Feng Shui (pronounced fung-shway) is an ancient aesthetic system developed by the Chinese that utilizes the laws of heaven and earth to improve life through the receipt of positive energy or qi (pronounced chi). Applying the principles of Feng Shui in your life and your living/working spaces is all a matter of arranging and placing objects within your home or office so that harmony is achieved in your environment that allows for the positive flow of qi within your life.
Feng Shui is thought to bring positive energy to your living space, your relationships, your career, your family, and other areas of life.
Feng Shui has been practiced for thousands of years, originating in China but spreading to all areas of the world. (There are even entire buildings that have been erected using the principles of Feng Shui is not only their design and architecture but their interiors as well).
Feng Shui Main Points
Feng Shui is a very complex system that can be quite complicated to learn and apply to your life. There are many aspects of Feng Shui, and it’s most important elements are water, fire, and air. There are geomancers (Fung Shui consultants) who can work with you to determine the positioning of Feng Shui products in your living space. For those who living space is designed in a manner that negatively impacts the free flow of energy, the Feng Shui of the space can be enhanced by the use of crystals, mirrors, or a Feng Shui bagua in a strategically placed spot in order to deflect qi that penetrates that particular area. (Related article: “Eight Things that Bring Luck to Your Home According to Feng Shui“)
Feng Shui Origins
Thousands of years ago, Feng Shui was first used as a method of finding the right spot upon which to construct a home and also – to find the right place within which to bury the dead. Homes that were (and are) constructed using Feng Shui guidelines are rectangular or square; as Feng Shui principles began to be more commonplace and accepted, the science of Feng Shui expanded to include the particular placement of objects so that they harmonize with the homeowner’s environment in order to promote balance, peace, and harmony for those living there. Feng Shui has grown a lot over the millennia. (Related article: “A Concise Timetable of Feng Shui History”)
Many people now implement the principles of Feng Shui into new home construction, contracting a Feng Shui consultant to work with engineers in order to make sure that their home plans reflect Feng Shui inside and out. In China, the principles of Feng Shui are used to find areas of land that are the best for human habitation; if an area does not promote the positive flow of qi, the area is not touched or may be modified in order to make it more usable – based on Feng Shui.
Feng Shui and Adjusting the Flow of Qi
According to Feng Shui principles, if the flow of qi is blocked, adjustments must be made to allow its free flow. This usually involves moving or changing something within the environment to promote the flow. There are some Feng Shui tools that can help to change or improve the flow of qi in specific spots of the home – such as:
- Fragrances- to clear up negative energy
- Heavy objects like statues or rocks- for stability and balance
- Living plants or objects- to bring vitality, growth and enhance potential
- Objects that move- to create movement
- Power sources- to promote change
- Reflecting objects- to enhance health
- Sound objects- to send a message and bring things to the attention
- Touch or the texture of elements- for stability, balance, and nurturing.
- Water objects- for prosperity and wealth
Feng Shui and You
Feng Shui and the principles that govern its practice are becoming more common in the Western World and are no longer just an influence in Asian countries. And although many changes have been made to the practice of the traditional Chinese Feng Shui system, Feng Shui has remained true to its core principles throughout all time. By applying the principles of Feng Shui in your own life, you can promote success, wealth, romance, and happiness simply and easily. (Related reading: “Chinese Good Luck Charms To Bring Good Fortune” -Opens in new tab)
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