Reviewed by Yu Kang, LicAc, RD, LD, MS, DipOM (Board certified acupuncturist, herbalist & dietitian)
Feng Shui is an ancient science based on the belief that everything in the universe is either positive or negative energy. (Yin and Yang ) This energy is called Chi, and the art of Feng Shui is the use of positive objects to counteract the negative objects in your environment. It has been practiced for thousands of years in China.
All over the world there has been a boom in interest in Feng Shui. People have observed, recorded and reached an understanding of the ways in which different places and homes affect one’s well being and fortune.
Chi, the energy flows through our body and through everything in the universe. If we understand the Chi, we can arrange our living and working environments to help us to achieve our goals.
In Feng Shui, plants have an important role. It is said that plants bring life force into the home and keep the air clean. Plants should be strong and healthy. Sick plants and plants which shed their leaves profusely should be avoided. The energy in the plants varies depending on its shape and size. Upright plants with slightly pointed leaves are considered yang and are generally used in the south corners and in narrow areas to move the energy. Round leaves and drooping leaves are used to calm down strong energy and are preferred for the north corners.
When we arrange our rooms and space, we must de-clutter the space to create the physical space for energy to flow. Try to position objects in a way that it does not block energy flow. When positioning sofa or furniture, make sure that you always have a clear view of the door. In Feng Shui, locating the right place to sleep or sit is called locating the power spot. This is the place where you feel you have the most control and visibility. But this should not be in line with the door receiving the strongest flow of Chi.
As a matter of fact, Feng Shui is not just about aligning the space and place of dwelling. It also relates to the energy of the individual. This is referred to as the inner Feng Shui. We are all born with plentiful supply of Chi, but unhealthy life style and long term over exertion cause Chi gradually diminished. Chi needs to be restored and the source of that essential replenishment is food.
Many people suffer from indigestion because of eating too much unhealthy foods. The best Feng Shui advice is to prepare and cook food in a room that is separated from the rest of the living space. Chinese cooking methods range across a spectrum that embraces the polar energies of Yin and Yang. When we classify food further on the basis of their preparations, we get Yin energy foods and Yang energy foods. The energy of food contributes to lots of health issues if it counteract with our body energy.