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Feng Shui, two Chinese words Feng = Wind, Shui = Water. These two words translate in our world today as the “Art of Placement”. Through famous author Lillian Too who wrote over 100 books on the topic – these two Chinese words can often be daunting and confusing for many. There are many approaches (Schools) of Feng Shui; those that I follow, that I use for consultations, and that I teach to anyone who wish to become a Feng Shui consultant, are inspired by the Black Hat School and the Form Schools. That Feng Shui approach is easy to follow and based more on static magic square, intuition and landscapes, rather than worry of Compass directions (the latest being a more typical Asian approach).
Where our ancestors placed their huts/homes centuries ago, was based on common sense certainly protecting themselves and their family from cold winds (Feng) and floods or excess of water (Shui). This existed in ALL countries – yes, worldwide – hence why what we refer to Feng Shui today can be applied in all cultures while respecting some basic principles.
Chi is the most important component of Feng Shui. Chi is a life essence, a motivating force. It animates all things. This word could also be a synonym of cosmic breath or energy.
There are 3 different types of Chi that influence our lives:
1. Chi animates our bodies
The quality of our personal Chi can be improved with daily exercises, good food and a balanced life. It is part of your choices and responsibilities.
2. Chi circulates in the Earth
The Earth energies influence our health. Underground water veins and ley lines have to be detected before completing a physical healing process.
3. Chi permeates the universe
We cannot change our time of birth nor the stars in the sky at that particular moment. Feng Shui relates this to Heaven Chi. In order to help us achieve life changes, consider heaven on earth and project it onto your home, sometimes to your office and daily surroundings. Placing your furniture to promote a gentle Chi flow alters your lives for the better! Would your astrology forecasts an accident on a particular day, having a correct Chi flow around you will decrease the strength of your life lesson and for example, you might just twist your ankle rather than crashing your new car.
Each kind of Chi influences the other. All of us possess a personal Chi. We vibrate; our aura expands and retracts depending on our health and moods. Our cells continually regenerate, yet our basic self is the same, that constant self is our personal Chi. Chi is the essence maintaining our physical and emotional balance, our environmental stability and the universal equilibrium.
Chi flows fast, slow, up, down, high low, in, out. It also rises, falls, sinks, floats, bends, twists, curves, inflates, and deflates.
Chi travels along curves, waves, spirals, mazes, labyrinths or straight lines. It pulses through electrical fields and disperses with the wind.
Negative Chi is called Sha Chi. Chi becomes Sha Chi when it carries unfavourable currents that will affect you negatively.
Sha Chi drips. It oozes through cracks, holes, broken windows and chipped items. It accumulates and stagnates in dead corners and sharp angles. Sha Chi is aggravated by bad smells, too bright lights and loud irritating noises. Sha Chi can be felt, sensed, smelled, heard and tasted. It is dangerous, sharp, rotten, contaminated, polluted, toxic and painful. It can be internal or external, hidden or apparent and it affects physical, mental, spiritual and social conditions. Sha Chi is also produced on a grand scale by geographical faults and fissures in the earth.
Good Chi meanders
Sha Chi speeds
Easy Exercise about the Chi concept:
Look at your home with ‘Feng Shui’ eyes: do you feel that you have too many straight lines, a long corridor or any other Sha Chi around?
Get inspired from the cartoon illustrations and find your own ideas to turn Sha Chi into Chi to quickly reap the benefits – it often takes less than 9 days to feel the difference.
international Feng Shui Master, Consultant and Author