Common Sense in Feng Shui

“The most confused you will ever get is when you try to convince your heart and spirit of something your mind knows is a lie.” ― Shannon L. Alder


What Chinese people have understood and been using for centuries is gaining significant recognition as necessary in today’s world. Feng Shui, it is. It is now being used profusely for personal homes and businesses worldwide. Feng Shui is about properly collecting and balancing the Qi (energy) around you. Following Feng Shui helps gives a boost to positivity and energy in our lives. There is no shortage of people who have benefited from good Feng Shui. Whether you are focused on your personal or professional goals, Feng Shui addresses almost everything related to health, wealth, and relationships. It has been said that there is a relief for just about every ailment.

Common sense also plays a big role in Feng Shui. Common sense is the intersection of human instinct with life experience. The shallowness of some popular presentations of Feng Shui leads many intelligent people to simply reject it as a passing fad or just another kind of “New Age” nonsense. It is important for one to be discerning while evaluating the free information that is so widely available today a the touch of a button.

Do not believe everything you read. As an example, I saw a Feng Shui blog that said not to have live plants in your bedroom because “Flowers compete with you for oxygen at night…” Read that again. Now think for a second. Does that even make sense?

This is an example of confused thinking. The green leaves of plants carry out both photosynthesis (in light) and respiration (all the time). During the daytime, John Hewitson says, “Photosynthesis is going on faster than respiration, so, normally, plants will produce oxygen during the day (just what we want). However, at night, only respiration continues, so plants (like other organisms – mice – cats – dogs – people – bacteria) produce carbon dioxide and use up oxygen. However, if the plants are growing, then over a period of 24 hours they will produce more oxygen than they consume.” We have valid scientific information to support that information.

From a Feng Shui perspective, plants in a bedroom are likely to do good in more ways than just the oxygen they produce. Plants invite natural energy into space. House plants can be nourishing and healing for your personal energy.

Essentially, Feng Shui outlines patterns of energetic influence and our response to the places in which we live and work. Much of the classic Feng Shui literature, which is concerned with the understanding and application of basic energetic patterns, is still fresh and relevant today. Feng Shui is an ancient art, but it is also timeless because it can be applied to any current situation.

If Feng Shui is a matter of common sense, why does it seem so unusual, so fascinating? Why has there been this recent surge of interest? My opinion is that we are living in a fast-moving and the ever-changing modern world. As a result, we are losing our balance. We are losing our connectedness to nature. Good Feng Shui gives us the ability to connect our innate knowledge with universal natural principles, allowing us to analyze, understand, and improve our surroundings. When we have support from our environment, then it is easier for us to achieve the things we want in life such as better health, financial security, abundance, joy, love, as well as a sense of empowerment and well-being.

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