Feng Shui: What Is It And How Does It Work?

Feng Shui: What Is It And How Does It Work?

Feng Shui (pronounced fung shway) is the Chinese art of creating balance and harmony in your environment and life. Feng Shui is utilized as environmental medicine. This healthy medicine creates frequencies to stimulate well being for the occupants of the space.

Feng Shui takes ordinary items of every day life such as furniture, plants, colors, and lighting to create harmonious resonance with good fortune.

Feng Shui means "wind and water." Wind and water are wonderful examples of how energy moves through our lives. Feng Shui examines the flow of energy as well as the quality of the flow. Blockages or excessive amounts of energy in the wrong place can lead to negative feelings, decreased states of health, loss of opportunities, and other problems.

Tornadoes and floods are demonstrations of excessive energy that need to be avoided to promote beneficial conditions for individuals. Droughts and still air demonstrate decreased energy levels which cause different problems for individuals in there paths.

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Clearing your environment of clutter will raise your spirit and improve your ability to function. Examination of energy (Ch'i) patterns locates blockages and areas in need of improvement. 

Feng Shui invites the life force (Chi) into the home and work environments to produce positive material results.

How does Feng Shui work?

Feng Shui creates a holistic environment blending nature's forces, natural elements, and the human element to promote success potential of individuals and corporations. Feng Shui focuses on the Nine Areas of Human Life. These are Career/Fame, Self Knowledge/Spirituality, Family/Ancestors, Wealth, Health, Helpful People, Children/Creativie Outputs, and Relationships.

If you are looking to improve one or all these areas, simple feng shui adjustments may be the solution for you. These adjustments are often as easy and fun as moving furniture or adding something new to your environment The way a home is sited and how furniture is placed directly affects every aspect of your life for good or ill.

Basic human problems such as troublesome neighbors, finding a new job, selling a home, improving your personal/work relationships, earning more money, leaving a bad situation, making peace with family/friends or career advancement can find answers in Feng Shui.

Feng Shui solutions can incorporate sacred geometry. Sacred geometry has been utilized by many cultures. Sacred geometric shapes include the oval, triangle, square, pyramid, and the circle. Sacred numbers include Pi (also known as the Golden Mean) 1, 2, 3, and 9. These shapes and numbers have been utilized in the design and construction of many familiar sights. Examples can be found in the beauty of the Taj Mahal, the durability and mystery of the Great Pyramids, the prosperity of the entire city of Hong Kong, and the octogon shaped bagua used in determining the nine areas of human life.

Scientific research continues to demonstrate that people respond and benefit from positive changes in color, texture, sound, smell and diet. Feng Shui is respected and utilized by architects, real estate developers, designers, celebrities, homeowners, CEOs, politicians, families and individuals.

Black Sect Feng Shui

Black Sect Feng Shui is the most popular form of Feng Shui in the USA. BSFS school of thought began over 4,000 years ago in Tibetan Buddhism, moving through India and China, and arriving in the USA during the 1980's.

BSFS is now in the fourth stage of transition and operates under the auspices of its founder His Holiness Grandmaster Professor Thomas Lin Yun Rinpoche.

BSFS uniquely combines traditional Feng Shui with spirituality, psychology, modern science, and the meta-physical to meet society's changing needs. Feng Shui Masters have consulted on the placement of homes, offices, and furniture, and issues of health, wealth, and fame.



The bagua is an eight sided figure which is superimposed over a floorplan or survey. The purpose of the bagua is to define the nine areas of human life which are affected by energy flow within the floorplan. The nine life situations are defined as wealth, fame, relationships, creativity/children, helpful people, career, knowledge/spirituality, family, and health.

Problems or energy blockages are experienced in one or more guas (sections of the bagua) and result in the reduction of positive potential for those who experience this space on a regular basis.

Adjustments to blocked areas can assist in attracting positive relationships, generating prosperity, altering or diminishing illness, increased health, creating career opportunities, enhancing well being, supporting and nurturing needs, and increasing the ability to learn.

My Own Thoughts On Feng Shui

Feng shui teaches that our external environments are a reflection of what is inside our minds; a cluttered environment is an indication of a "cluttered" mind.  By bringing our surrounding spaces into balance and harmony, we begin to clear the clutter and chatter inside. 

When we begin to make changes in our world it's either because we are changing, or we are hoping to create a desired change.

Probably the most important aspect of feng shui (and living optimally in general, for that matter) is intention.  The more we use intention and focus to create something, the greater the opportunity for success.  The phrase "half a mind" says a lot about the lack of intention, and ceremony and ritual are examples of highly focused intention.

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Any successful endeavor in our lives began with a strong desire for something.  It was then created through intention; the greater the intention we brought to creating that desire, the faster and easier it happened.

We are creators as well as creations.  It is our birthright to create, and we do it every single minute of every day we're here.  Most times we're not even aware we're doing it, but every step we take began in our imagination first....I wonder what to have for dinner.....what do  I want to wear to work today......I'm going to make that phone call now.  When you see the word "elephant" what happens in your head?

We create on such a subtle, and most times unconscious, level that we've forgotten how powerful we really are.  The biggest shift in my own life came about when I realized that I am the only one who can change how I live my life, and when I began to step into this power, wonderful things began to happen.  

We all like to blame our circumstances or other people for our less-than perfect lives, but we created them as well.  Once we take responsibility for our own lives, we then have the power to change them.  And when we realize this, we can then use intention to move toward creating peace and sanctuary in our world.

The most important question to ask yourself in regard to your spaces is,  How does it feel?   If it feels good, it's good feng shui!

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