Maybe I’m a bit of an extremist, well not the “I am going to climb Everest” type. But whenever I get passionate about something, I want to know everything about it.

So when I started getting into Feng Shui, I devoured every book I could and took courses, in New York, Toronto and online programs, in addition to reading all kinds of books, and consulting with several, highly experienced Feng Shui consultants.

Some of these teachers and consultants nearly turned me right off from Feng Shui and then thankfully, a couple made me fall in love with it again.

The 5000-year-old practice can be very confusing, and many times out right scary. There are 8 compass directions, or none if you use Western Feng Shui. The major forms are Classical Feng Shui, Western or BTB (Black Sect Tantric Buddhist, is the exotic long form of it), and then there are schools within those schools.
Then there is the Chinese Astrology Feng Shui, where you can look at star patterns and then set your remedies or cures accordingly.
The thing I like least about Feng Shui is those that instill any fear.

Can bad Feng Shui really bring you bad luck? Some will say a resounding yes and others will say a big HELL NO.
I liken it the way I do the weather forecast – only there is no “real state of emergency keep your butt home” type of forecast in Feng Shui. More like, the partly sunny – partly cloudy – with a chance of rain, forecast. I know, not any clearer is it?

I am a firm believer that the human spirit can conquer anything. And also that, sometimes undesired things happen in life, whether you have good Feng Shui or bad Feng Shui.
I believe that undesired things happen so that you can grow spiritually, emotionally and intelligently and most importantly that you can share your growth and your learnings with others. I also believe that undesired things happen as the catalyst to remind of us what is truly important in life and how we can make a difference.

So here is the gist of what I KNOW to be true about Feng Shui and why I didn’t quit.

1. Everything has its own energy, level of frequency.
– Everything, from a rock, different types of rocks, your body, the colour of paint on your wall, all emit its own level of vibrations.
– Feng Shui, bases their philosophy on 5 core elements Fire, Water, Metal, Earth, and Wood

2. Everything is energetically connected
– The entire Universe is one big chemical reaction, much like vinegar and baking soda.
– Some elements really clash with each other and some enhance with each other.

3. Energy is always present. It may be blocked, move slow or fast or transforms.
Einstein says it best
“Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be changed from one form to another.

– This is often where the art of placement in Feng Shui comes into full effect.
– Feng Shui is about placing the items in your home or office, to facilitate the optimum flow of energy. Prevent blockages, stagnation, rushing or too slow of energy flow.

4. You are a Spiritual being first and always housed in a physical body.
– You have more power than you ever realize.

– Is Feng Shui a cure-all to prevent anything negative happening? It’s not at all, and we do also have the ability to attract only that which we want. At the same time, we are here to learn and to share our lessons with others.

5. We are meant and designed to live in harmonious with everything. Feng Shui is truly about our connection to nature, we are nature and Mother Earth is not separated from us, despite our concrete walls. That we feel most balanced when we are living with the right balance of nature’s nurturing and replenishing energy. Plants are a huge part of Feng Shui, as well as the way the land is shaped around us. Music the universal language also constitutes good energy, play your instruments in our home and play music!

So when a Feng Shui inquiry gets too technical or confusing, I remember these top 5 things. Coming from this place, a place of harmony and oneness is the reason why I continue my journey with Feng Shui.