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.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Tips For Using Feng Shui in the Kitchen

The area in the house that is most used is the kitchen. This is where the food for the entire family is prepared, stored and in some cases even consumed. This area of the house symbolizes prosperity and nourishment for the whole family. To achieve prosperity, apply the principles of Feng Shui in the kitchen so that all your family members can reap the benefits.

Ideally, the entrance to your kitchen should not be seen from the main door of your house. If this is the case, you and your family are likely to have digestive disorders. Your guests may feel negative vibes due to the incorrect placement of the kitchen door and would be likely to leave quickly after eating a meal. It would be difficult to completely change the entrance to your kitchen.

You can solve the problem by placing a curtain or screen in front of the kitchen door which would conceal the door from your main entrance. The aim is to divert attention away from the door of the kitchen.

You should place your stove in such a way that when someone enters the kitchen they can clearly spot the person who is cooking. The cook should be able to look at the person who has entered the kitchen without having to turn around to do so. You also need to separate your water element from your fire element. The microwave, dishwasher, kitchen sink and refrigerator need to be placed away from each other. Keep the stove away from any windows. Else your prosperity is likely to dissipate through the window.

You should keep the kitchen free from clutter. Do not store any appliances that are not working. Remove anything that is broken or dysfunctional. It is better to discard an appliance that does not work rather than let it stand in the kitchen. These changes will allow chi or positive energy to flow through your kitchen. A clean and tidy kitchen is most vital according to the principles of Feng Shui.

Feng Shui and correct placement of objects in the kitchen can have a significant impact on your life. Harmony, peace and prosperity can e achieved by designing a kitchen that follows the principles of Feng Shui. The correct arrangement of appliances and other objects in the kitchen is essential for encouraging the flow of chi. Only then can true prosperity and nourishment flow out of the kitchen.

Autor: Gabriel Stiller

Gabriel enjoys providing articles on various interesting topics. Besides this topic, he also has a keen interest in furniture. Do check out his latest site at http://beanbagfurniture.info/ which covers reviews and product information on bean bag furniture.

Added: January 5, 2010
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Elizabeth J. Neal said...
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Elizabeth J. Neal said...

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