Q: The house I am renting right now has a funky layout – essentially it has four separate levels or five if you include the garage! Does the bagua map then apply to each of the separate floors instead of the footprint of the house or for each individual room? What is the school of thought on that?
A: That’s an awesome question, Matt--I’ve worked in many split-level homes and there are challenges, but it is totally possible to create a home in a split-level space that feels beautifully balanced and has good flow.
The Bagua Map is an important Feng Shui tool--it can be applied directly and used for information about how to proceed with placement of mirrors, furniture, art and color. It also let’s us know where clutter in our homes is impacting our lives. It’s a GUIDE and it takes practice to get the hang of it!
- First of all, the Bagua can be used over your entire property with the career area, bottom center, oriented at the center front edge of your property. So, use it this way, first, to see where certain areas of the map correspond with your particular piece of real estate.
- And then, the Bagua also overlays your entire house--you have to use your superpowers to see through all the levels, staircases and walls :)--a challenge for sure, but not impossible! So, any areas in the back right corner of your home will relate to romantic relationships whether it’s up, down, or in the middle.
- Also, we can use the Bagua to map out one room. Stand at the door of the room to orient the map. It’s fun, right? Getting the hang of it?
Very few homes are perfectly square like the bagua suggests--so, even in a one-story home, we ALSO have to start feeling into the energy of the home. Even though it seems very straightforward, there are nuances and subtleties to consider...
We wouldn’t chop up a house into nine perfectly spaced sections and apply “the rules” for maximum results. It feels too forced and rigid. And that’s NOT how energy works!
There are places where we overlap the “guas” (smaller sections of the bigger map), blur the lines and fingerpaint a bit (this is where it gets really fun!!!!!) according to the energy of the actual home and the clients we are working with.
So, there are many layers to consider (literally(!) and figuratively)--using the map will give you tons of insight into how your home and life relate.
Enjoy your Bagua experience, Matt, and let me know how it goes. I hope this helps and thank you very much for sharing your question--almost every home, split-level or not, has a hint of funkiness SOMEWHERE! Feng Shui is a wonderful tool to correct those places that seem stuck--it’s totally possible.
If any of you (lovely readers) have Feng Shui Questions, please forward them by hitting reply--we will add them to the list!
Lots of Love,
Liz T. Madison, WI