There are those who practice Feng Shui from a scientific perspective, however, I am not one of them. For me, Feng Shui has always been faith-based. That may sound strange since we usually associate ‘faith’ with religion. Yet, in my life, Feng Shui shifted into a transformative process when I let go of the belief that I had to see it in order to believe it, and instead followed the philosophy that “you’ll see it when you believe it”. (Wayne W. Dyer) I am a natural skeptic, and analytical to the core, but on the flip side, when I tap into my intuition, go with my gut and trust that I am doing what my creator intended, I interpret my world in a whole new way.
When I first discovered Feng Shui, some of the claims were so outlandish that I felt I needed to prove them to myself in order to believe them. My house became my own personal guinea pig. In order to benefit fully from this ancient system intricately woven into the fabric of life, I had to open myself up to trust and faith, two concepts that were not welcomed in my mid-20’s. I was recently married and a new homeowner when I first discovered Feng Shui. I came home from my first week-long Feng Shui intensive and started to put all that I had learned into practice.
The house we lived in was on three acres and the previous owners had added on a partial sunroom to the back of the house. With my newly-learned knowledge about Feng Shui, I discovered that this was not ideal. I also discovered that the shape of the three acres was not complete and that the place of its incompletion was in what is considered the money section of the bagua. Little by little, I discovered tiny flaws, but luckily, I also knew that most Feng Shui issues can be adjusted. How? Well, over the years, I have come to view Feng Shui as a mathematical equation. When the equation is incomplete, you have to add or subtract something from it. In Feng Shui, the elements of water, wood, fire, earth, and metal are the variables that are used to balance the Feng Shui equation.
In the end, no amount of Feng Shui could save my marriage, but what a blessing that was! The changes that have occurred as a result of that process have made me into a person that I really love. As I created balance in my home, the people in the house who were not in alignment with those changes had to either adjust and shift up or stay the same and shift out. That is what happened, and that is why from one perspective, it might appear that Feng Shui did not “work” for me, but in reality, it did.
The art of Feng Shui is one that typically brings subtle changes, along with a new awareness of the things that we value and believe. It is not a quick fix by any means. It is a life-long process that shifts you toward your authentic self. While it is rarely going to create sweeping dramatic changes, it can put you on a path that you never saw possible for yourself. It can bring awareness to the source of your greatest challenges in your career, your health, your finances and your relationships. Awareness in itself can be somewhat unsettling because once you know something, you can not Un-Know it, no matter how hard you try. You can ignore it, but you can’t stop knowing it. However, if you view the process of Feng Shui as a way that the God of your understanding has chosen to communicate with you, then you might be able to see it as a way to increase your faith in your Self and in a Higher Power.