have you read many books on the feng shui subject and just become more confused? that’s all too typical and happened to me as well. it wasn't until learning there are different schools of feng shui that things became less murky.
there are basically two types of feng shui: form and compass. compass, as you can guess, uses a compass. based on ancient asian traditions and methods, and use of the tao te ching, compass feng shui uses the 4 directions as its main guide. while form feng shui also uses the ancient teachings and methods, it relies more upon energy or chi as it is called in feng shui to change and/or manipulate both the seen and unseen. both methodologies have relevance and help people improve their lives. that’s the beauty of feng shui, it is quite powerful for making intended change.
the main principle or teaching in form feng shui is that you are greatly impacted by everything that surrounds you, especially those things in your home and/or the office (i.e. the places you spend most of your time). chi, or energy; although unseen is felt whether consciously or unconsciously. it is always present and can either propel you upward and forward toward a healthy, prosperous and dream-filled life bringing all of your visions to reality. or, it can hinder you, hold you back and hold you down. interwoven and connected to this principle is energy. energy is contained in everything, in both animate and inanimate objects. the chinese elders knew this thousands of years prior to this validation of energy via quantum physics.
now you may begin to see and understand how everything in your home or office, or any environment affects you day in and day out. this beginning, of becoming more aware, is how great change occurs. first on an inward level, then outward ultimately affecting your whole life.
another main principle of feng shui is the use of things to change, alter, diminish, remove, manipulate, or otherwise move the energy or chi. we call these chi enhancers and the list includes mirrors, living things, music, bells, water features, sound makers, crystals, objects of nature, art, colors, and lighting. placing these in identified areas of your space after a feng shui consultation brings about the desired changes.
and lastly, although there is much more to feng shui, is the bagua. the 8-sided diagram used for thousands of years in feng shui. this tool is placed over your home or office, or any space including a room or even a piece of property; it precisely identifies the areas on the bagua corresponding to that exact area of your life. these areas include love, marriage & relationships, fame, wealth & prosperity, family, knowledge & self-cultivation, career, helpful people & travel, and children & creativity,
in a very brief nutshell this is the foundation of feng shui. it takes both the inward intention aligned with the placement, removal, or moving of things to manifest those desired changes in your outward surroundings.