Can Feng Shui Make Your Life Better?

Feng Shui Can Make Your Life Better

Feng Shui works and is an effective tool that uses environmental psychology to improve your life. The better you feel, the more you’ll accomplish.

Especially for those over 40, Feng Shui is incredibly helpful in making changes to your life and with relative ease.

However, what Feng Shui does not do is magically solve problems and grant wishes. 

Feng Shui Is About Arranging Objects To Increase Your Likelihood Of Success

The term “Feng Shui” literally means “wind-water”. Its core philosophy is that Qi (pronounced Chi), or life’s vital energy, is something that can be manipulated to work for you. Think of it like the “Force” from Star Wars. The Jedi harness it as a defense weapon, tool and guide. Feng Shui claims that through the arrangement of objects, Qi flows beneficially.

There are three (3) primary schools of Feng Shui. The first and arguably oldest are the Classical Studies. It’s divided into two (2) sub-studies that focus on Form (landscapes like mountains and trees) and Compass (geometric locations).

The next major school is Black Hat. It’s the most popular Feng Shui in the United States. This principle is more spiritual and holistic, than geometric. It does, however, work in accordance with an eight (8) directional map of the home, called the Bagua. Each direction enhances a social strength (Wealth, Fame, Partnership, Family, Children, Knowledge, Career and Helpful People).

The last major and most modern sect of Feng Shui is the New Age School, sometimes referred to as Pyramid School. It almost entirely relies on feelings and intuition for placing objects, instead of using a compass, land form or directional map.

All three (3) approaches have what is referred to as “bad” Feng Shui, or “curses”. Those negative elements vary and can be in conflict with one another, depending which school is practiced.

Feng Shui’s Magical Properties Have Not Been Scientifically Proven

Penn & Teller’s TV show, Bullshit!, Season 1, Episode 7, tested Feng Shui’s metaphysical promises. It featured three (3) practicing experts and a “test-subject home”. They individually, unbeknownst to one another, provided their consultation service to the same home owner. The result? Each instructed the rooms be arranged differently, all boasting to be Feng Shui accurate, but in contradiction to the other’s respective advices.

What does all this mean?

First, presuming that the practitioners are able to get real results, it doesn’t seem to matter which Feng Shui school, if any, one chooses to follow.

Next, Penn & Teller did NOT explore the affects of altering the home’s interior over any given period of time, only the consultations. Therefore, any achieved results through Feng Shui (such as what I have experienced), would indicate that deep belief is more important than anything else.

Your Environment Has Been Proven To Influence Your Behavior

Feng Shui Influences Behavior

Studies have shown that where we live and what we see, including the quality of our environment, greatly affects our mental and bodily health. In other words, the things around us very much affect how we think, which influences belief.

In December of 2018, Courtney E. Ackerman wrote What Is Environmental Psychology?, a scientifically reviewed article for the publication, Positive Psychology. The author describes how architectural environments greatly affect behavior. A clean, orderly room produces a happier, clear-minded response, whereas a messy one does the opposite.

The fewer obstructions or interferences there are, the faster we are able to naturally improve our health and make better decisions. When that happens, everything accelerates and we get to where we want to be far more quickly.

Now imagine being over 40 years old and altering the things that impede so many. Think for a moment of how it would be if you were more at peace, better rested, filled with increased energy and had a clearer mind.

These are some of the benefits Feng Shui can help provide.

Feng Shui Is Not Magic, But It Is A Tool To Improvement Your Environment

Feng Shui is not magic

As societies progressed, so has human understanding. The weather was once revered as an expression of the gods. Sunshine and clear skies were interpreted as favor, where as thunderstorms and torrents of rain interpreted as wrath. By the mid 18th century, research and experimentation proved atmospheric conditions are natural, often predictable processes. Today, weather is used as a tool, anticipating agriculture, directing shipment and travel, leveraging electricity and much more.

Dr. Frank McAndrew wrote the article, Can Feng Shui Enhance Human Well-Being? While he concluded that there is presently no peer reviewed science supporting the ethereal existence of Qi, it does provide a methodical way of improving your living space.

