Is Feng-shui mere superstition or an ancient art of living?

It was long back when one of my friends introduced me to Feng-shui. I was a bit skeptical in the beginning. However, as I delved deep in to some of its principles, I was astonished to find that most of its principles are based on mere common sense, which everyone can follow for her/his benefit and happiness. Ok; now what really Feng-shui is about? Feng-shui is the ancient Chinese art of object arrangement in your home and office.

Feng-shui home

Feng-shui bedroom

It is all about how to create good energy (also called Chi) in your life so that you can manifest positive things into your immediate environment.  Though Feng Shui may seem like a very superstitious art, it is actually based on the very sensible notion that living with rather than against Nature benefits both humans and the environment.

The art and science of Feng Shui acknowledges the simple fact that our lives are deeply affected by our physical and emotional environments. Surrounding yourself with symbols of clutter, confusion, negation, contempt and indifference toward life and nature attracts misfortune. Similarly surrounding yourself with joyful and pleasant things uplift your mood and attract fortune.

Feng-shui finance

Feng-shui finance

Energy or ‘Chi’ is a crucial concept in Feng-shui. Chi is simply translated as ‘life force’ or vital energy. It is pronounced as ‘Chee’. Broken objects, mess or negative images are said to weaken or block the life force or Chi. An individual living in such an environment naturally have their own life force weakened by this negative Chi. Hard edges, uncomfortable furniture and clutter create what is called ‘sha’ or ‘shar ’, which are the Chinese terms for “bad energy.”  The basic principle of Feng-shui  is that the kind of energy, which we surround ourselves with, creates more of the same energy. Feng Shui prescribes certain remedies to eliminate the bad Chi from our homes by organizing our space so that good Chi (good energy) is allowed to flow freely through our lives.

When we replace noise, mess and other agitating elements by cleanliness, space, silence and beauty, we uplift our souls as well as our environment. The literal translation of the Chinese word Feng Shui is wind and water. The combination of these two elements creates good “Chi.”

Certain objects and shapes are thought to assist in the creation of good Chi. These include objects such as mirrors, plants, bright lights and all moving objects such as wind chimes, mobiles, televisions, microwaves and electric fans. In Chinese culture, from the ancient times, gentle breeze and smooth flowing water have been associated with a good harvest and good health, while harsh winds and stagnant water have been linked to famine and disease.

Feng-shui says that different directions in our homes represent health, wealth, family, love, wisdom, career, fame, creativity and the other important aspects of our lives. The natural flow of Chi energy should be maintained in those areas for our health, wealth and fortune. Houses and workplaces should be designed in such a manner that the arrangement harmonize with the environment instead of clashing with it.

Feng-shui has a age-old body of documented knowledge that may take years of formal training to master them. We can not become a Feng-shui master overnight. However there are some steps we can take to learn to align better with Nature and allow good Chi to flow in our living spaces. We can try to improve the overall “vibe” of our environment, following certain easy Feng-shui principles.

This principle of raising our own vibration has its root in the ancient Taoist and Buddhist teachings. The more we raise our vibration we rise above the grossness of the elements of clutter and chaos. When we rise above the grossness of the elements of clutter and chaos, we are able to draw things to us that consist of a higher vibration such as a good career opportunity, mentors, good friends, a healthy lifestyle and soul mates.   When we closely examine the Feng-shui principles, we find that many of them are born out of deep wisdom and insight in to life and most of them resonate well with our common sense.

About Sakshi Chetana

Sakshi Chetana is a poet and teacher of Buddhist meditation. She writes on mind-body-spirit meditation, Buddha lifestyle and infinite human potential. She is author of several books on Yoga and Buddhism. Her latest book is “Laughing Buddha: The Alchemy of Euphoric Living”. She lives in a small Himalayan province in the northern India. She conducts meditation retreats.
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