Is feng shui magical?
Through doing feng shui I have seen, both in my own life and working with clients, big shifts and breakthroughs, but at the same time I’ve felt a sense of disconnection from the origins of feng shui (living in balance with nature) and what it has become.
I have books in my library that also produce pretty spectacular shifts of energy for me (The Artist’s Way series by Julia Cameron, and Wishcraft by Barbara Sher are two favourites.) So I do believe there is magic, shifts, epiphanies, breakthroughs — whatever you want to call it, but I wouldn’t say it had to do with feng shui, but rather what has been added to feng shui in our age. The way it is used now, it strongly focuses attention, through working with intention and that creates alignment between what you want and how it is expressed in your environment. This combination can powerfully propel your life forward.
As we begin to work with feng shui we have to give some thought to what we want to change or bring into our lives. The bagua map helps us to clarify what we want. That is the inner work of feng shui, part emotional, part creative and par intellectual. When we begin to do the physical work of arranging our belongings and bringing in new items, the energy of intentions becomes activated: when we define and refine our environment we do tend to, as Jean-Luc Picard would say, “make it so”.
In Wayne Dyer’s book The Power of Intention: Learning to Co-Create Your World Your Way, he discusses the importance of a high quality environment as a tool of manifesting:
Prayers, paintings, crystals, statues, spiritual passages, books, magazines, the colors on your walls, and even the arrangement of your furniture all create energy into which you’re catapulted for at least half of your waking life.
Authors update (5/6/2014)
I was asked recently if I still practice feng shui since I no longer see clients and I said ‘no’ but after I thought about it, I realized that isn’t true. What I practice is probably closer to mindful living, but also still, and always will, practice landscape school feng shui which transcends all the different types and expressions of feng shui. It is based on what we would now call environmental psychology in that the way things are oriented and placed have a direct result on how people feel living and working in those spaces. I think there is magic in that also, but it is not the type that most people think of.