We show you how to create a harmonious environment and allow the free flow of energy to bring health, wealth and happiness into your home.
Have you ever wondered how you could bring success and prosperity into your home, or how to improve the morale of company staff? Perhaps you'd like to encourage better relationships with customers?
For centuries, the Chinese have been using Feng Shui techniques to do all these, as well as to encourage successful love relationships, and reduce stress and domestic problems.
Feng Shui translates as wind water' and is used to describe our relationship to the environment around us. It works with the concept of chi, which is energy, and the ways in which this can move. A natural balanced environment with properly placed objects and furniture will direct chi in the best way, with remarkable effects on the mind, body and spirit.
Although the term ‘Feng Shui' made its appearance much later historically, its basic ideas are ancient and were used to plan burial sites. Life after death was significant, and burial places, particularly for the Emperor, were meticulously chosen.
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The neighbouring ancient Indians used a technique called vastu to help the flow of positive energy in their environments.
Chi is manifested in many different ways, but practitioners tend to work with the simple division between good and bad chi. Sheng chi is positive, healing, peaceful and attracts prosperity. Sha chi has the opposite qualities and is sometimes described as poison arrows'. Allowing this kind of energy into your environment will bring bad luck, ill health and negativity.
To attract free flowing sheng chi into your environment practitioners use an array of techniques. For instance, a compass is used to isolate the directions of your room, each of which is considered to have its own unique energy frequency. Appropriate objects are then placed in the room to help energy move freely and bring the associated benefits.
Just as in yoga where different styles exist, so too Feng Shui includes the compass school, the five element theory, pa kua method and the pa-chai (eight-directions) school. Similar concepts and ideas underpin all the schools, supplemented with their own innovative and creative methods to help change the course of your destiny for the better.
Some aspects are obvious – a dirty, cluttered kitchen, bathroom or office will not help you attract a new love interest, nor will it improve the morale of your children or staff or encourage new business.
Techniques from other disciplines are also used by Feng Shui practitioners including art, interior design, astrology, gemology and geomancy (spiritual ecology).
Natural landscapes have been long accepted as a positive source of energy and in Feng Shui the closer your environment is to nature, the better the quality of chi.
Feng Shui offers something for everyone – whether it's the stressed out student who wants to improve their concentration and motivation, or the busy executive who wants to relieve tension and improve productivity, or even those tackling failing sexual and marital relationships.
Feng Shui has moved on from its humble origins and is now big business. Corporate environments including some of the biggest names in the city have used Feng Shui to change their working landscapes and the results have been spectacular. Oblong tables in meeting rooms and boardrooms have been replaced with round tables to avoid creating an atmosphere of conflict and power play. Feng Shui is not magic – much of it is based on common sense.
There's no point shopping for suitable decorations and ornaments if the environment in which you place them is not ready. Likewise there's no point in spending an hour on yoga exercises only to follow it with a big meal full of additives and washed down with a few glasses of wine as you will counteract the potential rewards for your mind, body and spirit.
Take time to give your home or workspace a thorough clean before you start decorating with appropriate pieces, to help the energy to move more effectively and you will hopefully see positive results.
We often talk about chakras and how certain exercises help channel energy through them. Your environment also has energy points. If you view your environment as a dead entity, it will be difficult for you to get in tune with it. But if you think about it as a live and active force, you will be able to become one with it As your awareness levels increase, especially if you already work with energy, for instance if you practise yoga or martial arts, then you will soon learn to feel energy not just within you, but also around you.
In many ways your environment defines who you are. You must have felt the serenity and calm of a lake or river, or felt inspired by the natural beauty and stillness of the open countryside. The environment in which you live and work has a similarly powerful impact on your psychology and affects your mental state. The colours, shapes, furniture – in fact almost everything in that space leaves an impact on you whether you realise it or not. Messy and cluttered environments can be demoralising, exacerbate stressful conditions and increase tension leading to irritability and conflict.
You can get the chi flowing to create a peaceful and harmonious ambience with a few simple techniques. Ideally Feng Shui techniques can help you plan your living space from scratch and would be integrated into the design of your house and the layout of your rooms But unless you've got a healthy bank balance this isn't usually possible. However, this doesn't mean you can’t apply Feng Shui techniques to the space you already have. If you are looking to implement Feng Shui on the grand scale it’s advisable to consult an expert, since manipulating energy can have side effects if not done correctly. There are however, some immediate things you can do which should change the course of chi in your surroundings and get the energy flowing:
Flowers also have a positive ef£ect: lotus flowers symbolise love and peace, roses are reminiscent of love and grounding.