Feng Shui (pronounced "fung shway") is an ancient Chinese art and science that has been used for over 5,000 years to heal, balance and enrich people’s lives. The literal translation of Feng Shui means "wind water”, and operates on the premise that our living environment can help or hinder the flow of energy in our lives. Wind is the earth’s breath, and water is the invigorating lifeblood of everything that exists on our planet. Both wind and water have tremendous energy that drives Feng Shui's practices to fill your life with positive energies.
Feng Shui is based on the understanding of nature, particularly on the idea that the land is alive and filled with Chi, or energy. Feng Shui reminds us that everything is connected, and that our physical surroundings have a significant impact on our mind, body, and spirit. The theories of yin and yang, as well as balancing the five elements – earth, wood, fire, metal & water, are some of the very basic principles of Feng Shui.
The very essence of Feng Shui, is a means of arranging all the things that you surround yourself with on a daily basis- to create the optimal and harmonious flow of vital life energy - chi, just like the flow of water and wind.
Feng Shui provides tools and guidelines for analyzing and correcting the flow of energy into and through our homes. It uses the arrangement of rooms and the placement of furniture to create a smooth pathway for chi to flow through your home. Colors and shapes associated with the five elements are used to create movement, balance, or protection. Imagery and objects such as paintings and photographs, or other accessories are chosen and placed to enhance and reinforce your intention.
By following a few simple Feng Shui principles you can greatly improve your sense of well being. You can bring healing beauty and harmony into your life and create an environment that is fully supportive of you and your loved ones.
One of the greatest benefits of Feng Shui is self-awareness. When you apply Feng Shui principles to your home, you gain a wonderful opportunity to evaluate your life's situations, state your intentions or goals and move into action. Intuition, simplicity and good taste are always in tune with Feng Shui.
Personalized touches (things that are especially meaningful to you) add powerful affirmations to create a balanced environment. Our ultimate goal is balancing your surroundings to bring about more of what you want in life. Many levels of study, choice, design, decor and application are associated with this fascinating, complex art.
Join me as I share with you the benefits of practicing Feng Shui in your own home. If you have been reading Feng Shui books and searching the Internet for information, this would be a great opportunity to gain some clarity on the many different "schools" of Feng Shui, which can be confusing and difficult to understand. My method of teaching Feng Shui is from a Western Perspective which is easy to understand and apply.
More About Feng ShuiFeng" means "wind" and "Shui" means water" (pronounced fung-shway). In Chinese culture gentle wind and clear water have always been associated with good harvest and good health, thus "good Feng Shui" came to mean good livelihood and fortune. Feng Shui of nature, is based on the Taoist vision and understanding particularly on the idea that the land is alive and filled with Chi or energy. The ancient Chinese believed that the land's energy could either make or break the kingdom, so to speak.
The theories of yin and yang, as well as the five Feng Shui elements, are some of the basic aspects of a Feng Shui analysis that come from Taoism. It was believed by the Chinese, that people for better or for worse are influenced by their surroundings. Based on this belief the Chinese would arrange their environment to let the positive energy flow allowing them to be in harmony with the things around them.
Feng Shui advocates living in harmony with earth’s environment so there is proper balance between the forces of nature. A significant portion of Feng Shui practice is based on interrupting how these interact in the physical environment. The Chinese believe that the balancing of these five elements can be combined to create all transformation in one’s life.
In the practice of Feng Shui, the principle reference symbol of your environment is determined by using a map called a Bagua. Ba means eight, while gua means trigram, simply means eight trigrams. The eight sections of the Bagua each represent one of the eight life aspirations and each is attributed to a different facet of one’s life.
The Bagua symbol derives its significance from the eight trigrams of the I Ching, thereby imparting symbolic meaning to the eight compass directions. The I Ching, or Book of Changes, as it is known in the west is the principle source of philosophy and symbolism for Feng Shui. The center of the Bagua contains the Chinese symbol of yin yang, representing unity and continuous change. One of the most common uses of the Bagua is to enhance the Feng Shui of your space by identifying the symbols and directions of the life aspirations of your environment.