Christopher Day, an architect, sculptor and author of Places of the Soul: Architecture and Environmental Design As A Healing Art, said, “Architectural gestures affect us in similar ways to human gestures.”

RTF, or Re-Thinking The Future, a website dedicated to promoting excellence in architecture, posted the article, 10 Things Architects Must Know About Feng Shui. It details the benefits of Feng Shui designed structures.

The Indian Journal of Scientific Research further cites a study that supports Feng Shui’s practical effectiveness. The research paper indicates how form and design remain beneficial, including expand useful architecture. 

Feng Shui Has Helped Make Many People’s Lives Better And Wealthier

A life made better through Feng Shui

Many people credit Feng Shui for playing an integral part in their overall success. A number of celebrities and business people have publicly admitted to using the art in their professional and personal lives. Some of those people are the following.

Former President, Donald Trump during an interview with NPR’s Scott Simon, commented that he used a “Feng Shui master” while building the Trump International Hotel.

Oprah Winfrey has been reported stating, “If you believe you still haven’t found your calling, it could be right in front of you, but the chi in your environment, for whatever reason, is blocking it. Maybe you live in too much chaos, with clutter in every corner. Or maybe obstacles (clutter, furniture, or geographical features) literally block the chi and opportunities from coming your way, so that you can capitalize on your true love, or what I call your true-life purpose. Employing Feng Shui tips can help you get out of your own way to find what it is you are really meant to do.  And once you discover this, the pieces will fall into place. Other people have found their calling but their environment is not in alignment with that purpose, Feng Shui can help with that too.” 

Microsoft’s, Bill Gates, in a 2005 Fortune Magazine article, reported that his office was designed using Feng Shui principles.

Why You Should Feng Shui Your Home

Feng Shui Your Home

The truth is, the better you feel, the better your life is. Applying Feng Shui principles to your home promotes well-being and creates a more auspicious environment. 

By arranging furniture and objects in a harmonious way, you can create a balanced and peaceful atmosphere, fostering a sense of well-being and tranquility. Whether it’s arranging furniture to promote relaxation in a bedroom or optimizing the layout of a home office for increased productivity, Feng Shui can be customized to cater to specific needs and goals.

Furthermore, a well-designed and balanced environment can have a positive impact on emotions. Feng Shui principles guide individuals in creating spaces that evoke positive feelings, reduces stress, and fosters a sense of peace and joy.

It’s about creating a living environment that supports and enhances your physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. 

In the context of individuals over 40, Feng Shui can contribute to a more comfortable and nurturing home environment. As you age, you may face increased stress, health concerns, and changes in personal relationships. By implementing Feng Shui principles in your living spaces, you can create a positive atmosphere that supports your physical and emotional health. 

The result becomes a massive reduction in resistance to making good decisions and following through with them.

It makes life so much easier.

Decluttering Is An Easy And Quick Way To Start Feng Shui

One of the simplest, most immediately effective ways to start Feng Shui, is to declutter your home.

If you’re unsure which room to start, the bedroom and kitchen are generally the most recommended. Why? We sleep around 8 hours in the bedroom and hours in the kitchen eating to replenish energy. Both are vital to a healthy life. Eliminating stuff you don’t need, or haven’t used in years, creates more space, which benefits your mind.

For more information on clutter and how it can affect you, check out this post here.

Dr. Dan Brennan, MD, wrote Mental Health Benefits of Decluttering. It explains how removing obstacles and freeing living space positively improves focus, reduces asthma and limits allergies.

While Feng Shui in and of itself may not have glamorous magical properties, it can organize your living space to remove things that get in the way. Whichever school you may choose to follow, if any, there are guidelines for placing and arranging objects that are psychologically positive. Some such benefits are increased natural light (good for the body), more fresh air (healthier lungs) and keeping stuff in order (less frustration in finding things quickly). The better your environment, the more likely you’ll be successful at whatever you choose to accomplish.

The results of a proper Feng Shui

Call it Feng Shui, or effective interior design.

Just don’t think moving a chair will miraculously result in a windfall of cash.

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