yin-yang-99824__180The practice of Feng Shui (pronounced ‘Fung Shway’) was developed in China over thousands of years. A broad definition of the concepts and practices might be the interaction of humans with their environments. Some regard it as bunk, others believe in it absolutely.

In Chinese, feng means (wind) and shui means (water). Both are natural elements that are not only necessary for human survival, each flows, moves, and circulates everywhere on Earth. According to ‘Understanding the Principles of Feng Shui’, interestingly, these two elements combined largely determine an environment’s climate, and in turn, food supplies, and in turn, people’s lifestyles, health, energy, and moods. Do you see a pattern emerging?

water-321524__180As well, the essence of wind and water is chi, or life force. Both elements are direct carriers of chi, as their flowing quality reflects their essential nature. Since all living organisms are largely made up of both, Feng Shui can be described as the art of ‘designing environments in harmony with the flow of chi through one’s living space, and this flow supports and enhances one’s personal chi or life force.’

To me, analyzing the concepts in the context of nature makes utter sense, and strengthens my belief in Feng Shui.

Just like anything else worth doing, applying the principles of Feng Shui is not something one can do in an afternoon. While the concepts range from simple to complex, one can start small, and build a foundation for implementation, over time.

How? Feng shui master and interior designer Catherine Brophy shares some tips in an article at www.realsimple.com.

She says the goal is to harmonize your energy with your home’s, or other space’s, energy. By being selective about the items you bring into your home, the room’s arrangement, and paying attention to how the home is maintained, one can begin to understand how to achieve this. She uses the ‘catch all’ dining room table as an example. If it’s never cleared, allowed to build up clutter, energy is depleted. As well, mirrors are important – they both recirculate energy and reflect natural light.

Please share: Do you practice Feng Shui? What one thing have you implemented that has made all the difference? What tips or advice can you share for beginners?

Rebecca E. Neely tells stories with a paranormal flair. Energy plays a starring role in her upcoming book, The Keeper, Book 1 in the Crossing Realms series, available now on Amazon.