Feng shui: do a lot with just a little

What is feng shui and how is it used?

Feng shui is a practice from China for the harmonious arrangement of the various areas of life. It is over 2000 years old and originated from observations of nature. The name itself connects two opposites of nature: feng means wind and shui is water. Feng shui is used in all areas of life, for example, in living spaces, the workplace and garden design and arrangements. The main goal is a gentle and unimpeded flow of chi in the surroundings. Chi means life force and energy.

What are the most important teachings of feng shui? What do they involve?

The Chinese culture recognizes two basic forces: yin and yang. In feng shui, the element wind corresponds more to the yang quality – it is lively and quick. The element of water corresponds to the yin quality – it is collected and quiet. These two opposing qualities should be harmonised by using feng shui in every living area.

This is why the two most important schools of feng shui – the form school and the compass school – both have the harmonisation of the energy flow as their goal. The form school orients itself to the effects of forms and the compass school places its attention on the cardinal directions. Today, both forms are usually brought into a feng shui consultation, whereby the application of the form theory is considered especially important.

Why do more and more people in western cultures also place their trust in feng shui today?

With today’s hectic pace and increasing stress, home is becoming very important as a place for regeneration and well-being. Feng shui offers us many simple and easy to implement ideas. You can achieve a great deal with just a few small changes.


Barbara Rüttimann, independent feng shui consultant, rb Rüttimann consulting.