What Is Feng Shui?

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Feng shui is an ancient Chinese way to attract a beneficial flow of life-giving energy to your space. It was developed thousands of years ago and there are many schools of thought. The translation of feng shui is wind (feng) and water (shui), and this relates to the flow of energy (chi or qi) in a space and on the land. This chi is constant, nourishing and always moving. Feng shui is also the interaction of people with their environment, and how you can create harmonious spaces that make you feel good and improve your life.

By using an energetic map, called the bagua, you can determine where you can enhance the chi and improve a situation you may be experiencing in your life. Ba means eight in Chinese, and gua is a sector or an area. The bagua is made up of eight guas that surround the tai chi center, which represents our health. The guas are family, abundance, fame, relationships, children, helpful people, career and self-knowledge.

These guas relate to areas of your life, and what may be happening in a particular gua can affect your life in some way. For example, if you want to attract a new relationship, you would look in this gua to see what may be going on there.

Where you place your furniture is important. If your furniture, or stove, is not in a command position (where you can see the door), you may feel an undercurrent of anxiety or fear in your life.


The five elements of wood, fire, earth, metal and water are also used to enhance areas. In our example of looking for a relationship, you may consider placing some earth items in this area to attract a partner, as earth is the element associated with the relationship gua.

It works best to concentrate on a basic feng shui makeover of a space to clear any blocks and clutter; this enhances the flow of chi. From this point, it may be beneficial to work on one area at a time. When you have attracted the result you desire in one aspect of your life, you can then move to another area. Feng shui can be a fun way to create an environment to attract the life you want.

Source: Carmel Malone-Quane, RN, is a certified feng shui specialist and certified LOA coach, who works with you in the fields of space clearing, clutter clearing and space planning. For more information, call 917-974-7164, email FengShuiWithCarmel@gmail.com or visit


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