Most of my friends know I have dabbled in the Woo-Woo for many years. One of my favorite New Age modalities is Feng Shui, which is the Chinese art of “right placement.” It’s not complicated, it’s not hard to do, it’s really just a matter of decluttering your life and getting rid of things that impair the flow of Chi.

Chi is the life force that surrounds us and moves within us (in Japanese the word is Ki, which we see in the term Reiki.) Chi has no religion, or better yet, has all religions. Consider it the Breath of God if you will. But however you think of it, it pays to be aware of Chi.

There are lots of good websites that explain how Feng Shui works, as well as a number of great books. My personal favorite is “Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life” by Karen Rauch Carter. It’s a simple, yet thorough explanation of how Feng Shui can be used by anyone to improve their life in all its aspects: Love, Prosperity, Career, the works. If you feel like your life needs a push, if you’re stuck someplace you don’t want to be, or just thinking of making your life better, check that book out, it’s well worth it!

The basic principle of Feng Shui is to seek balance in your life. Most people start out by applying the principles to their home, but you can also Feng Shui your office, your apartment, even your car! But let’s start with your house. To begin, visualize (or better yet, draw) how your house is laid out, putting your front door at the bottom of the page. Then overlay the Feng Shui Bagua, which breaks every place into nine areas, like this:

The Feng Shui Bagua

The simplest thing to do is to figure out which areas in your life (and corresponding areas in your home) need improvement. Let’s say you’re out of work and looking for a job. Your first thought may be to spruce up the Prosperity area, which is never a bad thing, but perhaps you might want to make some improvements in the Career and Work area. Find that spot in your house and make it shine. Clear out any clutter, dust, mop, put some elbow grease into it. And you might be amazed at the results.

There’s no way I can cover everything there is to know about Feng Shui in a blog post, and no reason to try. Get Karen’s book, it really is amazing how easy it is to implement her cures and put Feng Shui to work for you. I have a number of stories about how using simple Feng Shui cures has improved my life and well-being, and I’ll no doubt blog about them as time goes on. But here’s a short one.

I have an eBay store. Lately sales have been pretty flat. I put my Feng Shui thinking cap on and thought about what I could do to increase sales. Helpful People – I needed some buyers! So I saw to it that my daughter (whose room is in the Helpful People corner) did some tidying up in her room (teenagers, you know how they can be.) Sure enough, about an hour or so later, I had three big sales. Coincidence? Maybe. But I think not. Chi was all stuck in there, and once she tidied up, the Chi could flow again, and Helpful People came into my store.

Try it, you might be amazed at the results.