Common sense and a need to survive
Feng Shui came about when early civilisations were trying to understand the world and to devise systems by which they could measure or interpret it. I In those early days, life was very much about how to stay alive from day to day, so it is highly unlikely that anyone was setting out to be particularly mysterious, or spiritual, or “airy fairy”. Feng shui came from simple agriculture, so much of its knowledge or advice is very down to earth and might sometimes be seen as no more than applied common sense.
Common Sense is that which is plainly obvious …
…but only once you have seen it.
It is obvious to most, that we should not put our cat in the microwave – but as has been reported in the past, not everyone sees things the same way.
Seeing the wood from the trees
One of the most important parts of any Feng Shui consultation is to ensure that the rules of common sense are applied. It is often the case that people “can’t see the wood for the trees” when looking at their own situation. The highly trained and observant eye of your Feng Shui consultant will be looking for the things that may be quite obvious to an external observer, but remain hidden to those who are close to a particular situation.
The Feng Shui consultation process then goes on to uncover those things that are not so obvious, and would most likely only be discovered by someone trained to view the world from the Feng Shui viewpoint.
Examples of how Feng Shui and common sense go together:
If your home is dark and dingy, and you are feeling low or depressed, then common sense would say that it would be better to brightened things up. The problem is that people in such a situation tend not to notice that they are influenced every day by dark and depressing surroundings. An unhelpful environment can develop slowly over time with nobody really noticing the changes.
In a Restauraunt
If the front door of the restaurant is damaged, and customers are required to use the back door: walking down the side alleyway with its slippery floor, past the stinking dustbins and the kitchen drains, many would just not bother taking the first step. They would instead look for somewhere else to eat.
Sad to say, but this kind of situation is not unheard of within businesses that need to attract clients on to their premises. It is really not rocket science to work out how to help the business.
In a shop
A section of a shop that has a brightly lit, busy and well stocked area inside the front window may well do good business. But customers will not naturally go up to the next floor if the stairs are unlit and so crammed with product that they look more like an extension of the display units rather than the stairs.
When 50% of the shop floor is upstairs, and only 10% of customers every get up there, something is clearly wrong. Likey however, that it can be fixed with a bit of lighting and clearing.
Common sense is just the starting point
It never hurts to start by looking at what is likely to be obvious, or common sense. The feng shui perspective however, seeks to look behing the mask of what is obvious, to the more hidden energies that drive a situation and make it what it is. Sometimes it takes more than the obvious, to change a situation for the better.