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February 11, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 181

The ancient Chinese practice of Feng Shui involves arranging the environment so that there is proper flow of Chi, vital life energy. Chi (pronounced chee) is the energy ascribed to the atmosphere, the earth, and human beings. It is the life force that pervades human existence. Chi is the positive energy that directs the growth of trees, plants, and humans. It sculpts the mountains, skies, and rivers. Chi is in turn created in nature by the gentle, meandering flow of water, by the contour of a mountain, or by the symmetry and balance of the elements in one's environment. Some believe that Chi is a separate force from the physical world, while others say that Chi is derived from physical matter. Still others purport that matter arises from Chi.

Chi, or Qi, is believed to circulate around the body in a progression. Traditional Chinese Medicine holds that balancing and unblocking Chi in the body is important for healing all diseases. The two fundamental forces of Chi are opposites, like black and white, active and passive, so they need balance to work. Represented visually by the Yin and the Yang, these two forces govern every situation in the universe. The imbalance of these two forces can negatively impact everything in life, from health to wealth. It is imperative that a person seek a congruous relationship with nature, people, the universe and oneself in order to have prosperity and longevity.

Chi can be enhanced in a number of ways: meditation, fostering positive human relationships, and developing a healthy environment (feng shui). One of the concepts of feng shui is that house Chi and human Chi should both flow smoothly. Good Chi flow in a home improves the Chi of the inhabitants.

You don't have to hire a feng shui expert to foster the proper flow of Chi in your home. There are some simple things you can do to begin creating positive Chi in your home. Keep energy flowing by avoiding sharp, straight edges in the design of rooms and the arrangement of furniture. Seek clean, smooth lines and open spaces, and keep your home free of clutter. Consider the relationship between light, color and mood; avoid harsh overhead lighting and dark monotone color schemes.

Proper use of fountains, lights, wind chimes and mirrors will symbolically open up the space. The sound of moving water balances and activates Chi. Moving water gets Chi moving just as stagnant ice melts into flowing water in Springtime. Since moving water both activates and balances Chi, a fountain will have both an energizing and a soothing effect. Balancing Chi with a fountain can increase prosperity in a home or business, as money is associated with flowing water. Many individuals and businesses utilize a fountain to activate the wealth sector of the office or home: the southeast or east corner. The flow of water in the fountain represents the continuous turnover of wealth-producing water. A fountain is also protective; the strength of the water disperses the negative Chi (killing Chi) of a busy road outside or a noisy neighbor. Placed in the southeast, a water fountain will favor communication, creativity and harmonious development. If situated in the east, the fountain will promote career enhancement, vitality, and fulfillment of dreams.

When deciding to purchase a water fountain, pay careful attention to the style, size and color of the fountain and make sure it fits in with your décor. Make sure it states what your goal is, for example, prosperity or longevity. Then you also can make a statement about the intention of the fountain, such as: 'We bring cascading water into this home to promote prosperity and longevity to me and my family.' After choosing where you will place the water fountain, sit near it awhile and concentrate on the smooth flow of chi that is happening to encourage the prosperity and longevity into and outside of your home.

Cecelia Brown is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in the area of mental health disorders and mental well-being. Please visit her website: to find out more about water fountains for the home and garden.

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