Getting Started with Feng Shui
If you are starting to find out about Feng Shui for the first time, or already have some experience of using Feng Shui to improve your surroundings then you are in the right place.
International Feng Shui Designer, Will LeStrange has pulled together and curated hours of Feng Shui Video from around the web. Videos from master practitioners, experts, and enthusiasts that literally cover all of the traditions and approaches to Feng Shui. One of the best ways to learn any subject is to immerse oneself. We have created this site for that purpose. Jump into the videos, absorb what you can, pay attention to what resonates with you and then try it out on you own home.
What is Feng Shui?
Feng Shui is a Chinese term that means “wind and water”. These two elements are essential for life on this planet and symbolize the flow of the life force through our environment. Often referred to as Chinese geomancy, this ancient art of placement was used to locate the most harmonious surroundings to bury the dead and house the living. In traditional Feng Shui, the ideal location was chosen based on the observation of land formations, various earth energies, compass directions and ancient astrological charts.
How is it possible for a person to place an aquarium in their living room and attract a new career opportunity? How can putting your family portrait in the East improve your family relationship? These are things that can only be explained by faith, maybe spiritual influence, or by the psychological impact of taking action in support of a desire. Or maybe the answer lies in science. Maybe both are true. Whatever is at work in the background it is clear that modern science does not yet know everything about the way the universe works.
Feng Shui is practical and mostly explainable. It isn’t magic, but when used with sincere, positive things can happen. Once you start to practice Feng Shui principles you have to allow time for the results to manifest themselves.
The practice of Feng Shui does not require the drastic reconstruction of rooms/houses. Often all that is required is the shift of a few degrees in the placement of a door, a tiny difference in the dimension of a table, a tree here, a plant there, a small pool/water fountain nearby or some light in a corner. The objective is to create and attract good Chi and ensure that it settles.
Effects of Feng Shui are not instantaneous. The appearance of good fortune is often subtle and takes place over time.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Feng Shui a religion?
No. Feng Shui is similar to natural sciences
Is Feng Shui practiced in any other countries?
Feng Shui is practiced all over the world.
What is a Kua number?
Each person has a Kua number that enables him or her to better position him or herself to his/her advantage. A Kua number is determined based on your year of birth. A person’s Kua number is associated with one of the 8 trigrams. A trigram is associated with a color, so a person may want to paint their bedroom that color.
How can clutter affect a person’s energy?
Clutter creates stagnation and makes everything grind to a halt. It can make you feel depressed, tired and stuck. If any area of your life is blocked and stagnant at the moment it will have a negative influence on all areas of your life. Clearing clutter releases huge amounts of positive energy and lifts your spirits. By clearing, you can let go of all sorts of negative emotions. The universal law says that if you let something so, something else will come in.
Why should a mirror not be facing a bed?
Mirrors help extend energy in a room. However at night your body needs to rest. Your brain is sorting out all of the days’ activities and having a mirror across the bed effects the quality of rest. Cover the mirror at night and your vitality will be great in the morning.
Cures and Remedies
Here are some cures you can use if you have problems in the following areas:
Problem: A road facing the front door of a home
Cures: Create a step up to the front door, this changes the flow of chi.
Place two large planters on either side of the front door.
Place a Pa Kua Mirror on your front door.
Problem: A straight path leading to the front door of a home
Cures: Place flowers and plants along the pathway (creating a curved path) to break up the flow of chi.
Hang a wind chime outside the front door.
Paint the door your Kua number color.
Problem: A long narrow hallway
Cures: Place pictures diagonally across from one another to break up the flow of chi.
Place plants on opposite walls to break up the flow of chi.
Hang a mirror on one of the walls.
Problem: A staircase directly lines up with the front door
Cures: Hang wind chimes in the area between the front door and stairs.
Hang a crystal to disperse the light and energy in the area.
Place a plant vein along the railing.
Problem: The front door directly lines up with the back door
Cures: Wind chimes slow the energy by creating a little obstacle high up, which reduces the speed of the flow.
Place a hanging crystal from the ceiling in front of the door.
Cover up the window and hang a plant in front of the window.
Problem: A beautiful tree facing the center of the front door
Cures: Cut the tree down.
Place a Pa Kua mirror on your front door.
Create a step up to the front door, this changes the flow of chi.
History of Feng Shui
Feng Shui can be traced back to China as early as 618 AD. Many core beliefs in Feng Shui have been taken from ancient texts that date as far back as the 4th Century, such as the “I Ching”. This text is filled with predictions, complex language and symbolism, which is difficult to interpret.
Feng Shui practice developed thousands of years ago in China in response to the need to find good agricultural land to support the population, and to locate auspicious sites for honouring ancestors.
Feng Shui is also based on the philosophical principles of Taoism. Tao is to conduct one’s life in harmony without disrupting the natural scheme of things. To be in the Tao is to be connected and part of the whole.
Yin and Yang
In Feng Shui the concept of yin and yang are terms to describe the flow of chi in the universe. Taoist tradition teaches that all things in the cosmos are based on two opposing yet complimentary principles called yin and yang. Each of these elements contain a little of each other and are intertwined in a constant cyclic dance, creating harmony and balance in all things.
Chi is the essence that is present in every element of the cosmos. It is the life force energy that propels everything into motion.
The Five-Element Theory is an elegant system developed by the Taoists as a way of understanding the interacting phases of chi energy. The five elements represent everything in the universe that is visible and invisible. Like yin/yang and chi, the Five-Element Theory is an important principle of good Feng Shui. The elements are wood, fire, earth, metal and water.
The elements are involved in two kinds of cyclical relationships: the productive and destructive cycles.
Fire – earth- metal-water-wood
The elements are associated with compass direction, colours, shapes, seasons, feelings and characteristics. Landscapes, buildings, rooms, doors and people can be characterized by the five elements.
The Pa Kua is an octagonal shaped symbol that corresponds to the cardinal points of the compass, and the four subdirections. The Pa Kua symbol derives its significance from the eight trigrams of the “I Ching”. (The book of changes)
These trigrams are placed around the edges of the symbol imparting symbolic meaning to each of the eight compass directions.
Approaches to Feng Shui
1. Form School – the four celestial animals in an ideal setting. Tortoise in the north, Phoenix in the south, dragon in the east and Tiger in the west. 2. Compass School
The Form School of Feng Shui focuses on the contours of physical landscapes – mountains & rivers, and their shapes and sizes and courses. Animals were used as a symbolic way of describing features in a landscape. Auspicious and inauspicious sites are compared to highly symbolic representations of the celestial animals – the dragon, the tiger, the phoenix and the turtle. Form school Feng Shui depends on one’s powers of observations and the creativity of one’s imagination.
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