Our lives and everything within and around us is composed of energy. Fend Shui is the ancient art of understanding how Chi/universal cosmic energy surrounds and connects us all and infuses all things. Feng Shui is also about creating greater harmony and balance. The symbol of Feng Shui, the Yin/Yang,represents the dark/light, feminine/masculine, soft/hard elements of all areas of our lives. Contrary to be opposites, Yin and Yang represent both parts of the whole. Yin and Yang are also not static, but are dynamic, changing depending upon how different areas of our lives are in balance or not.
Feng Shui deals with different cycles—the generative cycle and the destructive cycle. Perhaps a better word than destructive, would be transformative. The Generative Cycle, as illustrated by the elements as one element generates another. Fire generates Earth, Earth generates Metal, Metal generates Water, Water generates Wood, and Wood generates Fire. In the Destructive/Transformative Cycle, one element can destroy another. When used to transform, an element can also change another in a very positive way. It all depends on how we use energy or how it manifests in our lives.
All life forms have a birth-growth-maturation-death cycle. Fire melts Metal, Metal cuts Wood, Wood becomes Earth, Earth muddies Water, and Water puts out Fire. While you can see how each interaction can be destructive (fires, floods, earth slides, drought, or erosion), you might also see how Fire melting Metal can be used to create jewelry or sculptures, Metal Cutting Wood can enable you to cut down a tree to make lumber for housing or furniture. Wood becoming Earth can become compost or can be fed by nutrients from the Earth. Water and Earth can be used for making pottery or for making bricks or adobe for housing. Water putting out Fire has obvious benefits. It can extinguish fire and it can be used to create steam power.
Feng Shui can also be used to create more beneficial energy. According to Feng Shui’s Five Components of Destiny, there are different types of energy that bring us good fortune. Good Heaven Luck is the type of luck that puts you in the best place to avoid danger, problems, or to save you from difficult or harmful circumstances. It is similar to the Christian concept of Grace.
Pure Luck is determined by the choice you make that lead you to decide something that brings your rare luck. Pure Luck is when you have the experience of being one in a million. For example, you might decide on the spur of the moment to go to a local store. When you walk in the store, you find you are the one millionth customer, and you win a new car. Or perhaps you are not usually a lottery player, but one day you decide to buy one ticket, and you win. That is Pure Luck.
Human-made luck is when you create your own opportunities and those opportunities bring you good fortune. This usually happens when you take some kind of risk, but it can also happen when you simply keep open to possibilities.
Charity and philanthropy also bring good luck. The idea that what you give out comes back to you, as in tithing or karma, are concepts similar to charity and philanthropy. Sharing our good fortune and wealth is a necessary part of good Feng Shui and good fortune. According to Choa Kok Su, “It is in giving that we receive. We sow abundantly, we reap abundantly.”
According to the Feng Shui Lady, Angi Ma Wong, there are three golden rules for Feng Shui. The first of the Three Golden Rules is,
“If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.” Sometimes when things are going well, we make the mistake of changing things around or doing things differently. When we do this, we shake up energy, and disturb the flow that is. If we need to make changes, disrupting the flow is good. If things are running smoothly, why mess with success?
The second Golden Rule is, “If you don’t see it, it isn’t there.” No home, office, or building is perfect. Each has some defect or poor area that needs to be addressed using Feng Shui. Using camouflage, deflecting energy, adding or removing elements, or providing protection are all ways used to remedy poor energy flow in Feng Shui. For example, if we have sharp edges on a table, we can soften the sharp edge with a cloth. If we need to bring in more light, we can use mirrors. We can also use mirrors and crystals to deflect poor energy or to energize certain areas where Chi/energy flow is blocked. Everything is fixable using Feng Shui.
Above all, use Feng Shui with restraint. Your home, office, studio, and space should reflect you and your family. Your home shouldn’t look like a souvenir shop; it should look reflect your tastes, beliefs, interests, and desires. Use symbols and images that you feel good about, and place things in your home according to what feels best for you. I used to try to follow strict guidelines about placing my bed. It didn’t work, and so I learned to move the bed to where I got the best rest and felt the best. I discovered that my house is on an angle, and I hadn’t been able to align the bed properly because I was assuming I knew where true north was. Use that compass, but trust yourself and your own feelings first. You know yourself and what feels right for you. Pick art that uplifts and inspires you. Avoid putting things around you that drain your energy or make you feel uninspired. Most importantly, enjoy finding ways to create a harmonious and balanced life,inside and out.