Your environment has a direct influence on your well being. Learn how to control and harness environmental energies with Feng Shui.
Recently, the practice of Feng Shui has become very popular in western culture. Walk into any bookstore, and chances are you’ll see Feng Shui books filling the tabletops and shelves. As people begin to gravitate towards natural and spiritual forms of healing and general health, Feng Shui opportunities are increasing.
What is Feng Shui?
Feng Shui is the Eastern art of arranging an environment and focusing its energies to generate well being. The art actually began not with the arrangement of living spaces, but with the arranging of tombs. Feng Shui literally means “wind and water,” and has its origins in Taoism, an ancient Chinese philosophy. In Feng Shui, there is a vital energy that pervades everything, called ‘qi’ (pronounced chee), and it is the purpose of the Feng Shui practitioner to focus this energy to benefit the area. Feng Shui is a very broad discipline, incorporating astrology, geology, geography, and meteorology.
Feng Shui has been practiced for thousands of years, but was deemed illegal in China in 1949. As communist restrictions loosened, Feng Shui regained popularity. Today, many people, including celebrities and world leaders, believe in and practice the art of Feng Shui. Even business such as The Body Shop and Citibank are realizing the benefits of Feng Shui.
Practicing the Art
Feng Shui certification is widely available at many schools, both online and in the classroom. Classes range in intensity and are available for the beginner to advanced Feng Shui training. If a Feng Shui career interests you, also consider also studying general interior design and then becoming licensed through a Feng Shui school. Getting a degree and becoming licensed as an interior designer will not only increase your opportunities, but give you a greater degree of overall skill.