Feng shui (traditional Chinese: 風水; simplified Chinese: 风水; pinyin: fēng shuǐ; pronounced /ˈfəŋˌʃueɪ/ foong-shoy in Chinese Mandarin, "fheng-schway" in American English) is an ancient Chinese system of aesthetics believed to utilize the Laws of both heaven (astronomy) and Earth (geography) to help one improve life by receiving positive Qi. The original designation for the discipline is Kan Yu (traditional Chinese: 堪輿; simplified Chinese: 堪舆; pinyin: kānyú; literally: Tao of heaven and earth).

The words feng shui literally translate as "wind-water" in English. This is a cultural shorthand taken from the following passage of the Zhangshu (Book of Burial) by Guo Pu of the Jin Dynasty:

Qi rides the wind and scatters, but is retained when encountering water.

Traditional Feng Shui practice always requires an extremely accurate Chinese compass, or Luo Pan, in order to determine the directions in finding any auspicious sector in a desired location.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Feng Shui and Family

You can use the ancient Chinese practice of Feng Shui to create an atmosphere that allows your family members to interact with each other in a warm and cordial manner.

To apply the principles of Feng Shui in your home clear the family areas completely of any mess or clutter. This will help good chi or positive energy to flow to these areas. This is also why Feng Shui asks you to keep your house as clean and tidy as possible. Remove all unnecessary and redundant items. Throw away anything that you are not likely to be using.

Once your house is free of clutter, focus on the family areas of your home. The living room and dining room are the areas that impact your family life the most. You can use Feng Shui to recommend colors that add harmony to these rooms and allow the free flow of chi.

Family areas should not make use of colors like red or orange. As per Feng Shui, green is the ideal color for a family room. It is a symbol of life and growth. In case it is not possible for you to repaint or remodel your house to suit this color scheme, just add a few indoor house plants into the family areas. The second best choices for the family areas are blue and black. These are said to encourage the flow of chi.

As per Feng Shui the elements wood and water symbolize family. This is why you should include these elements as part of your decor. Wooden photo frames around family pictures is a good way of achieving this. The perfect way to make water a part of your decor is to have a water fountain. However, this may not be a practical idea. Placing a mirror in the family area has the same effect as having a water fountain. Most design schemes can incorporate these elements easily.

Use the family areas to display objects that symbolize your family such as mementoes picked up while on a family trip. Even family heirlooms are a great way of reminding the family members of their roots. The combination of the right colors, the right elements and family memorabilia will help to draw your family closer and encourage chi to flow through your house without any obstructions. Take care to put these Feng Shui principles into practice and watch the relationships between your family members turning into deep, harmonious and long-lasting bonds.

Autor: Allan Wu

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Added: January 6, 2010
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