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This book is for anyone who is curious to learn about the ancient Chinese art of feng shui. It is for those who wish to understand its origins and history, and would like to learn more about the different kinds of feng shui being practiced today. It is also for readers who wish to discover how feng shui can change the three aspects of our modern lives that concern us most; our health, our wealth and our happiness.
The Basics of Feng Shui for Health, Wealth and Happiness
By: Sergio Maceda
Copyright © 2016 Sergio Maceda
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Feng Shui. A Brief History.
Feng shui now
Types of Feng Shui and Related Disciplines
Classic feng shui
Contemporary feng shui
The Bagua Octagon
The Bagua Explained
Feng Shui in the Home and at Work
Feng shui in the home
Feng shui at work
Feng Shui for Gardens and Open Spaces
Garden feng shui
Real Life Feng Shui Case Studies
Case study # 1. The engineer without a job
Case study # 2. The child who couldn’t sleep
Case Study # 3. New house brings bad luck
Case study # 4. An inheritance of blocked energy
Practical Examples of Feng Shui Solutions
2. Home repairs
3. Don’t work with your back to a door
4. Let some plants into your life
5. Keep the lid on the loo
6. One nightstand is never enough
Literally translated, feng shui means wind-water. It is a Chinese discipline with a philosophy that dates back thousands of years. First developed by farmers and other early settlers, feng shui was originally used to find the safest locations for building homes and the best burial sites for close family and other relatives. As the ancient discipline developed it became a method to determine the sites of larger and more important structures; such as government buildings, palaces and monuments. Indeed, evidence shows that entire cities have been built according to the core principles of the feng shui concept.
Feng shui remained anchored in the Chinese culture right up until the time of communism. Political leaders frowned upon what they considered to be the mystical aspects of feng shui and the practice fell from favor —although feng shui is believed to have been used extensively during the construction of the Bank of China building in Hong Kong in 1952. This would allude to the belief that feng shui can promote financial health and help companies and individuals to flourish.
From generation to generation, the development of feng shui has been strongly influenced by China’s unique social structure and its indigenous geography. But because the essence of feng shui does not rely on cultural aspects alone, it is able to adapt and blend with other schools of thought. Feng shui can therefore be applied with just as much success in places all over the world.
Feng shui continues to evolve, and while modern day feng shui includes many of the traditional elements of the art; it also embraces new and advanced disciplines such as semiotics, electromagnetic, psychology, ecology, and experimental design. Such is the respect and acclaim that feng shui has garnered from serious professionals and thought leaders around the globe, many feng shui experts are agreed that a scientific validation of feng shui will be undertaken sooner rather than later.
Investigating feng shui for the first time can be confusing. This is explained by the fact that over time, the art has been developed in a variety of different directions (or schools) which can give feng shui an overly complex appearance. And while each school is based on the traditional ‘core principles’, individual feng shui consultants can often suggest different solutions for the same problems. This doesn’t necessarily mean one of them is wrong, just that feng shui offers a variety of methods to rectify issues of a similar nature.
At its heart, traditional feng shui is the study of waterways, land forms and structure location. It is concerned with balancing elements, specifying key locations and assessing the value and dispersion of CHI, the universal energy found inside our bodies and in and outside structures. Every kind of feng shui evaluates and combines each of these factors to determine the best solution to any particular problem.
Classical feng shui can be divided into two schools; the compass school and the form school. Here is a brief explanation of both:
Classical compass feng shui utilizes a western style compass to determine the direction a building faces. Solutions are achieved via calculations derived from a combination of the 8 compass sectors and the 9 trigrams of the bagua, the nine major factors which influence our daily lives. Birth dates and star alignment are factored into the calculations to determine the relationships between localized energy patterns and individual people.
The oldest type of feng shui, the form school was originally used to map out the final resting places of family members and then later incorporated into houses and homes. As the name suggests, it has to do with the ‘form’ or ‘shape’ of objects in both the domestic and natural environment. Form feng shui also deals with the various manifestations of yin and yang and also the flow of chi
Introduced in the early 1970s, contemporary feng shui is based on the psychology of achieving goals by focusing on the varied aspects of life. It also incorporates many nuances of classical feng shui and has become extremely popular in Western society.
