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Feng Shui

The ancient Chinese believed that balancing the conflicting energies in a living space was just as important to good health as the balancing of the different energies in the body. This belief was the basis for the development of Feng Shui.

What is the Underlying Principle of Feng Shui?

To understand the principle of Feng Shui starts with an understanding of the words. Feng in Chinese means wind and Shui means water. When these two elements are in balance, there is harmony and good health. When there is too much of one element present, the imbalance cause lack of harmony and bad health.

This vision of how nature affects our health and well-being originates from the Taoist understanding of nature. Taoism, also called Daoism, is an ancient East Asian religious philosophy. The word “Tao” is translated as “path”.

Taoism focuses on the three jewels:

  • Compassion
  • Moderation
  • Humility

Practitioners of this philosophy believe that incorporating the jewels into one’s life leads to harmony with the universe. There are many other rules that must be followed to maintain this harmony including recognizing that the earth is filled with “chi” (also written Qi) or energy, and that balancing these elements harnesses that energy and brings well-being.

How Does Feng Shui Work?

In actual practice, A Feng Shui practitioner must balance five elements within a space:

  • Fire
  • Wood
  • Earth
  • Water
  • Metal

They physically come to the property to be evaluated to make a determination. Using a Lo Pan or compass, they determine if the flow of chi is being blocked because of a lack of balance.

The chi may also be blocked by geopathic stresses like:

  • Electrical fields
  • Magnetic fields
  • High-voltage power lines
  • Electric cables
  • Electrical appliances
  • High frequencies like those associated with cell phones

After the evaluation, the Feng Shui practitioner will make recommendations about how to strengthen the environmental aspects that are good and weaken those that are bad.

The following explanation of the process was provided by

“Calculations are then completed according to the basic principles. Then a determination of the energy characteristics within the property and its resulting effects on the occupants is made based on the results of these calculations. Remedies are then prescribed where necessary in order to balance the energy to produce a positive effect.”

Feng Shui practitioners do not attend a formal school. They study with a Master for many years, increasing their understanding of the principles and learning how to make these calculations.

How Can Feng Shi Benefit Mesothelioma Patients?

While Feng Shui is not an actual therapy, mesothelioma patients can benefit from it because it improves their overall quality of life. In an article written for the San Francisco Medical Society Web site, Deborah McDonald, PhD explains it this way:

“One oncologist, a medical school researcher and clinician, turned to his psychotherapist wife several decades ago to seek treatments that would enhance the radiation and chemo he and his colleagues had long been using. Over the years, his data and those of other researchers have indicated that changing behavior, such as introducing meditation, could either enhance treatments and increase the normative time to death or alter the quality of life favorably for the patients whose lives could not be extended. Producing environments that enhance such goals has been one of my key activities, whether for an institution that counsels the dying or for a private residence seeking a proper meditation location.”

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