So, here are the highlights of what I learned today. This only skims the surface of the practice, and I encourage you to check out Pam's website or your local library for more information if you are interested.
Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese technique and has been adapted to suit todays needs.
- Clutter, both seen and unseen, affect our home and therefore our energy.
- Nature should be used as a model. Soft flowing lines. Limited sharp angles. Create flow.
- Energy should not move too fast or too slow through the space.
- Appeals to all the senses: sight, hear, touch, smell, taste, 6th sense.
- The use of a Bagua identifies spaces to focus attention
Pam gave us many wonderful examples including how to place key furniture facing doors to decrease vulnerability. Pam explained the process for clearing a space by using fresh air, burning sage and performing a blessing ceremony. Finally, she also suggested creating new energy through the use of the senses, such as bells, incense, and using natural materials.
I know like with many eastern practices, there can be some skepticism. I am the first to admit that I am open to ideas of Feng Shui, but because it is a completely new concept to me, and not evidence based science, I have a little trouble wrapping my brain around it. That said, none of the concepts seemed harmful, and sometimes you have to step just a little out of your comfort zone to explore.
Let me know if anyone has used any Feng Shui techniques. I would love to hear your experiences!