Principles of Feng Shui
There are three basic principles in Feng Shui which form the basis of its philosophy:
- Everything is alive – everything in the physical world is seen as being alive with energy – even things that appear to be solid to us, such as a table. First of all, we know through Quantum Physics that if we examine the table microscopically, it is made up of atoms and molecules that are moving, so it has energy. But the other way in which things are seen as being alive is with our memories and associations. So if you go on vacation and have a wonderful time and you bring back a memento from that vacation, every time you look at that object it will remind you of what a wonderful time you had. So it will be uplifting to you.
Everything we have in our environment has some kind of memory or association connected to it. This can either be positive and uplifting, making us feel good, or it can be negative and drag us down. So if you have something in your hourse (or business) that reminds you of a difficult time in your life, or somebody who treated you badly, then every time you see it, even if you are not consciously aware of it, it will have the effect of draining your energy. Believe it or not, if you have things like this in your environment, they can actually hold you back and stop you from moving forward in life. So it is very important to be aware of what we have in our surroundings, making sure that we only surround ourselves with things that are positive and uplifting and remove anything that has negative memories or associations.
- The second principle is that everything is connected. We are connected to everybody and everything in the physical world, in our culture we often tend to think of ourselves as being separate from everyone else. We have our houses with defined boundaries, we get in our cars and go to work where we have our own office or cubicle. We are actually all connected, and when you think about that it brings more importance to our relationships, with friends, family, neighbors, colleagues, the community. How does it feel when you work with somebody that you don’t get along with? It’s a constant drain on your energy. When you work with Feng Shui to create harmony and balance in your own life, this extends to the people we have in our lives and attracts to us those who can support and uplift us.
We also have a relationship with our things. Everything has some kind of memory or association for us. Everything has some kind of energetic attachment to us. If we keep things that we don’t love, need, use or want then that will certainly affect our energy. So it’s very important to live surrounded only by things you love.
- The third principle is that everything is changing, all the time. In our culture, we often fear change, and many times try to stop it. Many people stay in situations that they know are bad for them, that they are unhappy with, yet they stay because the alternative – change – is the unknown and that is fearful. Change is inevitable. We cannot stop it. It’s really the one certain thing in life. In Feng Shui we recognize that change is inevitable, and so we go with it. Feng Shui really encourages you to take a look at your life and think about what you want to achieve and then you can work with Feng Shui to bring about that desired change. If change is going to happen anyway, then why not make sure that we move in a direction that we want? We are not meant to be stuck in life. We are meant to experience it fully.
So these are the basic principles of Feng Shui. You can work with them to empower you life. By balancing and harmonizing the Chi (life force energy), you are working with the energetic health of the building, which has a direct impact on you. Every minute of every day your home environment is affecting you, so let’s make sure that it is a positive effect, not a negative one. Enhancing the energy of your home has a direct impact on your own energy and life. Remember that your home is a direct mirror image of what is going on in your life. Every aspect of your life is reflected there. So if there is some part of your life that’s not working as well as you would like it to, it is reflected in your environment. It is there if you know where to look.