Vail feng shui: Our homes are alive |

Vail feng shui: Our homes are alive

Karen Petersen
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado –Think about your home in Colorado’s Vail Valley for a minute. How would you describe it?

Is it comfortable and casual or formal and elegant? Neat and organized or untidy and makeshift?

Whatever your description, realize that what you are seeing is an outer manifestation of your inner self. Everything in your outer world, especially your home environment, mirrors your inner self.

If you want to change your living or work environment, work on changing how you think and feel about yourself. Conversely, if you want to change your inner self, change your outer environment and watch how your inner world starts changing too.

Understanding feng shui begins with the awareness that each molecule of creation is alive and filled with life force energy. Our homes are alive. The Chinese call this pulsating energy “chi.”

At its essence, feng shui is about living consciously and enjoying the highest quality of life force possible. It is about harnessing and enhancing the positive energy (sheng chi) and minimizing the negative energy (sha chi.)

We live in a world that is filled with different energies. While our planet rotates on its axis creating day and night, the earth also revolves around the sun in yearly cycles that are influenced by gravitational and magnetic fields of energy.

As our solar system moves through space, we are affected by these powerful forces and cycles in nature. Feng shui is the study of the inter-connectedness of everything in the universe and then applying the principles to your work and living environments that support and enhance the quality of life. This is the concept of tao – “all is one”.

Yin and yang polarities play an important part in balancing living environments with feng shui. Yin and yang are the polarities through which tao is expressed, however the mechanics of feng shui emerge from the balancing of yin and yang.

Yin represents the dark and yang represents the light, and one is as necessary as the other, just as day and night are necessary for the completion of a 24-hour orbit cycle. Yin tends to be cool, internal and contractive. Yang on the other hand is warm, expanding and opening up.

Like each breath we take, there is an inhale (yin) and an exhale (yang). Nothing can be 100 percent yin or 100 percent yang, for as soon as one reaches its zenith, it is already changing back to the other. This is represented by the typical yin/yang symbol. There is a balance of the dark and the light emerging into one another, and the “seed of yin in yang” and “the seed of yang in yin.”

Each human being, based on the solar calendar at the time of their birth, has four out of eight personal power directions. When you honor your best sleep, health, wealth and relationship directions, you can exponentially enhance and enrich the quality of your life.

This is based on a sophisticated and classical feng shui theory called “Eight Mansions.” An octagonal shaped pattern is placed over your home’s floor plan and is balanced with the five elements of wood, fire, earth, metal and water (keep in mind that these are archetypal energies and not necessarily the elements themselves.)

This is called the productive cycles of the elements. When wood feeds fire, fire creates earth, earth supports metal, metal produces water, water feeds wood, and then wood fuels fire Conversely, when one or more of the elements is out of balance, then fire burns metal, metal chops wood, wood sucks nutrients from the earth and earth dams the water. This is known as the destructive cycle of elements, which is what feng shui balances to achieve harmonious living environments.

Karen Petersen is a certified practitioner in the classical form of ancient Chinese feng shui. She is the owner of Black Diamond Realty and offers her services in both Denver and Vail. She will be a guest speaker on Vail’s local channel TV8 on September 30, 2009 at 8:00 am speaking about feng shui. She can be reached at (970) 476-4414 or by e-mail at

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