What is Feng Shui?
Feng Shui is the art of designing your home to promote success in life, health, wealth, and happiness.
Principles of Feng Shui
The concepts of chi energy, yin and yang, the Five Elements, and the Eight Directions and incorporating them to make changes can transform your life.
“Chi” is a subtle flow of electromagnetic energy which links all things in the universe. In the Far East the understanding and control of energy flows underlies traditional healing systems such as acupuncture and Shiatsu.
The Chakras fall into this area. Chi flows through your body by means of channels called meridans. They radiate from seven key points.in your body where energy is concentrated. These key points are the Chakras. The Chakras include crown, mid-brain or pituitary, throat, heart, stomach or solar plexus, navel, and reproductive organs (coccyx).
Yin and Yang
Yin and Yang Balance: First determine whether you are too yin or too yang, Eat the right kind of food that can help you balance your personal levels of yin and yang.
Foods can range from the most yang (salt and meat) at the top to the most yin (liquids and sugars) at the bottom. Balanced foods include brown rice, millet, quinoa, buckwheat, dark, leafy greens, squash, carrots, parsnips, mushrooms, beans, and legumes.
The Five Elements
The Five Elements: These Elements are associated with season, color, taste, and organs. When you eat foods according to the season, it will help balance the corresponding organ.
The Five Elements of Food include:
- Wood: Green, Spring, Sour, Liver and Gall Bladder, Purification
- Fire: Red, Summer, Bitter, Heart, Circulation
- Earth: Yellow/Orange, Late Summer, Sweet, Stomach, Spleen, and Pancreas, Digestion
- Metal: White, Autumn, Hot, Pungent, Lungs and large intestine, Respiration
- Water: Black, Winter, Salty, Kidneys and Bladder, Elimination
For example, the Metal Element is associated with the color white, the season of Autumn, and the body organ of the lungs. So incorporating hot and pungent white foods, such as those in the onion family, are useful for dissipating mucous and common colds that often occur during this time of year.
The Eight Directions
The Eight Directions is used to determine the pattern of chi in a home. The directions include: North, North-West, West, South-West, South, South-East, East, and North-East.
Benefits of Feng Shui
- Improved Health
- More harmonious relationships
- Better relaxation at home
- Better sleep
- More stimulating social life
- Great opportunities for love and romance
- Feeling more in control
- Increased motivation
- Increased fame and respect
- Greater control of finances
- Brings prosperity
- Higher opportunity for selling home
For more information, check out Paul Pitchfood’s book: Healing with Whole Foods.