Above all else, feng shui concerns itself with how we feel and function within our living spaces. Little wonder then that the ancient art has proven to be very effective when used in association with other, more modern disciplines like ecology, wellbeing, design and architecture. In fact, many of today’s practitioners of the art have additional skills qualifications and talents they can bring into their feng shui practices. Below is a list of just some of the related disciplines which have been used in combination with feng shui to achieve specific goals:
This interdisciplinary field sets its focus on the inter-action between environments and the people who live within them. It embraces social situations, natural and synthetic (built) surroundings as well as informational and educational environments. The science behind environment psychology is said to be in harmony with feng shui because it follows the same intentions as the art, and leans heavily towards the definition of the feng shui theory.
This is the study and treatment of the level of chemicals and the air quality inside buildings. It also examines our exposure to electromagnetic fields and just like feng shui, has the goal of enhancing our ecological wellbeing by creating healthier homes and work places.
A conglomeration of basic feng shui principles, neuro science and environmental studies, biophilic design concerns itself with how urban development can nurture and serve mankind’s deep and sometimes subconscious desire to connect with nature.
Much has also been said about the relation of feng shui to the ‘decluttering of our working and living environments’ and the ‘cleansing of our spaces’. And while clutter management and space cleansing cannot, in all fairness, be regarded as ‘disciplines’ they do reflect many of feng shui’s core principles.
Too much clutter has been recognized as an important factor in our general wellbeing, and is often cited as the cause of fatigue, lack of productivity, giving a sense of oppression and the reason behind low levels of creativity. Feng shui teaches us to let go of unwanted and unnecessary items and by so doing, create space for new and positive situations.
Space cleansing too can contribute to our moods. Traces of the past can make our environments feel either sad or happy and often the act of cleaning out old furniture, drapes and other objects can create a more positive atmosphere.
The bagua octagon is a tool feng shui uses to track the flow of energy in our living spaces and our surrounding environments. It maps out the best use of objects and colors in various home locations and is designed to encourage harmony, prosperity, to promote our feelings of happiness and to support our general state of wellbeing. When following the core principles of feng shui according to the bagua octagon map, it is recommended to begin with the lowest floor, and then move up to repeat the process on higher levels.
Below is an overview of colors and corresponding life area locations the bagua uses to optimize the flow of positive energy within our living and working spaces:
The health area of the bagua (sometimes called the ba gua) is connected directly to our health and wellbeing. It can influence our ability to absorb positive energy and has a considerable impact on our life balance. Just as in our physical lives, the health area sits at the center of the bagua.
The family area relates to our immediate families but also to distant relatives, ancestors and superiors at work. This is the area we should focus on to resolve family arguments and conflict.
The children area not only influences our ability to conceive, it has an impact on our creativity in general, which may include any kind of sport, art or other outdoor activity. The area also affects our ability to finish projects and supports us in our various life goals.
Career area. Not only concerned with our jobs, this area also indicates a purpose and our path in life. When correctly ‘adjusted’ to the principles of feng shui, this area will give us confidence in our work roles and even help us choose a new career should we desire.
The fame area is connected to how we see ourselves, professionally and socially. It influences our aspirations and helps us follow our dreams. A flow of harmonious energy in this area will clarify our visions of the future and increase spiritual awareness.
The people area. Influences which kind of friends and acquaintances we have. Are they helpful and supportive? Or do they unwittingly hold us back? The area also connects with our potential travels, domestic and overseas.
The knowledge area is related to study, meditation and intuition. It’s the perfect place to grab some ‘me time’ and to loose ourselves in learning and absorbing new data. The knowledge area also acts as a refuge from harassment and feelings of inadequacy.
Matrimony. This life area is concerned with our relationships with our most important partners, sex partners and almost any other relationship we have. When marital problems arise, as they often do, this is the area which needs our extra attention.
The wealth area is not only about earning more money. It has to do with how we blessed we feel we are in life and how well we are appreciated by people who matter to us the most. Cash flow problems or difficulties at work can be addressed by making the necessary feng shui adjustments in this area.
The state of our homes is often a direct reflection of the state of our lives. How we choose to decorate and furnish our living spaces can have a negative effect on our moods and general wellbeing. As a transformation tool, feng shui makes adjustments and removes obstacles within the home to create a harmonious flow of positive energy. This transformation then leads to the living space ‘feeling’ better and more supportive, and can alter our own personal attitudes by making us more receptive to the positives we find in the environment around us.
The benefits of applying the feng shui process to our homes are many. And very often the required adjustments are extremely easy to implement—it can involve something as simple as turning a chair to face a door, moving an indoor plant or relocating a picture to another wall.
