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  • What is Feng Shui, Really? Part 1

    Posted on August 25th, 2011 Patricia No comments

    Of all the mystical practices of Oriental healing, feng shui is probably the most easily grasped. While the pronunciation of its name has been slaughtered in various American ways, the actual execution of its principals is easier than you may think. Here’s a quick and practical guide to the concept of feng shui.

    Anyone who has ever seen Japanese or Chinese gardens can’t help but be overwhelmed by the beauty and absolute feeling of peace they seem to inspire. It is a mystifying, spiritual feeling, despite the fact that the elements of such gardens, looked at individually, seem simplistic.

    This is a great analogy for feng shui. While appearing arcane and complex, there are actually simple concepts involved that anyone could use to better their lives. Maybe you’ve heard a little about feng shui and think it’s all about rearranging furniture and littering your house with potted plants. When I said feng shui could be simple, I didn’t mean that simple! But the fact is that many things about increasing the positive energy of your home and office space are things that will make you want you smack your forehead with the heel of your hand and say “Why didn’t I think of that?” Chances are, you already had! Many practitioners of feng shui admit to being guided by their instincts. Many people who begin to research feng shui realize that they already use some “good energy” practices in the design and arrangement of their personal spaces.

    There are a few primary founding concepts in feng shui that should be kept in mind. These include Yin-Yang theory, the Five Elements theory, and the concept of chi. The unifying theme here is balance, especially energy balance. So, “everything in moderation” gets a twist – good and bad, black and white, movement and stagnation, everything! In feng shui, the belief is that everything, and I mean literally everything, has its own energy.

    Buildings, rooms, furniture, electronic objects, people, plants, water, and air all have their own characteristic energy. Feng shui works to establish a harmonious balance between people’s energy and the energy of all the things in their environment. Bearing all this in mind, here are some applications of feng shui.

    If everything has energy and feng shui wants to balance it all out, then naturally you’d think that feng shui can have many practical applications, and you’d be right. It’s not just interior design! Here are some popular uses for feng shui:
    Selecting a building site for a home or business;
    Establishing the best orientation for a building (i.e.; which direction what parts should face);
    Designing a building, both the exterior and interior;
    Designing an extension;
    Placing furniture and or special objects in a room;
    Selecting the best room for each occupant;
    Selecting a color palette for a room and its occupant
    Designing a garden.

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