What is Feng Shui, Really?


What is Feng Shui, Really?

What is Feng Shui, Really? As Feng Shui gains exposure and continues to grow in popularity, more and more people seem to be confused on what real authentic classical feng shui is. One of the obstacles’ I continue to come across in my line of work is what people think they know about feng shui and I would like to take a moment to clarify what is and is not real feng shui.

SO what is Feng Shui? Wikipedia defines it as “a Chinese philosophical system of harmonizing everyone with the surrounding environment. The term feng shui literally translates as "wind-water" in English and is one of the Five Arts of Chinese Metaphysics, classified as physiognomy (the observation of appearances through formulas and calculations). The feng shui practice discusses architecture in metaphoric terms of "invisible forces" that bind the universe, earth, and humanity together, known as Qi”.

Feng Shui is founded on the principles of yin and yang and the 5 elements which metaphorically categorizes the phases of energy, or Qi, that make up and govern all things on earth and in the universe. This includes our emotions, internal organs, social matters, everything in nature, and our physical environments. Even time and its effects, which is cyclical and repeats itself, therefore being predictable can be explained through the 5 elements in their yin and yang form.

Now even though Feng Shui’s basic principles of yin and yang and the 5 elements are Taoist in nature, Feng Shui is not a religion nor a spiritual practice, nor is it based on superstitious or cultural myths. One does not need to change their personal beliefs for its effects to be felt. The energy of your environment already affects you, whether or not you are aware of it.

Einstein gave us the equation of e=mc2, energy = mass times the speed of light, which proved that all matter is energy vibrating at different speeds. I guess the ancient Chinese had this figured out already because they developed calculations and formulas based on mathematics, physics and astronomy to help control the influence of chi in their environment for the betterment of their lives.

There is a direct effectual energetic correlation from the macro of the surrounding area of a building to the micro of the internal space within. The energy affecting the occupants within a property can gain its influence from several external factors including, elevations and formations in the land, water positions and formations within the area, as well as roadways and neighboring structures to mention a few. This is why the location of where you live so important in Feng Shui, with the goal being to have your environment support your goals and aspirations.

Here in the Western side of the world, much emphasis has been put on the interior aesthetics of a space and calling it feng shui, when in fact the items we place inside our spaces should be the last consideration in feng shui. The man made object that we decorate our home with will have more of a psychological impact on us rather than an energetic shift. Placing a blue elephant in a corner of your house and thinking that will bring good luck is false; Feng shui is not about statuettes or figurines but more about the external environment and the flow of energy leading up to property. Its also about the flow of energy with a building and appropriating the use of rooms to optimize your living and working environments to support your goals in life.

In summary Feng Shui is not religious or some form of interior decorating, does not involve lucky number or color and not based in myth and superstition. 4 real life factors need to be taken into consideration when analysing ones’ Feng Shui. The first consideration should always be the external environment and determining the quality of Qi impacting a property. The second consideration should be the building itself, its facing direction, structural features, and utilization of the rooms within. The people residing at a location must also be considered as we are all different and will react differently to different energy. It is not a one size fits all formula.

And last but certainly not least, a proper feng shui consultation should include the factor of time into the equation, as everything changes in time, including energy. In my upcoming posts I will go into further detail of how each of these major factors effect your feng shui and simple things to look for and provide tips to make changes to bring about opportunities to increase your quality of life. Here’s to living the good life.

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