• Sharon Radigan

Chi flow and Feng Shui

Chi, also known as energy, is the invisible life force always moving around us. When applying the principles of feng shui, you are arranging your space to allow that energy to flow freely. When you see wind turbines at work you understand they are capturing energy, but the energy cannot be seen. This same energy is moving around us all the time. Stand on a platform as the train pulls in and you will be clear on the force of energy you've just experienced. This is an extreme, but shows how powerful it is. The burst of air we feel is the energy that has collected around this train as it pulls into the station. We may not see it, but we feel it.

Like wind turbines, we need to set up our spaces to allow this energy to move in a way that supports our lives. In order for things to flow, there can be no obstructions. When there is a blockage things back up or stop working all together. Look at what happens to stagnant water, or when a clog causes the sewer water to backup. You take steps to prevent these potential problems knowing the damage it could cause. It's the same for our bodies. When we've gone several hours without food we feel depleted. The term "hangry" describes perfectly what the impact is for our state of mind. We understand that it's time to fuel and restore our energy. The literal translation for the yoga practice, Qi Gong, means energy work. Kundalini yoga, is about activating the dormant energy at the base of our spine to move up through and activate the chakras.

Our homes are no different. Clutter creates one of the biggest issues. It prevents the energy from moving at all and becomes stuck, which then becomes stagnant. Intellectually you can dismiss this, but stand in the middle of it all and you will feel it. What thoughts come to mind, looking at all that needs to be done? For most, it will lead back to a thought pattern that is no longer about the items. Negative self talk begins, most become overwhelmed and no action is taken. If the clutter belongs to someone else, the relationship will be negatively impacted.

Remove all of the chatter around it and just start. Garages, basements and closets cannot be overlooked. Filling these areas instead of dealing with them will only give the appearance of order. All areas count in feng shui. If you work in a building where your control is limited, just address your personal space. If you live in an apartment complex, just address your living space. We respect the force of energy in many areas of life and how it impacts us, the same attention should be given to our home and work place. These are just a few ways blocked energy is reflected in our lives. You get to work and don't want to be there or don't feel appreciated. You come home at the end of the day and just want to find the couch. You have many great intentions, but never get started. You moved into this new house and nothing has gone right. Relationships are strained. You see my point. These spaces are letting you know the energy is not moving, or may be stuck.

If you believe in the power of energy and understand the implications of obstructions, consider the importance of the impact it can have on your spaces. A feng shui consultation would identify any potential issues and give solutions to restore the flow of energy. When there is balance and a healthy flow, it will be reflected in the quality of life experienced.