Feng Shui

Blossom founder, Kerry, was introduced to Feng-Shui many years ago and loves it!

Feng Shui is easy to to use and can bring wonderful changes to your life.

The goal of Feng Shui is to create living environments that are comfortable, organized and in harmony with our inner being. As you make changes in your environment, these changes will affect every part of your life and you will begin to see the world in a different light.

Some of the benefits of good Feng Shui include:

  • Improved health
  • Improved relationships
  • Enhanced career opportunities
  • Financial improvement
  • Quality sleep
  • Inspiration – new ideas

Most of us already practice Feng Shui. We know intuitively when an environment feels balanced and harmonious. As humans, we are naturally drawn to places that feel “just right”; not too bright, not too dark, not too big and not too small, but just right. How do we consciously create this balance?

Below is a fantastic article by Holly Tashian, which assists in explaining this beautifully and also gives some tips on how to change your environment.

Feng Shui, The Art of Placement, by Holly Tashian

Feng Shui, the art of placement, has been practiced for over 3,000 years. The purpose of Feng Shui is to bring balance, harmony, and beneficial energy to the environment where we live and work. Today this art and science is practiced by millions of people worldwide and continues to grow in popularity as people experience its benefits.

Feng Shui became popular in the Western world only recently. We now understand the tremendous impact the environment has on the quality of our lives. When we surround ourselves with the things that we love, we are able to enhance our lives with living spaces that nourish and empower us. Our homes and work environments can enable us to be creative, healthy, happy individuals. And conversely, when we surround ourselves with chaos, unwanted clutter, and disorganization, we are easily overwhelmed, frustrated, and stressed.

In Feng Shui there are three basic principles that define Ch’i, the energy that animates, connects and moves everything through the cycles of life:

  1. All things in the physical world are endowed with living energy known as Ch’i. This includes cars, computers, rocks, houses, people, land and even furniture. They are not only alive on a molecular level, but they are alive with our personal responses to them. Some objects give us a deep sense of comfort, while others seem to draw our energy down. When we surround ourselves with those things that make us feel good, and let go of those things that are associated with unhappy memories, our energy level is lifted, and we have a sense of well being.
  2. Ch’i connects every physical thing. We live in an interconnected web, where everything is related to everything else, making all things in our lives important. When we change one thing, a series of events changes everything else. Like the ripples created from a pebble thrown into a pool of water, they spread out and out to affect all they touch. As we change our environment, our environment changes us.
  3.  The Ch’i in everything is constantly changing. Our mood, the seasons, our bodies, the community, everything is changing. This is a vital part of life. When our environment reflects who we are today, it nurtures and supports our growth through life. When our surroundings remain the same, year in and year out, we become stifled in our growth.

Working with these principles of Ch’i we see that everything is alive and speaking to us.

Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Give yourself the gift of comfort; this is empowering. For example, make sure you have a comfortable chair in your office, and place it in a position where you can easily see the entrance door. Place your bed and major pieces of furniture with a view of the door as well.
  2.  Make sure your environment is safe for everyone. Adult-proof your surroundings and make sure there are no sharp corners pointing at you.
  3. Express yourself. Create a home/work environment that expresses who you are today, not who you were 15 years ago.
  4. Create a clutter-free environment to increase the flow of positive energy. Clear hallways and entrance areas of any clutter or blocking furniture. Organize your possessions.
  5. Live with what you love and let go of things that have a negative meaning for you. This includes books, art, furniture and clothes that no longer support you.
  6. Cover the TV when not in use. This allows you to choose how you spend your time and keeps the television from beckoning to you whenever you pass by.
  7. Bring in positive healthy energy with plants, lights, wind chimes, water features and artwork that supports who you are or who you want to become.
  8. Put things away when not in use. Since all things are alive, they all need “homes”. By honouring our belongings, we honour ourselves.

By putting conscious intention into our environment, and letting go of things that no longer enhance our lives, we open the space to tremendous amounts of energy to flow through our physical surroundings and into our lives.

These are a few techniques you can use immediately in your home or office. For those who want to learn more about Feng Shui, there are many books available on the subject. Feng Shui is a complex subject and requires study to be used properly for consistent and positive results. If you would like to enjoy the full benefits of Feng Shui, consider hiring a certified Feng Shui consultant to come to your home and work with you.