Translated literally, Feng means wind and Shui means water. Together Feng Shui encapsulates the symbolic nature of those two components. Wind and water are not restricted by solid barriers of their own, in the same way a solid would. Wind and water move and flow, their trajectory merely being guided or shaped by fixed barriers. In Chinese Culture, Feng Shui is the 5,000-year-old art of placement, more specifically the proper placement of objects to allow for the best circulation of Chi: the universal life force energy. In theory, to achieve Feng Shui means to attain optimal harmony with nature, and in doing so bringing happiness, wealth, and vitality to your life.
Feng Shui is a complex body of knowledge that reveals to its practitioners how to balance the various energies of any given space in order to create a lively, vivacious, and harmonious home. The energies emitted by varying elements, colors, and objects in the home are many, but all share the idea of Yin and Yang. The theory of Yin and Yang suggests everything in the universe is composed of two opposing yet deeply interconnected forces. It is the interaction or synergy of those forces that creates the essence of life all around us. That essence, of course, is Chi and Feng Shui is the most efficient cultivation of that life force energy.
The art of Feng Shui depends on a lot of factors, one of those being the removal of clutter. An overabundance of material goods is the most obvious and therefore the most easily solved obstacle of Feng Shui. Furniture featuring clean and sleek lines, with versatile storage capabilities encourages you to maintain an organized space therefore allowing the perpetual and uninterrupted flow of energy. Haiku Designs is proud to offer a wide range of highly functional, elegant pieces that will help you achieve the organization necessary for Feng Shui.
Another important aspect of Feng Shui for the home is the introduction of the 5 elements that will help you cultivate positive and refreshing energy: wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. Wood represents change and growth. Fire represents vitality and pulsating energy. Earth represents stability and nourishment. Metal represents focus and direction. Water represents fluidity, while also symbolizing wealth and prosperity. Together, the 5 elements equate peace, balance, and harmony with nature.
Whether your space is grand or compact, the principals and teachings on Feng Shui can help you make the most of the energy in your home. Strategically placed plants can help unblock stagnant energy. The incorporation of small water fountains encourages the clean and steady fluidity of energy. Bamboo or wood furniture, especially that with rounded corners such as those found on the Tentai Collection, not only introduce one of the 5 elements into the home but also reduces the impediment or obstruction of your home’s energy.
Feng Shui is the art of maximizing positive energy flow. Achieving Feng Shui is not only pleasing to the non-visual senses but is also aesthetically and systematically attractive. The principles of Feng Shui will allow you to integrate beauty into your home in a way that your family and guests will surely take notice of. Although Feng Shui has many levels and complexities, you can easily transform any room in your home by incorporating the 5 elements and by rearranging some of your furniture in accordance with the traditional Feng Shui Energy Map, also known as the Feng Shui Bagua. For more tips to help guide your path towards the serenity of a Feng Shui home, visit http://www.haikudesigns.com/fengshui-tips.htm