The Scottish Feng Shui Centre
INSIGHT INTO FENG SHUI CONCEPTS
Chi, or 'Energy'
Chi, Prana, Ki, Mana, Energy - most cultures seem to have a name for it. The word 'energy' is used freely in English-speaking cultures, but what does it mean? Einstein described everything as 'a sea of energy', a view which has since been confirmed by quantum physics. His concept of the universe as an energy field is increasingly gaining scientific support and is transforming how we understand life. Techniques such as Kirlian photography have further provided visible evidence of the phenomenon we popularly call 'energy'. Scientific evidence is increasingly showing that we are, elementally, an energetic charge (as opposed to a chemical reaction) and that we are connected to everything else in the world through one, unifying, field of energy. As Einstein put it, 'the field is the only reality'. By tapping into this reality we can make fundamental changes in our lives. back to basic feng shui concepts
Layout & Furniture Positions
The layout of rooms and buildings is fundamental to feng shui, and small changes to layout can have profound effects on our daily lives. Where space is limited and there is little choice about the basic arrangement, we focus on the position and orientation of key items of furniture such as beds, sofas, desks, and chairs.
What we see from where we sleep/sit on a regular basis can have profound effects on how we feel and consequently on how we act, and responses we get from others. For example, if you can't see the door so you can't see when people enter the room, or if things are happening behind you which you can.t see, then part of you will be occupied in listening for clues. You will feel slightly insecure and less able to relax, and will have less authority. This is hardly surprising - humans have been trained over the millennia to be wary of being crept up upon. This is simply a survival instinct, but over time it can have a very significant impact on our lives. back to basic feng shui concept
The Five Elements
This is another fundamental aspect of feng shui. The five elements of water, wood, fire, earth and metal form a system of creation and containment that represents life itself. Each element relates to a series of qualities in life. For example, if you need more stability in your life, you may look to increase the earth elements in your daily surroundings whereas, if it's more passion you want, you could look to increase the fire element. All five elements are interwoven in cycles of creation, control and reduction, and, used in the correct combination, can greatly improve specific areas of your life or business back to basic feng shui concepts
'Energy Flow' / Circulation
Your daily environments are often an accurate metaphor for your life or business. The ease with which you got through your daily life, or your daily workday, is often mirrored by the physical journey you make around your home or office. 'Energy flow' is primarily about the circulation space in buildings. It is about being able to move freely around, fast enough to get to your destination, but not so fast that you don't get to appreciate the journey. Where something feels stuck in your life, or where your life seems to be passing by too quickly, improving the flow of energy in key areas of your home or workplace is likely to be an effective solution. back to basic feng shui concept
Yin & Yang
One of the fundamental considerations of feng shui. Yin and yang represent the opposite forces of the universe. In practical terms, yin and yang compare environments which are active and energising (yang) or passive and calming (yin). There are many considerations here, such as plain vs. patterned d cor, bright vs. pastel colours, or empty space vs. rooms full of furniture. Generally you will benefit from a balance of yin & yang, though your lifestyle may benefit from an environment that's more one than the other. back to basic feng shui concepts
Feng shui often uses colour (e.g. in ornaments or in d cor) to effect change. Colours are wavelengths and as such affect us physiologically as well as psychologically. Scientific research into these effects is extensive and show how colour can be used as a powerful tool in our lives. It is also clearly evident that colour affects different people in different ways, physiologically as well as psychologically. Personal tastes and associations are important, as are cultural associations. Feng shui also considers colour in relation to the five elements, using them to enhance particular aspects of life back to basic feng shui concepts
Artwork & Ornaments
A recent study of artwork in hospitals showed that people recovered the slowest in wards with abstract pictures, whereas the fastest recoveries were in the rooms with natural landscapes on the wall. Artwork is a powerful tool and can be used to instill a huge range of qualities - creativity, harmony, romance, passion, anger, calm, joy etc.