Besides achieving a pleasing aesthetic result, feng shui will also enhance the sense of harmony and balance in the home and help us feel more comfortable and more at ease within our living space. Feng shui actively encourages us to deepen our connection with nature and by so doing boosts our levels of vitality, enthusiasm and energy. Children have been known to sleep and study better. Adults are able to focus more on specific goals and improve their inter-personal relationships.
But feng shui doesn’t only improve our physical and mental wellbeing, it can actually put money in our pockets; research has shown that when feng shui methods are followed correctly, property sales have been optimized and purchasing decisions influenced. A house which has been taken through the feng shui process invariably exceeds its asking price!
The art of feng shui focuses on harnessing positive energy and overcoming adversity, and if the energy flow at the place where we work is obstructed in any way, this could mean that business will struggle to achieve success. But how can we tell? Have a look around; are colleagues lethargic and irritable? Do they find it difficult to concentrate on their job and are regularly off sick? Does the company have a high staff turnover rate? These could be signs that the layout of the office or work space is misaligned and the flow of positive energy is being somehow blocked.
The first step in the feng shui process is to identify the underlying factors which are causing the problems. Feng shui examines many natural elements such as light, direction, timing and color to make adjustments to location and placements of furnishings and symbols. A feng shui treatment will bring peace and harmony back into the office and make it a positive space that promotes creativity, improves productivity and thus opens the door to increased profits.
Nowhere does feng shui excel quite so much as in the great outdoors. Whenever the art is used in the exterior grounds surrounding a property that property also benefits from the enhanced chi which then flows into the adjoining buildings. The process of garden feng shui begins by evaluating existing organic features and the shapes of land forms, natural textures and colors, then goes on to concentrate on the balance of yin and yang. Well placed water features are added to create a peaceful and harmonious space.
The Chinese have been harmonizing their gardens with nature for over 3000 years. Which means that still today, great emphasis is placed on preserving and enhancing the environment with man-made elements and natural surroundings coming together in a subtle blend of peace and harmony.
The great emperors of China were renowned for their beautiful gardens, which by today’s standards looked more like huge parks and were a sanctuary for several species of birds and animals. The famous Jingu Garden, built in the fourth century, is said to have had breathtaking landscapes with thick, dense foliage, bamboo and pine trees and a fresh water stream which flowed into an elegantly ornate fish pond.
The ancient wisdom of feng shui also lends itself to the creation of harmonious public spaces. We all know of places that have made us feel uncomfortable or perhaps even unwell. We may not understand why, but something about these places just doesn’t feel ‘right’. Spaces which have been designed with feng shui in mind show consideration for the surroundings and this in turn encourages our good moods and is more likely to be popular with other people.
In public spaces where feng shui principles are adhered to, the public will generally feel more relaxed, more optimistic and better emotionally nourished. Some examples of where feng shui has proved to be influential in creating a positive space are gardens and parks, sport stadiums, train stations and airports and schools and hospitals. In today’s modern China, experienced feng shui practitioners are invariable called and consulted before any major construction project begins. But even with long established buildings and spaces, much can be done by making small, low cost adjustments.
People who turn to feng shui to make improvements in their lives generally employ the services of a trained feng shui practitioner. These practitioners begin with a consultation and an assessment of the situation and then make recommendations regarding the application of the feng shui process to remedy the situation.
What follows is a series of accounts of real consultations, the problems encountered, the solutions proffered and the results of the feng shui process. All of these accounts are true, but the names and exact details have been changed to protect the privacy of the people involved.
Mark was a successful engineer who some three years earlier had moved into a new home with his wife and two children. The family was happy enough at first, Mark and his wife loved the house and the kids enjoyed playing in the huge garden at the back. But a little over six months after moving in, Mark lost his job.
Mark was a talented and highly qualified engineer. He blamed his sudden unemployment on the slowdown in the market economy and was pretty sure he would find another position soon. Two years later he was still looking for a job. The situation became desperate. Mark’s wife worked as a secretary and on her salary alone the family’s rainy-day savings were rapidly running out. It was Mark’s wife who finally called in a feng shui consultant to help.
The consultant arrived and set about examining the house and garden. Almost immediately she identified a bare area in the southern quadrant. This suggested a lack of yang (male) energy when compared to the yin, and as the south is also associated with the ‘father figure’ of the family, the consultant concluded that the property wasn’t offering Mark enough positive support.
