"In it's highest and purest form, good feng shui signifies perfect alignment between inner and outer worlds."
― Lada Ray
Feng Shui is an old Chinese art that is based on the flow of energy. It believes that our surroundings impact our lives, and by making them compatible to us, we can direct positive energy that might help us attain balance in our lives. Meaning, the placement of objects around your house can affect your life in a positive or negative way.
Most ancient Chinese building structures were symmetrically designed as per the rules of Feng Shui. Of course, though today it is not possible to design architecture exactly as per Feng Shui due to various constraints, still, in China particularly, many decisions of buying and designing a home are taken after seeking consultation from a Feng Shui expert.
Today, there is a lot of propaganda of Feng Shui all over the world. However, considering that this art was developed during a completely different time, when the scenario was completely different, some suggestions might be difficult to implement. Often, while modifying the rules to suit the requirements of modern-day apartments, misconceptions spread among people, and many tended to blindly follow things, without realizing the science behind them. An expert has well-learned, in-depth knowledge of Feng Shui, and not just superfluous knowledge learned over a short duration.
The following are some common myths and misconceptions related to Feng Shui, and their reality.
Myth #1: Paint Every Door Red
Fact: Painting every door red is not going to help you! Through red is an auspicious color for the front door, the direction is equally important. The fact is that, colors are direction-specific in Feng Shui. Hence, it is necessary that you do a thorough study, or hire an expert before painting your door red, or any other color.
Myth #2: It is All About Aesthetics and Interior Design
Fact: This is one of the biggest myths about Feng Shui. It is an art of bringing harmony with your surroundings, to provide the best results for your growth and prosperity. It is not about making your house aesthetically beautiful. It is an art to make your surroundings radiate positive vibes, that will have a positive impact on your life.
Myth #3: Feng Shui is a Religion
Fact: Feng Shui is not a religion or faith per se. It is a superstitious belief to think so. It is an art that determines how things should be arranged, so that the surroundings radiate positive energy that flows smoothly into your home or office place.
Myth #4: Feng Shui Will Make You Invincible
Fact: Feng Shui does not suggest you ways to change your fate overnight. In fact, it helps you enhance your good luck, and minimize the losses during periods of ill-luck. It is not some magical force that can make you achieve success overnight.
Myth #5: Hanging Crystals Can Cure Everything
Fact: Some experts state that, it is a misconception that hanging crystals can help your house have better Feng Shui. It is not correct to assume that the crystals are suddenly going to cure anything and everything around you! Of course, though many believe in this, it is best to seek help, and follow the instructions of a Feng Shui master in this case.
Myth #6: Feng Shui is About Rearranging Your Furniture
Fact: Yes, it does advocate a clean and uncluttered environment in your house, but Feng Shui is much more than just that. Some suggestions were made in accordance with the facilities available during historic times. Today, modern apartments are well-furnished with electricity and other equipment. Hence, understanding the logic behind the suggestions of Feng Shui is important, instead of blindly following them.
Myth #7: Feng Shui Works Only In Specific Parts of the World.
Fact: Feng Shui is a universal art of achieving harmony with your environment. It is a myth that it is applicable to China only. In fact, after seeing its positive impact, many Westerners have tried to adopt it in their daily lives.
Myth #8: Toilets are Bad
Fact: A misconception about toilets is that, having them in your house is bad. Though toilets are associated with draining out of positive energy, this does not imply that having a toilet in your house will make something bad happen to you. In fact, it is a matter of convenience, and almost all modern houses do have indoor toilets. Practicality should also be considered also before any implementation.
Myth #9: Placing of Mirrors Can Impact Energy
Fact: Mirrors have one basic property: they reflect things as they are. A mirror cannot distinguish between any kind of 'positive' or 'negative' energy. Of course, things such as light reflection should be considered before placing them. Some experts state that, in ancient times mirrors were made of metal, instead of glass, hence, their effects were different.
Myth #10: The Money Frog Will Make You Rich
Fact: The lucky toad is considered to be a symbol of fortune. However, this does not imply that keeping toads with coins will suddenly attract good fortune. You have got to make smart business decisions yourself. Feng Shui is an art to help you, or boost your efforts to achieve success. It is not one of the 'means' to achieve it.
Before buying any commercial merchandise that proclaims to be 'Feng Shui', it is important to note that, it is best to consult an authentic Feng Shui expert first. Understand that it is a study, and if you want to implement it, do not suddenly jump to any kind of conclusion. Of course, also know that, it is not some magical device to overturn your fate. It is your hard work which is going to bring out positive changes in your life. It is a healing art. However, distorted information has given birth to misconceptions, and some people have difference of opinions too when it comes to implementing it in the modern sense.