Feeling the Itch? Apply the Art of "Feng Shui"Feb 08, 2024
Make Changes to your Living Space, by applying the Art of Feng Shui in Energetic Spring!
In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), we are in the time of energetic Spring, the time for clearing the older energies and emotions of Winter. No wonder we instinctively often feel at this time of year that it’s time to clean and clear our living spaces to make way for the new, fresh growth Spring brings.
In TCM, everything matters, including our home and office surroundings. The system of laws in Chinese thought that governs spatial arrangement and orientation of objects in relation to the flow of energy (chi) is called feng shui (‘wind’ [fēng] and ‘water’ [shuǐ]). These laws apply to both our personal, business and communal environments and their favorable or unfavorable effects.
“The art of learning and revitalizing energies in buildings” according to Karen Kingston, author of Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui, is a science and an art that can be consulted for with a trained feng shui practitioner, and even learned and intuited yourself simply by gauging how your environment feels once the placement of objects has been modified.
TCM believes that a well-placed and clean living or work environment can promote health. If a room, for example, makes us more creative, comfortable and feeling more alive, this means the room has good feng shui. It means that our surroundings have created a positive interaction with our own chi.
If we’re uncomfortable in our own homes, feeling depressed, listless and fatigued, it’s a sign we might want to consider rearranging and de-cluttering our environments to create an instantly more favorable place to live in.
The principles of feng shui are actually used in many Chinese practices including acupuncture, diet, and culture.
The body of ancient Chinese wisdom encompassing knowledge of feng shui has been accumulated and practiced for more than three thousand years. It is founded on the earliest Chinese philosophical document called the Yi Jing (The Book of Changes), ca. 800 B.C. in which astronomical and natural phenomena and human behavior were taken into account concerning our physical surroundings.
Whether we consciously realize it or not, we actually feel and respond to the way chi energy flows in our living spaces. We may not know why we feel to make changes in our environment, only that something feels so stuck or uncomfortable that it compels us to rearrange, paint, clean up, and organize. The end result is often unmistakable. We feel better. This is because we have allowed the chi to flow around us more easily and we can now live in a state of more peace however subtle that may be.
In my next Musing post, see tackling the issue of clutter and stagnant energies and the very positive results we can realize by making changes, often minor, and often which usually cost us nothing other than a little bit of rearranging. Stay tuned!