Many people ask what Feng Shui can actually do for you. There is a common misconception that Feng Shui is all about making somebody rich and powerful. However, Classical Feng Shui has much more to offer than that. I look at Feng Shui as the art of assessing the quality of your life and, where necessary, the art of improving certain aspects of your living environment in order to make you feel better and more in tune with what’s happening around you. And this does not always mean that you get rich in the process.
Feng Shui is about knowing your environment and living in harmony with it, in order to succeed in your life’s endeavors. The term “Feng Shui” first appeared in Guo Pu’s classic “Burial Book” (Zang Shu 葬書), which was written approx. 300 AD. Guo Pu wrote that “Qi is dispersed by the wind and gathers at the boundaries of water”. This is a key thought behind all things Feng Shui – windy areas do not allow Qi to gather, but Qi is pre-disposed to gather at boundaries of water, such as lakes, rivers, ponds, etc.
It is important to understand that Qi 氣, the natural life force that is conceived from the interaction between mountains and water formations, cannot be artificially created or simulated by man-made objects. The erroneous believes that placing a toad with a coin in its mouth in a certain corner of your house/office, or painting a room in a certain color to improve the Qi in your environment have done much harm to the science of Classical Feng Shui and have contributed greatly to today’s rejection of Feng Shui as a mere superstition.
Amulets and figurines, crystals and other man-made “lucky” objects have nothing to do with Classical Feng Shui and will not make you rich, healthy or successful. In my practice as a consultant I have seen countless businesses that had their offices decorated with all kinds of lucky toads or turtles – and they were still doing very badly. Not to mention that you really don’t want your home or office look like a tacky Chinese restaurant!
The study of Qi is today recognized even by Western doctors who have begun to apply acupuncture and acupressure when treating patients, to stimulate and correct the Qi flow in the patient’s body. The Qi in Feng Shui studies is nothing else but the energy of the earth and the environment around us. Since Qi is a natural phenomenon that can neither be created nor destroyed, it is rarely (if ever) generated by decorative items and designs, and I will not use these types of techniques in my evaluation of your space. My aim is to identify the sources of positive Qi in your environment and position a property and yourself in a way to receive this Qi. The end result is a living or working space that will support you in achieving your goals in life and maintaining a healthy environment in which all occupants can perform at their peak.