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.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Inner Feng Shui

Feng Shui, literally translated as "wind and water", is one of the oldest methods of holistic healing - healing through the environment.

Feng Shui is about connecting to our environment, our inner world and our outer world. So many of us think of Feng Shui as something we do in our outer world - our living spaces. But Feng Shui is also about creating balance and clarity in our inner world. Living our lives with intention.

Intention builds the road map of your experience. Just as a home begins as an idea in an architect's or builder's mind and then becomes a reality, what you hold with conviction will manifest into reality. Be aware of your thoughts.

To clarify your intention, I like to begin with big picture questions. Life questions.

  • What do you want to do with your life?
  • How do you want to do it?
  • How committed are you?
  • Do you have a plan - an idea of the process, the steps between now and then?
  • If you could be anyone or do anything, what would be different?
  • How would that look?
  • What are your dreams?
  • Is the life you have gratifying - right now?
  • What can you do to make your life extraordinary - right now?

There's a difference between commitment and interest. When we're interested in something, we do it when it fits into our schedule, when it's convenient. When we're committed, we make time for what we desire. We plan it into our lives.

How do we know when we're on the right path? Synchronicity.

Synchronicity is when the opportunities, experiences and situations that unfold in our lives are exactly right for us in the moment. Synchronicity happens when we follow the flow, when we're in alignment with who we are and what we want.

Tools you can use to increase the synchronicity in your life.

Clear mental clutter

What's mental clutter? How often do you find yourself awash in thoughts that erode your self-esteem? Thoughts like, "I'm not good enough", "I'm not as smart as they think I am", "No one likes or loves me", "Whenever I need help no one is there for me", "I'm always alone".

Sound familiar? Be aware of your thoughts, moment to moment. And take action! Shift from a negative thought pattern to a positive thought pattern - even if you don't believe it at first, focusing on positive thoughts can literally reprogram your belief system and what you think about yourself.

Take Action

If you find yourself thinking about something, make note and take action. For example: If you find you're thinking about stopping at the grocery store, then stop. Or if you find yourself thinking about doing something, then do it. I believe these little thoughts are our intuition shining a light to catch our attention. When we ignore our intuitive inklings, we often find ourselves wishing we had done what we thought about. If only we'd known. When in truth we did know, we just ignored it!


Our lives are often so busy that our breathing becomes shallow and rapid. Make time each day, even if it's only five minutes, to slow your breathing down. When we breathe slower, we are more relaxed. And when we're more relaxed we are more focused. When we're more focused, we're more productive. So take the time to breathe - it's worth it!

Slow down and make time for yourself



Create quiet time (5 minutes a day can change your life!)

Enjoy music - dance with abandon

Create a feeling of abundance

Surround yourself with beauty and you'll find beauty everywhere

Keep it positive

Worrying doesn't serve you, it isn't real. It's just your imagination, a story that doesn't need to happen. Change the story and you change the outcome.

Invest in people that support and love you

Release relationships that make you feel bad about yourself.

Cultivate an attitude of gratitude

Take note of the good things that happen each day

Give yourself rewards for your accomplishments

Acknowledge and appreciate the generosity of others

When we notice the little things in our lives and are grateful, we focus on what's working and in that focus we have the power to create even more good things.

Life is a gift.

You are in the world to express who you are, creatively, compassionately, fully. When you live a life of intention, you live life!

As the Bon Jovi song says, "I just wanna live while I'm alive. It's my life!"

Enjoy it!

Autor: Laurie Bornstein

Feng Shui Teacher, Designer and Entrepreneur Laurie Bornstein, is the author and creator of 'Feng Shui Lifestyle', her FREE monthly ezine filled with Feng Shui and Lifestyle tips and marketing articles empowering you live and work in beauty and balance. Visit http://www.harmony-life.net to learn more.

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