“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.”
~ John Muir
Feng Shui, pronounced fung shway, is a 4,000 year old Chinese art and science based on the understanding that the blend of our own energy and the vibrations of the energy in our surroundings (or our external body) affect the balance we experience in life. This exchange of energy can have either an inspiring influence to help us actualize our goals, or an overwhelming effect, draining our resources and putting obstacles in our way.
By aligning our personal energy with our environment and reflecting that through placing elements, colors and shapes in “auspicious” positions around us, we can positively influence our wealth, relationships, health and businesses. Naturally, our ability to achieve our business goals is influenced heavily by our environments.
Every culture has a similar belief system that works with natural energy flow, but Feng Shui has gotten a lot of press recently which has popularized this masterful Chinese system into “fad” status.
The words “feng” and “shui” literally mean “wind” and “water”, which are the only two things we humans cannot live without (well, for very long anyway!). The main objective of Feng Shui is for you to be in harmony with your life and goals at this time in your life and in your current environment(s).
There are four elements to positive and supportive personal Feng Shui: you, your goals, your environment, at this time. There are many schools of Feng Shui; this material is based on the tools and techniques of the Black Sect of Tantric Buddhism school (commonly known as “Black Hat” Feng Shui) as founded by Grand Master Lin Yun.
On a primal level, we orient to our place in the world through time and space, so when our environment is out of order, feels chaotic or doesn’t “flow”, it actually threatens our survival instincts.
That is, if we do not have order in our world, we may find ourselves not only unable to function optimally but also to look for the negatives in our world. If that becomes our “norm”, we humans start to see everything through that filter. And, because we tend to filter out the familiar (for example, think about driving your car down the street as an example – you don’t brake at every distraction), over time, we don’t see the chaos anymore. However, just because we can’t see it doesn’t mean that we’re not feeling the effects of it!
Take a moment to close your eyes and think of being in your mother’s house. Now imagine yourself in your best friend’s house. Would you know which one you were in with your eyes covered? Yes – because of how they FEEEEL… and THAT is the power of Feng Shui!