Feng shui is the practice of analysing and influencing the interaction between people, buildings and the environment in order to enhance quality of life. The underlying principle of Feng Shui is that the home is an accurate reflection of our lives and therefore we can make changes in our homes to achieve desired outcomes in our lives. Everything in your home has an effect on you, from the smallest ornament to the largest design structure.
Feng shui (meaning ‘wind’ and water’) is an Eastern philosophy, or a strand of Chinese Medicine, based on the same five elements system as that of acupuncture. It is sometimes called ‘acupuncture for buildings’. Feng shui is a combination of environmental science, healing art and ancient metaphysical wisdom.
A basic premise of Eastern Medicine, or acupuncture, is that the human being is made up of three equal aspects; body, mind and spirit. Like three legs of a stool, each aspect must be balanced in order to achieve optimum health and inner happiness. Restoring balance creates optimum conditions for the ‘healing process’ to kick-start in one’s surroundings, body, mind and life.
Many aspects of good Feng Shui are just plain common sense and are logical and down to earth, definitely not magical or mysterious. It cannot claim to produce miracles, although sometimes the results can be outstanding.
Often we are not consciously aware of the huge effect our home and work environments have on us. We think of our surroundings as being something in the background, unaware that they can substantially help or hinder our progress. We respond subconsciously without even knowing we are being influenced.
Chi, or ‘Energy’
Einstein described everything as ‘a sea of energy’, a view which has since been confirmed by quantum physics. His concept of the universe as an energy field is increasingly gaining scientific support and is transforming how we understand life. Techniques such as Kirlian photography have further provided visible evidence of the phenomenon we popularly call ‘energy’. Scientific evidence is increasingly showing that we are, elementally, an energetic charge and that we are connected to everything else in the world through one, unifying, field of energy. As Einstein put it, ‘the field is the only reality’. By tapping into this reality we can make fundamental changes in our lives.
Yin and yang balance is essential. Nothing works well without balance. Yin and yang represent the dual nature of everything that exists. Nothing is ever completely Ying or Yang, there is a combination of the two energies.
The original meaning of Yang was ‘the bright side of the mountain’, and Yin ‘the shady side’.
In Feng Shui the energies are finely tuned to create an environment that is balanced with yin and yang energies, together with the elements of fire, earth, metal, water and wood, so creating a harmonising space.
There are three main energies which make up the three lines of trigrams in the I Ching, these are:
This includes changes through time, the seasons, the passage of night and day, lunar phases, and other, longer cycles.
The earth is undergoing constant change, including movements within the molten core and continental drift. In addition there are geological fault lines, underground water courses, and much else which affects us.
Energies from the earth can be detrimental or beneficial to us, and dowsing is used to detect such energies so that they can be transformed or enhanced. In the west this is usually referred to as ‘Earth Energies’
The Healthy Home consultation addresses geopathic stress which can be detrimental to health
Traditional feng shui deals mainly with human energies in the surroundings.
What does a consultation involve?
A Feng Shui consultation is all about understanding and appreciating the environment affecting the property, both externally and internally. It’s about creating a better flow of energy.
A consultation consists of:
- Initial discussion to find out what the client would like to get out of the consultation
- Life evaluation and questionnaire sent to client, with request for floor plans. When these are returned, an appointment is made for the consultation.Life Evaluation Form
- A consultation with the client to clarify points made on the questionnaire.
- Walk round with the client to reinforce any point of concern or interest
- Analysis of the space by consultant using the bagua
- Plans and recommendations prepared and verbal feedback with recommendations given to client
- A full written report is prepared
The on site part of the consultation will take about 3-4 hours.
Recommendations are made for you to implement the changes you need to make for things to improve. It’s difficult to assess your own home as you’re far too close to it to be able to objectively see what’s really going on.
All recommendations are made to cater to your individual tastes, aspirations and values. The written report will give the reasons for the recommendations and what effect they are designed to have.
When implementing a recommendation, do it with positive intention. Be clear about what you want to achieve. Make sure you understand the difference between what you want and what you need. Ask that it is done for the highest good of all. Let go of the outcome, do not try to anticipate how your goal will be achieved. If you limit your view on how events should occur, you limit your possibilities.
Included in the consultation are use of the bagua and nine star Ki astrology.
The bagua is perhaps the best known concept of feng shui. It is an imaginary grid placed over homes, rooms, offices etc. which divides them into nine areas which represent different areas of life. It is a very useful tool for focusing on particular issues. The positioning of the areas is determined by one of two different methods: by compass directions (compass method) or by the position of the front door (the ‘3 door gate’ bagua). Both of these methods are effective, but each suits different needs better.
Nine Star Ki Astrology – Feng Shui Astrology
Nine Star Ki Astrology, also known as feng shui astrology, is used in conjunction with feng shui as it focuses on the same nine energies referred to in the feng shui bagua. It is a system of personality analysis which provides detailed and fascinating insights into the very different ways in which we interact, come across to others, respond to stress, achieve happiness, behave at work, manage our lives etc. The insights can transform our relationships and greatly help us to achieve fulfilment in life.
