Here are a few more interesting and useful takeaways from the recent Feng Shui Society conference, following on my previous post, 2011 London Feng Shui conference – Part 1.
Please post your own thoughts about all this in the Comments!
* The science of environmental psychology is beginning to confirm some of Feng Shui’s most treasured concepts. For example, Jan Cisek explained, sitting with your back to the door releases the stress hormone cortisol, whereas sitting facing the door releases the “love” hormone, oxytocin.
This supports Feng Shui’s idea of placing your furniture in the Command Position.
* Thinking of adding an aquarium for good Chi in your space? Jan cited a survey of pet-owners, which found that folks who own fish were the happiest.
* What is Feng Shui? The “gathering of Chi,” according to metaphysics researcher KB Lim, who came all the way from Singapore to speak. “Good” Feng Shui occurs when Chi gathers easily and gracefully; “bad” Feng Shui when Chi opposes itself.
I love this new way of looking at Feng Shui.
*The Indian science of Vaastu (pronounced Wah-stew) has fewer parallels with Feng Shui than is commonly believed. For example, Raymond Catchpole explained, it uses a Five Elements system, but the elements and their symbolism differ from those in Feng Shui.
(You can be sure I’ll be using only organically-grown oranges in my Space-Clearing ceremonies from now on.)
* Finally, we gained insights into the history of the Luo Pan Feng Shui compass from earth-energy expert Richard Creightmore, and learned about Peach-Blossom Feng Shui from Vancouver Feng Shui consultant Jerry King.
It was a wonderful day of learning and information. Here’s to the lifelong learning that IS Feng Shui!