Harmony in Feng Shui

Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese philosophy of order and harmony that goes back more than 3,500 years. Literally translated, the words feng shui mean wind and water, and deal with reaching a harmonious balance between the forces of heaven and earth in order to bring order into one's life.

One of the most import parts of Feng Shui is the arrangement of plants, furniture and other objects in one's personal environment in order to achieve the maximum personal Qi or Chi goal. The Qi is an ancient symbol that means air, and refers to a person's personal energy. The importance of arranging objects in a household or business is so important to a Feng Shui believer that often a trained Feng Shui practitioner is invited to come and assist in arranging the object in the most suitable order. This includes matching the colors of the objects to better adhere to the order for of the five Feng Shui elements of wood, fire, metal, earth and water.

Feng Chui practitioners believe that there are two main energy forces; the Chi or supernatural force, and the Sha or natural forces, and that these forces constantly oppose each other with both good and bad energy forces. Due to these forces, the natural balance of both light and air circulation are important in the practice of Feng Shui.

In addition to arranging ones household into a certain order, Feng Shui amulets can be purchased to be placed in certain parts of the house. Many such Feng Shui jewelry resemble plants and flower, both important objects for Feng Shui use. The color red is often incorporated into a Feng Shui amulet, as red relates to the element fire. Jade, or objects in blue-green color are also frequently used as the color relates to the elements of wind and water. Wearing a Feng Shui amulet is said to offer protection against harmful elements.

Purchasing Feng Shui amulets can be done either from New Age or oriental gift stores, as well as through the internet.