What is Feng Shui
Feng Shui is an ancient art originating in China over 3,000 years ago. Its literal translation is wind-water. In the Chinese culture, water and wind are linked with well-being. The Feng Shui definition is; a Chinese belief system that synchronizes everyone with their immediate environment. It is among the five Chinese metaphysics arts and teaches the process of balancing energies in a given space so as to guarantee good luck to the occupants. It’s built upon the Taoist understanding of nature especially the belief that the earth is living and full of energy. Since good luck is believed to come in many ways, interior design tips are offered for different areas of your life. This might be prosperous careers, satisfying love life or better health. Good Feng shui is related to good luck, while bad Feng shui means misfortune.
Three Basic Concepts
Feng Shui is founded on 3 concepts which are;
- Qi – It’s a Chinese word describing a complicated natural force created by abstract and real sources such as color vibrations, sunlight, quality and movement of air around you, water flow, the nature of your emotions and thoughts and much more. Qi affects an area atmosphere and how you feel in it and is determined by its harmonious circulation or lack of.
- Yin and Yang – It is expressed by the yin-yang symbol and illustrates nature as a dynamic process consisting of interconnecting endless change. Yin and yang equilibrium produces stability and harmony in a place. When one exceeds the other, the natural balance is interrupted. Examples of yin-yang are movement and stillness, light and shade. Some consider yin to be more feminine and yang is more masculine in energy.
- The Five Elements – They include; wood, metal, earth, water, and fire and can be symbolic representations or physical objects. They are used in ways that support, weaken, control or strengthen one another determined by their association and location. They are set-up to positively affect a living area. The five elements are associated to eight Feng shui trigrams. Each trigram is associated with a particular season, compass direction, color, shape, body part and family member.
Types of Feng Shui
Form School – This is the oldest type of classic Feng shui. Originally, it was concerned with the positioning of tombs but its use is now common in buildings you live or work in, it assesses physical objects forms, shapes in your environment, the five elements, qi flow, and yin and yang appearances. The environment could be natural e.g. mountains and trees or buildings such as fences and walls.
The Black Hat – Chinese Grandmaster Thomas Lin Yun developed it in the United States in the mid-eighties. This combines classical Feng Shui with Tibetan Buddhism and Taoism. It applies the BaGua Energy Map Grid to split a building to eight “Stations.” It is dependent on your positive mind’s power and uses decorative items placed around your home to help you stay positive and focused.
Compass School – It makes use of compass bearings and number calculations. The calculations depend on the direction a building faces and is verified by a Chinese or western compass. An analysis based on BaGua trigrams, eight compass sectors and the Luo Shu is made. Sometimes birth dates are considered in calculations to identify the relationship between you and the environment’s energy pattern.
Feng Shui Colors
Color is one way to alter your office or home energy. Feng shui colors represent elements which in turn govern directions as follows;
- The West direction, metal element colors are white, gold and silver generating kids luck and creativity
- The North-west direction, metal element brings travel luck. Colors are white, gold and silver.
- The North direction, water element colors are blue and black producing career luck.
- The North-East direction colors are brown, yellow and pink representing earth and causing education luck
- In the East direction, the wood element is represented by green attracting family and health
- The south-east direction is governed by green representing wood and leading to wealth
- The south direction color is red. It brings name and fame and represents fire.
- South-west is governed by brown, yellow and pink to bring you romance luck and represents earth.
Feng Shuing Your House
A good Feng shui house does not have attacking (Sha Chi) or low (Si Chi) energy surrounding it. Evaluate your house exterior carefully to determine whether this may be happening. Create an attractive garden because it will invite positive energy to your house. A well designed house has strong, smooth and unblocked Chi energy to your front door. Changing your door color, using other hardware may also assist with this. A good Feng shui house’s main entry is created to welcome, reinforce and direct energy all over the house. The excellence of energy depends on its strength specifically in the bedroom, bathroom and kitchen.
Feng Shui Bedroom
The bedroom is one place you spend a lot of your time. A Feng shui bedroom should be serene, comfortable, cozy, and deeply restful. Designing your bedroom revolves around serenity which is attained through peaceful colors, subtle lighting and relaxing furnishings. Warm colors such as browns and earth tones create an affectionate environment. It can have images which should be sensual and calming to positively motivate you. A good Feng shui bedroom brings you pleasure no matter the reason you are in it for. Here a few do’s and don’ts for a Feng shui bedroom;
- Ensure your bed has a solid headboard and position it so that you can see the door from it.
- Select natural and sensuous bed linen.
- Frequently open windows to allow fresh air circulation
- Avoid the computer or phone in your bedroom
- Do not clutter the bedroom, closets or under the bed
- Avoid flowers or live plants and don’t crowd your room using furniture
I have personally known several people who powerfully changed the momentum of their business and their relationships by using Feng shui
Now that you know all about Feng shui, and how it can rejuvenate your house, what do you think about giving it a try?
Author: Esateys Stuchiner
Esateys (pronounced Ee sáh teez) is an International Life Transformational Speaker, Author, Master Facilitator, Life Coach and Expert in the Human condition. She is a Nationally and Board Certified Nurse Practitioner. For over 30 years, she has practiced, taught and lectured extensively in the allopathic and alternative medicine field.
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