Sunday, June 22, 2008
Feng Shui: The Demystification
Feng Shui (pronounced "fung shway") is the Chinese practice and philosophy of object orientation, placement, and arrangement. The phrase literally means "wind water”, and operates on the premise that our living environment can help or hinder the flow of energy in our lives.
Followers take into consideration the energy flow throughout a structure, arranging furniture and decorations to enhance the wellness of a home or office. To get it all flowing, we need to have a living space that mimics the productive cycle of the natural world. To many, Feng Shui is a mystifying jumble of Baguas and compass points. But some of the most basic lessons of Feng Shui are easy to understand and supported by research.
According to the philosophy, energy (ch’i in Chinese) enters a home or office through the front door, which is considered “the mouth of ch’i." That energy is then dispersed throughout the dwelling, helped or hindered by objects placed within certain areas. In the practice Feng Shui the use of an ancient map called the Bagua determines the relationship among a number of "elements”, including health, knowledge, travel, and partnerships. Items such as, living plants and water features are placed strategically throughout a structure, as signs of life and movement generally are believed to improve energy flow and provide balance. However, creating the correct path for ch’i flow takes skill and patience, and many are unable to grasp the underlying principles.
While some disruptions in ch’i can be remedied by furniture placement according to the principles of Feng Shui, the accumulation of clutter is a big issue. People are so conditioned by society that more is better, but unfortunately, if your house is full, then so is your life, and there's no room for growth. Clutter can also symbolize a person's lack of trust in the future. Keeping your home filled with things you no longer use or love, or because 'you may need it someday' indicates your lack of trust in the universe for it to provide for you.
The spirituality surrounding the practice of Feng Shui does not appeal to everyone. The most important part of feng shui is the intention and belief behind it. Moving objects around doesn't automatically revitalize a person's life. There's a psychological aspect – it taps into your subconscious because you're surrounded by it, making a decision to adopt the principles of Feng Shui is a solid, physical affirmation.