Feng Shui. It sounds so mysterious and foreign doesn’t it? But at the heart of this ancient practice is a solid core of common sense and applied wisdom, designed to improve the quality of your life.
Feng Shui works on the basic premise that your prospects will improve when the environments in which you spend most of your time - home and work - are in harmony. Why should that be?
Because a building has a similar function to your body: it is there to support you in leading a rich and satisfying life. However, it can only serve you when you take the time and trouble to nurture it in turn. When your body is run down you become ill more easily. Insufficient rest, poor diet, inadequate sleep, and too much stress can contribute to this because it throws the body out of balance. When you neglect - or make gross changes to - your home, unaware that it is living system too, it can react in a similar way to your body; it gets sick. Correspondingly, you may notice things things go awry both inside your home and office and affect your affairs generally.
Warning signs you may need to pay particular attention to your environment are when:
· Your career, wealth, and health matters needs a boost
· Your relationships are in conflict or flagging
· You are remodelling a room or building an extension
· You are planning to sell (or rent) a house
· You are designing a new home or office building
· You are moving home or relocating the office
Literally translated Feng Shui means ‘wind and water’, which will make more sense shortly. It was originally an oral tradition that has been practised for over 3000 years in China, predating Confucius and the Tao as a body of knowledge. Other ancient civilisations also had their version of Feng Shui, which they lived by.
Early Feng Shui experts were consulted to determine the best sites for homes and villages. They looked for evidence of where the life-force energy, called Ch’i in Feng Shui, was most vibrant and flowed in a manner which supported life.
Our ancestors lived in much closer relationship to nature. It was perfectly normal to want to be in tune with nature and be able to decipher the language of the land intuitively; after all the environment was a living entity and every physical feature told a story about the quality of Ch’i with which it was imbued. They located buildings with consideration and built homes in a manner, which did not upset the natural habitat or adversely affect the movement of Ch’i.
All this is hard for us to comprehend today, which is why we are quick to label it superstitious. That’s because our prevailing ‘superstition’ is almost solely scientifically based. Early Feng Shui practitioners were not scientists. They had a very pragmatic approach to life, based on their observations of what worked and what didn’t because of the effect it had on people. They also had a well-developed intuitive and mystical faculty and were very adept at reading the signs. It’s much the same for Feng Shui practitioners today although most of our clients do not live in close proximity to nature so it’s not surprising our systems get out of balance easily.
Contemporary Feng Shui
The average person is a long way off even noticing the environment in which they live beyond the shops, the school, and the patch of green where they can walk the dog. We barely know what is under our feet because concrete covers most populated areas. When asked where the nearest natural water supply is, the closest hill to their home, or where the sun rises and sets – all of which still affect the quality of Ch’i arriving at our homes - most are at a loss to answer.
Feng Shui practitioners today are investigating very different scenarios to their predecessors. Most of the time we’re diagnosing buildings that exist rather than advising on the creation of new structures. Our intentions are still the same however – to cultivate the health, prosperity, happiness of the inhabitants.
Alive, connected, dynamic
The art of living mindfully with the environment is based on three fundamental principles. These are not exclusive to Feng Shui and shared by many spiritual teachers, holistic practitioners, and not the least, quantum physicists.
Common to all is the understanding that non-visible life-force energy is omnipresent. Ch’i animates, connects and moves through everything, including objects that appear entirely solid.
1. Everything is alive
Even an inanimate object like a sofa, which appears lifeless and immobile, is still endowed with Ch’i of a certain quality and quantity. It appears static but is composed of millions of particles in motion. That’s why it’s so important to choose the objects you have around you with care. The fact you inherited a vase or someone gave it to you should not justify its continued existence, unless you love the sight of it too.
2. Everything is connected
You are part of the interconnected web of life. You affect and are affected by everything around you; there are no islands. This means choosing your neighbourhood and your surroundings wisely because the Ch’i emanating from them will impact you. Since you can’t up and move easily or get rid of your neighbours, this means doing what you can to minimise the more unsavoury influences around you.
Inside buildings negative influences includes clutter. That over-crowded cupboard at the entrance to the home can have a restrictive and irritating ripple-effect on the whole space, if left unattended. The bank of over-filled filing cabinets in the centre of the office can have a choking effect on the whole business.
3. Everything is constantly changing
Ch’i is constantly in a state of flux and movement. This includes both the Ch’i inside your body as well as in your environment. Your home and office can get stuck in a time warp if you’re not careful and pull you back into old patterns of behaviour you’d like to outgrow.
You’d do well to lighten up more when it comes to how and where you live and not allow yourself to become so entrenched with the status quo. Let your space change and dance with the moment and movement of life. Let your external environment be the outward expression of your inner aspirations for congruency sake; as without so within.
In the meantime, here are some sure-fire Feng Shui attention-seeking hot spots to enhance the flow of Ch’i around you:
· Decluttering the obstacles to success
· Unblocking thresholds to the flow of Ch’i
· Moving furniture around for optimum location
· Balancing architectural problems
· Softening harsh angles and replacing missing corners
If you desire to live in a lovely home, sell the one you have quickly and achieve a good asking price, or simply lead a good life, you would be wise to do everything in your power to attend to the environment you are currently living in. Prevention is less troublesome and expensive than cure.
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Mary Nondé, Feng Shui practitioner, Intuitive Vision Board instructor, and author of ‘Awaken Your Intuitive Vision - unlocking possibilities you never knew existed’. www.marynonde.com