Things that can affect your environment
Layout and furniture positions
The layout of rooms and buildings is fundamental to feng shui, and small changes to layout can have profound effects on our daily lives. Where space is limited and there is little choice about placement, we focus on the position of key items of furniture such as beds, sofas, desks, and chairs where practical.
Artwork and ornaments
A recent study of artwork in hospitals showed that people recovered the slowest in wards with abstract pictures, whereas the fastest recoveries were in the rooms with natural landscapes on the wall. Artwork is a powerful tool and can be used to instil a huge range of qualities – creativity, harmony, romance, passion, calm, joy etc.
The environment in which we live has changed dramatically, particularly in the last 50 years, and the scope of feng shui in the west has been significantly expanded to address common modern problems such as:
- Electro-magnetic fields or electromagnetic radiation (EMR): wiring in our homes and offices can have a strong effect on our health, energy and mood.
- High Frequency Electro- magnetic fields. These include signals from mobile phone masts, mobile phones, cordless (DECT) phones and wi-fi. These fields can have a detrimental effect on health, especially in places where you spend a lot of time e.g. the bedroom.
- Geopathic stress: this is radiation arising from the earth. It can seriously affect our health and can lower the immune system and can lead to a wide range of health problems including chronic fatigue, headache, sleep problems, poor concentration.
- Clutter: this is a big issue in the western world of consumerism. It has a huge impact on lives and businesses, affecting us mentally, emotionally and physically. Controlling it can be a huge challenge, but the rewards are often immense. Because this is such a big topic, it is covered as a separate service.
Healthy home consultations which involve Electro Magnetic Field measurements and Geopathic Stress testing can be incorporated into feng shui consultations.
Electromagnetic fields (EMFs) are a part of everyday life and difficult to eliminate, however it is possible to reduce exposure as much as possible. High Frequency EMFs include mobile phone signals, cordless phone signals and wifi. Low frequency EMFs are produced by anything that comes through your fuse box, appliances, wiring and lighting circuits.
I have equipment to measure these fields and advise how, practically, to reduce exposure.
This is particularly important for areas where you spend a lot of time sitting and where you sleep. Sleep is very important for the body to repair and regenerate at a cellular level, it is also when the brain detoxifies. Reducing electro magnetic fields in the bedroom will help you to have good quality sleep to benefit overall health.
Geopathic stress occurs when the Earths energy lines (Ley lines) become distorted and resonate at a frequency which can be harmful to health. There has been a lot of research done on this in parts of Europe, however is not as well known in the UK. Detection and harmonisation of these lines are carried out as part of a healthy home consultation.
Feng Shui – £200, combined with healthy home £300
Healthy home – £150
Trish is an empathic, personable and practical Feng Shui expert and a pleasure to work with. She checked out my office, living room and bedroom and made a few simple and cost effective suggestions for improving the energy flows, such as moving pictures and plants etc. I’ve implemented 3 of these so far, which cost nothing, & and already can feel a huge improvement in my energy for work and ability to relax. I can’t recommend her highly enough. JH
Trish came to perform Feng Shui on my house. She sent me a form to complete before she arrived, this was incredibly helpful, it made me look at different areas of my life and rate accordingly. Probably the biggest challenge was answering the questions honestly, there was definite benefit to doing so. I picked out three areas of my life that I wanted us to work on and left Trish to ‘do her stuff’.
What was interesting was that after a while I asked Trish what she had done as the house suddenly felt different. Apparently, she did some work on the ley lines that crossed the house. I could actually feel the difference. My hall which both my partner and I disliked, suddenly felt welcoming. No one was more surprised than me. Trish explained to me what to do in the house to improve the three areas of my life – all of it practical. She also checked the magnetic and electrical fields around the bed which again resulted in practical changes and better sleep.
It was a fascinating experience and I definitely would recommend both Trish and Feng Shui. JE
Prior to her visit, Trish sent some forms to fill in which were to give her an idea of what was going on in our lives.
The main thing for me was my husband’s health – for no apparent reason he suddenly developed fibromyalgia 2 years ago. We didn’t know it was fibromyalgia until he had had loads of tests, had been hospitalised and had been through various courses of medication – all to no avail. He was in continuous pain, with swollen joints and was not sleeping well at all
Trish spent some time dowsing and cured some geopathic stress that she found in the lounge, but then using a meter she was measuring the microwaves around the beds. On my husband’s side of the bed the meter suddenly started buzzing frantically! On his side of the bed was a cord free phone and a clock radio – both producing electronic signals.
I was advised to move them both away from the pillow area on the bedside table, which I did and to my amazement, my husband started to sleep better and recover the use of his limbs.
I cannot say that he is 100% cured but there is no doubt that he is SO much better than he was. RF