What is Feng Shui?
Feng Shui, described as ‘ancient wisdom for the modern home,’ refers to a Chinese art and science practice going back 3,000 years. Meaning ‘wind over water,’ it studies the movement of energy or Chi in buildings, homes, and the environment, using basic elements to balance and influence the atmosphere with the goal of enhancing the health and good fortune of the people living/working there. According to Feng Shui, the home should be a place of peace, tranquility, safety, creativity, joy, love, and recharging.
Feng Shui in Modern Architecture
In the modern Western world, Feng Shui specialists are brought into buildings, workplaces, homes, and gardens to enhance the flow of energy, based on the premise that changing one’s environment brings about beneficial change for people as well. Practical applications of Feng Shui include:
- Clearing negative psychic energies by physically cleaning the home and removing clutter
- Using space optimally
- Eliminating negative energy (sha) through better placement of furniture
- Use of color to balance and enhance rooms, wherein color vibrations are said to have a powerful effect on one’s mental and physical state
- Structural changes to harmonize and balance the elements in a given space
- Adjusting the flow of energies to support your chosen goals
Feng Shui and Yin-Yang
The Yin Yang theory underlies almost all ancient Chinese schools of thought, including feng shui. It proposes that everything in the Universe is composed of two opposing but intricately interconnected forces – Yin and Yang. Not only can these two forces not exist without one another, but they deeply support each other. Applied to modern architecture, balanced feng shui energy in the home, office, garden, or other space supports one’s well being.
Yin represents passive energy and is the feng shui of relaxation for perhaps a bedroom or spa setting. It can be achieved through the use of calm colors, soft music, relaxing art, or sounds of a water fountain.
Yang is active feng shui energy, appropriate for the office or kitchen area, and can be achieved through bright lights, upward moving energy, bright colors, and vibrant sounds.
Since the opposing energies must co-exist, a good feng shui home or space must contain a harmonious rhythm of both active and passive ying-yang energies.
The Five Elements of Feng Shui
Key to the principles of Feng Shui are the five elements, which interact with one another to produce productive or destructive cycles. The five elements are:
As each element is represented by certain colors, Feng shui specialists will play with color to bring more harmony into your home or surroundings. The right placement of colors determines your “bagua” or the feng shui energy map of your space.
The feng shui elements correspond to color in the following ways:
- Wood – green, brown
- Fire – red, purple, pink, orange, strong yellow
- Earth – light brown, light yellow, sandy
- Metal – gray, white
- Water – blue, black
Benefits of Feng Shui
Whether you are building new, decorating, or renovating your home, office, or outdoor space, Feng Shui can benefit and improve your life in the following ways:
- Create a relaxed, uncluttered environment
- Position yourself to tap into beneficial Chi
- Surround you with good energies
- Teach you how to activate and maximize the flow of positive energies
- Achieve an enhanced sense of well-being
- Increase your family’s joy, peace, and health
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Improve concentration
- Improve performance
- Activate opportunity
- Move forward in life
- Enhance relationships with your family and/or co-workers
- Bring financial success to your business
- Invite good fortune to the people inhabiting a given space
More Feng Shui Topics
If you desire more peace, prosperity, and harmony in your environment and wish to personalize your surroundings for optimal well-being, consider Feng Shui for:
- Feng Shui Tips for a Happy Home