An ancient Chinese saying states, “First, luck; second, destiny; third, Feng Shui; fourth, virtues; fifth, education.” Feng Shui is a powerful force, that if we manage correctly, can greatly impact our daily lives. You may be familiar with what it means if you walk into a home, and you are able to see straight to the back door. If you aren’t, it means that the “chi” in the household is flowing, LITERALLY, in one door and then out the other, and that is bad luck– well that is Feng Shui! The coolest thing about Feng Shui is that it can be used in any culture, alongside any belief system. Along with that, it also has the capacity for change– unlike many other philosophical systems.
Feng Shui is a system which determines the rising and falling energy in a given time span of an individual or a space, to determine where certain items can be placed to receive the best energy. Overall, Feng Shui allows us to learn where exactly to position ourselves and our belongings within our environment to our best advantage.
Ancient Chinese people considered the heavens and the earth a part of one whole system, cool right? However, Feng Shui is most often adapted by people who are aware of the impact that their surroundings have on the way that they feel, think, and act overall. By using Feng Shui, one is able to take action to improve their life by using very simple tasks.
Feng Shui is all about interpreting your environment. There are many different effective approaches to Feng Shui, and connecting the energy of a place to the objects in it, in order to make the energies in the environment work best for the people living and working there. Let me break it down…
Principles of Feng Shui
- The Tao, or “the way,” is the underlying philosophy of Feng Shui. The Tao shows us how to appropriately live in harmony with ourselves, each other, and our world. Feng Shui is the best way to work towards achieving this harmony!
- Yin and Yang are the positive and negative forces that work together to create all energy. These two energies are constantly moving, and constantly battling for dominance. When either yin or yang gains dominance, this is when we experience an imbalance in our energies. The coolest thing about yin and yang are that although they are opposing, they are also interdependent. Interesting stuff, yeah?
- Chi is a concept that is normally unknown to Western philosophy, but is a very familiar concept in the East. Chi encourages movement throughout the body– it is the life force within all animate, living things. It is the power that comes from the sun and the moon, and the overall driving force existing inside of all human beings. The purpose of Feng Shui is to create an environment where chi can freely flow, which also helps one achieve mental and physical health much easier.
Feng Shui in Modern Day
As crazy as it may sound, with the knowledge and scientific developments we have now, as a society, we are now looking to the stars and the cosmos in order to expand our awareness of the energies around us, so we can predict the consequences of our daily actions. Before we introduce Feng Shui into our daily lives in a practical way, we must open our eyes to something else. Feng Shui, today, incorporates intuition more than anything.
In today’s society, it’s hard for most people to find peace within themselves, let alone their environment. Whether we are aware of it our not, our environment impacts us every single day. Incorporating Feng Shui into our work environment, home, or even simply our bedrooms can benefit us mentally, physically, and spiritually in the long run. With all of our modern day distractions (technology being the biggest one), we tend to stray away from older philosophies and ways of living– hence, we are being distracted by a modern lifestyle. However, incorporating Feng Shui into our modern day lives isn’t as hard as you may think.
Picking a Location
Whether you live in a house, an apartment, a dorm room, or you’re looking to add a little Feng Shui to your office, the principle applies to any living space which we feel comfortable in. Although in some spaces, especially living in a dorm it may be a littleeeeee hard to pick where you want your front door, however there are many other ways to incorporate Feng Shui into your home-setting! Below are a few tips for placing certain objects in and around your living space according to our five senses:
The Five Sense: Sight
What we see has the ability to affect us positively, or negatively, whether we know it or not. Having the ability to add positive energies into the environments we often find ourselves spending time in is a huge benefit of practicing Feng Shui. Adding brightness into an environment will lead to a much happier life– since our happy and clean environment reflects our attitudes. Natural light from windows, candles, crystals, windows, colored glass, and mirrors are just some of the few things that can enhance the sense of sight in a home or living space for a more positive outcome.
The Five Senses: Sound
Sounds play an important role in our environment. Everyone has their favorite sound, or a sound that they are able to connect to best. Whether it be the sound of water dripping, wind chimes, or the wind rustling the leaves– pleasant sounds enhance the positivity in an environment. Hanging wind chimes is a great way to practice Feng Shui, since they are used to slow energy down. The sound of water is also relaxing, so adding a small indoor piece of art, statue, or other feature that drips water can add a sense of calmness into your home or living space. Clocks and soft music are also two other features that can be added to the home to allow energy to flow positively and freely
The Five Senses: Touch
Touch is vital, yet often disregarded. The feeling of our home, mentally but more importantly physically, has an affect on how we feel while we are in there. Harsh fabrics, spiked plants, and other features of a home that aren’t pleasant to the touch are often able to disturb the peaceful flowing energy in a household. The materials that we surround ourselves with have a huge impact on our everyday lives, how we feel, and how we act. Comfortable fabrics such as velvet and cotton, along with being aesthetically pleasing, are pleasing to the sense of touch. Different textures on blankets, couches, and other features in a home or living space also generally give the room or house a special character. Plants, wooden objects, smooth objects, and even pets can get positive energy flowing through a home!
The Five Senses: Taste
The Feng Shui of food… interesting, yeah? It’s hard to describe our tastes in a “Feng Shui” way– so think of the expression, “We are what we eat.” That puts it in a different perspective! Our diet not only affects us physically, but also mentally. Often when we find ourselves snacking on foods that aren’t good for us, we become detached from ourselves and what we really want and need. Everything in moderation! Taking charge of what we eat allows us to take charge of our entire lives. Keeping foods with more nutritional value in our homes makes us more inclined to stay away from foods that are processed, or with little to no nutritional value. Educating ourselves on the importance of the nutritional value in the foods we eat everyday is a very rewarding– once we learn what is actually in processed foods, we will learn to stray away from them much easier.
The Five Senses: Smell
Everyone loves entering their home or living space to smell the smell of their favorite food– home cooking, cookies, and the like. The aromas, perfumes, and other senses that we surround ourselves by make a difference in our lives and the energy that flows through our bodies and our souls. Scented and aromatic oils, incense, fresh fruits, and even fresh air are some of the many scents that allow the flow of energy to positively affect our daily lives.
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Until next time, om shanti, om peace!