Feng Shui is More Relevant Today Than Ever Before
Feng shui is the ancient
practice of arranging
to welcome good energy
to our spaces for health
and wellbeing. Wise men
observed the natural world
and developed “truths” that
became the foundations of
this practice of feng shui.
They developed this concept
of “chi” or life force energy
that animates everything in
Although its principles were developed thousands of years ago, and influenced all of the Eastern arts, including traditional Chinese medicine and martial arts, feng shui is more relevant than ever in today’s world. Why is that?
There are three main reasons why I believe this to be true.
When feng shui was developed the most important evaluation was of the land. The location of your home or village meant everything. There were two primary requirements for determining the best location: healthy, flowing water to irrigate the crops and the presence of mountains or hills to protect from harsh winds.
Location continues to be the primary driver for property values even today. However, given the rising population and limited open space, not everyone can have the best location. We build on land that has the least desirable feng shui, too. And principles of feng shui can be applied to help in those locations as well.
With the development of electricity, and other technologies, we no longer live with the natural rhythms of sunlight or the seasons. We work throughout all times of the day, eat bananas in northern climates, and we go tanning in the winter months. In addition, we have immersed ourselves in a technological haze consisting of electromagnetic fields (both wired and wi-fi) that are not in-synch with the human body’s natural energy.
3. A Toxic Soup
The average American spends 90% of their day indoors, limiting their access to nature. These indoor work spaces and homes are built and furnished with hundreds, if not thousands of man-made materials. Toxins from paint, adhesives, man-made fabrics and materials contribute to poor indoor air quality and a further separation from the natural world.
These three forces converge to the detriment of our society. Now we are learning that our physical bodies pay the price, as well as our mental, emotional and spiritual selves.
Wisdom of Feng Shui
It is no wonder that, as civilization has gone to one extreme, the opposite ideologies raise their heads. This demonstrates the concept of yin and yang. The current state of the global culture has swung very deeply into a yang (Western thought) state – as seeds of the yin (Eastern thought) become a growing popular topic for education and practice.
Globalization has allowed this to occur as never could have been done before.
With the popularization of meditation, yoga, and now Ayurveda healing practices, other Eastern arts have grown as well – interest in the martial arts, traditional Chinese medicine, calligraphy, cooking, architecture, and feng shui.
The wisdom that feng shui can provide is a wonderful counterbalance to the modern world, as we continually build in less desirable locations, advance in technology and work indoors. Feng shui gives us the wisdom to acknowledge all of that, and yet, bring more yin into our lives – more nourishment for body, mind, and spirit.