Feng Shui is a term composed of two Chinese words Feng (Wind) and Shui (Water). Wind and Water are the two natural elements that flow, move and circulate everywhere on Earth. They are also the most basic elements required for human survival. Wind, or air, is the breath of life; without it, we would die in moments. And Water is the liquid of life, without it, we would die in days. The combined qualities of wind and water determine the climate, which historically has determined our food supply and in turn affects our lifestyle, health, energy and mood. These two fundamental and flowing elements have always profoundly yet subtly influenced human individuals and societies.
The essence of these life-giving elements is Chi (pronounced CHEE), or life force. Wind and water are direct carriers of Chi as their flowing quality reflects their essential nature. All living organisms are largely composed of these two elements. Thus, Feng Shui is the art of designing environments in harmony with the flow of Chi through one's living space, and this flow supports and enhances one's personal Chi or life force.
The underlying principle of Feng Shui is Chi .Chi is an energetic, formative principle that is spontaneously expressed throughout all life. It is the fundamental concept of energy linking all things. This concept is common to other traditions as well. The Hindus call it Prana, the Japanese call it Ki and the Egyptians call it Ka. Chi can be of the earth, the atmosphere, of people and all animals and plant life. The quality of Chi is expressed through form, shape, color, sound and /or the positive feelings it generates.
Feng Shui is basically universal common sense. Everyone regardless of culture or creed has used some sort of system of thoughtful placement with regards to their living environment and furnishings.
Proper Feng Shui is purposefully arranging your "things" around you to gain positive results. The "Things" that I am referring to are your plants, desk, appliances, clothes, mattress etc...Just like eating junk food affects your body, everything you put in your environment affects you too. Stay tuned for more Feng Shui 101. :)