Feng Shui

More and more, people are turning to the healing art of ancient China to find some relief for whatever ails them. One of the largest groups of people looking to the wisdom of centuries past is cancer patients who have exhausted all other resources. Others look to these practices because the treatments are painless and non-invasive – if they don’t work, they don’t cause any pain or present any danger along the way. No scientific evidence exists that shows any of these ancient arts to be effective in treating cancer or any other disease. However, some of them do have benefits and at the very least may reduce the stress of dealing with serious illness. One of these ancient Chinese arts to which people are turning is feng shui. Over the past 20 years, feng shui has become very popular, and many people have adapted the art into their lives in one way or another. Practitioners of feng shui intend to increase the flow of positive energy to themselves and their surroundings while minimizing the negative energy.

Principles of Chi

Feng shui is based on the principle of chi, also called ki or qi. Chi is a term for energy. Practitioners of feng shui believe that chi has two sides: positive and negative. Chi exists in the natural world, and most of it is positive. However, homes, buildings, and other human developments can block the flow of positive chi and can trap negative chi.  This situation can be avoided by constructing buildings that are in alignment with the environment’s chi. In cases where the building already exists, practitioners of feng shui can use interior decoration that maximizes the flow of positive chi through the building. It is believed that by making small changes in the environment according to the tenets of feng shui, a person suffering from a disease or medical condition may show improvement due to the increased flow of positive energy. It is a relatively easy task to complete in some situations. Increasing the flow of energy could be as simple as rearranging the furniture, adding a mirror, or adding a few plants. When a practitioner arrives at a home, he or she will examine the details of the home. This includes noting the position and direction relative to geographic and environmental landmarks, such as a river, stream, hill, mountain, or groves of trees. The practitioner will advise on changes that must be made, starting big and getting smaller as the energy flow is detailed.   While it is not recommended that cancer patients substitute feng shui for standard medical treatment, many medical professionals see no harm in the practice when used as a complementary therapy. References: Feng Shui Store Tisha Morris