Feng Shui ( pronounced fong sway )
is an ancient science based on the belief that everything in the universe is
either positive or negative energy. ( Yin and Yang ) This energy is called Chi,
and the science/art of Feng Shui is the use and arrangement of positive objects
to counteract the negative objects in your environment. It has been practiced
for thousands of years in China. The
Forbidden City was the largest Feng Shui project ever constructed. Every
detail of the palace complex was studied and approved by the finest Feng Shui
priests of the time. In fact, because there was no mountain behind the palace,
they built one.
over the world there has been a boom in interest in feng shui and contrary to
popular belief, the application of feng shui need not be oriental. Traditional
people all over the world have observed, recorded and reached an understanding
of the ways in which different places and homes affect one’s well being and
everywhere, and particularly in the West, has become a remote controlled,
instant food and push-button society. As a result we have become alien to the
natural world, thereby exposing ourselves to increasing levels of toxicity,
pollution and cramped living environments Feng shui is all about movement of
energy and balance. The underlying
principle of feng shui is that everything in your overall and immediate
surroundings which can be as basic as the smallest details of furnishing and
decor, can either work in favor of your well being and your aims and goals, or
go against you.
human body is a measure of all things in the Universe.
A structure cannot be put up without a plan or design.
The importance of aligning rooms and corners, and applying calculations
that will be in harmony with nature, is the fundamental concept of feng shui.
are subtle currents of energy called ‘Chi’ which flows through our body and
through everything in the universe. If
we understand the Chi, we can arrange our living and working environments to
help us to achieve our goals.
we should bear in mind the fact that energy is not just about aligning the space
and place of dwelling. It also
relates to the energy of the individual. This
is referred to as the “inner feng shui.” It goes without saying that it is
vital to maintain the food energy balance for healthy living.
character Chi represents the fundamental energy of the Universe.
We are all born with plentiful supply of Chi, but as we grow, it is used
up. It needs to be restored and the
source of that essential replenishment is food.
era in which everything is just whirl and go, everyone has become obsessed with
speed. Most people view food as a
mere facility and that is why so many people suffer from digestion problems. A
cook needs basic elements like Water, Fire, Air, Metal and Earth.
The earth is the basic platform on which nearly all activities take
place, and this includes cooking as well. Any
contemporary kitchen consists or must consist of the same five fundamental
elements. The best feng shui advice is to prepare and cook food in a room that
is separated from the rest of the living space.
Chinese cooking methods range across a spectrum that embraces the polar
energies of Yin and
Yang. When we classify food
further on the basis of their preparations, we get Yin food and Yang food.
Plants and the
position in which they are placed contribute to the positive feel of any space.
In feng shui, plants have an important role.
It is said that they bring life force or Prana into the home and keep the
air clean. Plants should be strong
and healthy. Sick plants and plants
which shed their leaves profusely should be avoided.
The energy in the plants varies depending on its shape and size. Upright
plants with slightly pointed leaves are considered ‘yang’ and are generally
used in the South Corners and in narrow areas to move the energy.
leaves and drooping leaves are used to calm down strong energy and are preferred
for the North Corners.
we arrange our rooms and space, we must de-clutter the space to create the
physical space for energy to flow. An important aspect of good feng shui is
placements. Take care to position
objects in a way that it does not block energy flow.
When positioning sofa or furniture ensure that you always have a clear
view of the door. In feng shui,
locating the right place to sleep or sit is called locating the ‘power
spot.’ This is the place
where you feel you have the most control and visibility.
But this should not be in line with the door receiving the strongest flow
that we need space to live and move and certain guidelines based on sound
commonsense, should govern the allocation of space and objects in it and this
balance is what feng shui is all about.