In 2018, the practice of Feng Shui is often interpreted as a means of paint selection, moving furniture around, or placing fountains here or there. This ancient practice is often confused with interior design. Because of these perceptions, the general public isn’t always aware of how Feng Shui can benefit their lives.
Today, there is a growing awareness of energetic healing methods. Reiki, acupuncture, yoga, meditation, sound healing and biofeedback utilize energy not currently measurable with scientific means. In Feng Shui, this unseen energy is referred to as chi or life force energy.
Feng Shui can make positive changes to many areas of your life. Health, career, family, relationships and finances are all energetic areas of interest. Issues like insomnia, anxiety, debt, marital problems or creative blocks can be improved by making Feng Shui adjustments. The practice can also be used in places like hospitals, hotel rooms and schools to help create the kind of environment that supports the intended use for each space.
Where Did Feng Shui Originate?
Like acupuncture, Feng Shui orignated in China more than 4,000 years ago. As people searched for the ideal location for their farmland, they’d evaluate the surrounding topography and geography. Each plot had its own unique physical and energetic components.
The ideal site would feature a home situated halfway up a hill, facing south, overlooking a river. This location would allow for nourishment of the land. Optimal sunshine, access to water, and protection from harsh winds were key features. Over time, this energetic process of selecting a farm location has been translated to assess present-day homes and business sites.
How Does Feng Shui Work?
You could compare Feng Shui to the energetic healing of acupuncture. Both practices are implemented to bring balance, harmony, and desired changes in your life. Acupuncture needles are administered at specific places along the energy meridians in the body. Feng Shui cures could be compared to acupuncture needles, in that they’re also strategically placed to impact energy pathways in the home or business. Both of these energetic practices modify energy flow, increase vitality, and create positive changes in your life.
Ideally in Feng Shui, energy moves like a gentle, meandering river throughout a property, nourishing every part of it equally. However, this is not always the case. Energy flow may be affected by structural elements like stairs, attached garages, bathrooms, angled walls and ceilings, or sharp corners or points. Electrical imbalances and activity can also create energetic problems.
A balance of the elements including wood, water, air, earth, fire, and metal is also considered. Finally, the exterior of the building and the pathways that lead to it are also important.
What is a Feng Shui Consultation?
Before having a Feng Shui consultation, you will want to explore the changes that you seek to make in areas such as health, relationships, wealth, and career. Also, floor plans, blueprints or surveys of your property are helpful to have available. Do not clean, rearrange or change your space for the visit. Clutter and mess are important Feng Shui indicators, as they demonstrate energy flow within your property. It is important for a Feng Shui consultant to see how you typically live and operate in your environment.
At the beginning of your consultation, you will be asked to share your goals and pertinent information such as how long you’ve lived or worked on the property. Any significant events that have occurred since you have been there are also important. Next, you’ll give a tour of the space, noting where you spend the most time, pointing out items that are significant to you, and answering consultant questions. Finally, your consultant will examine the space on their own. At the close of the consultation, you’ll receive recommendations for cures and adjustments to purchase and install.
Watch carefully in the weeks following the installation of the Feng Shui cures for big or small changes or improvements to occur in your goal areas. These will be important indicators for the consultant to hear at the follow up visit in order to make helpful adjustments to the cures.
Feng Shui in 2018
Today, many people are open to trying a variety of methods to improve their lives. If you’re eating healthy, utilizing body-work, or using alternative medicine, Feng Shui might be for you. Yet, the influence of the spaces where you live and work on your overall wellbeing is often overlooked.
For those using a holistic approach for life improvement, Feng Shui can be an important contribution. It brings additional support to any change process by aligning the energy of a space with the goals and dreams of the owner or occupant. Incorporating Feng Shui into your life can bring balance, and help you align with that part of yourself that creates a life of connection and ease.
Feng Shui Consultants
Rhainey Watts-Cunningham and Alex Hartwell are certified Feng Shui professionals who have been practicing since 1998. They draw from extensive training in several different schools of Feng Shui, as well as professional practice in Psychotherapy and Counseling. A strong focus on intention and their personal practices in yoga, meditation, and energy work add dimension to what they do.
Rhainey and Alex operate from the premise that the energy flow in a balanced home or property enhances the life and goals of the occupants. They offer corrections or cures to align the energy of a property with the owner’s goals so that those goals unfold more easily. Their book, “Feng Shui Essentials,” offers a 9-step guide to Feng Shui for your home or business.
For more information about Rhainey and Alex, or to schedule a consultation, visit their website.