Today’s post is courtesy of Feng Shui expert, Ann Bingley Gallops. Many thanks to Ann for sharing these insightful tips and explaining the connection between Feng Shui and organization.
Whenever I walk into a client’s home, I get an immediate sense of what’s happening in their space even before they put it into words. This intuitive awareness of what’s going on comes from my understanding of Feng Shui, which helps me identify how the Chi, or life force energy, of the space moves and flows. Feng Shui helps me identify where Chi energy is stuck or blocked. Things stacked haphazardly in corners, doors that don’t open or close all the way, an environment that feels dusty or lifeless. All these are signs of Chi energy that’s stuck, and indicate that my client has an opportunity to improve his or her life in a significant way.
What is Feng Shui?
Feng Shui (pronounced “fung schway”) is about enhancing your life by enhancing your space. Sometimes called the art of placement, it originated in China thousands of years ago, becoming more commonly used in the West over the last 30 years.
The words Feng Shui literally mean Wind & Water. The concepts of a meandering stream and gentle breeze provide symbols of a smooth flow of energy bringing health and abundance into your space and your life. The sense we seek is one of energy flowing smoothly and easily. We don’t want Chi energy to be stagnant; neither do we want it to move too fast, like a roaring river. When Chi energy is stuck, you feel stuck; when it rushes too fast you miss out on its life-giving benefits.
Everything in our surroundings has a physical and psychological effect on us. Feng Shui enhances the positive aspects of your environment while minimizing its negative features. Feng Shui aligns your space with the balance, harmony and energy of nature; the more you’re in harmony with nature, the better you’re able to live a comfortable and productive life.
When you use Feng Shui in your environment, you harness the natural power of Chi energy to bring greater ease and productivity into your life and energetically attract the things you want. When Chi energy flows smoothly, your life is more likely to flow more smoothly as well.
Three Essential Feng Shui Tools
Feng Shui uses time-tested techniques to bring its positive benefits into your space. Feng Shui also creates room layouts designed to put you in control of your space, giving you a solid sense of comfort and safety in your environment.
• The feminine and masculine energies of Yin & Yang must be balanced in every room as well as in the overall space. Every room in your home or office needs its own balance of Yin and Yang. A bedroom requires more Yin, while a kitchen is a more Yang space, for example.
• The Five Elements of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water must be brought into harmony with one another and with your personality, goals and style. Everything and everyone is made up of these elements — Feng Shui brings them into balance for you and your particular situation.
• The eight-sided Bagua Energy Map divides every space into sectors including wealth, reputation, intimate relationships, health, family and more. The Bagua gives you a way to focus on these important areas of your life and bring the power of Intention to making changes you want to make.
Why Clearing Clutter is So Important in Feng Shui
The necessary first step to creating good Feng Shui is to clear clutter so Chi energy can flow freely throughout your space. When Chi energy moves freely, your physical body as well as your mental and emotional energy — will, too. A clutter-free environment with good Feng Shui will help you become more productive and achieve your most important life goals.
About the Author
Ann Bingley Gallops and Open Spaces Feng Shui offer a modern, practical approach to the ancient art of Feng Shui, enhancing your prospects for a balanced and healthy life. Ann’s unique background includes an MBA from Columbia University as well as Red Ribbon Professional accreditation from the International Feng Shui Guild, the highest Feng Shui qualification available in the Unites States. She has been practicing Feng Shui since 1996, and received her Practitioner’s Certificate from the Western School of Feng Shui.
Ann’s services include consultations for homes and offices, plus space-clearing & blessing ceremonies and long-distance “virtual” consultations. You may contact Ann at 646-382-3878 or ann at openspacesfengshui dot com.
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