by Kristi Vanator
we have the opportunity to enter a space so comfortable and peaceful
that we are drawn to it like a siren's song. This space calls to us
to relax, rest, and nurture ourself; to wrap serenity around us. We
have all also experienced an uncomfortable, uneasy, or unwelcome feeling
upon entering a space. We hurried through our business and left at
the first opportunity.
The study of Feng
Shui, the art of placement, provides an understanding of what makes
a space appealing or repelling to us. Feng Shui has its beginnings
in ancient China. Feng is wind and Shui is water. These two important
elements determined the life and death of crops, livestock, and people.
Gentle winds and timely and appropriate amounts of rain, or the lack
of it, set the course for a year of abundance or drought. Careful observation
of the cycles of nature has evolved into an intricate science including
aspects of the I Ching, the Chinese Zodiac, yin and yang, Taoism, Wu
Xing (literally "five agents" which are wood, fire, earth, metal, and
water), the four directions, and the all important Chi, as well as
other considerations. The proper harmonious blend of these elements
can create an environment of "Heaven on Earth."
important aspect of Feng Shui is in the free flow of Chi throughout
a home or business. Chi is the universal energy force and should circulate
unimpeded in our living spaces. Let us imagine Chi as water for a few
moments. Picture a clear bubbling spring on a gently sloping hillside.
The spring slowly curves and flows its way to lower levels. There is
no mad rushing and crashing of water, just a gentle, easy meandering
flow. This evokes a peaceful, nurturing space. Now imagine Niagara
Falls with its thunderous, powerful water flow. The strength and force
of its energy is the opposite of the gentle spring, yet both are merely
water in motion. So it is with Chi.
When the Chi is
moving too rapidly and gaining momentum, it is called Sha Chi. Chi
following a straight path and increasing in speed is undesirable. Feng
Shui seeks to create a gentle, easy flow of Chi. Stagnant, brackish
water is another example of Sha Chi. Where there are blockages, the
life force cannot move freely. Good Chi can be established by placing
furniture, lighting, plants, and other accessories properly in one's
home or work space. Clear, unblocked lines of travel through spaces
are essential. A clean and uncluttered environment is one of the basic
tenets of Feng Shui.
Look out the
windows. Are they clean? What do you see when you look out the windows?
Do you have stacks and boxes of things in your space that you haven't
gotten around to? Is your closet full of clothing two sizes too small
or twenty years old? A cluttered up, stacked up space is as deadly
to your living environment as plaque is to your arteries! Clean it
up, give it away, recycle it. After you have done this, notice how
your space feels. The air is fresher, lighter, and feels much better.
A Feng Shui consultant
will evaluate your home or work space and then make suggestions, called
cures, for ways to improve the flow of Chi in your environment. The
process can be simple, working with the elements currently existing
in the environment and dealing only with placement or rearranging.
More can be added according to an individual's budget.
For example, the
purchase of wind chimes or the installation of indirect lighting would
work for a person with modest amount to invest. A fine time to utilize
a Feng Shui consultant is when a major redecorating or remodeling project
is in the planning stages. Then, the elements of Feng Shui can be incorporated
from the start.
One of my favorite
Feng Shui cures involves the use of aromatherapy. This is a delightful
way to invoke a healing atmosphere in any space. If your office is
subject to the afternoon heat and sun, and the sleepies attack you,
a diffuser with lemon and grapefruit oils can perk you UP and keep
Sound is an important
consideration in Feng Shui, and soothing sound is often applied as
a cure. As you go through your spaces with your eyes wide open to evaluate
the Chi, don't forget to keep your ears open, too. Sight, sound, smell,
touch, and taste are necessary tools. Play with them as you enter the
world of Feng Shui.
Vanator is a Feng Shui consultant and counselor who places special
attention on encouraging others to rise to their highest potential.
Serving the Central Fla. area, she may be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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