What is Feng Shui
Simply put, Feng Shui is an art and a science. Originating in China, literally translated: feng means wind and shui is water. It is a study and discipline, thousands of years old, focusing on one’s personal space – home, office, landscape – and the flow of energy. Through Feng Shui, we intend to maximize life goals and intentions, balance elemental facets, and look to the feminine and masculine of all things.
In Feng Shui, there is an understanding that energy flows through all things – living and inanimate. Through that energy flow, we can design and arrange our spaces to support and nourish our lives and goals using the Feng Shui tools of the trade. The positive aspects to chi flow bring about positive shifts to our world, relationships, home and work, abundance and health and more. A less than positive, or negative, chi flow can keep us stagnant, from achieving our goals, or from being all that we are intended to be. There is also the understanding that all situations are fluid and can change. Change in inevitable; change can be beneficial. Feng Shui uses the physical shifts and updates to our spaces to bring about the positive and harmonious shifts in our lives.
How does Feng Shui work?
There are many ways we incorporate Feng Shui shifts or enhancements. Through the varied schools or perspectives of Feng Shui, there are also varied ways to accomplish and empower your life path. Even with those variances, many of the basic principles remain the same and are what unify us all.
Through Feng Shui we look at design and flow. We look for safety and comfort. We look at the overabundance of one element or another. While not all of the five elements – wood, fire, earth, metal, and water need be present in exactly equal portions – each element can be represented and present in ways that influence positively the inhabitants of a space. Balancing the feminine and the masculine – the yin and the yang – is also important for enriching the lives, careers, relationships, health, and abundance of those living and working in spaces. The bagua map is also an excellent guide to mapping your spaces and finding those areas where more balance or focus is needed. Some perspectives will also use birth charts, compass or luo pan, astrology, numerology, dowsing and space clearing to provide specific adjustments.
Feng Shui is a relevant part of everyday life around the world. Living with what you love, freeing yourself from clutter, and expressing your true self will help you manifest the best Feng Shui for you.
From Chicago, Illinois, Laurie Pawli is the Director of the Feng Shui School of Chicago and owner of Design with Energy. Her teachers include Grand Master Professor Lin Yun, Crystal Chu, Katherine Metz, James Moser, Elliot Tanzer, Denise Linn, Roger Green, Carole Hyder, Lois Lang. Her Certification is from the Integrative School of Feng Shui in San Diego, CA.
From Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Michelle Luongo is an internationally respected Advanced Feng Shui Consultant, instructor and owner and founder of the East Coast Institute of Feng Shui. She is also the founder of a successful Feng Shui consulting firm; Balanced Living, Inc.
From Phoenix, Arizona, Mary Wimmer is a Certified Feng Shui Practitioner. She received her practitioner certification under the tutelage of Lisa Montgomery of “Feng Shui Arizona”. Mary incorporates Black Tibetan Buddhist, Flying Star, Form School, Compass School, Eight Mansions and Four Pillars Chinese Astrology in her practice.
From the United Kingdom, Karen Kingston has pioneered the development of space clearing since 1978 and is recognized as the western world’s leading authority in this field. Her two books, Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui and Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui are both million-copy bestsellers in 25 languages and have established themselves as ‘must read’ feng shui classics.
From Elk Grove, California, Soleil Tranquilli is a practicing yogini, a community garden veteran and certified feng shui consultant. She holds AS degrees in Horticulture, Nursery Industry and advanced certification with The California School of Garden Design, is a Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL) and proud River Friendly certified Green Gardener. Her landscape design and feng shui practice helps to spiritually connect people to their place on the planet.
From North Hollywood, California, Nicolette is a Black-Sect Tantric Buddhist Feng Shui Practitioner consulting all over the United States and Internationally, sharing the mystical principles of Feng Shui.