Feng Shui, the ancient Chinese philosophy, is readily accepted and practised throughout the western world. The “intuitive art” has been around for about 3000 years and teaches us to create harmony and balance to our surroundings. Many western architects are said to incorporate the concepts of Feng Shui into their building designs, and many prominent western businesses have adopted it into their culture.
So what is all the fuss about?
Well, firstly there are a number of ways to practice Feng Shui including the use of a compass to establish the most beneficial positions for room furniture and even buildings. There’s also the belief that if you remove clutter from your surroundings you will create a more harmonious environment.
The highly acclaimed Canadian Feng Shui consultant, Rodika Tchi, says of feng shui course, “It is a complex body of knowledge that reveals how to balance the energies of any given space to assure the health and good fortune for people inhabiting it”. This means that people who practice the art are seeking good health and fortune by aligning themselves with their environmental surroundings instead of opposing them.
One of the basic principles of Feng Shui is said to be the principle of five elements. These are Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. In nature these elements interact between themselves and this interaction is defined as the productive and destructive cycles.
Each element is also represented by a specific color, and it’s these colors that form the basis for creating a harmonious décor to your living and working surroundings.
According to Rodika Tchi each element has a more profound meaning, for example she claims, “Fire represents passion and high energy. A balanced Feng Shui Fire element in your space will bring a supporting energy in all your career efforts and will help you achieve recognition”.
Earth represents nourishment and stability and she says, “A strong and harmonious Feng Shui Earth element in your home will help create stability, nourishment and protection for all your relationships”.
Metal is said to represent clarity and preciseness. Rodika Tchi explains, “The Feng Shui Metal element brings the qualities of sharpness, precision, clarity and efficiency. Its balanced presence will help you live with clarity and lightness”.
The water element represents ease, freshness and abundance and it is said that this element, “will bring a refreshing energy of calm, ease, purity and freshness”. It’s also said that water is the ancient symbol of abundance, and therefore represents a potent Feng Shui cure.
The fifth element is wood, which represents health and vitality. According to Rodika Tchi the Wood element will bring the energy of health, vitality and growth. She says this element is also an expression of abundance, bringing wealth and prosperity.
There’s so much to learn about the ancient art of Feng Shui. This complex subject is now being taught in specialised schools and there are many classes being offered. You can even obtain a diploma in the subject.
A shortcut way to finding out more, and one that would suit most busy people, is to study at home by watching dedicated video training programs.