The philosophy of Feng Shui emphasizes that everything is energy, and everything is connected. Quantum physics has shown us that our entire world, and indeed, the known universe, is comprised of energy. We are surrounded by an energy field that experiences constant motion and vibrations. Feng Shui consultants have understood energy (chi/qi) intuitively for thousands of years, and the study of quantum physics is beginning to prove what Feng Shui consultants have long known: we are all part of a great universal energy field and are intimately connected to each other and to our surroundings.
The International Feng Shui Guild’s Glossary defines energy as the blanket term referring to all forms of qi/chi, a universal life force that exists everywhere. It is the movement of life force within our living space or body which can affect our well-being either auspiciously or inauspiciously.
As a Feng Shui consultant, clients often ask me what it means, exactly, to have “good energy” in a home, and how to create it. The way I define energy, in simple terms, is how your space feels. If you have clutter, broken or worn pieces, and haven’t paid attention to the design or your furniture arrangement, the space may not feel right to you. Even if you own beautiful things—attractive furniture or sophisticated paintings, for instance—it still may not resonate with you. Something might feel “off.” Trust your intuition when it comes to perceiving energy.
In reality, energy is neither good nor bad. It’s what we associate with the way we feel. Most of us want to feel uplifted and supported. These feelings help us move through life more positively and improve our daily experiences and interactions. Living in homes and working in offices where we set up our space with intention enables us to feel comfortable, positive, energized, and motivated. Therefore, we can change our lives by changing our space. This illustrates the basic Feng Shui principle that our space reflects our lives.
Here are 3 recommendations I often give to create “good energy”:
Paying attention to these fundamentals can be an excellent start in cultivating the chi, or energy in your space, so it not only looks good, but feels good too. And when you feel good in your space, it’s working to support you in your life.