Shui (pronounced "Fong Shway") means "wind"
and "water." It is the ancient Chinese art of
arranging our environment so we can live in harmony with
and well-developed system dating back at least 3,000 years,
Feng Shui has only been known in the Western world for the
past hundred years. Demonstrating great respect for ancestors,
Feng Shui was originally designed to find the best location
to bury deceased family members in order to attract honor,
health, long life, prosperity, and luck.
To take advantage
of this ancient wisdom, present-day Feng Shui has been adapted
to the Western world, and is often referred to as the "acupuncture"
of a building. Just as an acupuncturist adjusts the body's
energy flow with needles, the Feng Shui practitioner uses
objects to either enhance or diminish the flow of energy
to create a healthy and balanced environment.
the centre of this practice is harmonizing the "chi"
or the flow of energy, and balancing the forces of Yin and
Yang. This will lead to recognizing the four seasons, their
five elements (water, wood, fire, earth and metal) and their
eight trigrams in the I Ching, the Book of Changes. These
eight directions also represent the eight aspirations in
life: career, education, family, health, prosperity, marriage,
children, and mentors.
A Feng Shui
practitioner works with these principles to diagnose a space
or building. If "chi" flows well and accumulates,
we have good Feng Shui; if it flows too quickly, or stagnates,
we have poor Feng Shui. The key purpose of Feng Shui is
to stimulate the flow of positive "chi."
than moving furniture or objects, Feng Shui cures include
the addition of mirrors, crystals, lights, wind chimes,
sound, plants, water, animals, and artwork. In case you
are afraid your home will end up looking like a Chinese
restaurant, modern Feng Shui includes cures which will not
disrupt the creative style and design elements you want
to maintain in your place.
changes -- like changing the position of your desk, your
bed, or the dining room table -- can have dramatic results.
Enhancing good Feng Shui helps increase the chances of:
profits for your business
- Finding the job you are looking for
- Attracting business opportunities
- Relieving daily stress
- Increasing the health of you and your family
- Finding a loving, faithful partner
- Attracting wealth and prosperity
affects every aspect of our life, and the way it is applied
can be both beneficial or detrimental. It is not a religion
or a belief system; asking someone if they believe in Feng
Shui is like asking them if they believe in the weather.
Feng Shui is not a question of faith, but a fact of life.
are four different schools of Feng Shui, and although the
basic principles remain the same, the approach differs.