How to Make the Most of the Helpful People Area in Feng Shui

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If you have done a bit of research on feng shui, you have likely come across the feng shui bagua map. The bagua is one of the tools that feng shui practitioners use to understand and adjust the energy of a space. You can picture it as a three-by-three grid, almost like a tic tac toe board, that is overlaid on the floor plan of a home, room, or property. Each section of the grid is called a gua, and it is connected to a certain aspect of life, like partnerships, wealth, or career. Each gua also has many other layers and connections to things like various body parts, colors, seasons, elements, and more.

All About the Helpful People Area

One of these guas is called Qian, also known as Helpful People or Benefactors. To find Qian position, stand in your front doorway looking in and imagine a three-by-three grid laid on top of your home. Qian will be in the right-hand corner closest to you. You can also use the same process to find Qian in your bedroom. This area is connected to having helpful people in your life who can support you, as well as travel. Qian is also related to the metal element, which has to do with our voice and communication. 

One thing to note about having helpful people in your life is that it’s important to be a helpful person, as well. If you’re interested in inviting more support into your life, you may want to consider how you can also offer support to others. In addition, you can think about how this connects to the communication aspect of the metal element. Are you practicing your communication skills by speaking clearly, asking for help when you need it, and truly listening? 

Once you’ve located Qian in your home or bedroom, notice what is happening there. Is it cluttered? Is it empty? Are there items there that need to be fixed? Sometimes, just noticing what is going on in our homes can offer a lot of insight into what is going on in our lives. If you choose to work one-on-one with a feng shui consultant, they will be able to look even more deeply into what your home is trying to tell you.  

Feng shui bagua map

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Ways to Activate the Helpful People Corner

If you’d like to invite more support from helpful people into your life, here are a few ways to activate this area of the bagua.

Ring a Bell

Because Qian is connected to the metal element, it can be helpful to ring a metal bell or singing bowl in this area of your home. The sound and vibrations of the bell can start to shift the energy in this part of your home and life and signal that you are ready to welcome more assistance from people around you. We would recommend choosing a bell that you love and letting the sound resonate fully each time you ring it. 

Tibetan singing bowl (musical instrument) on yoga mat with lights in background

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Bring in Circular Shapes

Circular shapes are also an expression of the metal element, so adding circular items is another way to activate Qian. This can look like a circular mirror, a spherical light fixture, a round table, or textiles with circular patterns. Again, get creative and choose something that works with your space! 

Bring in the Color Gray

Qian is also related to the color gray, so you can activate this area by placing gray items in this part of your home. You can use your creativity when it comes to which items to place here, and it will also depend on where Qian falls in your home or bedroom. If you have a couch or armchair in Qian position, for example, you might want to add a gray throw pillow. If this would be a good place for a houseplant, try a gray planter. You can also hang artwork that includes the color gray, or photos or art in gray picture frames. 

living room with gray sofa

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Bring in Earth Element to Support

In the five elements cycle, metal is supported by the earth element. To remember this, you can think of metal ore being created deep within the earth. Because of this connection, placing earth element items in Qian can also activate this area. You can do this with earthy colors like yellow and brown, square shapes, or items that come from the earth, like natural crystals and earthenware.