I thought I should share with you some facts on Feng Shui as I have heard so many people confuse Feng Shui as a religious or as a type of mystical belief since starting this Journey. They imagine a Feng Shui Master to be some sort of Gypsy healer, working from a caravan, equipped with a crystal ball and tarot cards. Dressed in hipster skirts and belly chains, revealing to you the secrets of your future and how to get rich. As intriguing and grandeur as the idea might be, this is the furthest from the truth. I am no mystique sister and neither can I give you the lucky number for the next lottery.
The fact is that Feng Shui is no more mysterious or religious than Hot Stone Therapy and Acupuncture. These are practices that connect your mind & body to nature in order to achieve balance and harmony. Anyone who has experienced any of these practises, will tell you that they feel rejuvenated and awakened after they have completed it. Such is the case with Feng Shui accept Feng Shui offers us the opportunity to achieve health, happiness and prosperity by living in harmony with our environment be it our home, garden or office. In its truest sense, Feng Shui is more correctly called a technique and its practice is called the Art of Placement.
Some of the latest scientific theories enable us to make sense of the ancient formulae that Feng Shui is based on. It is accepted that all matter in the universe vibrates whether it is solid, liquid or gas. Our senses are attuned to certain frequencies, which we react to such as sound waves & electromagnetic waves, which bring us radio and television. These vibrations are constantly moving and can also be referred to as Energy, Chi or very simply the air that surrounds us. This is the energy that connects us to the environment we live in as well as the Universe as a whole. It effects the way we act and feel either positively or negatively. Let me elaborate how. Imagine walking into a Health Spa, hearing soft calming music, smelling the sweet aroma of scented oils and walking into a candle lit therapy room, without even knowing it, you would have already succumbed to the Energy of the space and automatically started to unwind and destress. Such is the case with a child entering an indoor arcade arena. As they step into the entrance of the door, they automatically become excited, starting to hop, skip and jump, impatient to enter the gate. There was no physical change from the outside to the inside or no added sugar intake to explain their change in demeanour. The change was the type of energy in the two different environments. We as humans are emotional beings and controlled by our senses. The sounds of waves of the Ocean or the smell of the fresh, crisp mountain air heightens our awareness to that which surrounds us and changes how we feel and react.
Feng Shui dates back 3000 years in China. It teaches us that the 8 areas in our life: Career; Love and Marriage; Family and Health; Prosperity or Abundance; Fame and Reputation; Helping People and Travel; Creativity and Children as well as Knowledge are linked to the 8 cardinal points and the 5 elements of the Earth: Wind; Fire, Metal, Earth & Water. We apply these principals of Feng Shui to bring about positive change and be in accordance with the Law of nature. How do we apply these principals? By the inclusion of colour, decorative elements and features to enhance the Energy associated with these areas to bring about balance & harmony.
The Secret teaches us the Law of Attraction, what we think about and thank about, we shall bring about but Feng Shui teaches us the Law of Intention. It is the blue print of our Life’s design that we intend to have. Ever heard the saying, dress for the job you want to have? Well Feng Shui is exactly that, accept it’s your home or office you are now dressing.
If you want to attract more of creativity into your life, then you will enhance the area of creativity in your home with the elements associated to the energy. You might be thinking, all well and good but how does this effect you? Must you decorate your home with dragons, Buddha’s, fountains and crystals? The answer is no, unless, that is what you like to include into your deco of your home. In the Western world, we employ placement techniques in a way that fits our culture. The point is to proactively create spaces where we can be nurtured, grow and thrive.
You might also be thinking right about now, Yeah right! The proof is in the pudding, let’s see the proof. So let’s take a look at the nation where it came from, China. They are very intentional in the things that they do and are the fastest growing economy in the world. They have trade interests with every capital of the world and have recently even gained BEE status in our own country. Everything you want comes from China, even the boxes that say, Made in Italy! The Chinese people have moved and set up trade of their own in every corner of the globe. Think about it, each and every one of us knows of a Chinese person or shop that they own. What they have achieved wasn’t without hard work but their culture teaches them to practice Feng Shui and be intentional with the things they want to attract into their life. We too can heighten our perception of the world if we introduce ourselves to different experiences. If we embrace Feng Shui, think and act positively & make use of the knowledge the universe has to offer, then we begin to take charge of the parts of our life that we can control and make the best of them. The purpose of Feng Shui is to create environments where energy flows smoothly to achieve physical and mental health. When the energy flows gently through a house or office the occupants will be positive.
Modern lifestyle leave us little time to stop to consider the effect our surrounding has on us. Some aspects of modern technology, the materials we use and the substance we release into the atmosphere can create damage to our health and well-being. The primary consideration when beginning Feng Shui is to assess the world around us, to take stock of the energies and influences that surround us. Creating a house into a home is an important part of our lives and when we are successful, our homes becomes a place in which we renew ourselves, our family and friends.
Feng Shui will help you achieve this. You can create the ambiance of serenity, harmony and balance into your home to achieve complete wellness as well as apply Feng Shui to heighten certain energy that may be lacking.
Over the years this practice has travelled from the East across to the West, where it is growing in leaps and bounds in the US, Europe and UK. It has now reached our African shoreline. If you are intrigued and you would like to know how you can apply this practice into your home then let me know.
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