One Path to the Harmonious Home
Feng Shui, pronounced Fung Shway, and literally meaning “wind and waters,” could be described as the Chinese art of placement. You can find practitioners who are very traditional in their interpretations and choices of materials and those who have sought to universalize the principles of this art. We lean more towards the latter approach.
We’d like to make it clear that we aren’t experts or consultants; we’ve learned from personal study, experimentation, and some consultations with professional Feng Shui consultants. What we offer here is an overview and some suggestions for beginners.
Feng Shui (like work with crystals, Bach Flower Remedies, or Reiki) is based on the idea that everything is made up of energy. When we work with these modalities we can train ourselves to notice when the energy in an office or home (or in ourselves) seems to be flowing freely and when it feels blocked.
With Feng Shui we learn how to further the smooth, effective flow of energy (called chi in Chinese). This ancient system teaches the appropriate placement of objects in particular areas related to important aspects of our lives in order to bring those aspects of life into balance. Although crystals (both natural and Austrian) are among the most important energy conductors used in Feng Shui there are other helpful things, such as chimes and fountains.
A New Way to Look at Space
The following chart shows how the Feng Shui system divides a space (which could be a room, a house or apartment, a plot of land, or the surface of your desk or altar). Your space(s) may not look exactly like this, and you can approximate the proportions. If a room or house has more than one entrance, consider the primary entrance the one you use most.
Imagine each house as wedge-shaped, with the exception of house 5 which is a circle in the center of the room. The lines of the other eight houses end at the circle.