Many people have health, career, financial or relationship problems. Part of the problem is because the energy in most homes and offices does not flow suitably for the specific occupants. It can be greatly improved to benefit people by using Feng Shui.
Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese science of the construction of life in harmony and balance with the natural forces of the earth. It can be used for the planning, organization and improvement of your home or office environment, and can indicate favourable places and directions which make it possible to attract more success into your life.
Feng Shui is verbatim for "wind and water". The main aspect of Feng Shui is the mysterious and powerful energy called Qi (or Chi) which constantly flows and changes according to cosmic law. This powerful invisible force flows through the human body and circulates inside and outside of buildings. The way that it flows and affects us is very complex. It depends on space, time and people. Qi changes with time. And people have different energy. What is good for one person at one time in a particular place may not be good at all for another person or at a later date.
How Feng Shui Works.
Centuries ago, when building a new house, Feng Shui masters were trying to find the best building conditions by looking at the shape of mountains, the direction of river flows and natural conditions in general. After the compass was invented, the school of "shape" in Feng Shui gave way to a more scientific approach and started following the school of "compass" which was based on keeping the balance of Yin and Yang by using the system of five elements and analysing the eight trigram.
This in turn helped Feng Shui practitioners to find the right place for a house to be built, taking into account its owner's personal energy, including their date of birth. Modern Feng Shui teaches how to properly use Qi energy to create and spread the good, positive energy and eliminate the negative ones.
Anything in our world can have two different sides: positive and negative, male and female, sour and sweet, young and old. Qi can also be Yin or Yang. One does not exist without the other. Active Yang - is heaven energy; passive Yin - is earth energy. Everything in the world functions according to those two energies, which constantly interact between each other. In our surroundings Yang and Yin should be balanced. Signs of excessive Yang energy are the sun that is too bright, too much noise or too much activity. And vice versa: too much shadow, extreme silence, cold nights are signs of excessive Yin energy. The Yin and Yang energies need to be in balance.
The Five Elements: In Feng Shui there are five elements of Chinese astrology: fire, earth, metal, water and wood. These elements represent five different ways for energy to function. Every one of these elements has its own shape and colour and has to be in balance between each other. Between those five elements there is a strong connection. When a tree (wood) burns it creates fire. When fire stops burning, it creates ashes (earth). Earth creates metal. Metal can melt which symbolizes water. Water nourishes wood. This way it creates a circle of transformation from one energy into another. There are three different cycles of interaction between the five elements: The Enhancing Cycle, The Weakening Cycle and The Controlling Cycle. As Feng Shui is built on balance and harmony, an excess of any of these five elements is undesirable. The words "water", "wood", "fire", "metal" and "earth" are simply the closest words that are able to represent different types of Qi. They help us to understand the function of the five types of Qi, but at the same time they can lead us away from understanding the true meaning, if we will try to take them literally.
Can people do Feng Shui themselves from reading books?
Many people do. But they do not understand the complexity of the subject. So unfortunately they often make things worse, which gives Feng Shui a bad name. What Feng Shui self-help books (and those who sell their consulting services by only using them) normally cover is just your physical place and seldom (if ever) the time frame or your personal energy or "Ming Gua". If you want to make significant improvements in your life, you need to look at the whole equation, including all aspects of Qi energy.
You can get this from a professional Feng Shui practitioner, especially one qualified in "Flying Star" Feng Shui. When we have good Qi flowing positively in our home or office, it attracts good health and fortune.
When the Qi is not flowing well, it tends to have a negative effect and can lead to sickness, divorce, theft, bankruptcy or other problems. Feng Shui teaches how to attract and reinforce good Qi and to eliminate and protect against the bad Qi.