Out of touch with your chi? Maybe your trash can is in the wrong room or that cactus is doing more harm than good. A simple guide to demystifying the magic of feng shui.
When Lisa Hall’s boss gave her a gift certificate to have a feng shui master come to her home, she was skeptical but thought it probably wouldn’t hurt. “When you have three kids, you’ll do anything to help the flow,” she says with a laugh. The results were instantaneous: Her youngest son, who was diagnosed with attention deficit disorder, actually fell asleep easily after moving his bed to a more restful position. But it was a comment from her oldest son’s science teacher that really caught Hall off guard. “He said that Zach was doing much better in class. On a whim I told him that Zach had been feng shuied. He asked if I had it done two weeks ago – it had been two weeks to the day,” Hall recalls. “I thought, ‘OK, this is kind of freaky.’”
The Chinese – as well as other ancient cultures such as the Native Americans, Celtics, Druids, Greeks, and Romans – developed systems based on the energy of objects and how that energy was most helpful to humans. These ancient cultures knew what Einstein later proved on paper: all objects have energy. The technique we know today called feng shui (pronounced fung shway) works to balance energy or chi (chee), thereby creating better living and working spaces.