Holistic health practitioners and integrative medical practitioners recognize the importance of our environment to our well-being. Feng Shui (pronounced fung shway) is an ancient Chinese study of the natural environment that is based on a set of theories and complex calculations including an in-depth understanding of the theories of Yin and Yang, as well as balancing the Five Elements (Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood). It also considers the physical relationship between the natural environment and the magnetic field. The literal translation of Feng Shui in English is wind- water.
The practice of Feng Shui is criticized in some quarters as “pseudoscience.” Lack of empirical evidence by today’s standards in many holistic arenas is often related to funding – such research is prohibitively expensive for the common practitioner, and since based on natural substances they are usually not patentable. With no patent, research cannot be recouped for businesses as they can for chemicals, etc. and thus hold no interest. However, there is a growing body of research on the traditional forms used and taught in Asia. Today, landscape ecologists, environmental scientists, landscape architects, and geographers may found who are engaged in studying feng shui.
Feng Shui is not related to any religion or belief system. Practitioners consider it a scientific discipline based on the analysis of energy. A Feng Shui practitioner uses a Lo-pan (compass) to determine energy characteristics of a space and calculations are done according to the basic principles. Finally, remedies are prescribed where necessary in order to balance the energy most auspiciously for well-being including health, wealth, and relationships.
In Columbus, Diana Garber, President and CEO of Intuitive Concepts, Inc. offers Feng Shui consulting. Ms. Garber is credentialed on three continents and holds several certifications in advanced Feng Shui. Diana is an accredited member of the Feng Shui Network (instructor level), is the clinical consultant for the Ohio State University for Feng Shui, and is a constituent of the American Feng Shui Institute (US), Feng Shui Society (UK), Feng Shui Network (Australia), and International Feng Shui Guild (US). She is the author of A Book of Hope--A Story of Healing*; 8 Simple Steps to a More Balanced You, featured in ABEC’s Small Business Review’s Top Stories for 2010.
When asked how she got started, Ms. Garber replied, “For me it was about survival. I’ve had 19 major surgeries, two near-death experiences, and lost several children.”
Diana has been doing this work for 30 years and states that what makes her services stand out is, “Results! We coach our clients through a goal-setting process so they can measure their results. We also coach them for a year during the process."
Ms. Garber says she loves “helping people,” and that “everyone - truly everyone” can benefit from Feng Shui. To that end, she offers a free eBook. States Garber, “It’s my way of ‘paying forward’ the blessing I’ve received.” More information on Ms. Garber may be found at IntuitiveConcepts.com.
The practice of Feng Shui is diverse with many different schools and perspectives. The International Feng Shui Guild (IFSG) is a non-profit professional organization that presents the full diversity of Feng Shui.
*Release date 2010. The book is Diana Garber’s childhood’s journey from despair to deliverance, and is filled with resources for a powerful life.