Feng Shui…Literally translated as “wind and water”…is perhaps most easily explained as Chinese Geomancy or the “Art of Placement.” Feng Shui predates Confucianism and Taoism and has been practiced for over three thousand years. The I Ching (“Book of Changes”) defines the practice as a guide to acting with integrity, respecting the earth and working with the flow of nature.
One of my favorite books to introduce these concepts is Simple Feng Shui by Gina Lazenby. It’s a small hardcover book that is easy to understand and interspersed with inspiring quotes and photos. She starts with a scenario that anyone can relate to:
“We all know what it is like when we decide to move house and visit other homes that are for sale. Some of the properties just do not feel right to us – they have ‘bad vibes’ – while others feel more welcoming and comfortable and just seem to ‘click.”
“Everything around you, especially your home environment, mirrors your inner self. So by changing your home, you also change the possibilities in your own life. Removing the obstacles to the harmonious flow of energy in your living environment creates more harmony in your life and the space for wonderful new opportunities to come to you.” -Karen Kingston.
"In addition to decor and interior design ideas based on feng shui elements, this book offers a new way of interacting with the world around you. Feng shui can be a lifestyle. From my point of view, arranging your environment is one piece of the puzzle. It is a beginning; an entry into a new way of discovering how energy affects you on a daily basis. As you interact with and personalize your environment, you connect with your inner aspirations. I believe that in order to change your life you must breathe new energy into the way you think, speak, act, work, love and, of course, design your surroundings. Shifting your perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors immediately influences your actions. Your actions create your destiny. When you learn to combine the inner and outer feng shui techniques, you'll soon see positive changes in your life." -page 8, feng shui your life, Jayme Barrett.
In our modern day world, we are beginning to see a return to these concepts the masters so long ago realized were the keys to our well-being: A balanced living environment generates well-being and a balanced life. Thus, a truly successful living space not only reflects who we are, it nurtures who we want to be.
- The I Ching or Book of Changes
- Simple Feng Shui
- Clear Your Clutter With Feng Shui
- Creating Sacred Space With Feng Shui: Learn the Art of Space Clearing and Bring New Energy into Your Life
- Feng Shui Your Life
- Country Living The Peaceful Home