A quick guide to Feng Shui
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Feng Shui objects and accessories can greatly enhance your environment while providing cures and renewed energies (chi) that affect positive changes in your personal life. For example, certain coins, colors and animals create “prosperity and healing” Chi; crystals and mirrors create visual movement of chi; wind chimes, crystals, fountains and special kinds of music create aural chi, and trees, plants and flowers create “life and growth” Chi.
For thousands of years the Chinese have applied the philosophy of Feng Shui to create auspicious energy flow within their surroundings. Literally translated as Wind and Water or the harmony between nature and living beings, Feng Shui utilizes the delicate flow of universal life energy to enhance our lives.  Enhance your environment and create harmony, abundance, and well-being for yourself and your family.
Feng Shui (pronounced fong shway) has been utilized for centuries by the Chinese to ensure that the energy flow within and around their environment is enhanced, creating auspicious ‘blessings’ in life.  Feng Shui has been called environmental acupuncture simply because we are working with the energy meridians around us and enhancing the Chi, or beneficial energy, flow within the environment.
Feng Shui can improve all aspects of our lives and is increasingly being used for both personal homes and businesses to enhance the flow of energy.  Many large businesses such as Virgin Airways, British Airways, Microsoft, Midland Bank, Harvey Nichols, the offices of The Wall Street Journal, The Hong Kong Bank, Shanghai Bank, and Morgan Bank have used Feng Shui to improve their business and harmony within the business world.
The Pa Kua is one of the easiest methods used to ascertain the Feng Shui of any given environment. The Pa Kua is an octagonal map or grid containing the symbols of the I Ching, the ancient oracle on which Feng Shui is based.  These symbols relate to every area or aspect of our lives and are divided into such categories as: fame, relationships/marriage, children/creativity, helpful people/travel, career, inner knowledge, family/ancestors/health, and wealth/blessings.
The Pa Kua grid is placed over the land, the building, rooms within a house or building and desks to show where there are negative or missing spaces and what may need rectifying or enhancing in life or the environment.  For example, if the Pa Kua grid is placed over the entire house plan and it shows the toilet, bathroom, laundry, or kitchen in the wealth/blessings area it would be considered that the money coming into that particular environment would disappear very fast, as if to be ‘going down the drain.’
Feng Shui offers remedies or enhancements to rectify inauspicious situations. In the above mentioned situation, the remedy would be to use either a round leaf plant, a hanging crystal, a wind chime, or the colours blue or green (the wealth /blessings colours). If the individual chooses to use a round leaf pot plant, they could also place six or eight gold coins, wrapped in red, underneath the plant, to symbolize the growth of their money.  It is not necessary, however, to use all these remedies together as it is up to the individual’s needs and personal aesthetics to choose what might be the most suitable enhancement for their environment.
It is important whenever using any Feng Shui remedies or enhancements, which you choose the most subtle and suitable items to fit into the individual environment, whether it is in a house or business. After all, Feng Shui is about improving all aspects and areas in our lives and environment in order to create a world that is more in balance.

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