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Feng Shui Power Principle #4 -- Yin and Yang
Yin and yang are the everyday opposites you see in your home and office: soft and hard, cold and hot, dark and light. Yin and yang exist in nature, in buildings, and in individual rooms. According to Feng Shui principles, it is the appropriate interaction of these two forces that creates harmony around you.
For example, if you paint a room a dark color, keep it cold, keep your children and pets out of it and rarely use it, it becomes yin. However, if you paint the same room a light color, turn up the temperature, and invite your friends, neighbors, and pets to join you in using it, it becomes yang.
In most cases you balance yin and yang naturally and instinctively in your home: you add soft seat cushions to hard wooden chairs; if the bathwater gets too hot, you turn on the cold; you paint one wall a darker accent color to keep an all-white room from looking too bland. That’s because when these two equal and opposite forces are in balance in our interior surroundings, you feel comfortable, secure, and at peace. Each aspect of your life has yin and yang attributes that you need to balance.
The universal symbol for yin and yang which is a circle with a curved line in the middle that divides the black and white halves of the circle, with a spot of each opposite color on the opposite side.
When we explain these two forces in terms of the Feng Shui Elements, yin is represented by the color black, which is the Water Element, and the passive energy of silence, darkness, and slow, relaxed movements. This is the predominant energy at night when you go to sleep, or when you need to relax and replenish your energies, so it is often appropriate for bedrooms.
On the other hand, yang is represented by the color white, which is the Metal Element. It is the strong energy characterized by vibrant sounds and colors, bright lights, and upward moving energy. In Feng Shui, we would use yang energy in decorating a family room or a busy office.
The yin-yang balance is especially important in the workplace where all too often we find ourselves working in less than optimal Feng Shui conditions. The typical office today is filled with computers, bright florescent lighting, hard shiny floors, metal filing cabinets and desks, and ringing phones that can result in strain, tension, irritability, and feelings of isolation. It is hard to feel creative in this kind of workplace because there is too much harsh yang energy. A little bit of yin energy balance, in the form of soft fabrics, desk and floor lamps instead of overhead lighting, wood file cabinets, and some soothing colors on the walls would go a long way to balance this space.
Adjusting Yin and Yang
If the energy in your home or office just doesn’t feel right, chances are good it is caused by a problem with the yin-yang balance. Fortunately, there are simple ways to add the attributes of yin and yang and restore balance.
Does your space need more yin? If you want to create a space that is more relaxed and focused, add:
curves and flowing shapes
shades on the windows
rugs on the floors
rooms with lots of furniture
Does you space need more yang? If you want to create a space full of energy and excitement, add:
straight lines and angular shapes
light and bright colors
furniture made from wood, glass, or stone
track lighting and bright lights
floors made from wood, marble, tile
rooms with few pieces of furniture
In Feng Shui, having a balance of both yin and yang in your home and office will create the positive energy you need to attract wealth, harmony, and love into your life.
Yin and Yang is the fourth of the five Power Principles of Feng Shui --
Power Principle #1 -- Chi
Power Principle #2 -- The Five Elements
Power Principle #3 -- The Bagua
Power Principle #4 -- Yin and Yang
Power Principle #5 -- Continuity and Connectedness*