A Critical Look at the Benefits of Feng Shui

Traditional Feng Shui is based on an ancient Chinese practice and theory which has evolved over thousands of years. It is based on the overall concept of energy, with Feng Shui focusing on maximizing the effectiveness of the flow of this “chi” energy throughout any given space, for the benefit of those people who are in the space.

Traditional Feng Shui

Traditional Feng Shui, in the manner that it has been practiced based on the ancient Chinese concepts, is an extremely precise and exacting art. It not only takes the arrangement of furniture and home design into account, but also the positioning and direction of the home, along with a number of other complicated concepts and calculations. Few people actually take the time to learn every nuance of Feng Shui, and instead utilize some basic concepts in a more free-form manner when decorating and designing the layout of their home or office.

Critics of Feng Shui

Those who are critical or unconvinced about the art of Feng Shui often state that the basic concepts that people use to incorporate Feng Shui into their surroundings are simply common sense practices that are based on what actually just makes sense. Reducing the clutter in a home will of course improve its livability, and create a more harmonious environment, even if it has nothing to do with improving the flow of energy throughout the house. The colors that are commonly associated with Feng Shui are also the same types of colors that have been shown by other studies to affect mood, so perhaps it has nothing to do with positive energy, and more to do with science. Certain colors and designs are just naturally more invigorating or stimulating than others, just as some colors have been shown to have a calming effect. And many people tend to view the objects that have symbolism in traditional Feng Shui, such as the three Chinese gold coins tied with the red ribbon, or the frog with the coin in its mouth as simply quaint Chinese customs.
Personal Experimentation with Feng Shui

If you’re not sure how you feel about Feng Shui, it doesn’t hurt to do some experimentation. You might start with the basics, such as giving your home a good cleaning, and discarding or donating to charity anything that no longer has a purpose within your home. Remove all areas of clutter, and arrange the items within your home with an attention to detail, focused on how these can objects can best be arranged to make them easy to use. Take a critical look at the arrangement of furniture and other objects in your home, and see if you can improve the overall layout to facilitate easier movement throughout the house. Increase the levels of light in your home by opening the blinds, perhaps add the soothing sound of a small water fountain, and select colors that create a calm and serene environment within your home. Then see how you feel. Chances are you will find that you feel much better within your own home, and whether it is due to Feng Shui or just due to common sense, you will certainly enjoy the results.

Sonya Weiss

About Our Interior Decorating Columnist Sonya Weiss:

From the time she was a child, Sonya spun stories to entertain herself and her siblings. Once she graduated from high school, she put her writing aside and attended college where she studied Secondary Education, majoring in English. She's represented by literary agent Nicole Resciniti. 

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