When people talk feng shui and trying to make sure their home has the right balance or chi, do we really know what that means?
Feng shui is an ancient art and science that was developed over 3,000 years ago in China. The literal translation of “Feng” means wind and “Shui” means water. In Chinese culture, wind and water are both associated with good health.
Thus, feng shui came to mean good fortune. Based on the Taoist vision and understanding of nature, the idea that land is alive and filled with energy is called Chi.
Feng shui is essentially the interaction between humans and their environments. It enables you to influence these interacting energies to achieve specific life improvements.
This influence is gained by positioning or designing your surroundings in harmony with principles of natural energy flow.
Feng shui reveals how to balance the energies of any given space to assure health and good fortune for those inhabiting it. It offers a unique way of looking at these elements and provides balance, comfort, and harmony into your environment.
Feng Shui is about balancing the energy of a space, be it a room, a home, or an office. This is important for the harmonious results that will ensue. The belief is when we live or spend time in a harmonious, balanced environment we will succeed in life, AND also have good fortune.
If your environment is NOT supportive or balanced, you will feel blocked in some (or all) aspects of your life (think career, relationships, finances, or even health).
A Feng Shui practitioner employs the principles of Feng Shui to improve a life situation for you or, if all is well, Feng Shui can be used to further enhance an area of your life.
The main tools used in Feng Sui are the compass and the bagua. The bagua, or the energy map, is an octagonal grid containing the symbols of the I Ching, the ancient oracle on which feng shui is based.
The Compass, or Luo-Pan, is used to access the deeper information of a building. It consists of bands of concentric rings arranged around the magnetic needle.