Do you know the story of Kuan Yin, one of the most beloved deities in Buddhism and Daoism?
Her image is portrayed in many ways — she can be surrounded by children or riding a dragon, holding the pearls of illumination or pouring the nectar of wisdom and compassion from a sacred vase. She goes by slightly different names in different cultures (Quan Yin or Quanyin in China, Kwun Yum in Korea, Quan Âm in Vietnam, Prah Mae Kuan Eim in Thailand, etc.) It is said that due to vigorous efforts she attained enlightenment in her lifetime, and just as she was about to enter Heaven’s gate she paused at the doorway. Hearing the cries of the world, Quan Yin decided to return and help humankind find the path of liberation from suffering.
The Goddess of Mercy and Compassion that is sometimes called The Mother Mary of the East, Kuan Yin is one of the most popular deities used in classical feng shui applications. Because of her vow to help relieve human suffering, Kuan Yin is approached with any concerns, be it family troubles, career grievances, health problems or love relationship complications.
The words compassion and mercy are actually not the most accurate description of Quan Yin’s energy. The essence of her energy is the energy a mother feels for her child—it is fiercely loving and protective, which is much stronger energy than what we usually associate with compassion. Kuan Yin is called for when one is in trouble or for the protection and well-being of one’s family and children. A great protector and benefactor, her heart is full of deep compassion and unconditional love.
In the feng shui world, she is one of the most revered and powerful deities, which makes her symbol a powerful feng shui cure. Because Kuan Yin is literally approached with any possible troubles, concerns or desires, her energy can be evoked, with the right intent, in any feng shui bagua area. Below are a few simple guidelines for the best placement of a Kuan Yin sculpture or image as a feng shui cure in your home.
The first step is to look at the attributes of your specific Kuan Yin statue or image. Its color, material, and symbols she is surrounded with, will help you determine the best placement of Kuan Yin as a feng shui cure.
A white color Quan Yin statue is a wonderful feng shui cure for the West bagua area/Creativity and Children because white is the expression of the Metal feng shui element of the West. The same choice criteria applies to a statue made from metal.
A green color Quan Yin sculpture made of jade crystal can be an excellent feng shui addition to your East/Health & Family or Southeast/Money & Abundance bagua areas because green color is an expression of the Wood feng shui element and jade crystal is of the Earth element.
Quan Yin can be a powerful cure in the annual feng shui applications. Find out where her energy is most needed in a specific year and then place the statue of Quan Yin in the affected feng shui bagua area. This can help neutralize the negative energy of the challenging annual feng shui stars and strengthen protection in and around your home.
Be mindful to never place the Quan Yin statue on the floor, in the kitchen or in the bathroom. A height of at least 3 feet is recommended for the good and respectful feng shui placement of a Quan Yin statue (or any deity, for that matter). You can also place the statue or the image of Quan Yin close to your front door, in a way that is facing the main entrance. This will not only create a protective quality of energy at your front door (called the mouth of Chi in feng shui), but also offer a most welcoming sight when coming home.
The energy of fierce love and compassion, expressed in gentle kindness as a deep commitment to liberate humans from suffering — this is the magical power of the beauty-full Kuan Yin. She is supremely protective, she is gentle, and she is fiercely committed to what she came here for. Definitely an incredibly powerful energy to grace your home with.
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