomfort.
Balance cool and warm colors.
Good lighting is essential
to good living.
Strong colors in bathrooms
can decrease family harmony.
Homogenize exterior colors with nearby
buildings to please the eye.
Taste and style have
nothing to with feng shui, but harmony and balance result in a
more comfortable environment.
Direction has always been important. Feng Shui tells us not to position our windows to the west because evil will
enter our homes (and strong sunlight). Kanan Makiya tells us north
meant "back of the head" to the Nile-focused Egyptians and that the early
Christians prayed facing east, the traditional location of paradise.
In his novel, The Rock, Makiya looks
at the sacred rocks of Judaism, Christianity and Islam in Jerusalem and
Mecca toward which so many face for their devotions to present a mosaic of
religious evolution. Makiya's explanation for tradition and belief,
albeit fictionalized, is well-researched and helpful in these times of
hate and misunderstanding, though I wish there had been more to the actual
Still, the book is fascinating. Knowing why
another religion has chosen to do anything makes tolerance a little
easier. And knowing more about the roots of your own religion
is always a
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