Feng Shui most fundamental idea is to bring good chi (Universal energy) into a space. There are certain things (objects, colors, sounds) that vibrate with the 5 Chinese elements. These elements are Fire, earth, metal, wood, and water. I find it interesting that the elements in most other cultures include air but it is missing from Chinese thought, even though Feng Shui means wind and water.
The 5 Chinese elements have different attributes and bringing things into a room that correlate with these elements, brings the associated energies into the space. Cindy said that many of these ideas are instinctual and if we listen to ourselves, we will be able to determine what energies are missing or overloaded and fix it by either bringing in something for the missing element or removing some of the things that are causing an overload (too many electronics in one room). This of course assumes that one either has a handy reference for the different elements and what their energies are or that the person has studied them enough to know that, for example, water means nourishing.
Some of the ways to bring the 5 Chinese elements into a space are:
Fire- lights, electrical things, and candles.
Earth- Stones and plants
Metal- Wrought iron things, metal sculptures, metal picture frames.
Water- fountains, vases, and bowls of water.
Wood- she did not mention anything on the dvd, but I assume anything made of wood would work.
There are also 9 celestial cures. These are supposed to promote good chi and fix and energy flow issues. They are:
- Reflections- mirrors, crystals, chandeliers and round or octagonal shapes.
- Goldfish- very auspicious in Chinese thought. Groups of 3 with one being black to absorb negativity. Has a calming influence.
- Household pets
- Harmonious sounds- soft music, soft wind chimes (bigger has lower not-as-annoying- sounds), singing bowls and the sound of a water feature.
- Color- no white walls, pastels are better, calmer. Have some smidgeon of all the colors present in the room even if it is just a tiny ribbon wrapped around something.
- Plants and flowers- especially spider plants in areas with a lot of electronics. Otherwise, round leaf plants.
- Moving items- ceiling fans, blinking lights, grandfather clocks.
- Heavy objects- statues, big rocks- this slows down and calm energy.
- Musical instruments- wooden flutes bring good luck
- Earthly cure- electronic energy.- brings life to a lifeless room.
With the last item, I have to wonder what symbol was used before electronics were around.
One last thing she did mention was that each person had a lucky charm. To figure this out you looked up your Chinese astrological symbol and then looked at handout she had to figure out your charm. I did an internet search but could find out anything.
I found out that there are two branches of Feng Shui (maybe more).
The Xing Shi branch and it studies the land around us and how energy flows over, around, and through natural formations such as mountains, rivers and valleys. It also examines how this natural energy is connected with nearby landforms, and how streets and structures have a co-dependent relationship or an additional impact on one another.
The Li-Qi branch evaluates heavenly (time) and earthly (space) to consider the flow of energy within a structure and how it affects its occupants.
I thought the presentation was interesting and though I adhere to a different elemental set, I will use some of the information given about the celestial cures within my massage room/business. I also would not hesitate to recommend clients to Cindy Wanek, should they be interested in Feng Shui.