What is Feng Shui?

windwater.gif 6540 bytes)Feng Shui literally translated means "wind & water." It is an ancient Chinese system about the relationship between humans and their environment, the balancing of heavenly and earthly energies within one’s inner and outer environments. Feng Shui is commonly referred to as the "Art of Placement," but it is more than this. It is about how everything has energy and how that energy is interconnected.  Sarah Rossbach explains Feng Shui as an "eco-art" linking man and his destiny with his surroundings, be they natural or man made, cosmic or local. Our life and destiny are interconnected with the universe and nature. 

The energetic force that connects us to our surroundings is called "chi".  Chi is the most essential feature of life. It is the "cosmic breath" and the human spirit (energy).  There are different kinds of chi; that which flows throughout our environment and that which flows  within our bodies.

Feng shui seeks to harness and enhance the environmental chi that will improve our personal chi, and thereby improve our lives.  The principal is to arrange the accoutrements of our environment; our furniture, rooms and even buildings, in such away that balance and harmony are optimized.  The ultimate goal of this refined artistry is the achievement of happiness and prosperity.  Feng shui teaches that  external chi influences our internal chi.  It therefore follows that that things which impede or adversely impact the external chi, likewise can effect our internal chi.  To experience this for yourself, consider the difference in how you feel after spending time in a cluttered room and how you feel after spending the same time in an open or spacious room.  Feng shui can not always deflect the impact of our external environment, but in most cases, feng shui can influence our perceptions and make it easier for us to cope with life's trials and tribulations. 

Feng shui provides the construct for achieving harmony through concept, method, example, rule and resolution.  Even so, it is still the practitioner who must apply the fundamentals to the specifics of the situation.  Feng Shui must not only be applied externally, but internally as well, in order to maintain balance of our internal spirit. Without a balance between our external and internal worlds, disregards the original intent of Feng Shui.  Thus the aspects of individuality must also enter into the practitioners application of the art.  Individual style, taste, preference and culture will all factor in the practitioner's application of color, movement, structure and other cures that are the tools of feng shui. 

Positive change can be achieved our lives through many different pursuits. Among these, feng shui is distinctive because the changes it can manifest are brought about by the manipulation of environment rather than through manipulation of self.  This is not to say however, that we cannot benefit through seeking positive change within ourselves, after all, feng shui is an exercise in balance that requires us to seek harmony from within  as well as from our environment.  Rather, feng shui provides a healthy conduit for the positive flow of energy between  us and our environment that will benefit our individual mind body and spirit.