Feng Shui (pronounced fung shway) meaning wind (feng) and water (shui) examines how the placement of objects in an environment affect the energy flow and how these objects interact with and influence your personal energy flow. More simply, it is the interaction of humans and their environments. Historically, feng shui was used to orient buildings, structures, homes and even tombs to create a more auspicious environment. The concepts of feng shui are not much different than those used in acupuncture to move, unblock and promote qi with in the body. The main tools used in feng shui analysis are the Bagua and the magnetic compass. Cures or environmental changes sometimes include items such as mirrors, fountains, crystals, coins, and the use of certain colors. When a home or environment of any kind is in good harmony or balance, it is believed that luck, fortune and good health will follow. You can achieve feng shui by positioning or designing your surroundings in harmony with principles of natural energy flow to create comfort and balance in your space.
Feng shui has become increasingly popular in the Western world, but in that popularization much of the original knowledge and history has been lost in translation. Sometimes seen as just another form of interior decorating, this skilled practice is quite the opposite. The practice of feng shui is very diverse and there are many different techniques, perspectives and schools of thought.
Here are a few examples of how feng shui might apply to your life:
- If you have trouble sleeping, be sure your bed is not in line with your door and your mirror is not facing your bed, this inhibits energy flow
- De-clutter your surroundings – a cluttered home leads to a cluttered mind
- Visit peaceful places. In Milwaukee, we are so lucky to have a beautiful park system and many spaces like the art museum, Discovery World and the Marsupial Bridge whose structures can and create tranquility