Have you always wanted to make your home or office a happy place to be and a place where good things just seem to happen to you? This is actually possible by using the ancient art of feng shui. While you may think it’s just about placing certain objects around the home to attract luck, it’s actually about creating a harmonious environment, and one that is supportive to you. Read on to find out more.
Overview of Feng Shui
The term “feng shui” literally means “wind and water” and it is pronounced as “foong schway”. Feng shui is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine and it focuses primarily on our environment, that is, the places that we live and work in. It works by analysing the energy, or Qi, that flows in and around the building. The word Qi means life force, and this energy affects the health and happiness of the occupants in the building. Positive Qi results in happier and healthier people with better finances and relationships, while negative Qi can result in problems in different areas of your life. While there will always be both positive and negative Qi, feng shui aims to increase the positive and minimise the negative.
Schools within Feng Shui
There are actually three main schools within feng shui and these are:
- Form School – this school analyses “forms”, or physical objects that are in or around the building and the building site. Each form has its own Qi and this contributes to the site’s overall Qi. Essentially, this school focuses on how energy flows around and through landscapes, your furniture, your interior design, and around landforms around a building.
- Compass School – in this school of Feng Shui, you must determine which direction a building faces. When this is done, you then divide the site into nine different sectors, which relate to the directions of the compass. Each sector concerns a different part of your life and the Qi in each sector influences that part of your life.
- Flying Star School – this school is the most comprehensive and the most sacred within feng shui. It works by calculating the natal chart of the building and once this is done, specific Qi is identified within each of the nine sectors. The Flying Star School takes into account the age of the building, which no other school of Feng Shui does.
Feng Shui Consultations
To improve the feng shui of your building, you will need to have a feng shui consultation. This involves the practitioner analysing your building’s floor plan, the age of the building, and the direction that the building faces. The practitioner will then draw up a comprehensive chart that will identify the positive and negative energies of the building. Once these are identified, they can then suggest ways that you can realistically make changes so that you can improve the positive aspects and minimise the negative energies.