Feng Shui Brings Better Health and Happiness

Charles E. Sutton | 12/8/2011, 2:24 p.m.

In today's world, everyone is faced with challenges. Whether it's related to health, money, relationships, or something else, many of us are looking for ways to improve our lives or to simply make things better. Feng Shui (pronounced fung shway), an ancient Chinese discipline, is one unique way to do just that.

More than 3,000 years ago, the Chinese learned that how you organize your living space, what objects you put in your environment, and even what colors you choose to wear in the morning can bring increased health, wealth, happiness, and success. Feng Shui helps you make the right decisions.

Feng Shui is not a religion. It is a mystical art and an applied science. Though the philosophy can be a bit complex and multi-layered, there are basic steps one can take to create a success and a harmonized home environment.

One of the fundamental rules is to keep your home tidy and free of clutter, as it obstructs the flow of natural energy, or chi, through the house. When chi (pronounced chee) is not allowed to flow freely throughout the home, an imbalance is created, which can affect the lives of the residents and cause them misfortune. Vivian Wilson, a native Washingtonian, has been applying the basic principles of Feng Shui in her home for five years now.

"My home was full of clutter which was blocking positive energy from entering my home," Wilson said. "Once I removed the clutter and changed the paint color in three rooms, my mood improved, I became more energetic, I had a more positive outlook on life, and I felt better."

Keep only useful, beautiful or sentimental objects in your home, and commit a few hours weekly to cleaning and removing clutter from all rooms in the house.

Remember, the objective of Feng Shui is to keep chi flowing through the house like a light breeze or rolling stream. In some instances, chi can become stagnant, which invites hardship and illness. Keep the chi flowing properly by opening windows occasionally to let in sunlight and fresh air, and it is also important that you keep your home well lit. If there are rooms that are not often used, turn on the light in the room or light a candle to rejuvenate chi.

Another way to clear the air and energize the space is by ringing a bell in the corner of the room. Yarrow owns and operates Feng Shui at the Bay, a 13 year old company, based in Annapolis Maryland. Yarrow is a Feng Shui consultant, who also teaches Feng Shui at local community colleges. When asked about Feng Shui and its positive impact on overall health, Yarrow said "I teach the basic principles of Feng Shui. But as a foundation, we need to have a positive mindset to go along with Feng Shui to get the best results. The combination of the two can have a very positive impact on one's overall health."

It is important, that whenever possible, we use natural materials to furnish and decorate our home. Too many artificial materials can create negative energy in the home. For instance, wooden and decorative clay pots are good natural items for a living room. A room can be brought to life with healthy, green plants, which not only fill the space with natural energy but also make the home healthier by purifying the air and absorbing dampness that can cause mildew.