What is Feng Shui?
Contrary to what you read about in magazines, Feng Shui is not about placing tacky objects around your home to bring you good luck. Feng Shui is also not about where to put the pot plant to make you rich and famous. What we often see in the media is an oversimplified version of Feng Shui that creates fear and superstition, and this is not what true Feng Shui is about!
Feng Shui is about your relationship with your environment and surroundings, and how this affects your life and your wellbeing. Improving your Feng Shui can provide you with a supportive environment to help you improve all aspects of your life.
The aim of Feng Shui is to understand the flow of energy in our homes, buildings and environment, and how this energy impacts us on a mental, physical and spiritual level.
Your Life and Your Luck
It is believed that everything is made up of energy or Qi, and that you attract the circumstances in life that reflect your own energetic vibration and focus. So your home and workplace are a reflection of your focus in life. Qi is influenced by the opposing forces of Yin and Yang. Ancient Chinese Scholars believed that your life is determined by three types of 'luck'.
- Heaven Luck is determined by your destiny, genetics and factors pre-determined at birth, that you are unable to change.
- Man Luck is the sum of the choices you make that shape your character - your attitude, determination, hard work, education and kindness towards others.
- Earth Luck represents the effect of your surroundings and environmental influences upon your life. This is the essence of Feng Shui.
You can't alter your Heaven Luck, but you can work on your Man Luck and Earth Luck (Feng Shui).
- Form School focuses on energy flow through landscapes, furniture placement, interior design and the landforms around a building.
- Compass School looks into the influence of the facing direction of a building faces and how this affects the fortune of its occupants. Taking an accurate directional measurement with a compass or Lopan is an important process in assessing Feng Shui.
- Flying Star School uses techniques based on mathematical systems and analyses the effects of time on a building. There are different schools of Feng Shui, however Flying Star School is the most complex, accurate and powerful form of analysis.
- The floor plan of your home
- The compass direction of your home
- The age of your home
Traditional Feng Shui
Chinese Feng Shui masters discovered that various patterns of energy impacted the human body and mind. Some influences were favourable, while others were negative and brought about disturbances and obstacles.
It was discovered that when people were aligned with positive energy, they experienced periods of good fortune, whereas if they were aligned with stagnant or unfavourable energy, they would experience misfortune and obstacles.
From these observations came a defined set of Feng Shui guidelines, rules and mathematical systems, which were tested and devised by the Feng Shui Masters over thousands of years. This forms the basis of advanced Feng Shui theories. True Feng Shui is not based on superstition or religion.
Many principles of Feng Shui are regarded as 'common sense' and 'intuitive'. While this is true, Traditional Feng Shui also uses technical theories and methods of analysis from a combination of Schools of Feng Shui.
A Traditional Feng Shui consultation will provide a reading of the "energetic blueprint" of your home or business site, and provide solutions to bring harmony and balance to your surroundings, to reduce negative influences and enhance positive energy. The remedies used in a Traditional Feng Shui consultation involve the use of one or more of the Five Elements of fire, earth, metal, water and wood. The Five Element Theory is also used in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
What's involved in a Feng Shui Consultation?
A traditional Feng Shui consultation for the home involves the analysis of:
This information is used by the Feng Shui consultant to calculate the "Flying Star Chart" which is a grid of numbers that corresponds to various parts (sectors) of the home. Each combination of numbers has a specific meaning in Feng Shui theory. The chart will indicate whether or not the Feng Shui of your home energetically supports your health, wealth and relationships. More