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MODULE 13
WHICH COLOUR... EXACTLY?


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Less feeling more thinking...
The previous module about deeply intelligent colour choices was quite dreamy and inspirational, using Yves Saint-Laurent's creative practise as a guide to making intuitive colour decisions for our homes based on experiences of paralysing beauty.
In case that you may not be that courageous, that you may have trouble trusting your inner guides, or you would simply like a bit more help to make decisions you won’t regret, Article 12 helps you understand the Feng Shui process of colour selection.


Feng Shui practitioners believe that a colour scheme can shift the energy of your space. I would like to add that the actual physicality of the paint, the material, also affects ambient energy through its molecular composition. 
Hence why favouring the choice of low-toxin, water-based or sustainable paint will be better for spatial energy. 

Understanding that colour is simply a perception derived from the stimulation of cone cells in the human eye by electromagnetic radiation in the spectrum of light, and since light is the ultimate source of Qi energy and our source of continuous wisdom, that link makes sense.

As well, colour choices can affect our spatial energy when using our being as a vessel. 
As we have established already, our home is a reflection of our self, and its energy is a reflection of ours. Therefore, when we choose colours which trigger the right reactions in our being and in our soul, affecting our energy patterns in a way that we expand, transform, and get closer to our authentic being, our space will develop as well. 

That is what makes the previous module on colour so relevant: choosing colours which remind our soul being of a deeply resonant memory or sensation is ideal.  The Feng Shui guidelines you will read below can indeed offer great guidance, but make sure your personal preference and deeper intelligence remain the key decision-makers. Make sure decisions are taken slowly and mindfully, seeking final approval from your higher self.

 
Feng Shui and color

For colour choices, Feng Shui uses the bagua map which we saw in Article 6 about orientation. 
By using the cardinal points, it attributes one of 5 elements of nature to each of the 9 houses of the map, and determines the colours which should be used in that area based on the element that governs it.

 The 5 elements Feng Shui works around are wood, fire, earth, metal, water and they relate to each other in the following way:

·        wood feeds fire
·        fire makes earth
·        earth creates metal
·        metal holds water
·        water nurtures wood

The two graphs below indicate how these elements relate to each other, and how these relationships transpire in the mapped areas of your space.



Feng Shui therefore relates appropriate colours to the governing elements allowing us to make the appropriate choices depending on what we want to achieve in our home as per the diagram below, indicating the 9 areas, its element, the impact of that element and the colours.


4- WEALTH &
BLESSINGS
(WOOD)

IMPACT: Growth and vitality, lush and healing, an energy of vibrant health. Also an expression of abundance, prosperity. 

COLOUR: GREEN


3- ANCESTORS
(WOOD)

IMPACT: Growth and vitality, lush and healing, an energy of vibrant health. Also an expression of abundance, prosperity.  

COLOUR: BROWN,GREEN
 


8-SPIRITUAL GROWTH
(EARTH)

IMPACT: Stability, nourishment and enhances different types of relationships, maintains health and inner balance.
 

COLOUR: LIGHT PURPLE,
LIGHT YELLOW



9- FAME & RECOGNITION
(FIRE)

IMPACT: Passion and high energy, enables personal empowerment and supports career efforts, expansion and recognition.

COLOURS: PINK, RED, PURPLE,STRONG YELLOW


5- HEALTH
(EARTH)

IMPACT: Stability,
nourishment and enhances different types of relationships,
maintains health and inner balance.

COLOUR: LIGHT YELLOW, EARTHY AND SANDY COLOURS


1-CAREER
(WATER)

IMPACT: Ease and abundance, brings a refreshing energy of calm, purity and freshness. Also an ancient symbol of abundance.

COLOUR: BLACK, BLUE
 


2- RELATIONSHIPS

(EARTH)

IMPACT: Stability, nourishment and enhances different types of relationships, maintains health and inner balance.

COLOURS: PEACH, PINK,
ORANGE, SKIN COLOUR


7- CREATIVITY & CHILDREN
(METAL)

IMPACT: Sharpness, precision and efficiency;
help you live with clarity and lightness.
Sustains the energy of calm, crisp, clarity and eliminates distractions.

COLOUR: GREY, WHITE
SILVER, BRONZE, GOLD


6-HELPFUL FRIENDS TRAVEL
(METAL)

IMPACT: Sharpness, precision and efficiency;
help you live with clarity and lightness.
Sustains the energy of calm, crisp, clarity and eliminates distractions.

