Everything you wanted to know about: Feng Shui (pronounced fung schway) it’s the art and practice of living in harmony with your environment to produce tangible results naturally. It involves the intuitive, aesthetic adjustment of visible and invisible objects or factors, realigning all dimensions of the environment into a balanced, harmonious state.
“Living in harmony with your space does not mean removing the clutter or placing things in their proper or “right” place. It is how you align your inner worlds and desires with your outer environment.
Taoists feel there is a current to how life flows and when we live in harmony with this Way, we experience joy, peace, success and happiness. And when we go against this current, we start to have disruptions in our lives. This allows you to begin to see and understand the direct relationship between what is happening in the energy of your space and what is going on currently in your life or business.
The connection between your life and your environment, as you begin to explore it, can seem disconcerting — scary, even. But just remember that Feng Shui is about making your home comfortable, harmonious, and stable. Then it’s about creating an environment that supports your goals — what you really want to do and accomplish — in your life. In essence, it’s about creating a more positive environment where you can achieve your goals with renewed energy.
Because really, the energy to take action is one of the keys to success. We can’t shoot for our dreams if we don’t even have the desire or strength to get out of bed in the morning, right?
When you begin to harness the chi (energy) of your living environment so it’s in alignment with your goals, you’ll discover an amazing power to create the life of your dreams, including health, wealth, and happiness.
First, it’s important to understand that there are a variety of different schools of Feng Shui, with different ways of understanding and interpreting the flow of chi and the Ba Gua. Sometimes, as people begin their self-study, they purchase tons of books and then realize that each book tells something completely different. That’s because all schools of Feng Shui are based on similar universal knowledge, but have developed different approaches and techniques for identifying and balancing chi.
The two oldest traditional schools are the Form School and the Compass School.
According to His Holiness Professor Lin Yun Rinpoche (one of the foremost experts in Feng Shui), the most prominent contemporary schools are Three Harmony, Three Era, Nine Stars, Southern school, Taoist schools, Eclectical School, Yin Yang Schools, and Buddhist Schools.
This is important to know when selecting books or reading articles on Feng Shui. Many people get confused because they pick up two different books on Feng Shui based on two different schools of thought and become even more frustrated”.
The centuries-old Chinese Feng Shui philosophy assesses the environment and its energies so that maximum balance and harmony are brought into the lives of the people. Mai’a Martin’s book Feng Shui for the Southern Hemisphere, published by Reed, offers practical advice and includes quick reference cards: it’s my favorite book on the subject. When I was first introduced to it many years ago by a friend, I maintained an open mind when she offered a few tips to start with. I still remember my astonishment when I did sleep better after removing a certain picture from over my bedhead. Also, the ‘yin’ lighting even my daughter referenced over the years as well. Many other examples I could give here.. but if you’re new to it all, it’s so much more fun and intriguing to ‘discover it’s effects’ for yourself. 🙂