The Key Concept of Feng Shui
Many Feng Shui blogs and articles (including my own) seem to only offer decorating tips and furniture arrangement ideas. Something has gotten lost – the key concept of Feng Shui: Chi. Feng Shui decorating and furniture placement should be in the service of enhancing, balancing and harmonizing Chi energy for your benefit.
Let’s take a minute and discuss: What is Chi? and Why do we need it?
What is Chi?
“Chi is the invisible, intangible, animating energy of the universe.” – Stephen Post
Chi is the “life force” or “breath of life.” Ancient Taoists believed everything in the universe contained Chi.
- There is Chi in the heavens – Celestial Chi – Compass school Feng Shui
- There is Chi in the earth – Earth Chi – Land Form and BTB Feng Shui
- And there is Chi in our bodies – Traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture, and Tai Chi.
Why do we need Chi?
You absorb the Chi in your space – good, bad or stagnant. This is experienced as energy, and physical and mental health – good, bad or stagnant. Feng Shui seeks to bring harmonious Chi into your environment to support your personal Chi.
How does Feng Shui help you receive Chi?
How do you get Chi into your home or workspace?
“Chi floats like air and is drawn to water.” – Chinese proverb.
The words “Feng Shui” translate to “wind” and “water”. Chi is omnipresent in Nature. It enters your space through the designated front door or “mouth of Chi”. Chi is a nourishing energy.
Chi can be blocked from entering your home or office by clutter. Decluttering is an important precursor to Feng Shui, not because being organized makes you a better person, but because clutter sucks up Chi. As Chi moves through your space it scatters its energy around like fairy dust. You then absorb that energy. Chi can be lost if it leaves your home too quickly.
If the Chi of your space is out of sync with your personal needs (your 5 Element Energies) you will miss this fine-tuning of your Chi.
If the Chi of your space is too Yin or too Yang it works against the feeling and function of the space for you.
Want help improving the Chi of your home or Office? Contact Linda Varone.
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Chinese calligraphy by Russell Eng Gon