by Pamela Yocum

The most recent articles from Kathleen, Creating Space for Stillness, and Jennifer Sikes, Open Spaces: Simply, Simplify, prompted me to push open the envelope to the next step which involves Feng Shui. It is the art of living in harmony with the natural and man-made environment. To expand on that, the practice can enhance our good fortune in many areas of life including family, children, relationship, career, health, wealth, and others.

Feng Shui is a composite of mystical beliefs, astrology, folklore, and common sense practiced for over 4,000 years. It is a science that has survived for centuries and is widely practiced in India, Tibet, China, and around the world. Almost every high-rise in Hong Kong has design features that were determined by good Feng Shui practices. The complex wisdom is based on the understanding of the powerful flow of energy throughout the universe.

In the past, Feng Shui was confined to the ruling classes. Early records kept hidden meanings because of archaic language and symbolic explanations that had multiple interpretations. Occasionally, the Feng Shui masters were killed so that those more powerful and wealthy could keep their secrets.

Emphasis is placed on the topography of the land, encouraging protection, support, and the most advantageous use of chi or energy which permeates every aspect of our lives. A second system emerged using symbols of the I-Ching and directions of the compass. Each of these attributes offers clues for design in order to maximize auspicious Feng Shui. Eventually, Western Feng Shui became an added focus incorporating psychology, ergonomics, dowsing, and more.

In the family home, good Feng Shui promotes more harmonious relationships, attracts abundance, fosters good health, and contributes to the positive well-being of everyone involved. It can also be instrumental in resolving problems with disobedient children, sleep, or academic problems.

I have been practicing as a Feng Shui Consultant since 1993 and in 2000 graduated from the Temple of Professor Lin Yun, who brought Feng Shui to the United States. One of my first clients shared how her adult son commented on the wonderful changes that caused him to refocus his life. Ten years later, we  spoke again and he reiterated how he has continued to progress emotionally and spiritually.

Increasing numbers throughout the world are seeking the benefits of Feng Shui. It is a science that can be adapted to any modern living environment but its success is only determined by the individual beliefs and attitudes for the most positive outcome.

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