You don’t have to believe in Feng Shui for it to work. Like gravity, Feng Shui principles are in effect at all times even though you can’t see them. And you don’t need windchimes, crystals, statues, a red front door, and mirrors to practice Feng Shui. Feng Shui originated in China over 6,000 years ago and of course, the ancient Chinese didn’t have any of the so-called “Feng Shui” items found stores today.
Feng Shui provides us with principles which explain:
- Why location on a street is important and can cause restaurants in certain locations to fail time after time;
- Why certain rooms in your home feel more comfortable than others;
- Why you may feel unsettled if you sleep in a bed placed in the middle of a room rather than against a wall;
- Why most of us feel better in a home that has an adequate amount of natural light;
- Why it feels awkward to have a stairway directly facing the front door.
Traditional, authentic Feng Shui principles draw on astronomy, mathematics, topography, geography, science, and philosophy. Like yoga or the martial arts, there are many different types of Feng Shui. The “westernized” version involving a bagua is fun, and has a general connection to traditional Feng Shui, but realize that actually Feng Shui is an multi-layered art and science that one can study for a lifetime.