Balance. Energy. Simplicity. Calmness. Oneness. Relaxation. Wholeness. Harmony.
Any of these words could describe the effect the application of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can have on the typical stressed-out American. TCM is rooted in a distinctive, inclusive and systematic theoretical structure and is based on the flow of energy, or chi, throughout the body. Chi flows through the body via pathways which are called meridians. There are a total of twelve meridians in the body which correspond to specific organs, organ systems, or functions. This flow of energy is responsible for controlling the functions of the human mind and body. An imbalance of chi causes illness and a correction to this flow restores the body’s balances, and therefore, health.
TCM is based, in part, on the Taoist belief that humankind is part of the universe and we, and the universe, are interconnected. Chinese medicine teaches us that what happens to one part of the body has an influence on all other parts of the body. Similarly, the mind and body are viewed as being one where the mind influences the body and the body influences the mind. Because Chinese medical philosophy and theory make up the base of TCM, many of these concepts have no true counterpart in Western medicine. TCM is a systematic and holistic approach that links the mind, body, and spirit to identify imbalance in the body.
There are eight “branches” of Chinese medicine. This system of practice coordinates a variety of therapeutic techniques: meditation, qigong or breathing exercises, nutrition, tai chi or mindful movement, Feng Shui, herbology, bodywork and acupuncture. A practitioner will systematically move through these branches with you, depending upon your unique needs, in order to restore your health. Feng Shui is an ancient art and science comprised of many parts of an intricate system of knowledge. It seeks to balance the energies of any given physical space to assure the well being and good fortune of the people inhabiting it.
What is Feng Shui?
Feng Shui comes from the Chinese Feng (wind) and Shui (water), and is based on the Taoist belief that nature and land are both alive and filled with Chi (energy). The ancient Chinese believed that the energy and health of the land was in direct correlation to the energy and health of the kingdom. A Feng Shui practitioner uses an energy map, or bagua, to begin their analysis. Once the energy is read and evaluated, the practitioner can begin suggesting ways to balance the chi. The practitioner uses the five Feng Shui elements in their analysis:
- Fire – activates personal energy, brings support in career efforts, helps bring recognition. Its colors are red, orange, purple and pink.
- Earth – creates stability and harmony. Its colors are light yellow, all sand colors and brown.
- Metal – brings the energy of clarity, preciseness, and focus. Its colors are white, grey, and all metallic surfaces.
- Water – allows calm, purity, trust, renewal. Its colors are black and blue.
- Wood – brings vibrant health and abundance. Its colors are brown and green.
A clutter free space is best in the practice of Feng Shui. Clutter interferes with chi and upsets the balance of harmonious energy. Lighting and ventilation are also very important. Air flow is crucial to Feng Shui as it helps move energy through space; light is a very strong expression of energy. Human beings react to their surroundings and are either nourished or drained by the energy surrounding them, so it makes good sense to fill ones’ personal space with as much energy as possible.
The practice of Feng Shui goes much deeper than just decluttering your home and opening the windows. To do it properly requires a deeper understanding of its foundation and principles and requires extensive training. The application of Feng Shui is multifaceted and involves the use of color, balance, and location. It is also unique to each individual. There is no “one size fits all” mentality because each person has his or her own special energy and life experiences.
Debby Barry is our Feng Shui Consultant and is an interior designer trained in Instinctive Feng Shui and space clearing. She specializes in integrating Feng Shui principles into design choices to enhance your life, support personal growth and create beautiful spaces. She is a Certified Practitioner of Interior Alignment™, Certified Space Clearing and Syncro-Alignment™, and is an expert in organization methods. Debby Barry may be reached by phone at 240-293-4701, by email firstname.lastname@example.org, or on her website http://debbybarrydesigns.com.