Feng shui empowers us to take charge of our lives. It awakens us to the beauty of energy and teaches us how to use this energy to enhance and protect prosperity. As a discipline, studying feng shui principles helps us to re-connect with the best in ourselves and the most intimate in our environment.
Feng shui means "wind and water" and these two symbols stand as the eloquent shorthand for the never-ending movement of chi that ebbs and flows through everything in the universe. The graceful wind blows the ever expanding waves and together they dance in harmony infusing chi or energy within and without our lives. Just as the waves are part of the bigger ocean, so too chi is the vital energy of Tao connecting and activating everything: everything originates from the Tao and everything returns to it. There is no beginning, middle or end just like the wind caressing the waves, all is in motion. Feng shui is based on the principle that everything that surrounds us has a unique energy of its own. Feng shui wisdom believes that what we place in our surroundings has an intimate effect on our well-being. The objects, their elemental make-up and color, the balance of yin and yang, the correct directions we face when we sleep and work- all are enhanced with the proper placement of SYMBOLS which vibrate with energy and infuse our lives with meaning and inspiration.
The beauty of using symbols to empower our intimate space is based on the fact that symbols go beyond words, beyond language into to the heart. The energy of the symbols we place in our homes and offices resonates to our own personal energy. The elegant Tribute Horse we place on our desk with its power, majesty and hard working courage inspires us to be the same. The longevity of the sturdy tortoise reflects our own internal desires for a long healthy life. The majesty of the scholar stone placed behind us when we work reinforces our own need to connect with the everlasting and ageless in nature. Thus, the sweetness and inspiration we receive from choosing symbolic art, coins, animals, flowers, birds, plants and so forth is priceless. It is not necessary, however, to be restricted to traditional Chinese symbols. We can tap into our own hearts, our own background and culture to choose symbols that speak directly to us. Flexibility and creativity go hand in hand.
To see with feng shui eyes means to become conscious of the energy that exists all around - in nature, in our homes, in our offices and places of rest. The correct placement of symbols of longevity, symbols for marriage and love luck, symbols for protection and symbols for prosperity and wealth all supply harmony, healing and wholeness to our lives. Have fun along the way as you creatively go about bringing infusions of energy and beauty into both your home and your life.