What Is Feng Shui?
By Charles Hopkins
Published 01/2/2008 | Fitness
A simple, or fairly simple, explanation of feng shui is that it is
about the placement of objects in a human environment so as not to
disrupt the flow of natural energy.
Feng Shui is based around the idea that everything in the world is
interconnected and that there are harmonious and inharmonious ways in
which everything can interact. Feng shui philosophy has it that it is
better for us as human beings if everything in our environment is in
harmony. Some of you might question the general idea of feng shui, but
you surely wouldn't question that it's better to be in harmony with
your environment than not.
A concept from Chinese culture is the idea of life force energy -
qi or chi. It is a key element of feng shui that you shouldn't
interfere with the flow of this energy. It is to this end that the
placement of the various objects that exist in your environment is
important - i.e. they should be placed in such a way that they do not
impede the flow of qi in said environment.
Real feng shui has its first surviving written description dating
back to about 25 CE. It is thought that the history of feng shui
actually dates back for thousands of years. This means that in China it
predates Confucianism and Taoism.
The practice of feng shui does not guarantee the end to all of your
problems, but its practitioners believe that it swings the balance in
favor of the positive and creates an atmosphere where opportunity and
potential can flourish.
In feng shui there is an understanding that nature works towards
balance and that in our lives as human beings it is beneficial for us
to work in harmony with nature rather than against her.
An understanding of feng shui allows you to create harmony in your
microcosm that is in balance with the overall natural macrocosm.
It is interesting to note that the ideas about color incorporated
into feng shui seem to be in general agreement with a lot of today's
scientific thinking. Scientists today generally agree that there is
evidence that suggests color can indeed influence mood.
Feng shui certainly doesn't say that there is only one perfect way
to design a living environment. We are all different and feng shui
acknowledges this by encouraging you to know yourself so that you can
best express exactly what it is that you're looking for. When you have
spent some time thinking about exactly what you want in terms of the
atmosphere in your living space that you're happiest with, feng shui
will give you guidance to enable you to achieve this.
That last comment gives you the real secret to feng shui. It's not
a one size fits all thing. You have to learn to personalize it to fit
you. If you really want it to work best for you, you have to know as
exactly as possible what you want.
If you're feeling that something is not quite right in your home it
might be a good idea to try some of the principles of feng shui on one
room to start with and let your feelings be a guide as to whether you
feel it's worked or not before trying it on every room in the house.