The relationship and interaction between people and images is so powerful that artwork chosen by you often reflects you, and furthermore, you reflect the artwork. You originally choose pictures because you like them, but when you look more deeply at why you like them, they can reveal many home truths. Those personal truths are then being drip-fed back to basic concepts to you, every day that picture is on the wall, and, over time, those truths are reinforced. If the artwork is inappropriate, this can become a vicious circle. For example, a boy is drawn to a picture of two warriors in combat and hangs it on his wall. Over time, the image becomes part of his psyche, and that aggression becomes a feature of his personality. He will then be drawn to similar images and the process continues. back to basic feng shui concept
Orientation & Compass Directions
May people are sensitive to position of the Sun - south-facing rooms feel different from north-facing rooms or west-facing rooms. Likewise south-facing shops generally perform better than north-facing shops. Over thousands of years feng shui masters have discovered that facing certain directions over periods of time can instill different qualities - calmness or passion, isolation or communication, sexuality, joy, motivation and authority are all qualities that can be increased by the orientation of items of furniture on which you spend significant amounts of time, such as beds, chairs and desks. Furthermore, having your bed facing a direction which is beneficial to you has been shown to greatly improve sleep. back to basic concepts
The bagua is perhaps the best known concept of feng shui. It is an imaginary grid placed over homes, rooms, offices etc. which divides them into nine areas which represent different areas of life. It is a very useful tool for focusing on particular issues. The areas represent career/life journey, relationships, quiet contemplation/learning, fame/recognition, wealth, helpful people/cash flow, the past/parents/elders, the future/children/creativity. The positioning of the areas is determined by one of two different methods: by compass directions (compass method) or by the position of the front door (the '3 door gate' bagua). Both of these methods are effective, but each suits different needs better. The Scottish Feng Shui Centre therefore practises both methods, deciding on the most appropriate layout for solving your particular problems.
Many people can walk into a room and sense that there have been human tensions there and comment on the bad atmosphere. They are likely to be referring to predecessor chi. Predecessor chi is the human energy that gets left in buildings. Buildings have a way of retaining feelings of stress, tension, ill-feeling, hurt, anger, or indeed positive feelings such as joy or love, and those feelings are then picked up subconsciously by others entering the room.
Predecessor chi could be the energy of people who regularly work or live in the space, or that of previous residents of your home, or indeed someone who has died there. Removing predecessor chi can help reduce tension, get over a bereavement, and make your home feel like your own. The best solution for removing predecessor chi is the process of Space Cearing. This process combines established techniques such as smudging (the burning of sage), use of special cleansing sounds, invocation of your own intentions, and use of essences and incense. It is a very complete process which cleanses and refreshes the space in which you live or work, as well as putting your own identity into the space. back to basic feng shui concepts
Dealing with Clutter
Too Much Stuff? Not enough space?
Feng Shui has always regarded clutter as an issue, but the ancient msters surely never foresaw anything on the scale we have today. We have so much .stuff. it is easy to lose sight of what we have and why we have it All too often we buy things because we can, we are given things we don.t really want, we inherit things which we feel emotionally bound to keep. And we are scared that,if we let go of them, we will have lost something.
The reason why clutter is such an issue is that part of you will know it.s there. It will at some level be cluttering up your mind and making it harder for you to think clearly. If the clutter is sentimental, it will be occupying your emotions and making it harder for you to move on.
Decluttering is more than just throwing things away. It is understanding the emotional, mental and physical effects of your possessions, acknowledging what they meant, making a conscious decision to move on, and having faith that your life will be no worse without them will almost certainly discover that your life is actually better without them
In feng shui, out of sight is not out of mind. While good storage certainly helps to keep genuinely useful and loved belongings contained, hiding clutter in cupboards or in the attic only makes it harder to deal with the problem. The Scottish Feng Shui Centre provides help where needed in dealing with clutter sensitively and effectively. back to basic feng shui concept
Nine Star Ki Astrology - Feng Shui Astrology
Nine Star Ki Astrology is often used in conjunction with feng shui as it focuses on the same nine energies referred to in the feng shui bagua. It is a system of personality analysis which provides detailed and fascinating insights into the very different ways in which we interact, come across to others, respond to stress, achieve happiness, behave at work, manage our lives etc. The insights can transform our relationships and greatly help us to achieve fulfilment in life.
Nine Star Ki Astrology also provides profound advice on best timing for major decisions such as moving house, changing career or starting a family. It also contains detailed advice on directionology for moving house or travelling - by understanding the effects of moving in a certain direction at a certain time you can ensure that your move brings you the success and happiness you were seeking. back to basic feng shui concepts
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