Feng Shui can best be described as a feeling or state of being: happiness, success, welcome, support, comfort, safety, well-being.
As certified Feng Shui professionals, Intrinsic School of Feng Shui cofounder Steve Kodad and I are asked time and time again, "Is my space Feng Shui?"(often as a party trick) and the answer is not as simple as looking at the aesthetics. A space can be the most beautiful in the world, but ultimately what's
important is how does it make you feel on an intrinsic level? Does it support you, your lifestyle, your goals, and is it a reflection of your best self? Are you operating on all cylinders?
How does your space make you feel on an intrinsic level?
There are however visual indications that occupants might be struggling in certain
life areas: clutter, items in disrepair, unbalance and disharmony in décor to name a few.
Feng Shui is said to be a 5,000-year-old practice, with recorded roots as far back as the ancient text in the I Ching (Book of Changes). It is an art and a science, a practice not a religion, and based on the relationships of 5 earthly elements (fire, earth, metal, water, wood) and the ancient study of the relationship between Yin and Yang.
The science aspect comes into play with many studies that still explored in modern times: topography, geomancy, environmental, light energy particles, reflection and refraction, vibrational energy, dowsing, psychology, and westernized Feng Shui continues with recognition of modern electronics, electro-magnetic fields, building materials, and the power of intention.
The art is an appreciation of architecture, colors, shapes, textures, symbolism and personalization. Feng Shui will help make this world a more beautiful place for those who practice it, and it all starts at home or in the workplace.
Certified professional consultants make
recommendations that are personalized to each space and individual, with the intention to attune an occupant's energy (referred to as chi, ch'i or qi) with his/her surrounding chi and with heavenly, divine, universal chi. Chi is defined as "life force energy or breath of life" and it is the medium through which practitioners work. Light is a key manifestation of energy and the flow of water and air is also highly regarded. As professionals we are evaluating the flow of chi, lack of chi or overabundance. We can direct and manipulate optimal energy flow using remedies (referred to as cures). Many of these cures are ancient in origin.
Steve and I primarily practice the oldest school, Form School (based on the observation of land topography and its relationship with man and the universe) and we also practice BTB Feng Shui, also known as Black Hat Sect/ Tantric Buddhism Feng Shui, which takes into consideration ancient and modern rituals that have roots not only in Chinese teachings, shamanism, crystals, and through use of intention can empower modern decor, shapes, color, and mechanisms.
"Whenever we witness art in a building, we are aware of an energy contained by it." --Arthur Erickson
The practice of Feng Shui is interlinked with architectural design, and architects are highly regarded as it is their intent that chooses the “mouth of chi” or the front entryway door. It is our goal as practitioners to ensure that energy is not only welcomed, but attracted, unobstructed and controlled.
One of the first questions we ask ourselves as professional consultants is, “Do I feel welcomed?” Many blessings x9! Lisa Alban
Red Ribbon Certified Feng Shui Professional Cloud 9 Feng Shui, LLC
Intrinsic School of Feng Shui