Feng Shui has become increasingly popular in recent years, particularly in America and Europe. There is as much talk about it as there is confusion about it. The range of Feng Shui Stereotypes is wide, from easy tips on how to move furniture to more Mind-Body- Spirit connections and in-depth calculations for every area of your house corresponding to every action you take in your life.
People turn to Feng Shui for all sorts of reasons like to find their soul mate, attract abundance, improve their health or find their life path as well as create a happy environment around them and their families.
With all the confusion around what Feng Shui can really do for you, people may think it is a new age trend and that serious people wouldn’t consider it. The truth is that people of all background use Feng Shui techniques to achieve the results they want in business and life. Companies like Google, Dreamworks, Bank of America, CBS Studios, Coca-Cola, Morgan Stanley, Mercedes Benz, Microsoft, Sony, Trump Tower, Wall Street Journal, The Body Shop and many more have implemented Feng Shui principles.
Oprah Winfrey, Madonna, Bill Gates, Richard Branson, Julia Roberts, Tommy Hilfiger, Deepak Chopra and Steven Spielberg have their houses Feng Shui‘d and use its principles together with other techniques to enrichen their lives. Even the British Royal Family is rumoured to use Feng Shui principles.
What IS Feng Shui and why is it that it can be confusing to understand?
For starters, Feng Shui is an ancient art and science going back thousands of years in Chinese History. It can be easily misinterpreted and it is therefore important to distinguish between the culturally specific expressions of energy and the very essence of any given form of energy. To many Chinese traditions, we would not have any cultural nor emotional connections and therefore it is important to approach Feng Shui in an intelligent way, adapting it to our needs without watering down the importance of the ancient art‘s message.
For example, if I think of attracting my soulmate I can think of many images, none of them being the Mandarin ducks which are the Feng Shui traditional representation of love and marriage. For many Chinese people, the image of Mandarin ducks will genuinely speak of devoted love because there is strong cultural lore connected to this image. For us on the other hand, thinking of things in pairs may do the trick, two of a kind, a couple in love, a specific flower etc.
The practice of arranging items in their best possible locations and positions
The words ‘Feng’ and ‘Shui’ in Chinese mean literally ‘Wind’ and ‘Water’ and as an evolved form of Geomancy (The practice of arranging items in their best possible locations and positions) it is part of the complex Taoist body of knowledge that includes the field of traditional Chinese medicine, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, Chinese Astrology and other disciplines from the wide field of philosophical knowledge related to the I Ching, Tao Te Ching and other Taoist works.
Wind and Water are the two natural elements that flow, move and circulate everywhere on Earth. They are the most basic needs for human survival. Wind or air is the breath of life and water is the liquid of life, the prerequisite for life to develop. In combination, they determine the climate, which determines our food supply which in turn affects our lifestyle, health, energy and mood. The essence running through these life-giving elements is Chi or life force or spirit. Thus, Feng Shui is the art of designing environments in harmony with the flow of chi through ones living space, and this flow supports and enhances one’s personal chi or life force.
Feng Shui and its influence on human health and well-being
Feng Shui is composed of many schools. It offers disciplines of studies of the landform and their influence on human health and well-being as well as the dealing with time and space dimensions.
In general though, the beauty and power of Feng Shui are in sensing the energy of each and every place and maximizing its potential for the benefit of people who live and work there. I like the simple definition of comparing Feng Shui to acupuncture of a space, your home or your business.
It can open powerful energy channels in your home to connect to the elements of nature and help to harmonise and balance the environment. This in turn strengthens, nourishes and supports your own energy too.
The power of Feng Shui to identify and transform any place into a high- energy and harmonious place is the reason why it is so popular all over the world. Today it is a very practical body of knowledge with a great variety of specific tools and tips. As within so without.
Ancient Feng Shui masters knew what quantum physics is telling us today – that everything around us is composed of endless energy fields connecting everything you see, feel and touch (as well as millions of things we do not see with our physical eyes).
There is really no separation between you and everything that surrounds you including your home. In fact, the idea is that our homes are a mirror of what is happening inside of us.
Therefore, if you want to be happy, healthy, enjoy love, be successful and have an abundance of it all in your life, then your space should support and nourish you. Your environment needs to be in alignment with who you are and where you want to go. Your home needs to be suited to the energy you wish to bring in. Just like being in a company of a loving and happy person, makes you feel at ease and happy too, the same happens with your living and working space. If your space has good
Feng Shui vibes, is uplifting, calming, nourishing and loving, then you will feel supported and happy and your energy will flow with ease.
How can you bring your environment into alignment with who you are and where you want to go?
By carefully considering what you bring into your living and working space. By paying attention to how you arrange your rooms and how you maintain the place. Feng Shui helps guide the energy and let it flow freely through your home.
Remember your personal energy flow affects how you think and act and how well you perform and succeed in your personal and professional life.
So you may understand that Feng Shui affects you every moment of your day – whether you are aware of it or not.
Feng Shui offers an unique way of looking at yourself and your environment and it provides a way of bringing balance, comfort and harmony into your life and environment in a manner that is difficult to achieve by any other means.
The law of attraction works on good feeling energy. Remember that everything is energy. When in harmony with your home and business, life will begin a flow of abundance like ripples across the ocean.