Feng Shui (pronounced fung shway) is the ancient chinese art of placement and design with regard to enhancing the flow of universal energy. In China, it is believed that this energy is like the force of the wind (feng) and the flow of water (shui). Followers of Feng Shui believe that an invisible energy or life force (aka qi or chi) flows within us, around our home and workplace.
The key in Feng Shui is to create harmony within our surroundings. Creating harmony within our environment attracts positive energy. When positive energy flows around us, it brings good luck, good health, great opportunities, peace, prosperity and enjoyment of life. This positive energy is considered beneficial.
If energy becomes blocked or stagnant, it turns into a negative force. Fast moving energy can also create negative energy. Built up clutter causes negative energy. Negative energy can bring all kinds of problems in our life, including relationships, finance, career and education.
Fortunately, there are many ways we can block or diffuse negative energy including 8 major types of Feng Shui cures (or remedies). Crystals and stones are included in this group.
Crystals are an excellent tool for clearing negative energy from your space. Hang crystals over clutter to help disperse the build up of negative energy. If a window faces an outside wall or if the view is undesirable, hang a crystal in the window to scatter the negative energy.
Place Amethyst clusters around your home to create peace and harmony.
Prehnite is the perfect feng shui stone because it discourages clutter and encourages you to get rid of possessions you no longer need. It is helpful in organizing what you keep. Prehnite can benefit those who hoard possessions or loves.
The Bagua (photo below) is an eight sided picture or object usually with a mirror or yin / yang design in the center. The eight sides stand for the 8 compass directions, 8 goals / objectives, 8 cures and 8 different family relationships.
The Bagua is a powerful symbol of protection. It represents the fundamental aspects of life and is believed to increase the potential in your life.
The areas of your home or office can also be determined by using a compass. Each direction represents a different goal.
Your home or office is divided into 9 areas and each area corresponds to a particular concern or intent. Strengthen specific parts of your life by un-cluttering the corresponding area of your home or office.
There are several methods to determine which area of your home or office relates to its own objective.
The most common system used today is a 3 x 3 grid, otherwise known as a bagua map (shown below).
If you want to learn more about feng shui, there are many good books on the subject.