Does your mind wander and lose focus? Do you learn and retain facts as readily as you’d like? Are you able to use your mind to its full ability, acquiring and utilizing information when needed then stopping, resting and allowing a clear connection to insights and inspiration beyond your intellect? If your mental clarity or acuity is a concern, Feng Shui has strategies to assist.
The mind is complex and can obtain information as well as reflect and generate insights and inspiration. Our intelligence offers two main areas of focus, one in the outer world, the other of a more inward perspective. Recognizing and working with these two viewpoints allows us to balance not only the mind but our overall being.
The Knowledge and Self-Cultivation area, or gua (pronounced gwah), of the Feng Shui Bagua speaks to this very dynamic, identifying a place within our homes to improve the flow of energy to all mindful undertakings. A fundamental tool of Feng Shui, the Bagua Map offers a road map of both our homes and our lives.
Map your home with my free Feng Shui Bagua Map download. Instructions on how to apply the Bagua to your home’s floor plan are provided. My series of posts on the Feng Shui Bagua also includes information on how to interpret your map as well as make adjustments when our home’s shape or other physical features are not ideal.
In general, the Knowledge and Self-Cultivation area is associated with reflection, meditation, inner guidance, learning and studying. It also encompasses spiritual enlightenment, self-realization, and personal growth. This gua encourages us to cultivate an intelligent mind but to be prepared to assimilate this new knowledge by having a peaceful mind as well. We develop this through education coupled with introspection.
This gua is derived from the trigram Ken, representing Mountain. A majestic icon symbolizing stability, grounding and stillness, the mountain energy is represented here along with the association of the very Yin season of Late Winter. Both connections ask us to be mindful and go inward to advance our lives.
As you see, this Bagua area is providing an opportunity for us all to stop, study, reflect and secure the information we need to move forward in the world. We can look to our Knowledge and Self-Cultivation area for any number of specific matters.
Define Your Feng Shui Intention for Knowledge and Self-Cultivation
Although the Bagua Map can be utilized to decipher potential challenges in our lives, it is also a wonderful tool for setting and generating supportive energy to achieve a specific intention. Each Bagua area has its own unique use and specific enhancements.
Take a closer look at your home’s Knowledge and Self-Cultivation gua when:
- There is a student in the household
- You are undertaking a training program at work
- A family member is doing an internet class or correspondence course
- Therapy or some other program that helps to ease the mind is being undertaken
- There is a long-standing, unresolved issue you would like to solve
- A meditation or mindfulness program is undertaken
- Personal empowerment exploration is being pursued
- An intention to replace a bad habit or improve a personal flaw is set
- Increased motivation is sought
- You’d like to “wise up” and clarify a solution to a challenge
- Hands or leg issues are present
- There are health concerns with the sinus or nose
- Improvement of arthritis or chronic muscle pain is sought
- Back pain is present
- Shoulder problems persist
- Your blood sugar levels are unhealthy
- The youngest son in the household requires support
Place a Feng Shui Enhancement for Knowledge and Self-Cultivation
Feng Shui asks us to team with our environment to improve energetic conditions for success. We do this for the situations above by placing a specific item associated with the underlying meaning of Knowledge and Self-Cultivation in that area of your home’s Bagua Map.
Below are a number of suggestions of appropriate enhancements to locate in this part of the Bagua once your intention is identified. As you add any one of these items to your space, clearly state your intention to reinforce its successful attainment.
- Textbooks, training manuals or other materials you are studying
- Child’s school supplies, backpack or other school-related gear
- Computer, laptop or tablet used for self-improvement and education
- Desk or table for children’s school projects or homework
- Art or photos with special teachers, schools or other symbols of personal academic accomplishments
- Report cards or other education related achievement reports
- For college students, an object, saying or symbol of your major
- Books of any type – including Feng Shui books!
- Motivational quotes or mottos from wise people
- Meditation cushion, chair or other contemplation supplies
- Yoga mat or yoga practice area
- Any type of religious study texts
- Photos or art of wise people, personal mentors, knowledge-seekers
- Art or photos of a single mountain or mountain range
- Any items that symbolize personal study or improvement
- Anything in the colors black, blue or green
- An electric light left illuminated in this area will “fire up” your intelligence or insights
- Personal affirmations about your success in gaining knowledge or self-improvement
Here are a few Feng Shui items I recommend to increase your knowledge of this subject. If part of your intention is to increase your understanding and use of Feng Shui, any of these would also be an excellent enhancement for your Knowledge and Self-Cultivation gua.
You can purchase any of these items by simply clicking on the images. Please be aware that I will receive a small stipend when you purchase any of these items.
This gua is also a wonderful area of your home to place an altar. It can reflect your hopes and aspirations for just this particular area, or you may expand your vision and include symbols from any other life areas you wish.
In order to attain a significant achievement in life, we must draw on our own current knowledge as well as the abilities we have cultivated over time. This realization leads us to not only appreciate but embrace the energy of this gua in almost all we do.
Activate Your Knowledge and Self-Cultivation Gua
What knowledge, new skill, insight or achievement do you want to undertake? Is there something in your life that requires additional problem solving and support? With all you have just learned about this very important Bagua area, you can certainly start to improve a specific situation today by applying a Feng Shui remedy there.
What ideas do you have and what item will you select to reinforce your intention for your Knowledge and Self-Cultivation? Comment below, and let us all know how you will utilize this very important resource.
Feng Shui can open your world to a new level of ease and flow. Join me, and others in our Feng Shui community, by utilizing this ancient wisdom to create your Feng Shui home.