Originally Posted by EarthRootsStarSoul
I think Feng Shui is inspiring.
The overall goal of Feng Shui is to maximize positive sensual experience which promotes well-being.
Subtle movement, light, and interface with nature are the cornerstones.
Plants, water, mirrors, and mobiles, and sculpture are commonly used. With a mirror, for example, you see two of everything you have. If you have a sunny window and hang a mirror to maximize light reflection, you see and your room is illuminated by two windows. If you have a clean countertop with a bowl of fruit and have a mirror behind it, you see two bowls of fruit. This is very positive for the psychology. It's said that mirrors in the kitchen "increase wealth." I think that this results because one bowl of fruit multiplied to two creates more psychological security than one and decreases overeating and overbuying from anxiety and emotional need.
Understanding feng shui principles reveals the importance of the environment (which for most of us is mostly man-made) on psychological health. If you have clutter, every mirror will multiply the clutter. If you have a dark corner in a room, it is more likely to cause a subtle sense of depression or anxiety.
Space is a crucial element in feng shui. A dark corner is not the place for a large cabinet, for example. This only increases the sense of darkness. Light and space is the thing for a dark corner.
I've noticed that with the popularization of feng shui, the "things" you can add to your house have become the focus rather than light, space, and traffic patterns.
Most rooms tend to be lined with things with an open space in the middle. Adding more "feng shui things" to a room won't help much, I don't believe. This literally surrounds a person with stuff and closes off a sense of "view," light, air, and space. This room design becomes a cage. I also think that this design encourages clutter because it is easy to add to the "wall" of furniture and stack things up, thereby increasing the effect of being encircled.
Feng shui is a very good art to understand for home makers. I believe that it actually saves money and improves health in addition to bringing beauty and happiness to families.