Yin Yang and the five elements of air, water, earth, fire and metal are basic to what is the art and science of Feng Shui (pronounced fung shway). Developed in China over 3,000 years ago, Feng (wind) Shui (water) is an intricate system of divination believed to bring prosperity, health and harmony to the lives of those who practice it.
Chi flows through everything, our body, our words and thoughts, and our emotions. Our state of mind and whether we feel and speak positively or negatively can affect our environment… the ‘atmosphere’. If we were to live and work in a harmonious environment, we would feel less stress and as a result would be healthier physically and emotionally. Feng Shui involves understanding the relationship between ourselves and our environment.
Arranging things in your home, office or garden and so on, in a balanced and harmonious way allows for a greater flow of chi creating a healthier environment. This may mean arranging furniture in a particular way, bringing in living plants, using mirrors or certain colors. Two of the principle tools used in Feng Shui are the Compass and the Ba-Gua, which is an eight sided grid containing the symbols of the ancient oracle, the I Ching.
Each of the different directions have their own energy. One of the systems used in Feng Shui is called ‘Eight Points’ and involves eight areas of life including Marriage, Children, Reputation, Friends, Career, Knowledge, Family and Money. For example, if you wanted to bring harmony to your marriage, it would be determined which direction your marriage bed should face. The foot of your bed facing the door has a negative connotation to it. Another example is placing a mirror under a cash register to increase the potential for wealth.
Feng Shui is a fascinating method of energy healing but also a very intricate one. There is far more involved in it’s theory and application than I can include on this one page. A great deal of time and effort would be involved in order to fully grasp it’s expansiveness.