Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Feng shui: The Art of Peace.

Peace, harmony, and happiness are becoming unattainable goals in todays increasingly fast paced, multitasking world. Spiritual well being and harmonic coexistence is becoming more important than ever as man further distances himself from nature. As modern man searches for harmony with the universe he is finding the ancient oriental science of feng shui can provide the answers. Peace and harmony in the living and working environment are as important today as they were centuries ago.

Developed in China some 2,000 years ago; feng shui follows many of the tenets of the martial arts. Almost all Oriental martial arts have as their basic elements the passive re-direction of force. Redirection renders the opposing force harmless and thereby renders the aggressor ineffective while still conserving the energy of motion. Feng shui uses those same principals to control the invisible forces that affect lives and redirects them passively by controlling the immediate environment.

Feng shui is static fluidity. It redirects chi with the use of smooth transitions, directional attitudes, and placement of objects to encourage chi to flow around solid objects. Chi is the Chinese word for energy; literally, air, wind, and breath. Energy is made up of positive chi and negative chi. Feng shui guides positive chi on a clear path to, and around the individual while redirecting negative chi away or stopping it altogether.

Perceptions and states of mind are as important as physically states of being. The feeling of unhappiness is as real and important as the outward physical display of dismay. It doesn’t take long in the morning to feel how the day will go. A nagging premonition or a ‘feeling’ that ’things’ just aren’t right with the world is the effect of negative chi. Negative chi is enough to ruin a day and will not go way unless changes are made. When the correct steps are taken and the principles of feng shui are applied, positive energy will flow smoothly through the environment. Positive chi gives an overall perception of wellbeing that affects the physical world and those who happen to be around.

The effects of Feng Shui are easy to discern when entering a space. Make a living area a positive space for chi to flow and the effects are felt immediate. A place of business that uses feng shui subtly draws consumers in and makes them feel comfortable while shopping. Feng shui homes are inviting, pleasant and nurturing. But it is important that elements such as color, furniture placement, and locations of windows be placed according to the principals of feng shui. The alternative will only encourage negative chi and disturb the balance needed for happiness.

Architects and engineers need to use feng shui in their public and private space design. The physical elements and characteristics of a home, office or place of learning are the building blocks, indeed, the pallet of Feng shui design; it is essential that buildings promote positive energy to attract and please its occupants and visitors. Feng shui is the difference between a space where occupants are disoriented and confused and one where traffic flows smoothly and pleases its visitors. Make the positive flow of chi through an environment natural and smooth and the inhabitants will feel balanced. The proper balance of chi will put the inhabitants in parallel with universal harmony, and is essential to prosperity and success.

Feng shui is essential to controlling the flow and conservation of energy in an environment. As stated in an article on the website The-Feng-Shui-Life. com, (September 21, 2009), “Chi or energy flows through all of our lives; it flows around us, through our house and even in the back yard. When we block this chi then things can start going wrong…” In order to guaranty a focused sense of well being our homes and environments need to follow the principals of feng shui. These principals include the placement of initial fixed structures. Locate walls, doors, windows, and furniture to allow a visually comfortable flow around them. Energy is an organic force; use environmental colors and textures to invite energy into the room.

Wydra (1995) concludes her book with these words; “Know that you have the power for your own happiness” (p. 122). Happiness and well being is not an accident nor is it haphazard fate. Wydra goes on to say, “[happiness is] dynamically sought…” (p. 6). Use the ageless principals of feng shui in the living environment to guide positive chi to create inner peace, health, environmental harmony, and karma friendly strategies that will bring self fulfillment and happiness.

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