What is Feng Shui?
Feng Shui (pronounced 'fung') is a Chinese Philosophy meaning 'Wind' and 'Water' and is about creating balance and harmony in your home and in your life. Feng Shui focuses on the importance of space and what kind of psychological and physiological effect it has on you. It is an ancient Chinese Art which dates back to over 6,000 years. The principles of Feng Shui is that it focuses on the flow of 'chi' (energy) in your daily life and identifies ways to keep the chi balanced and not holding onto negative energy. When objects are disorganised and the chi is blocked, disharmony can occur and this can not only effect your physical space, but it can effect you on mental and spiritual level also.
Hard edges, uncomfortable furniture and clutter create what is called "sha" or "shar" which are
the Chinese words for "bad energy." The theory is that the kind of energy that we surround ourselves with creates more of the same energy. If we court negative qualities our homes can become a fertile breeding ground for such woes as cash flow problems and relationship troubles. The theory behind Feng Shui is that some of these problems can be remedied simply by organising your space so that Chi (good energy) is allowed to freely flow through your life.
The purpose of Feng Shui is to comprehend and control the natural flow of energy in order to design houses and workplaces that harmonize with the environment instead of clashing with it. A Feng Shui "cure" (which might involve the placing of a mirror to double the size of a space or the removal of a heavy object from a sector of a room) promotes the flow of positive energy by neutralizing or avoiding negative or destructive energy.
Places that contain broken objects, mess or negative images are thought to weaken or block the life force. An individual living in such an environment is thought to have their own life force weakened by this negative chi. Negative chi is also called shar chi and is represented by anything that creates shadows, dirties the air or water, is stagnant or has sharp or intrusive edges.