Traditional Chinese Medicine: Feng Shui

by Lauren Swanger, holistic health enthusiast and research journalist

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What is Feng Shui?
Feng Shui comes from the Chinese Feng (wind) and Shui (water), and is based on the Taoist belief that nature and land are both alive and filled with Chi (energy). The ancient Chinese believed that the energy and health of the land was in direct correlation to the energy and health of the kingdom. A Feng Shui practitioner uses an energy map, or bagua, to begin their analysis. Once the energy is read and evaluated, the practitioner can begin suggesting ways to balance the chi. The practitioner uses the five Feng Shui elements in their analysis:

  • Fire – activates personal energy, brings support in career efforts, helps bring recognition. Its colors are red, orange, purple and pink.
  • Earth – creates stability and harmony. Its colors are light yellow, all sand colors and brown.
  • Metal – brings the energy of clarity, preciseness, and focus. Its colors are white, grey, and all metallic surfaces.
  • Water – allows calm, purity, trust, renewal. Its colors are black and blue.
  • Wood – brings vibrant health and abundance. Its colors are brown and green.

simplified-bagua-mapA clutter free space is best in the practice of Feng Shui. Clutter interferes with chi and upsets the balance of harmonious energy. Lighting and ventilation are also very important. Air flow is crucial to Feng Shui as it helps move energy through space; light is a very strong expression of energy. Human beings react to their surroundings and are either nourished or drained by the energy surrounding them, so it makes good sense to fill ones’ personal space with as much energy as possible.

The practice of Feng Shui goes much deeper than just decluttering your home and opening the windows. To do it properly requires a deeper understanding of its foundation and principles and requires extensive training. The application of Feng Shui is multifaceted and involves the use of color, balance, and location. It is also unique to each individual. There is no “one size fits all” mentality because each person has his or her own special energy and life experiences.

Debby Barry is our Feng Shui Consultant and is an interior designer trained in Instinctive Feng Shui and space clearing. She specializes in integrating Feng Shui principles into design choices to enhance your life, support personal growth and create beautiful spaces. She is a Certified Practitioner of Interior Alignment™, Certified Space Clearing and Syncro-Alignment™, and is an expert in organization methods. Debby Barry may be reached by phone at 240-293-4701, by email, or on her website

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