Feng shui: a sense of belonging

Placed specifically in a feng shui context, the Tao represents the relationship that exists between an individual and his or her environment.

by Joy Abrams — 

In feng shui, the Tao is an ongoing preoccupation of the feng shui practitioner. The word Tao simply means “the way” in Chinese. Placed specifically in a feng shui context, the Tao represents the relationship that exists between an individual and his or her environment.

As they relate to feng shui, the questions the Tao raises for the practitioner and the client are: Is this building or home right for you? Does it answer your life needs? Does it help you with your aspirations? Do you feel supported and connected to this space? The goal is to arrive at a pertinent reason for being, not only for those who live in the space but also for the environment itself — and the two should be congruent. If this congruence exists, a sense of belonging will exist.

Our personal space or home is, for most of us, the only physical environment we create and compose as we wish to, according to our own personal needs and desires. This place that we call our own is a metaphor for ourselves. That is why it should express our full potential and well-being.

In feng shui, the goal is to create a sense of belonging, to create the Tao for its dwellers. The goal of the practitioner is to evaluate with her client whether such a sense of belonging exists — that is, if a relevant link exists. Then the feng shui practitioner must adjust the link, or even help re-create it, by manipulating all the pieces of the environment according to the needs of the people who live or work there.

 

Joy Abrams, M.A., FSII, is an international author and feng shui consultant. She provides feng shui consultations for corporations and homes. www.aaafengshuiandyoga.com or 602-791-5223.

Reprinted from AzNetNews, Volume 26, Number 1, February/March 2007.

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