What Is Feng Shui?
Feng shui was created, honed and formalized starting 6,000 years ago in China. Feng means “wind” and shui means “water.” Because wind and water are positive elements to the Chinese, good feng shui is what you want to strive for at all times in your surroundings.
In terms of formal Chinese methods of feng shui, many different schools developed through the centuries. With some, there is a lot of emphasis placed on the siting of a home or building itself, with great consideration given to hills or mountains, water features, roads, etc. With other forms, a lot of emphasis is placed on the elements (metal, wood, water, etc.) and balancing those.
Because feng shui was developed so long ago, back when China was a huge country with lots of available land, most modern feng shui methods take into account that you may not have the option of finding a piece of land and building on it in whatever direction you want from the ground up. There are principles of feng shui that can still benefit you, and “fixes” you can do if you have problems like a missing corner in your house, or big windows facing a busy street, etc.
Today good feng shui is achieved mostly through the art of placement—placing objects in beneficial positions throughout your home, garden, office or space. And with my method, your intention is critical.
As a Western psychic practicing feng shui in America, I’ve seen incredible results, and come to understand that feng shui is about energy, placement and belief. I see feng shui as a three-dimensional reminder to the homeowner or business owner about what they are trying to achieve in life. Affirmations are excellent, but placing objects and reminders in physical reality can also be extremely powerful.
I use the bagua, like this one, placing the bottom along the main entrance of your home. Essentially with the bagua, you have to picture it overlaying the structure of your home.
As you can see, your home’s entrance will usually fall in either your knowledge and spirituality corner, your career section, or your helpful people and travel corner. If there are multiple entrances, things get a bit more complex, but feng shui will still work all the same.
Depending on your goals—financial wealth, career progress, raising a family, creating art, improving or finding a relationship, etc.—we can address each section of your space accordingly. Note that if you are having health challenges, I place health in the center, along with God or the ultimate Chi in my conception of it. (In this bagua, there is the yin and yang symbol in the center.)
I’ve worked with some people who choose not to immediately reveal their problem, their goal, or why they’ve hired me to do a feng shui session, or they may not even know what might be “wrong” with their feng shui. A walk-through can reveal things fairly quickly, and this can be absolutely amazing to all concerned.
Feng shui can continue be used as your goals and life change. For instance, I regularly review and update feng shui elements in my own home based on my own growth and objectives.
“I see feng shui elements as visible, three-dimensional reminders to the homeowner or business owner about what they are trying to achieve in life. Changing your physical space is a powerful, visual and tactile healing methodology.” ~ Pelauria