Coupled with this were the facts that a row of tall trees in the neighbor’s garden cast a perpetual shadow over the area, blocking the ‘father energy’ coming in from the south and the northern portion of the garden, connected to Mark’s career chances, had been neglected and become badly overgrown.
For the feng shui consultant the solution was clear: A large rock was placed in the empty southern area to act as an anchor for Mark’s positive energy, and the northern area was cut back, cleaned up, spruced and pruned. The result was a vast improvement in Mark’s energies and a few weeks later he found a new job with a salary much higher than he had ever earned before.
The mother of a five-year-old boy was worried about her son’s health. The boy, Andrew, seemed unable to sleep through an entire night, kept waking up at odd hours and wandering around the house. The boy also suffered from a number of allergies. After seeking out the opinions of various doctors in the area with no success, the mother turned to a feng shui consultant for help.
The consultant began her analysis with the child’s bedroom. Andrew was a huge Star Wars fan, and his room was filled with posters and action figures of Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader et al. The consultant ascertained that the gaudy colors and objects were not compliant to a good night’s sleep. She also discovered that Andrew was sleeping on a mattress on the floor. The case was perfect for the application of a feng shui solution. The consultant recommended that the boy’s mother buy him a proper bed and she also advised where to position it inside the bedroom. The posters were removed and replaced with softer colors and calmer images.
A few nights after the changes, Andrew’s mother called the consultant and told her the good news; Andrew was sleeping much better, he seemed a lot happier and his concentration had greatly improved. But what came as a surprise to both the mother and the consultant was that Andrew’s allergies, from which he had suffered since birth, had begun to disappear almost immediately after his bedroom had been adjusted!
After moving into what she initially thought was her dream home, a successful business woman suddenly found that her luck had changed. Within a month of moving in she received a speeding ticket, had experienced an incident of identity fraud on the Internet that cost her thousands of dollars and worst of all, her long-time partner left her for another woman. She began to suffer from depression and was constantly imagining she was about to die.
Luckily, the woman had already experienced the positive nature of feng shui, having had a consultation on an apartment she had lived in a few years back. In desperation, she called the same consultant to help her with the awful situation in the new home.
The consultant began by asking if the woman had placed any kind of object inside the house that might be having a detrimental effect on her psyche; perhaps a picture depicting a negative scene or an ornament that made her feel slightly uncomfortable? The woman replied with an emphatic ‘No!’ but upon closer inspection of the house the experienced feng shui consultant found a picture in the ‘future’ area of the house which depicted her ex-partner and her 11 year old son.
Her ex had been a keen angler and the photo showed him and the son holding up a huge fish they had caught. The woman explained that it had been her son’s first ever fishing trip and he had later confided to her that he hadn’t enjoyed it. Looking closely at the photograph the consultant noticed that a filleting knife her partner was holding in his free hand was pointing directly (but quite innocently) at her son’s heart.
Following the consultant’s advice the woman immediately removed the picture and replaced it with a photograph of a happier memory of a past birthday party with her family laughing and smiling around a dinner table. And almost overnight her life changed for the better; a few days after the consultation she went shopping with some girlfriends and met a man who would one year later become her husband. She was offered a new job with a rival company and took over a successful chain of fashionable boutiques and today she admits she has never been happier in her life!
Janet and Susan are sisters in their late thirties. A few years back they both inherited equal shares of a large country house which belonged to their grandfather. The timing was particularly convenient for Janet as she had just split up with her boyfriend and was looking for a new place to live. Susan was married and quite happy living with her husband and children. The sisters agreed that Janet would move into their grandfather’s house and eventually she and Susan would come to some kind of arrangement concerning the rent.
At first, the situation seemed ideal for Janet. But after a few weeks living in her new home she noticed she was sleeping badly and felt a continuous sense of unease whenever she was inside the house. The problem was that Janet only had access to half of the house. The other half was still filled with her deceased grandfather’s belongings and Janet simply couldn’t bring herself to dispose of them.
Tensions also arose when Janet began to struggle paying rent to her sister. Even though Janet worked six days a week, there never seemed to be enough money left over at the end of the month to pay all her bills. This led to Janet feeling constantly tired and anxious.
Help came in the form of a feng shui consultant who had been asked by a mutual friend to have a look at Janet’s situation. The consultant recognized that a lack of cash flow was at the root of Janet’s problems and began the feng shui process with a view to improving her financial situation.
