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Feng Shui: A Modern Day Perspective on an Ancient Healing Science

Apr 25, 2015 10:53PM ● By Kathy Keh

Why Is Feng Shui
So Confusing? 

There is a lot of confusion around Feng Shui, – what it is, why you use it, how to apply it – and there are good reasons for the confusion. First, there are no formal standards for how this ancient healing science should be implemented. There are no standards for the type of study required prior to going out to practice it or to teach it. Whereas other Chinese healing sciences like acupuncture have very strict rules and regulations around its application, as of today, there is no such thing in the world of Feng Shui. As a result, a multitude of various schools have evolved over the years, many of which have moved the practice and application of Feng Shui far away from its original, intended purposes. Not only does this lack of consistency cause confusion, but it has diluted Feng Shui’s overall effectiveness and, in turn, its credibility. This is in the process of changing, however, because the Chinese Government has recently begun taking an active role in standardizing this ancient healing science, which will help to diminish this confusion over time.


Why Do We Use Feng Shui?

If more people were aware of the real reason why we use Feng Shui, everyone would be using it without fail. Believe it or not, Feng Shui has absolutely nothing to do with aesthetically improving the look and feel of our living and work environments. Surprised? Although this is usually a natural manifestation of using Feng Shui, it is not the reason why we use it. We use it to do something far greater than that: we actually use Feng Shui to help us discover what we were meant to do with our lives, and to receive the inspiration and ideas needed to actually go out and do it. 

So many of us yearn to know what it is that we were truly meant to do in this life. We know deep down inside that our lives were not meant to be lived by “playing it safe” or so that we could “live up to” someone else’s expectations, and yet the answers can be so elusive. This can be really frustrating and even depressing. The great news is that when we properly apply the principles of Feng Shui to the environments where we spend most of our time, we significantly increase our chances of living a life that reflects our true purpose, as well as a life where we joyfully express our unique gifts to the world. This is the ultimate reason why we use Feng Shui.


What is Feng Shui?
The original or “Classical” form of Feng Shui (the version of Feng Shui we refer to in this article) has been around for over 3000 years and originated in China when this country was an agrarian society, highly dependent upon the powerful forces of nature to grow their crops and successfully feed their families. Feng Shui began initially as a set of principles that were used to determine the most ideal locations for a village to be situated in relation to its natural surroundings, as this relationship was found to be the single determining factor as to whether a community thrived (by living in harmony with the their natural surroundings) versus just barely survived (by working against the forces of nature, and not living in harmony with their natural surroundings).  

Feng Shui has evolved over time to take into consideration that most of us do not live in farming communities anymore. As the original founders of this practice observed more patterns, additional formulas were added that further expand our ability to analyze built space, but the core objectives remain the same. We are still systematically tapping into the endless reserves of healing energy found in our natural surroundings so that it can be utilized in homes and offices to the benefit of the people living and working inside. Some people refer to this type of energy as “Universal Life Force,” but, in the world of Feng Shui, we call it “Qi” (pronounced “Chee”). As we all know, forces found in nature have the ability to manifest themselves as miraculously life giving and supportive, as well as be utterly destructive so the key is to capitalize on energy of the life giving, beneficial sort, and minimize that of the harmful sort. 


How Do We Do Feng Shui? 

It gets quite technical, which most people do not realize and is the subject matter for volumes of books, but, in a nutshell, we use three very formulaic systems for analyzing built space. They are San He (Landscape and Formations), San Yuan (Flying Stars) and Ba Zhai (Eight Mansion). Each formula allows us to determine exactly how Qi will best reach your door, the quality of it once it arrives, and how it will affect each individual occupying that space. 

If a Luo Pan, or very powerful compass, is not utilized from the moment the analysis begins, then you know you are using the more modern forms, but, in order to tap into the true power of Feng Shui, you must know the precise orientation of a building on the earth. Without this key piece of data, it is impossible to apply the formulas that have been developed to analyze these built structures accurately.

Once we have made this initial assessment and we determine what is beneficial and what is harmful, then we make enhancements that make the beneficial even more beneficial, and the harmful as least harmful as possible. We do this by manipulating the energy patterns using Chinese 5-Element theory.

Using Feng Shui to bring Qi into our built spaces, we create places that promote emotional and physical vibrancy, harmony in our relationships with others, and our own ability to go out into the world and create a life that is uniquely ours – one that is full of joy, brightness, inspiration and creativity, one that fuels us at our core to be the best version of ourselves that we can possibly be. This is the true power of Feng Shui. Hopefully, this information has piqued your interest, and you are open to using this ancient healing science to enhance the quality of your life. It has dramatically changed the lives of so many all over the world, which is why it is still relevant after all these thousands of years. 


Kathy Keh is a Master Practitioner of Classical Feng Shui, instructor of Classical Feng Shui for the Wu Ji Academy headquartered in Montreux, Switzerland, and owner of Bright Life, Natural Awakenings 2015 Award Winner for “Favorite Business of the Year” located in Sarasota. For more information, go to or contact Keh directly at 941-366-8113 or [email protected].

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