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Feng Shui

Feng shui can be simply translated into wind water. The term comes from the Ba Gua, the understanding of the relationship between heaven, human, and earth. It is the knowledge of balancing the Qi in nature and how the practice of feng shui will enhance different aspects of your life regarding your health (physical and psychological), relationships, luck, money income, and many more. Some of feng shui might seem to be impossible, and others just make simple sense. Feng shui has been studied for millennia. Much of feng shui was discovered by understanding Qi, and the other discoveries are just common sense. It is being aware of our surroundings and how we are affected by it. And the simplest way to understand it, as I like to put it, is in two parts. One is to ask yourself, “how does the Qi flow the best or most natural way?” This means that the Qi should flow with the least amount of resistance, except in a few cases where it should be first diverted. One example is that the front door and the back door should not line up. If your house has this put a divider of some sort to block the direct flow for the Qi to circulate in your home first. The second is to ask yourself, “does this house or room feel funky, odd or something is not right?” By practicing Qi Gong, Tai Ji Quan, or Meditation, we start to feel and understand the rules of the universe for us to follow (follow the Dao), we can feel what is good or bad feng shui. However, sometimes, it is just common sense. For quick examples, would you think that it is a good place to build a house on a cliff, especially in an earthquake zone? Another example would be a constant draft of air blowing on you making you feel cold? These are also considered feng shui.

Traditionally, there is feng shui for the inside of your house, garden and office. Therefore we must pay attention not only to the traditional teachings of feng shui, but to add and or modernize the ancient teachings to fit our lives of today. We must be aware of our surroundings, and how they change.

As one of the rules of the Tai Chi (yin/yang diagram), everything must change. Everything from the idea of dust to dust, all the way to the earth’s magnetic poles will switch at some point. Since this basic rule of life is so essential, we must always study, and restudy the facts, the laws of nature will always change. Science has taught us to never say never, and to never say always. However there is one exception to that rule: things, whatever they maybe, in some way or form, will always change. And if we are to survive, we must be aware of the changes and intelligent to stay in balance with them. One of the most important ways to sense the changes is to practice Qi Gong!

There is a whole art of understanding feng shui. It includes the understanding of the Five Elements, the Ba Gua, the Chinese zodiac calendar, the lo pan (feng shui compass), and the combination and how they all relate to you. This can be very confusing and therefore feng shui Masters must spend a life time of study to understand. There are many rules to follow, and many exceptions to those rules, but only here and there. However one does not need to be a Master to know how to use it. There are some real basic ways to improve your life with a few simple changes in your house and office. These changes can improve your health, money situation, family relationships, and much more! Even big businesses are hiring feng shui experts to help orient their offices to improve their business. Before building, feng shui experts are consulted on the floor plans and even whole designs of buildings. The L.A. Times have regular feng shui articles in their home section, though it might be labeled as such.

Here are some basic tips for the house and office. These are some of the general rules, but everyone might have his or her own unique feng shui.

Orientation of the house

Front door

Bedroom

Bathroom

Office

Miscellaneous : things around the house