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A mindful practice for a New Year

Updated: Jun 6

Whether you celebrate the New Year today or at the start of Chinese New Year, it is a great time to reflect on what is working in your life and identify opportunities for growth and learning. Doing this can create a starting point to set goals, boundaries and intentions for the coming year.

Feng Shui can be a powerful tool to help you do that.

Feng Shui (pronounced Fung Shway) means wind / water. Wind represents Ch'i or lifeforce energy and water represents fortune. Good "fortune" relates to not just money, but also, prosperity in ones health, relationships, career etc.

Feng Shui is an ancient art and science that came to life during the Tang Dynasty. Originally it was used to locate the most auspicious burial and home sites.

There are three common Schools of Feng Shui. The form School, Compass School and the practice I choose, the BTB School. The BTB name derives from the Black Hat Sect of Tantric Buddhism from Tibet. The BTB School was brought to the West by Grand Master Lin Yun. It uses traditions from multiple cultures such as the Bon religion of Tibet, Taoism and Jungian Psychology. Residing in the Western hemisphere, I find the BTB concepts to be more practical for our environments and lifestyles. It is with great honor that I practice this form of Feng Shui.

BTB Feng Shui uses siting, placement and remedies to harness the lifeforce energy or "Chi'i" within and around us. Ch'i is scientifically known as electromagnetic energy. This energy is the product resulting from a synthesis between the sun and earth. When the energy is not drifting freely the job of your Feng Shui consultant is to help you redirect it. We do this by clearing, adding and re-arranging based on the principles of Feng Shui.

The idea is for the energy to drift or flow freely within a space without getting caught up or blocked by clutter, furnishings or a challenging floor plan. When used correctly and with intention, the process creates a harmony in our living envrionments, our families, our careers and all other aspects of our lives.

I will share details on the consultative process of Feng Shui, including siting, the Bagua map, the Five Elements and more in my next edition.

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