Feng Shui is a part of Chinese Philosophy which tells us how our life and destiny are related to the environment and nature surrounding us. It is the art of proper placement or arrangement of buildings, rooms and furniture in such a way as to achieve maximum harmony and balance with nature.

The basic principle is that there is an invisible energy that circulates around every living and non-living object in this universe. This energy is termed as "Chi" and when it is in balance everything goes on smoothly. If there is an obstruction to its flow then there would be hardships, troubles and losses in ones life.

History behind Feng Shui

From the mountainous south western region of China during the Han Dynasty (200 B.C. - 200 A.D.), the earliest known records of Feng Shui can be established. The rugged typography of this region of south western China provided the inspiration for finding the most auspicious sites - initially for dwellings and burial sites. Feng Shui was traditionally intended to find locations within the landscape that had beneficial Chi energy. This was further refined much later in A.D. 888 by the teachings and practice of Yang Yun Sung who was, at the time, an adviser to the Emperor.

Feng Shui for children

Do not allow children to sit with their back against any door while studying , else place a mirror so they can see the door behind them.

Make sure that nothing sharp or piercing is directed towards the chair, as this will create more bad energy.

Train them to keep their rooms tidy and clutter- free as bad energy accumulates in clusters.

The Laughing Buddha is a symbol of wealth and happiness and it works wonders when kept in children's bedroom.

Let your child wear a Hematite stone on him as it would get him a deep sleep.

Home Interiors

Furniture should be placed in the southeast, south, or west sides of a room. .It is best that the northeast corner of each room in the house be left empty. Do not align doors within the house. One door should not lead directly into another. Do not keep money in a place facing south. When one prays, he should face either north or east. Beds should face either west or south .Mirrors should be placed on the north or east walls, not on the south or west walls. Clocks should be placed on the west, north, or east walls. There should be an even number of columns and beams in the house, not odd. Doors should generally be made from a single piece of wood and should open on the left side. A television can be placed in the southeast side of a room. Stairways should be on the south, southwest, or west sides of a building. Inauspicious pictures such as fighting animals, snakes, owls, bats, vultures and pigeons should not be hung in a house .

Wind Chimes

The Wind chime is one of the most frequently used feng shui cures for positive chi energy.

They are commonly made out of very high quality brass tubes. Install the wind chime in a place in your house where natural breeze enters all the time from a window. Also it is best to position the chime in the center of the house so that the chiming sound is heard in every corner of the house.

A wind chime is believed to neutralize the negative energy and stimulate good Chi energy flow.

Crystal balls in Feng Shui

The main purpose of faceted crystal balls is to transmute energy. The balls must be faceted and the size depends upon the size of the ailment you are trying to cure. When "Sha" or hard energy enters the ball, the facets deflect the energy breaking it up and turning it into "Chi" or soft energy. Crystal Balls are typically used in windows to transmute the "Sha" entering your home from the street. The size of the crystal ball you choose is dependent on the size of the ailment and the amount of energy you are trying to transmute.

Indian Vastu Shastra- Chinese Feng Shui- Are they identical??

The objective of both the sciences are the same- to bring in balance between man and his environment. Both tell us how to orient buildings and place things in a better manner so as to ensure a harmonious balance between man and nature. But Vastu Shastra is comparatively older than Feng Shui. Vastu Shastra is oriented more towards physical surroundings and nature. It is more rigid and the Vastu cures are difficult. Feng Shui on the other hand is much liberal and has simple and cheaper cures for defects.

The Bagua Mirror

Ba Gua is an octagonal figure divided into eight triangular sections. It is used as a mystical tool for detecting imbalances in environment in Feng Shui terms. The eight areas are associated with family, wealth, fame, marriage, children, helpful people, career and knowledge. It can be superimposed on the plan of a house for better results to wards off bad moods and depressed feelings.

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