COLOUR: GREY, WHITE
SILVER, BRONZE, GOLD



Another way to approach it is to use the cardinal orientation we saw in the universal law, article 5, which governed the design of temples, and therefore we can relate the element depending on that system rather than the bagua map. Using this system, we can choose the colours that are relevant to the impact of this area.
The chart below shows how these are used: 


EAST (AIR)
IMPACT: Understanding and clarity
COLOURS: Grey, white, silver, bronze, gold

 

NORTH (EARTH)
IMPACT: Grounding, materialisation
COLOURS: Light yellow, beige, skin colour

WEST (WATER)
IMPACT: Travelling within, introspection, inner work
COLOURS: Blue, Black

SOUTH (FIRE)
IMPACT: Empowerment, strength, passion
COLOURS: Red, Orange, Purple, Pink


And if you don't want to over think the orientation side of things, below is a quick guide Indicating which colours can trigger specific emotions and results:  

YELLOW Sunny, Nourishing, Happy color of sunlight, cheerful and uplifting

YELLOW
Sunny, Nourishing, Happy
color of sunlight, cheerful and uplifting


GREEN Growth, health, vibrancy (Wood Element) renewal, fresh energy, and regeneration. nourishing to health, balancing the whole body by bringing healing feng shui vibrations from nature. 

GREEN
Growth, health, vibrancy (Wood Element)
renewal, fresh energy, and regeneration.
nourishing to health, balancing the whole body by bringing healing feng shui vibrations from nature. 

RED  Passion, Courage, Romance, energy of joy, excitement, and sexual desire. The Chinese color of luck and happiness, the marriage color in India, and the symbolic color of love and romance, courage, and passion in the West.

RED 
Passion, Courage, Romance, energy of joy, excitement, and sexual desire. The Chinese color of luck and happiness, the marriage color in India, and the symbolic color of love and romance, courage, and passion in the West.

ORANGE - Social, Open, Optimistic, promotes lively conversations and good times. Reminds us of summertime and warm glow of log fires.

ORANGE - Social, Open, Optimistic, promotes lively conversations and good times.
Reminds us of summertime and warm glow of log fires.

WHITE - Innocence, Freshness, New Beginnings, purity and innocence, absorbs, or contains, all other colors.

WHITE -
Innocence, Freshness, New Beginnings, purity and innocence,
absorbs, or contains, all other colors.

BLACK Unknown, Infinite, Absorbing (Water Element), color of deep water and the universal void, adds depth, strength, and definition. Not to use black color in your baby's room or on your bedroom ceiling.

BLACK
Unknown, Infinite, Absorbing (Water Element), color of deep water and the universal void, adds depth, strength, and definition. Not to use black color in your baby's room or on your bedroom ceiling.

BLUE Calm, Tranquility, Peace, Infinity, Stability

BLUE
Calm, Tranquility, Peace, Infinity, Stability

GREY - Clear, Detached, Neutral, Metallic

GREY -
Clear, Detached, Neutral, Metallic

PINK Gentle, Soothing, Loving, Softening, the universal color of love.

PINK
Gentle, Soothing, Loving, Softening, the universal color of love.

PURPLE  Royal, Mysterious, Noble (Fire Element) A very high vibration color, great for a healing room or a meditation space.

PURPLE 
Royal, Mysterious, Noble (Fire Element)

A very high vibration color, great for a healing room or a meditation space.

All photos above are courtesy of friends of mine who run a lovely interior design studio in Milan called Dimore Studio. Their images were chosen as they adequatly reflect mindful use of colour.


GET STARTED

Begin with meditation
How do we begin to select colours for our home depending on these systems?
It’s always a good idea to start with a meditation to clear your thinking mind and try to connect to your core being.
Begin by sitting in meditation for just a few minutes.
Starting by sitting comfortably, closing your eyes and connecting to your breath. Next, being your attention to that part of your body which is being supported by the ground or the chair.
Using sound instruments, healing sound tracks or focusing on a crystal, sit in focused meditation for 9-12 minutes.

After this is done, open your eyes and begin reflecting on the colour choice for your space.

You may have already determined with the help of previous articles what the objectives are for your business space.
If you have, take a minute to rekindle a connection to them.
It is useful to reflect on what you want people to be feeling when they enter your space.
Do you want them to be supported on their spiritual path?  To find inspiration and purpose? To reconnect to the simple pleasures of life?
Choose 1-3 areas themes, look up the areas relating to them in your bagua map, above, have a look at the recommended colours for these areas and it will be easy to start creating the right colour board for you. 
If that doesn't feel clear, or you cant seem to find your objectives on the bagua map, you can use the above associations of colour impacts to figure out which is best. 
Remember, continue to check in with your intuition and make your decision slowly and mindfully.

That being said, sometimes you may be spending loads of time planning and the right colour will unexpectedly fall into your lap.
I remember one time I was spending weeks choosing the right colours, and one of them had backfired really badly once the room was painted. I ran to the paint shop, asked for the colour chart, and my finger happened to fall on a shade I would have never considered. Every cm of my being said that was the one. I didn't even buy the tester pot, just bought the paint and was on my way.
Choosing it that intuitively t was the best decision of that whole project.
As you know by now, the only rule is THERE ARE NO RULES.  

So, let go and enjoy the process!