First, a space clearing exercise was undertaken to dispose of some of the grandfather’s possessions and allow Janet access to the entire building. This cleared the ‘blocked energy’ and enabled her to move past the loss of her grandmother. Next, with the placement of mirrors, plants and other positive objects, the house was ‘adjusted’ to channel Janet’s own personal energy and her financial aspirations.
One week after the initial consultation, Janet took time off work and cleared out the rest of her grandmother’s belongings. She entered into negotiations with her sister and came to an agreement regarding the paying of the rent. Janet’s life took a positive turn.
Two months later she took a week vacation and returned, re-energized and far more confident in her own abilities. Over time, Janet has redecorated the entire house and converted part of it into a small guest house. She gave up her low-paying job and now earns a comfortable living renting out the rooms to tourists.
From the above case these studies we see the positive affect feng shui can have on our living spaces and indeed, on every aspect of our lives. Trained and experienced consultants use the teachings of the ancient art to ‘adjust’ our surroundings and open up our awareness and susceptibility to the positive energy of chi and bring our environments into balance according to the yin and yang.
Feng shui teaches us that our homes are a mirror image of our lives and many experts pay particular attention to the ornaments and pictures we have in our homes. The consultant understands the powerful affect they have on our subconscious minds. The way we choose and place these objects in our living spaces says a lot about who we are. The first thing we see when we wake up and the last thing we see when we go to sleep can have a strong impact on our attitude to life, our health, wealth and wellbeing, and our general peace of mind.
Although by no means a ‘quick fix’, feng shui does provide some interesting and effective solutions which we can put to use without too great an effort and with more or less immediate results:
Most of us have too many ‘things’. If we can dispose of even half of the superfluous possessions in our offices and homes, we will feel a lot lighter. This can lead to the loss of physical body weight and can cure headaches.
It’s a strange fact of life that if our cars need to go into the workshop for repairs, we don’t hesitate a moment. But almost all of us have broken things in our homes; door handles, electrical appliances, wobbly furniture or drawers that stick. Fixing things in our homes will make it easier for us to face other problems in our life, like failing relationships or a confrontation with a colleague at work.
This will always put us in a ‘compromising position’. Try turning your desk around and immediately you will feel the power the new position provides. If your home or office is so structured that you can’t sit at your desk and see the door at the same time, fix a mirror to the wall so that you can at least see who is coming in. There is nothing dubious about this. Working where we can see the door helps us relax and concentrate better, even if we are not aware of it at the time.
Plants represent creativity, growth and they even purify the air we breathe. Placing a few lush, green plants around our homes not only makes our abodes look more inviting and comfortable, they can also give us a noticeable lift in mood.
From a feng shui point of view, a toilet seat left up is a direct link to an open sewer. It’s not only unhygienic, it’s also pretty ugly. But there’s more than just that—the open toilet represents a drain on all the positive energy in our home and even on our finances.
This feng shui principle does not necessarily have anything to do with your love life. But it can. It’s a fact that a bed with one nightstand looks out of balance and even if you are determined to live alone, it probably doesn’t feel right. And if you are looking for a new partner in your life, a second nightstand will at least send out a positive signal that they will be welcome.
Upon reflection, we can say that feng shui is the interaction between environments and the people who live within them. It enables us to achieve life goals by influencing the flow of energy between the two. Feng shui shows us how, by placing specific objects in specific areas and by choosing appropriate color schemes, we can improve the natural harmony in our homes and the surrounding areas. Or to put it simply, by utilizing chi and the correct balance of yin and yang, feng shui improves every single aspect of our lives.
Feng shui is not magic. It is not a religion. As I have stated repeatedly throughout this book, feng shui is an ancient art, practiced for thousands of years and handed down from generation to generation. Nothing more. Nothing less.
However, it is my personal belief that feng shui will only work if we open ourselves to the positive energy of chi and align ourselves to harmony of the yin and yang. And while our modern Western attitudes may act as barriers to the whole idea of what might at first glance appear to be mysterious and mystical, remember that there are many, many documented cases of the feng shui process that have proven how effective it can be.
There is so much more to learn about feng shui than could ever be squeezed into a book of this size. But if I whetted your appetite to learn more, if I have awakened your curiosity or given you ideas about changing and improving your life path, then I have succeeded. All that remains now is for me to thank you for purchasing this book, and to wish you luck in your future choices and decisions, wherever life takes you, either with or without feng shui!
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