Feng Shui has endured its own case of Chinese whispers, with as many interpretations as there were sources. Bringing back to center, Feng Shui is an ancient concept detailing the energetic interaction of humans with their environment. An inheritance from Chinese culture to the rest of the world, it has found newly minted believers in Western countries. It is now a common occurrence in societies where people are increasingly seeking health, balanced prosperity, and peace of mind.
Feng shui is often incorrectly banded in with religious or superstitious beliefs, but this gentle practice of rerouting energy eventually bases itself on the principles of science. To understand the philosophy, it would be beneficial to dispel its mystical façade and think about Feng Shui in a logical or scientific way (especially if you are a skeptic), because at its core, the principle is rooted in physics more than anything else.
Understanding Feng Shui
Feng Shui, pronounced as “Fung Shway”, is composed of two words – Feng meaning ‘Wind’ and Shui meaning ‘Water’. The wind stands for ‘opportunities’ while water is ‘wealth’.
Harnessing the power of the wind (opportunities) and water (wealth) through the delicate balance of Yin & Yang, the study of Feng Shui deals with the tapping of this energy and balancing and harmonizing it to bring one good health, better relationships, wealth, and prosperity. Feng Shui has many interpretations – Some Masters say it is the practice of natural science, others say it is about ‘correct placement’. But we all agree that Feng Shui is about creating a more conducive, healthy, and harmonious environment for living and working to enhance good health, prosperity, and abundance for the family.
The underlying principle of Feng Shui is to live in harmony with your environment so that the energies of the environment, time, and space surrounding you, work for you. Tapping and aligning with your living environment leads to positive changes, thereby enhancing career opportunities, prosperity, good health, romantic prospects, and luck.
The Workings of Feng Shui
Earth is a magnet, and so is our body. When we sleep in a particular direction, our body’s magnetic properties come into play, aligning or non-aligning with the magnetic earth. Hence, if the alignment is positive, the person awakens fresh, happy, and healthy, whereas if the alignment is negative or lacking, the person wakes up with a headache, is stressed, and feels lost.
Feng Shui consultants ascertain the best direction of a person based on their date of birth and thus scientifically calculate the corresponding best direction of the house, to help align it systematically.
Imagine your luck divided into thirds, where each type of luck points to a different aspect, as follows:
- Fate/Karma Luck or Heavenly luck – 33.33%: The luck or destiny we bring along with us when we are born.
- Human Luck or Effort luck – 33.33%: The luck we earn based on our hard work and effort.
- Earth Luck or Feng Shui luck – 33.33%: The luck we receive when we align with the principles of feng shui
When we look at luck this way, fate luck comprises only one-third of the total luck, with the other one-third made up of luck that comes through hard work. Thus, even if you are delivered to the earth with good karma and are hardworking, you still cannot reach your full potential. This could be because the environmental energy around you and the surroundings where you are living does not serve as a pillar towards your success, money, health, spirituality, or relationships. This is one of the reasons most people are missing something in their life, leading to a following lacking/ manifestations.
- Money and health thrive, but relationship issues exist
- Health and relationships progress but has money/career issues
- Money and relationships achieve balance but has health issues
The Four Main Directions
By and large, there are four main directions in one’s life;
- Wealth or career direction
- Relationship direction
- Health direction
- Spiritual or wisdom direction
There are five main elements in Feng Shui that move in tandem, namely earth, wood, fire, metal, and water. Understanding their synergy is the essence of this presence, and one must balance these elements in a productive cycle, not a weakening or destructive cycle:
When a person is born, they have four good and bad directions. The areas where they work or relax must be based on these good directions, including where to keep one’s bed, sofa, or table.
Piecing Together For Peace And Well-Being
- Do not let the bed ‘float’ in the middle of the room. There must be a solid wall behind the bed. Otherwise, you will lack in career and relationship support.
- Do not let your feet point directly at the door, as this is the death position.
- The dining table and staircase should not be seen from the Main-door. This leads to unwanted expenditures and money loss. Hang bright light in between or place a screen or curtain in between.
- Do not have toilets above the main door – leads to wealth loss. Use Uplighters (light fittings that direct light output upwards)
- Do not have windows behind the office chair. If so, hang a thick curtain on it and a mountain picture above it.
- Do not have bright lights behind. This can lead to backstabbing and/or you can leave your job easily.
- The stove, sink, and refrigerator shouldn’t come in line. If so, place a wooden separation or plant in between.
- No mirrors in the kitchen. If placed may cause fire accidents.
Aligning The Elements
If we can recreate an atmosphere of a park or forest in your home by keeping all the elements like water (fountain), wood (plants/trees), metals (minerals), fire (candles, light), and earth (stones, pebbles) at the right place, then we can create the same tranquillity and peace in our house, and that is the essence of Feng Shui.
Sreejith Nambron can be reached at [email protected]