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The Chinese Art of Feng Shui  

 

By Shane Marie K. Canono                        

 

This Chinese New Year, we welcome the year of the Fire Monkey. Chinese New Year is one of the most imperative and biggest celebrations in Chinese culture. Because the Chinese follow the lunar calendar—instead of the more common Gregorian calendar—the celebration usually begins from New Year’s Eve and will keep going for around 15 days. Prior to the festivity, the Chinese would normally clean their houses and beautify them with New Year decorations. And for them to attract good luck, they practice Feng Shui.

Feng Shui is defined by the website Lucky Path Feng Shui as the practice of arranging one’s environment in order for the energy to flow smoothly through the home or even in the business area. The ancient Chinese art of Feng Shui is literally translated as “wind and water.” It has become well-known throughout the world as people believe that their environment is the source of resources which could be used to improve their lives, according to Feng Shui Natural. Moreover, “Feng shui consultants generally apply this art to improve health, the income, the ability to study or to find better relationships whether personal or for business, and many others. For the wise Taoists Feng Shui has its own framework for action, which falls within what is called ‘luck of the earth,’ that is to say the influence of the environment on people’s lives.”

The practice of Feng Shui was developed in China, as stated in Lucky Path.  At first people wanted to create principles that would protect their homes from calamity disasters, such as winter storms and floods. But as the practice of Feng Shui started to grow, people also began to deem on architectural features like the fire placements, windows and a lot more.

Nowadays, people apply this tradition for many different reasons. Aside from believing it could attract positive things, they could also learn how to appreciate the things around them. The website Inspired Everyday Living has stated that the best way for people to guarantee positive energy is for them to love their surroundings. With that, they will be able to create a safe, healthy and better environment. Another reason is to release stress or negative energy. For Terah Kathryn Collins from Western School of Feng Shui: “When you’re open and sensitive to energy, you are often the first to wilt in an unpleasant place. Your energetic sensitivity emphasizes the importance of knowing how to maintain your balance, especially in an environment that could cause you stress.”

In an article by the Feng Shui expert Rodika Tchi, there are five signs of a good Feng Shui house. She narrated that a good Feng Shui house has clear and powerful flow of energy from the main door, and has no presence of low energy around it. According to her, a good Feng Shui house has good Feng Shui attached in the bedroom, kitchen and bathroom. She believes that the strength of Feng Shui energy in those places affects deeply on the quality of Feng Shui energy inside the house. However, even after creating a strong Feng Shui foundation in the house or office, Rodika said personal hard work must not stop. “In order to create good Feng Shui in a house, start small and do not get overwhelmed with all the amount of Feng Shui info out there. First and foremost, you have to trust your senses and go at your own pace,” she explained.

Although these are superstitious practices, Feng Shui can actually help in maintaining your home just in time for Chinese New Year. Whether good or bad luck comes along, the most important thing is to remain positive. Remember that your best lucky charm is your own mindset of never giving up your goals.~

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