In recent years, a growing number of American homes have been rearranged and redecorated by the Feng Shui movement. The goal of this Asian-inspired philosophy is to increase the energy called "chi."
When I read about some of the strange and unusual concepts used by Feng Shui consultants....yes, there really are such pros in the decorating field.....I was more than a bit skeptical.
Though the folks devoted to the ideals are passionate about Feng Shui, to my simple mind it seemed like an exercise in smoke and mirrors.
The information I read reported that Feng Shui has been used widely in home or office settings to "align the elements of the personal environment and bring about harmony and re-balancing of yin and yang."
The description of Feng Shui pointed out the movement deals with five basic elements: water, earth, fire, wood and metals. By carefully positioning these materials, Feng Shui decorators claim to have a profound effect on the lives of those they serve.
According to the case histories I studied, there have been some "remarkable" life changes, thanks to the work of Feng Shui practitioners.
One couple, for instance, was having difficulty sleeping. The reason, the Feng Shui expert deduced, was that their bed was located under a beam. By hanging crystals and chimes in the room, the consultant was able to "relieve the pressure of the beam."
He gave an alternative suggestion, which seemed more in line with common sense. He pointed out that the couple could simply move their bed.
In another bedroom problem, the Feng Shui expert noted that the "active energy of the room?s television was too close to the bed." This, he concluded, was not recommended. He suggested the TV be removed or, as an alternative, should be covered when not in use.
One homeowner, following a Feng Shui expert?s suggestion, hung a windsock at the front entrance to her home. The act was meant to encourage the chi to come inside. The problem with the house, she reported, was that it was situated on a cul-de-sac. That location, according to the Feng Shui-following homeowner, "makes it hard for the energy to find us at all."
A statement describing the work of the Feng Shui movement said "in every home or office the Feng Shui practitioner approaches, the basic goal, is to help those using the space to live in harmony with nature."
And folks seem to buy into that concept for their own reasons. For instance, I found it interesting to learn that hardheaded businessman, Donald Trump, has admitted to using Feng Shui. In an interview, he said candidly, "I don't believe in it. But I do it because it makes me money." Ah, leave it to the Donald.
I recently read about a San Francisco legislator who is so impressed with the philosophy he has come out with the idea the California building codes should be changed to accommodate Feng Shui.
I guess the legislator's suggestion should be no surprise. In addition to being home to many of the country's rich and famous, California is well known for being on the cutting edge of whatever is ranked as "the in thing" at any given moment.