Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese system of aesthetics used to promote positive living and energy. Specifically, feng shui involves principles used to balance the energy of any space in order to promote the health and livelihood of those inhabiting the space. Many people, both Chinese and non-Chinese, use feng shui principles in their home and other spaces such as offices to promote a positive living environment.
Feng Shui Basics
Feng Shui was created in China over 3000 years ago and is still practiced today by many people all over the globe. The literal translation of feng shui is wind and water. It is based on the Chinese cultural belief that water and wind are correlated with health and good fortune. Therefore, good feng shui promotes good fortune and bad feng shui inhibits it.
Feng shui principles are typically practiced in living spaces such as homes and offices. Feng shui includes a set of principles for arranging furniture and items in a room to promote positive living. Other aspects of feng shui are intangible and are simply the feeling that a room projects and the energy within the space.
Using Feng Shui in Your Home
The fundamentals of feng shui are often difficult to learn and can take years to master. However, there are things that beginners can do to start practicing feng shui in their personal living spaces. The first thing you can do is clear the clutter from your home. This will help to lighten the mood in your home and make it easier for you to incorporate other feng shui principles. You will then want to make sure you have good air quality and lighting in your home. Opening up the windows will let natural light and breeze into your home. You will then need to define the Ba-Gua of your home. This is the feng shui area map of your living space and can be defined through two methods: the BTB grid or the compass. Resources for defining the Ba-Gua can be found online or at your local bookstore.