Feng Shui has a new address
Feng Shui once seemed mysterious and foreign here in the west. But now it seems to be settling in quite comfortably and making a nice home for itself here among us. Even if you are not familiar with Feng Shui, chances are you have heard it mentioned here or there. Many are still confused and think it is a form of exercise, like yoga or chi gong, some think it might be a Chinese noodle dish, and still others think of it as nothing more than smoke and mirrors.
So what is Feng Shui really, and what can it do for you? The English translation is simply Wind and Water, the two natural elements that flow, move and circulate everywhere on earth. The two combined determine climate, which determines our food supply, which in turn affects our lifestyle, health, energy and mood. The essence of these life-giving elements is “chi” or life force.
My own translation is quite simple. It is paying attention to your life. It is adjusting your sails when the wind is blowing you off course. Being more of a participant than a spectator and not just letting things happen. You do have some control as to how your future will be shaped. Even people that believe that their life is already dictated by fate, still look both ways when crossing the street. This is my take, my translation, after studying, and practicing Feng Shui for the past 15 years.
But is it a philosophy, a science or an art? Actually, it is a blend of many things. Some of those things being; the Tao, the I-Ching, Chinese philosophy, folklore, science, a bit of superstition and a whole lot of common sense.
Feng Shui is to your living and working environment what acupuncture is to your body. Just as acupuncture opens up blockages of energy in our bodies, Feng Shui removes blockages in our living/work spaces, thereby creating a good energy flow to improve our quality of life.
People land on the doorstep of Feng Shui when they are ready to see some positive change in their lives. When we apply the ancient principles of Feng Shui to our environment, it can help bring about more harmony, prosperity, good health, success, and improved relationships. You may be surprised to know that Microsoft uses it, as does Citibank, British Airways, Proctor & Gamble and even McDonalds.
Maybe you have avoided getting acquainted with Feng Shui on a personal level. Maybe the idea of Fu dogs, porcelain dragons and Bagua mirrors doesn’t appeal to you. The truth is a person can still utilize Feng Shui principles and aesthetics without sacrificing their own personal style.
Feng Shui is like everything else, it is alive, and it changes and evolves with time. It must keep up with us just as we must keep up with every new Apple product or social networking site. We have to stay current to remain effective. So, in short, I am saying, you don’t need Fu dogs or dragons, there are other remedies that can be used that compliment your lifestyle, your customs, your heritage and your good design sense and will be just as effective.
So how do we make positive changes to our environment? One of the ways in which the energy is adjusted is the use of an energy map that we call a Bagua. This is superimposed over a floor plan to find weak or strong areas and we make adjustments accordingly. We also use color to obtain different energy levels, sound, lighting, proper furniture placement, and work on balancing the yin/yang and the five elements in our space.
Now Feng Shui can’t promise you that you will hit the lottery, that Prince Charming (aka Colin Firth; once again, my translation) will appear at your door, or that you will never again have a cold, the flu or fall ill. What Feng Shui is not, is magic. At the heart of this time honored and ancient practice is the essence of a harmonious relationship between you and the space in which you live. This can be achieved by using a few fundamental principles, your common sense and a willingness to trust yourself.
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