Jane Alexander is a journalist and author specialising in integrated health, natural wellbeing and spirituality. She is the author of over 20 books, including Spirit of the Home, The Energy Secret and The Holistic Therapy Bible.
Jane tweets as @exmoorjane and blogs at exmoorjane.blogspot.com
Whenever I move house, the first thing I look at is the floor plan. You can literally read a house by its layout – predicting whether it will be a home that will bring warmth and happiness or poverty and discord. It may sound dramatic but I’ve learned, over the years (and often the hard way) not to ignore the ancient art of feng shui.
Feng shui evolved around five thousand years ago in China. The ancient Chinese believed that invisible life energy (known as qi) flowed through everything in life. It’s the same philosophy that underlies acupuncture – if the energy in your body is moving freely and easily, you will stay fit and healthy. However if it becomes stagnant or blocked, you will most likely fall ill. In acupuncture needles are used to free any blockages and to regulate the smooth flowing of qi. The principle is much the same in houses and offices – with various “cures” used instead of needles.
The Chinese believed that the buildings we live and work in require quite as much attention as our bodies and so developed this complex science for “healing” our environment. Centuries of observation showed that different areas of the house attracted specific energies. Furthermore they discovered that certain configurations (the layout of rooms or even the position of furniture or features) could either help or hinder the free, smooth flowing of energy. If the energy were blocked or allowed to flow too swiftly it would cause corresponding blockages and problems in life.
However they also realised that very small but specific changes (“cures” such as hanging wind chimes or crystals in particular places or using certain colours) could correct such disharmony and put your life back on track. Boosting particular areas with auspicious colours and objects could even create more vibrant energy and better opportunities in life. Read More…