FENG SHUI is a living language of the relationship between people and their environment. The function of Feng Shui is to create healthy, comfortable and vibrant environments for working and living.
Feng Shui, with its Taoist roots, uses nature as its teacher and is an empowering tool that embodies meaningful beauty and creativity. It helps with personal direction, clarity and vitality. Feng Shui is the original environmental psychology.
In Eastern Philosophies, chi or energy is the basis of all things. It is within and around us. Its flow and vitality are essential for a long, abundant life. The alignment and vitality of the chi within and around you affects your life and is reflected/manifested in your space.
“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.”
– Frank Lloyd Wright
In many indigenous cultures the knowledge and cultivation of ones chi is the basis of existence. From Aboriginal to Hawaiian, Native American to Indian and European, chi is a ubiquitous understanding.
Ultimately, Feng Shui is the art of vital force “chi” management and the interior designing of your life. Changes happen from inside out, according to the universal principle that image precedes matter – your thoughts and beliefs create your reality. Change your mind you change your life!
“We are what we think. All that we are arises from our thoughts – with our thoughts we make the world.”
Only in modern western cultures do we doubt and need to quantify the existence of chi. This is rapidly changing as the benefits of this ancient knowledge are becoming widely accepted and practiced everyday. Feng Shui, Acupuncture, Qi Gong, Yoga, Tai Chi, Meditation, Herbalism and Reiki, to name a few, have all become mainstream practices as people search for a simpler, stress free, healthy lifestyle.
For mind, body, spirit and space…
Feng Shui is the multi-dimensional study of the interrelationships between Heaven: the spiritual, astrological influences, the moon and other planets, Earth: layout, materials, colors, shapes, vibrational themes and geographic and structural influences, and Humanity: your health and vision, intention, neighbors, social/cultural influences.
These are known as the Three Treasures. When these three levels are energetically aligned in your life and space, then the magic really happens.
Feng Shui Today
Although the word ‘Feng Shui’ is Chinese, the actual faculty exists in all cultures. In changing times, modern Feng Shui incorporates knowledge from environmental psychology, ergonomics, stress management, building biology, electrobiology to architectural and construction methods and building materials. Feng Shui is about optimum, dynamic living with awareness.
We now live in a technologically based, fast paced, mass produced world, removed from nature and all of its benefits. Our lifestyles can be emotionally stressful, physically and spiritually draining. This can lead to poor health and a lack of vitality in all areas of your life.
Today there are many indoor environmental issues that were not present even 100 years ago and in order for Feng Shui to be effective today, the ancient principles need to be integrated with some adaptations and modifications.
This does not make it less effective — in fact, incorporating Feng Shui into your life is the best way to deal with the stress and demands of our modern lives and environments.
As an academic study, Feng Shui is an extensive body of knowledge with different schools, interpretations and applications. A deep understanding and integration of these principles is necessary to know how and what to apply in each individual situation.
Based upon the Taoist philosophies of simplicity and flexibility, Feng Shui is a fluid, organic and creative design process. If you understand these principles, then you can create a space that is nurturing, healthy and vibrant.