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“We do not know, in most cases, how far social failure and success are due to heredity, and how far to environment. But environment is the easier of the two to improve.” ~J.B.S. Haldane~

Do you ever feel displaced in your environment, off balance in an unexplainable way? Having bad dreams? Keep finding yourself at the fridge even when you’re not hungry? Do you feel suffocated in certain rooms of your home or office? Many unexplainable feelings may be identified or rectified by changing your environment by way of Feng Shui.

Feng Shui: a philosophy which, through its practice, creates a balanced environment. Feng Shui may improve areas such as finances, health and career. It may also increase awareness of true self, making obstacles less difficult to overcome; creating a harmonious, peaceful existence by using intuition and common sense to maintain and restore the natural balance of life.

Traditionally practiced in the far east, Feng Shui was originally used to prognosticate placement of graves or to map a location for a home or communal area . These same philosophies are now used for the interior design of the home, office and garden. The aim of Feng Shui is to restore full equanimity to the natural order through sensitivity and awareness of life’s natural functions.

Nature has a balance and has had since before humankind invaded the planet. The concepts of Yin and Yang are symbolized by the sun and the moon. They are two opposite energies operative in the universe, said to be inclusive of each other. This exchange of negative and positive which keeps the world in rotation creates Qi, the life giving force of the universe.

Qi compares to the wind, a natural energy source constantly flowing all around us. Everything is alive with the energy of Qi. Qi is also like water, an energy source that can be redirected. It is a cycle that if disconnected will affect everything else that depends on the continuance of this natural flow of energy. For example, the Colorado river was diverted with the building of Hoover Dam, which changed the entire direction of the flow of the river, which then affected plant and animal life along both paths, the natural path of the river and the diverted path. Feng Shui translates to “wind-water.”

Feng Shui methods are structured on Qi and the belief of the importance of the five Elements; water, wood, fire, earth and metal which are considered the building blocks of life.

Feng Shui can be used to locate an area and direction in which to build a home or office based on the flow of energy or obstructions of energy in the area. Feng Shui can be applied to interior design in which colors and placement of objects affect the way a person behaves inside their home. For example, the color blue is representative of the element water. Having too much blue in one room can make the occupant feel like they are drowning. Adding yellow, the earth sign; symbol of cheer, is a simple remedy to restore balance.

Crystals are used in Feng Shui and are believed to have properties that protect and break up concentrations of blocked energy. Color and or fabric is applied to symbolize the five elements and enhance certain traits such as strength, wealth and creativity. Bamboo flutes are also used frequently as are mirrors, often placed in strategic order to reflect negative energy from windows with obstacles, such as trees, in their view. Having an obstacle in view in the home is said to manifest by way of obstacles in the life. Feng Shui can also be applied in the garden by choosing specific colors and species of plant varieties and the right locations in which to plant them.

If what the spirit seeks is an existence which is peaceful, harmonious, productive, balanced and beneficial not only to the self, but the environment, consideration should be given to changing your environment by way of Feng Shui.

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