The ancient secret of Feng Shui dates back over 5,000 years with the purpose of maintaining health, wealth and prosperity of the Chinese Royal family. How does the passive feminine “Yin” energy of your home harmonize with that of the masculine “Yang” and how is the life-force of your “qi” affected? Improve the flow of life with Feng Shui.
What is Feng Shui? What are the Yin and the Yang? Where did they come from and how do they affect our environment? What is Chinese philosophy and how does it link us around the world based on ancient research? All of these questions are most likely going to be ones that come to mind when wanting to create a balanced, harmonious state of being during hectic daily life occurences. The reality is, if we are not creating a space that helps us feel calm, then our actions and the way in which we behave will definitely be influenced.
The ancient Chinese “yin yang” follows the belief of Chinese philosophical scholars who considered there to be two natural forces in our lives. The “yin” represents the female and focuses on: negativity, darkness, softness, moisture, night-time and numbers. Whereas the “yang” represents the male and focuses on: positivity, brightness, hardness, dryness and day-time. Trying to balance the “yin and yang” forces around us can be a troublesome act, so pairing these energies with the effective use of Feng Shui is going to be a more achievable target. Our “chi”, what Feng Shui bases itself on, has been historically linked to that of Taoism. Taoism is the ancient Chinese philosophical belief that advocates a life of complete simplicity and naturalness in order to attain a happy existence. The words “Feng Shui” literally translate to “wind” and “water”, it involves the rearrangement of objects in our household, work environment or anywhere we actively pass our time. The unseen forces created by our world can lead to “blocking” a harmonious existence, and by using Feng Shui we can eliminate those “blocks” to create a space where we feel at peace. Feng Shui is based on the theory that the universe is ruled by the elements (Earth, Water, Fire, Metal and Wood), a clear link between Feng Shui and Chinese Astrology is evident. By developing an environment that allows us to release and calm our energy, we can find our “chi” or a “qi”, which is essentially a vital force that flows through our bodies. It is worth considering the effects the elements have in our quest to find our “qi”:
This element dominates fame and should be managed and created in the work place so as to ensure career success. By adding different tones of red and orange and using a fireplace or candles, you will find yourself feeling empowered and able to act fast whilst under pressure.
Manage your surroundings according to wood in open, natural spaces. Having plants, trees or homegrown produce around you outside will calm any unnerving feelings. It might be worth bringing this type of Feng Shui to the bedroom as well so as to create tranquility between you and your partner.
Water is linked to our careers, so ensuring there is a serene water attirement in your home or in your office will create prosperous opportunities. It is a good counterbalance to that of fire, so allows equal effects to potentially take place.
By using metallic tones such as bronze, gold and silver, we are influencing potential opportunities for luck in our lives. Ensure you use these powerful shades and include them in your home to bring out attributes in others that will change your fortune.
There is a tie to the family with Earth, enabling you to strengthen relationships if used correctly. Having earthy toned colors resonating through the household will create a state of mind that is collected and ready for meditation or prayer.
With the elements in mind, there are a number of ways in which you can begin to Feng Shui your home so you can benefit as much as possible from your surroundings.
You may already be using the art of Feng Shui, so you may have noticed some of the benefits it brings. By creating an evinronment that utilizes the philosophy behind Feng Shui and the balancing of the “Yin” and the “Yang”, we can see progress and improvement, in terms of: wealth, love, career, health, sociability, fertility, luck, energy and it will certainly improve our temperament in the long-run.