The Bottom Line
By Jenny Liu, M.A.



We are, originally, outdoor creatures. We need the natural energies of the sun, earth, air and water. With "civilization", we now spend over half of our life indoors, depriving ourselves of these vital energies. New technology has allowed us to depend less upon our natural resources; however, there is no denying their power as basic necessities for our survival. Since we have the convenience of cooling and heating our homes, and have running water and electricity, there is a tendency to take our natural resources for granted. We do not realize the true cost of technological benefits.

In recent years, the accumulation of pollution has peaked to levels that have reprimanded all of us, and the destruction and imbalance of nature have caused global warming. Mother Nature shows signs of her suffering - extreme temperatures signifying her rage, and floods of her tears as her own children so ignorantly destroy her. As we are impacted by the energies around us, the violation of nature has caused a milieu of chaotic events to occur among humanity worldwide. The result is abnormal behavior manifested in violent children, bombings, war, adultery, and deadly diseases.

The bottom line is that we cannot deny our survival and well-being are very much connected to, and affected by, our environment. Therefore, it makes sense to understand nature so we can create an environment that promotes our well-being. Feng shui has guided generations to live in harmony with nature. Based on more than 8,000 years of accumulated experience in observing and understanding the laws of nature, feng shui explains the cause and effects of natural phenomena and human behavior. Fundamentally, everything is made of energy and is constantly interacting and mutually impacting each other. Feng shui is a deeply developed science. Those who study it realize the complexities involved.

To simplify, in applying feng shui, we must first understand that the energies around us can be divided into four levels. The first level of energy is our own unique, personal energy, which is evaluated through our birth date, background, physical appearance and aura. This allows us to understand how the environment and the people around us will affect us individually. The second level of energy is our immediate surroundings, which are usually the building and the interior of our home or workplace. This includes room layout, directions in which the rooms are located, furniture placement, and the colors, artwork, light, space, and air quality of the building interior. The third level of energy that greatly affects us is the exterior environment in which the building sits. The geography of the land, neighboring buildings, nearby landmarks, type of district - whether it be suburban, industrial or commercial - and even the location and formation of the road around the building will all affect our well-being. The last level of energy is planetary energy we are powerless to affect, and yet they are constantly cycling and affecting us. By understanding their potential influence, we can better prepare ourselves for the future.

The idea of feng shui is knowing how to synchronize the energies at every level in such a way that they align us harmoniously with nature. This inevitably sets off a chain reaction that enhances our potential energy. Think of it as rigging a sailboat so that the winds blow in your favor and carry you to the area where there are the most fish.

It is no accident that when feng shui is utilized correctly in selecting and designing homes and offices, the people who live within are happy and enjoy abundance. Many of us instinctively create spaces that make us comfortable. There are also those who struggle unnecessarily because they have not realized the simple fact that their environment can help them. In either case, feng shui can help us reach our full potential since the laws of nature affect all of us, regardless of our gender, age or race.

In the last two years, feng shui has achieved popularity in the West as people realize the importance of staying connected with nature. As more and more people are becoming home and officebound, they see the benefits of bringing natural energies into their living spaces. Large corporations such as Citibank, Bandai America, Sheraton, Hollywood Park, Cathay Pacific and even Donald Trump have used feng shui to bring prosperity, efficiency and harmony into the workplace. It makes sense and everyone, including Mother Nature, benefits. When She smiles, I believe, we are all happier.

Jenny Liu holds a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Design from UC Berkeley and a Master's Degree in Architecture from UCLA. She is an expert in the 8,000-year-old Chinese philosophy of Feng Shui who also shares her knowledge through seminars, workshops, periodicals and the Internet. Awarded for her Master's Thesis on Feng Shui, Ms. Liu is a fourth-generation practitioner with her own consulting firm. For more information, please see her website http://www.liu-fengshui.com  or for the library of her articles http://www.spiritweb.org/spirit/feng-shui.html   If you have questions, you can also reach her at (626) 282-9829.

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