What is Feng Shui?

White Lotus Feng Shui


  • What is Feng Shui

  • Why Yin and Yang?

  • The Five Energy Phases

  • Qi (Chi) in the Body

  • Achieving Balance

  • Power of Intention

What is Feng Shui?

Feng Shui is understanding how Qi (Chi) or life-force energy permeates the universe we live in and its effect on human life. Feng Shui literally translates to, “wind water,” which controls and affects Qi. Wind disperses, and water harnesses Qi. Feng Shui was originally called Kan Yu (堪舆). The translation being, “the way of Heaven and Earth.”  Qi is the energy behind life.

Feng Shui is not a religion or spiritual practice. It is understanding the science of Qi and how planetary movement interacts with the earth’s environment. Qi influences living things and how events in your life will unfold. Free will works in combination with these events, giving people a strong hand in their own destiny.

Feng Shui is thousands of years old. It was practiced in ancient China by the Emperors of the Imperial Court to rule the country. Today it has gained popularity worldwide and is being adapted to modern times.

Feng Shui plays out through the concept of Heaven Earth Man Luck. Time, dimension, topography (mountains and water), structures and the placement of objects in our surroundings affects one’s fortune and success or brings harm, and everything in between.

Qi is visible and invisible, tangible and intangible matter or energy, or exists between all those forms. It affects you on an emotional, psychological, psychic and cellular level. It shapes how you feel, your productivity, your state of mind and therefore, your happiness and success. It affects the events that come into your life, how you might handle them and the decisions you make.

The purpose of Feng Shui is to understand how to maximize the use of Qi in the environment to increase one’s quality of life. The goal is to create a harmonious living environment that affords an integration of a healthy mind, body and spirit. Feng Shui intends to foster good relationships, enable you to perform at a peak level and contribute positively to society. The outcome is to heighten the probability of happiness, vitality and prosperity.

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Why Yin and Yang? 

Yin and Yang are opposing and interdependent energy forces in the universe. These natural energy forms are in a constant state of evolution, change, movement and interaction. It is a dynamic relationship that creates all forms of life and governs all of its stages, from conception to death.

The duality and polarity of opposites is central to Feng Shui. Yin and Yang are interdependent. One exists because of the other. The nature of all things is to move between and toward extremes, which ends the cycle of one thing, as its opposite is immediately born.

Consider the interplay between: Earth/Heaven, Moon/Sun, Mountain/Water, House/Hi-Rise, Woman/Man, Giving/Taking, Passive/Aggressive, Negative/Positive, Hate/Love, Sad/Happy, Sleep/Awake, Down/Up, Winter/Summer, Cold/Heat, Soft/Hard, Quiet/Loud, Sweet/Salty. In order to know any one thing, you must know or engage in its opposite.  Yin Yang Defined

In nature, you can see the cycle of Yin/Yang in the 4 seasons – Yang is the peak of Summer heat and Yin, the depth of Winter freeze. Autumn and Spring are transition points to Summer and Winter. In Feng Shui, Yin is the mountains and valleys (unmoving). Yang is the ocean, rivers and rain (moving).

As a general rule, an ideal environment is where there is a natural convergence of the rivers and hills. Have you noticed, prosperous cities have a natural matrimony between water and mountains? Especially when the water is sentimental (clear, warm, meandering) and mountains are full of vibrant life.

In Feng Shui, we always look for and adjust the Yin/Yang balance first. Living in an all Yang environment would be exhausting over time. Living in an all Yin environment would be mentally and physically dulling and eventually lead to sadness or depression and slowness of mind. The human body needs both the peaks of vibrant Yang energy and the lows of rest and recuperation of Yin energy to regroup and revitalize. Both must exist to achieve the first level of balance.

The 5 Energy Phases of Life 

The 5 Elements – Wood Fire Earth Metal Water

A major influence of Qi on one’s life is in the 5 Energy Phases of the 5 Elements – Water, Wood, Fire, Earth and Metal. The energy of the 5 elements exists in all things and influences every aspect of life. This an extensive body of knowledge that you could spend years studying. Much of what is available on the media market is elementary.

The 5 phases are the evolution and interaction of Yin and Yang of each element and the interplay between them. If your life is smooth and things are progressing, it means the Yin/Yang and the 5 Energy Phases around you are in balance.

Consider the transformation of water feeding a seed to becomes a plant or tree from the heat of the sun. Wood can be cut for fire, furniture or paper. Ashes return to earth, where metal, ores and gems harbor. One element cannot exist without the other playing its role.

