Feng Shui (pronounced fung shway) means “wind and water”. It is an ancient Chinese philosophy that was derived from an understanding of nature and the belief that everything is alive with energy (chi). To be successful in all areas of your life, one needs to be in good relationship with the land and on good terms with nature.
In ancient China, the best (or most auspicious) location for a building was below the damaging winds of the mountains and above the floodplain of the waterways. Today, Feng Shui can be best described as the art & science of purposefully arranging the physical environment to gain positive results. It is not meant to challenge or replace anyone’s religious values or ideas. There is a spiritual component which can be used, but it is not necessary in order to benefit from feng shui.
Feng Shui has endured the test of time because it has been proven through results. Hong Kong, the financial center of Asia, is Feng Shuid. Oprah and many other extremely successful people use Feng Shui.
Feng Shui is based on 3 core beliefs:
1. Everything is made up of energy – Everything in this universe is comprised of vibrating molecules – from solid forms such as trees, rocks and humans, to liquids, to the air we breathe. This energy can be slow or active. A stagnant pond has a different energy (vibration) than white water rapids. A cluttered room has a different energy than an empty room. The color black emits a different vibration than the color yellow. It is how we relate to these different vibrations or energies that determines how we feel in a physical space.
2. Everything is connected – Nothing survives on its own. Our planet is a great example. We cannot survive without her support. We may be on the top of the food chain, but we depend on the food chain all the way down to the earthworms for our survival. As the health of the Earth goes, so go we!
3. Everything is constantly changing – We are wired to move forward. Our tastes and opinions change as we learn more. Our bodies definitely change as we age. No matter how hard we try, we cannot stand still and stop the forward motion. Unfortunately, sometimes we get stuck wanting to live in the past. Life is about adapting to changes and learning from them. When significant events occur in our lives, consciously shifting the energy in our home and work spaces, to support us during those changes, keeps our mental, physical and emotional energy uplifted.
Here is a feng shui exercise to try:
Spend some alone time in each room in your home. Can you tell what kind of energy it is projecting? Do you enjoy being in the room, or do you want to walk out as soon as possible? Is it a room you spend time in regularly? If not, why not? It may be that the room carries stagnant energy, or a heavy vibration. Jot down any thoughts or a-ha’s you may have.
Congratulations! You are on your way to looking at your spaces “through feng shui eyes”.