The truth about classical Feng Shui
Feng Shui originates from China and is aproximately 5000 years old. It is a science about the environment, often being referred to as Chinese geomancy or the Art of placement. None of the terms fully describe its depth and wisdom. Mainly it is known as the Chinese practice of arranging furniture in order to create harmonious environments. However, it is much more than that.
The words 'Feng Shui' mean wind and water. The meaning of Feng Shui is that we are all connected to natural forces and the essential energy that is surrounding can be used to our benefit. These forces of wind and water describe the environment that is evolving with time, as well as the possibility of moving around and attracting good energy. At the same time, if we understand 'Feng Shui' (wind and water) the catastrophe or the negative effect of disruptive energies can be avoided. The term 'wind and water' also stands for the fact that nature; our surroundings, exterior environment, landscape, climate, geographic conditions, etc. have a profound effect on our lives. Wind and water also refer to the fact that essential energies can't be seen neither held (like wind), however we know they are there. Wind and water also relate to the four seasons and the constant change in the environment. All of these aspects are a foundation of Feng Shui.
Nowadays, people always refer to Feng Shui as a tool to improve their home. This is not wrong, but it's not all what Feng Shui is.
The aim of Feng Shui is to create environments that are in harmony with their surroundings and are ideally suited to their purpose and function. This actually means that Feng Shui considers the purpose of the space as well as includes the occupants/users when designing the ideal environments. Traditional Feng Shui is very personal, individual and specific.
The goal of Feng Shui is to create balance in people's lives through their immediate surroundings. Ancient Chinese recognised that their life and destiny were closely correlated with their environment. The external surroundings, style of neighbour-hooding buildings, architectural features, interior layout and images all have a profound effect on our wellbeing, health, financial success, relationships, career and so on.
Through positioning of property, it's orientation, architecture, landscape design, interior layout, people can achieve greater harmony and balance in their lives.
Feng Shui applies to entire countries and cities, to determine their success, prospects and future. On a global level Feng Shui is an urban planning system to ensure a positive flow of energy that as a result creates abundance, good health and wellbeing, future prospects and harmony among people. There are several cities in the world designed according to Feng Shui (Beijing, Hong Kong, Yili, etc), as well as neighbourhoods, city centres and even yacht marinas. Mostly, they are settled where the good natural form is present. The exterior assessment is very important in Feng Shui. So, the key lies in the natural environment that is surrounding us.
In the case of searching for property, land or plot this is the main focus in traditional Feng Shui. Whatever is outside and we are able to see it, has an effect on us. Depending on the location, orientation and relation to the property, a Feng Shui expert can determine what kind of effect it will have. It can also be determined on which family member, business partner or occupant the effect will have most impact on.
Designing our home with Feng Shui enables us to block any potential negative effects of our surroundings, as well as maximise the positive energy flow.
To achieve the best results, Feng Shui should be used early in any project :
when buying land/ property
when designing or renovating
before building/ constructing
when designing a garden
This way, the property can truly be set for best energetic flow that supports the occupant.
Feng Shui also offers solutions to existing properties where occupants experience life as a struggle in some or all areas of life. Feng Shui is a tool to counteract elements of poor design, architecture, landscape and layout that could be affecting lives of the occupants.
Feng Shui also applies to any business activity ; either run from home office or a large corporation. In business, Feng Shui is mainly a tool used to increase financial flow, or to resolve challenges the business might be facing now or in the future.
The importance of our surroundings has gained much strenght in the recent times. We, as a society became aware of the significance of our immediate environment. Humans spend 90% of time indoors. This is the highest number since the human history. The connection with nature has become less and less important for us. It is time to change that. We are not outside of this planet, we ARE part of it. Not apart.
Creating a serene home environment is crucial in present times, when we are filled with stress, anxiety, fear or worries. The connection with nature, through our environment (even indoors) is really important as it has numerous health benefits.
I am always glad to realise more eco designs are appearing, together with sustainable architecture, biophilic design, natural building and wellness architecture. Together with Feng Shui, this is the future of holistic living.
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