As humans, we survive with everything in play. How is life when we have water to drink/wash; earth to grow plants for food/construction/furniture; sun/fire for warmth/cooking; metal for cutting/shaping?

If any of the 5 Elements is missing, your life will show a parallel challenge. For example, Fire energy is the energy of summer, the heat of the sun, warmth, joy, passion, caring for others, the heart. Fire energy present in your environment or your Bazi (birth chart) brings joy, happiness, a healthy heart and gives the capacity to love. Water energy present brings wisdom and the ability to converse. Each element reflects and affects your life in profound ways. A Feng Shui consultation tells us if all the elements are intact around you. And what to do if they are not.

Acupuncture, Qi Gong, Martial Arts and Tai Ji (Tai Chi) and Chinese Traditional Medicine have roots in the study of the 5 Energy Phases of the 5 Elements. This is the foundation of life-force energy, found in the elements,  Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water.

Click here for a pictorial gallery of the 5 elements.

 Achieving Balance

When life is reverberating smoothly like a song, it means the Qi around you is balanced. When you suffer a loss or feel low, it means there is an imbalance. Your environmental Feng Shui and your Bazi birth chart greatly influences and contributes to balance or imbalance in your life. Your choices, decisions, actions and attitudes will determine whether the ups and downs of life become insurmountable or become periods of great lessons and growth.  These 3 aspects of life embody the concept we call the 3 Kinds of Luck.

We commonly speak of balance when we say, “the stars aligned, good vibrations, on a roll, the team is humming, smooth sailing, or hitting a stride.” Feng Shui attempts to bring and stabilize the Qi balance around you with the goal to help you gain control of your life and define and live it the way you want it to be.

 Qi in the Body

Qi exists in the human body. We are a majority of wind and water. Our bodies comprised 60% water and we inhale and exhale “wind” 24/7.

When our internal Qi is off-balance, our body will respond with sadness, pain, discomfort, disease or illness. We can treat internal imbalance with healthy food, exercise, acupuncture and various forms of holistic care or medical treatment.

Treating your body as your temple is the single most important thing you can do in life, for yourself, and all your loved ones. A healthy mind and body plays a profound role in your ability to respond to the stresses of life. It serves as the guidepost for defining the perimeters of our capacity for success.

Click here, White Lotus Feng Shui’s, You Tube for a fun way to achieving Qi balance in the body and here for a pictorial gallery of Acro Yoga.

Power of Intention of the Heart and Mind

Feng Shui is one-third of the quotient that affects one’s destiny.  Personal behavior, the code of ethics you live by and the goals and choices you make, plays another third. We call this 3 Kinds of Luck.

The power of intention plays a central role in eastern philosophies. Intention is Yi in Chinese. It is the ability to focus and concentrate your internal Qi (life-force energy) to manifest outcomes. In the West we call intention, Law of Attraction or Nuero Linguistic Programing. In Chinese Metaphysics, the name we give it is Alpha State or Sage Mode, known as meditation. In Feng Shui, we connect environmental Qi with the internal Qi of the Spirit.

Yi is the Gung Fu master who breaks a brick with his hand or forehead. It is the doctor who operates, using acupuncture as anesthesia. It is the Olympic champion. Yi enables you to do extraordinary things. Yi helps us create Miracles. Yi is the foundation of Chinese Traditional Medicine, Gung Fu, Tai Ji and Qi Gong.

In Feng Shui, intention is equated to the Qi of consciousness. It implies mindfulness, awareness and intent. Numerous scientific studies have proven a connection between meditation and prayer on healing and creating reality.

In Qi Men Dun Jia, Spiritual Qi Men is accessed through Alpha State and Sage Mode. When the mind is empty, it is open to the ability to tap into the spirit realm. When you tap into the Spirit Realm, you connect to Qi Men and hence can create miracles because you have released limitations and hence you are able to reach for the sky.

Use conscious awareness of intention to direct your internal Qi. The more pure and clear your intention when implementing Feng Shui adjustments, the more powerful the outcome. Feng Shui will work without clear intention. But, with mindful awareness of your intent, the outcome is usually very quick, positive and can be quite extraordinary. Strengthening your Yi gives you a direct role on the impact of your environment.

When thinking of your intention, frame it in the positive, concentrate on what you want, not on what you don’t want.

May your life be blessed with abundance,

good health, and happiness !


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