The term “Feng Shui” may sound exotic or difficult to understand. It’s really a very practical study, but many think people dismiss it as another new-age gimmick or “wu-wu” because of the way its been marketed here in the U.S.
Originally from Asia, Feng Shui is simply the study of energy flow and balance. Whether you realize it or not, you’re constantly experiencing the effects of energy. Just like gravity, you can’t see it but you can feel it. Every “thing” – i.e. trees, flowers, furniture, colors, and shapes emanates its own unique energy. The arrangement of these forms in your environment creates energy that translates into positive or negative feelings in your body. Balancing energy in your environment allows you to feel comfortable and relaxed. Unbalanced energy creates imbalances in your life and discomfort in your body. That’s the essence of Feng Shui.
To experience the effects of Feng Shui for yourself, you can try any of these…
- Look at either side of your desk, whichever is the most cluttered. Now, move the stuff away. Feel different? If there is too much clutter in a space, you can feel constricted because energy flow is constricted.
- Move your chair to the center of the room and sit down. Now, move it against the wall and do the same. Do you feel differently sitting with your back against the wall? If you sit in the center of a room you will likely feel vulnerable and exposed. A wall behind you allows you to relax and allows energy to flow towards you.
- Remove a piece of artwork from a wall, or conversely, hang one. Can you feel the difference? The colors and design in the art create energy. When you remove the art, you remove energy.
The study of Feng Shui explains how and why the placement of objects creates balance, energy, and flow. The universal principles of Yin and Yang and the five elemental energies classified as wood, water, metal, earth, and fire which are derived from Yin and Yang are the essence of Feng Shui. Feng Shui provides us with a blueprint for quantifying energy and an explanation of why certain spaces affect us they way they do. Feng Shui principles can explain why a friend’s house doesn’t feel comfortable or why you may need to select a certain table in a restaurant.
All the other Feng Shui enhancements you may have heard about like fountains, wind chimes, and lucky statues are simply icing on the cake. They are fun and easy to implement. The real study of Feng Shui however is concerned with landforms, structural forms, energy flow, and balance. Feng Shui provides an explanation of how the intangible to becomes tangible. Energy is constantly flowing around us and it is the harnessing of this energy using Feng Shui principles that is the power of Feng Shui.