Thursday, October 9, 2014

Is Feng Shui for Christians?

The short answer is YES!

YES times a billion and times infinity!

So...why is this even a topic?

The fact is, I moved back to the South (aka The Bible Belt) after years of being out west, and since my return, I have heard little whispers amongst some folks that feng shui may go against their religion.  Therefore, I am writing here today as a way to clarify and bust through that myth once and for all.

FENG SHUI IS NOT A RELIGION.  Nor will it mess with yours.  In fact, it is my job to work with whatever religion and/or spiritual practice you prescribe to!

Isn't that awesome?!

It's true.

But hold tight.  What that means is that feng shui is also for Muslims, atheists, Jews, Pantheists, Buddhists, Hindis, Baha'is, Taoists, yogis and yoginis, Wiccans, Sikhs, Hare Krishnas, Pagans, and any other religious or spiritual practice under the sun.

Because feng shui is just that:  spiritual.  It's not a religion.  It's an ART and a SCIENCE with spiritual undertones.

And even if you don't even consider yourself spiritual, feng shui will work for you!

I pride myself on working within the context of my client's lifestyle.  In fact, that is the point of feng shui.  My suggestions must work for YOU, the unique being that you are.   I've worked with clients who practice religions with names that I cannot even spell or pronounce (or remember for that matter), and you know what?...

It's ALL good.

But just in case you are Christian, and you still have doubts, keep reading, so I can once and for all, erase any thoughts that feng shui is not for you.

First of all, you are probably already practicing feng shui.  The truth is, if you clean your home regularly, make it nice for guests, take care of your furniture and belongings, declutter often, have some sort of organizational system, and change up the pillows or artwork now and then, you are practicing a basic form of feng shui.  You do not have to put up dragons or crystals to be "doing feng shui."
I sometimes tell clients to get their house "ship-shape."
 Surely, Noah did to some extent?
Feng shui is about HONORING YOUR SPACE, or, in more religious terms, making your space holy, sometimes in very simple ways.  Sadly, in today's disposable and fast-paced society, most folks don't even know what honoring one's space even means.  Which is where I come in.  :)

Furthermore, I will be bold here, and announce, in all my unscholarliness, that it may be that Jesus "did" feng shui. 

And so did Mary, and Moses, Abraham, Lazarus, and other Biblical persons.

Here's the bottom line:  These spiritual figures more than likely had some sort of order to their belongings, but did they call it "feng shui"?  Probably not!  But that is because they didn't speak Chinese.  (...that I know of.)

"Feng shui" translates to "wind, water" in Chinese, which has to do with the "flow" in a space.  In feng shui, a home must be inviting.  There are countless stories in the Bible that involve inviting people into one's home, are there not?

Also, feng shui may just be IN 
the Bible...(again, it's just not called that).  Think about it:  Solomon was given implicit instructions for building his temple.  Again, art meets science in the form of deliberate architecture.  Was it called feng shui?  No, because the temple was not in China, but the idea of building with intention is 100% aligned with feng shui-like concepts.

And consider this:  A priest, when blessing a space, is practicing a basic feng shui ritual.

Even Luke knew a little feng shui:
Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace be to this house!’ Luke 10:5 
In feng shui, this is known as as setting an intention, a.k.a saying a prayer.

So please, if anyone tries to tell you that feng shui is "against your religion," ask them first -- in a nice way -- what they know about feng shui.  I guarantee you that they know very little and that they have made some false, uneducated assumptions!

In the end, people only come to feng shui when they are ready.  It is powerful work, and yes, I believe  that it is "holy" work.

My theory with feng shui?  Don't knock it until you try it.  No matter what your religious beliefs may be!


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