Have you ever wondered why certain rooms in your home feel more comfortable than others? Or why rearranging a room makes it not only look, but feel differently? Perhaps without realizing it, you’re experiencing the principles of Feng Shui. Feng Shui is the ancient practice of arranging the physical environment to harmonize energy. When your environment is balanced and harmonious, it has a positive affect on your life.
Good Feng Shui mitigates problems and increases opportunities in your life, often creating circumstances that help you out of a negative situation.
Correct Feng Shui can increase prosperity and allow harmonious relationships. Conversely, incorrect Feng Shui can bring discord in relationships, as well as money problems, accidents, and chronic disease. The widespread practice of Feng Shui in Asia is a powerful testament to its potency. In Hong Kong, few businesses or residents risk having incorrect Feng Shui.
A Long and Rich History
Although thought by many to be a New Age phenomenon, the art and science of Feng Shui has been around for centuries. About 6000 years ago, the Chinese began using principles of geomancy, or what is now called Feng Shui. Observing the Big Dipper and the rotation of the planets, they applied their observations to the placement of ancestral grave sites. Correct grave placement was thought to bring prosperity for the deceased’s descendants. Soon, Chinese Emperors used Feng Shui to find the most suitable place to build a fortress.
Today, Feng Shui is associated with anything from cosmetics to car design to fountains and mirrors. It’s no wonder people see it as a New Age gimmick.
It’s all about Energy
Most of us have heard of qi (chi). It’s a term simply described as energy, but it’s actually more profound. Qi is the underlying essence of all things. Qi has direct impact on your health, wealth, and relationships. The goal of Feng Shui is to enhance beneficial qi in your space while keeping out detrimental qi. At the most basic level, Qi is classified as having either Yin or Yang qualities. Yin qi is feminine and quiet. Yang qi is the opposite of Yin. It’s masculine and active. Qi is further characterized as being a combination of five elemental energies -earth, metal, water, wood, and fire. Balancing elements in your environment ensures a harmonious environment. A harmonious environment helps you to relax opening the door to better health and greater ease in all areas of your life.
A traditional Feng Shui practitioner works to balance energy in a space, similar to how an acupuncturist balances qi in your body. The correct application of the principles of Feng Shui allows qi in your environment to nourish you. This is the essence of Feng Shui.
Feng Shui is a Lifetime Study
The study of Feng Shui is a lifetime study and there are hundreds of different systems of Feng Shui. The traditional approaches to Feng Shui use a compass to take directional readings of your home and analyze the impact of geographical features such as street traffic, neighboring houses, and landscaping. Time-Space Feng Shui measures how energy reacts in a space in a given time by using mathematical and logical system to interpret the energy patterns. It’s through the correct analysis of outside forms and qi flow patterns in a space that energy can be balanced.
A Time-Space Feng Shui consultant takes compass readings to measure the facing direction of your home and prepares an energy chart of your house. The chart shows the type of energy in the structure and which areas are out of balance. These areas can be analyzed thoroughly and specifically addressed to improve health, career goals, relationships. The recommendations may include opening windows in certain locations (when weather permits), adding an elemental cure, and rearranging furniture.
Feng Shui can improve your satisfaction with your life but of course, it’s not a magical cure. Every object and form both inside and outside of your home influences you. Applying the traditional principles of Feng Shui can ensure an optimum environment which will support your health, wealth, relationships and over all well-being.