Feng Shui is an ancient tool discovered in China thousands of years ago. Early advocates of it realized that when they faced certain directions or had water in certain locations in their environment, that life seemed to flow with more ease. Over time, more ‘coincidences’ were noted, based on the direction one faced, the shapes of buildings, and views, landscape, etc. It evolved into an art and science, with results now similar to those being discovered in the world of quantum physics.
Today, Feng Shui is used all over the world. Buildings are designed with Feng Shui principals. Homes are arranged for harmony, good health and prosperity for the occupants. People attempting to sell their homes use the principals to make their homes inviting and compelling to prospective purchasers. Job seekers rearrange their surroundings to invite that perfect job into their lives. Children’s education is enhanced by making the environment conducive to studying and learning.
Feng Shui’s applications are endless. In my own 20+ year career as a Feng Shui consultant, I have helped people apply the principals to their desks, cars, airplanes, cruise ships, office/retail, universities, places of worship, gardens, individual rooms and their homes. There is something that just ‘feels right’ when proper Feng Shui principals are incorporated.
Where does one begin if they know nothing about Feng Shui? The first major step is to clear your clutter! Clutter takes up space, and if space is not open, then new, positive energy cannot flow in. Clutter is sneaky. You might purge, and soon after, discover that it looks just like it did before you did so. One rule to keeping things clear is to remove something whenever you bring something new into your environment.
Taking care of your landscape is another step – it is the closest to the “Ch’i” or life force, of the land. This is where all of this positive energy we seek is stored. Take a walk around your neighborhood and notice the yards and try to correlate it to what is going on with the occupants’ lives. Approach your own house from a direction that you may not normally approach it every day. Look at it with fresh eyes. Does it appear inviting? Do you have landscaping – or none? Do you feel happy when you approach your front door? The exterior care of your home is a direct correlation to the success of your life.
Most people associate Feng Shui with the inside of a home or office. This is important, but make sure you considered the previous steps first. Then, look at your individual rooms. Are they inviting to people to enter and find a seat? Is the furniture expressing good Feng Shui – that is, a strong supportive back, not in the line of a doorway? This could mean chairs, sofas, and beds. Your desk, on the other hand, is best placed with your back towards the wall, looking out into the room. This will give you support and invite the unlimited universe into your own world!
Feng Shui is a tool of life to increase harmony, prosperity and good health. In other words, it is helpful in increasing one’s good fortune. There is an ancient saying that to create good fortune, one first has to consider their destiny, and then, their luck. Feng Shui then enters as something to enhance destiny and luck. However, it is not useful unless one is also doing good deeds, and taking steps to educate themselves. The key ingredient is balance. Feng Shui helps one to create balance, while navigating the course of life. I invite you to open the door to bringing harmony, prosperity and good health into your own life. The tools of Feng Shui are one of the basics to help move you to that place of well being!
Carol Cannon has been a Feng Shui Practitioner since 1993. Certified by the New York School of Feng Shui, she has traveled the globe helping people learn how to lead more harmonious lives. She speaks to groups of any size, teaches classes, and conducts workshops. She is a noted expert in her field and has been interviewed on local, national and international television and radio, as well as featured in numerous newspapers and magazines. Her current service project is Feng Shui for Churches. You will also find her helping people create beautiful design in their homes at Mealey’s Furniture Showroom, in Whitehall, PA.
Carol can be contacted at Carol@CarolCannonGroup.com or 484-951-0926