Feng Shui is the art and science of arranging our living environment to enhance our lives. It has been practiced for over 3,000 years. The purpose of Feng Shui is to bring balance, harmony, and beneficial energy to the environment where we live and work. Today Feng Shui is practiced by millions of people worldwide and continues to grow in popularity as people experience its benefits.
Feng Shui became popular in the Western world only recently. We now understand the tremendous impact the environment has on the quality of our lives. When we surround ourselves with the things that we love and create living spaces that nourish and empower us, we often experience better health, more prosperity, better relationships, and increased creativity. And conversely, when we surround ourselves with chaos, unwanted clutter, and disorganization, we are easily overwhelmed, frustrated, and feeling stressful.
Form School and Compass School
There are two primary schools of Feng Shui: The Compass School and The Form School.
Many practitioners in the Western countries practice Form School Feng Shui, which focuses on the arrangement of "forms" or objects in and around the household to achieve optimal Ch'i flow. Compass School Feng Shui, on the other hand, relies on the use of the Luo Pan or Chinese compass, and the birth dates of the homeowners to access the environment.
Compass School Feng Shui was developed in an area where there were no mountains or landmarks, using astrology and direction to determine the flow of beneficial Ch'i, or vital energy. The Form School was developed in an area of China where there are many mountains, rivers and other geographic forms that help determine the flow of Ch'i. Although the two schools of Feng Shui have much in common, they differ in many basic ways, creating confusion for those who read books on the subject. The Western style Feng Shui (Form School) uses the entrance of a house or room to orient the Bagua (based on the I Ching). This is a very flexible system that is generally easier to integrate into the Western lifestyle.
The Chinese believe that, not only are our bodies governed by chi - our life force, so too is our environment. Steeped in legend, feng shui is related to the I Ching (The Book of Changes), an ancient form of divination, in which the complementary forces of yin and yang should be harmoniously balanced. Some refer to feng shui as 'space acupuncture', based as it is on the same principles as traditional Chinese medicine.
What to Expect
Choose a Feng Shui practitioner who is certified through a legitimate Feng Shui School. Most consultants will walk through the entire home or business, both inside and out to get an overview of the environment. Your consultant will make recommendations for furniture placement, use of color, art, mirrors and other objects, room usage, and balancing the Five Elements (water, wood, fire, earth and metal). The Bagua is used as a map to designate various areas of the house pertaining to your family, health, wealth, fame, relationships, creativity, spirituality, career and self-cultivation. The home or office should be arranged in such a way as to usher in beneficial Ch'i, using Ch'i enhancers such as plants, mirrors, wind chimes, fountains and colorful art to enliven the space and create a safe, comfortable haven for the occupants.
Training & Colleges
There are several Feng Shui Schools in the United States. One of the leading schools of Form School Feng Shui is The Western School of Feng Shui in San Diego, CA. www.wsfs.com has a listing of certified Feng Shui consultants in the US and worldwide. British-trained feng shui practitioners will have completed 18-24 months' training, part-time, then taken an exam.
Western School of Feng Shui
San Diego, CA
Feng Shui Network International
8 King's Court
North Yorkshire HG3 5JW