This article is written for Evolving Wellness by guest author Michael Schnippering of Feng Shui At Work.

Three thousand years ago the Chinese discovered that in order to have a good life, everything must be balanced. Work and play — everything revolves around the energy of the Earth, and in order to be happy this energy must be balanced. The Chinese developed many processes that would help to enhance this balance and Feng Shui is one that has stood the test of time.

Originally Feng Shui was based on the five basic elements; fire, earth, metal, water and wood. The idea is that if you set up your living space to take advantage of these elements, you will bring balance to your living space — therefore bringing balance to your life.

In order to bring Feng Shui to your home, it is best to find a Feng Shui Master and allow them to place everything in just the right balance. In modern times this is where the Feng Shui myths have started, as people claiming to be Masters have taken this belief and tried to fit it into modern sensibilities of practicality and cost. While many aspects of Feng Shui from ancient times will work in a modern setting, there are some limitations. It is important, crucial even, to work with these limitations and understand them rather than follow false solutions which are not based in traditional Feng Shui.

If you, or a supposed Feng Shui expert, try to circumvent traditional Feng Shui concepts, you may find that your home and your life do not prosper. Worse, you could actually be bringing in negative energies to your home or cancelling out beneficial ones. While you certainly can be creative with Feng Shui, always ensure that you are following the core principles and not inadvertently working against them.

The Top Five Feng Shui Myths

1. The Red Door Myth

The first myth that has evolved over the years is that your home should always have a red door. The color red is supposed to represent the fire element, which is supposed in turn to attract good energy. The problem is that red is only an enhancer. Therefore, it will only enhance any energy that may be already coming through the door, and if your front door is attracting bad energy it will only make it worse. Do you really want to take the chance of attracting negative energies and intensifying them? Probably not.

2. The Crystal Myth

Next is the myth of crystals — the idea is that in order for energy to flow around a room, the room needs a round shape. However, since most rooms are square or rectangular, crystals would be placed in the corners, to allow the energy to flow. This simply has nothing to do with Feng Shui. There are many New Age concepts, for example this one involving crystals, which people commonly confuse with the art and science of Feng Shui. It is important to differentiate anything that is New Age from traditional Feng Shui. Although there exist similarities, always double check.

3. The Water Myth

Water by the front door is supposed to help with financial matters, and this is an element of Feng Shui. However it is the placement of the water that needs to be addressed; only a true Feng Shui Master can tell you which door to place the water by in order to improve your life. The front door is not always the right door. There is no set location for a water element that is the exact same in every house. Many factors exist which determine where the water should be placed, and just because it is right in a certain location, does not mean that if you copy this in your home it will have the same effect.

4. The Fu Dog Myth

The fu dog myth goes together with the concept of the mirror myth—see the explanation below.

5. The Mirror Myth

The final two myths go together; they are regarding fu dogs and mirrors. These two elements are a part of Feng Shui. However, they do not belong in a modern context. In order for them to work with a home’s Feng Shui, both of these elements need to be made of metal in order to have any effect on your life. Today, you will have a hard time finding either of these objects made of metal, as many people remain unaware of the significance of metal in a home. In this instance, it is the introduction of metal that affects your home’s Feng Shui.

Conclusion

Finding a true Feng Shui Master is the only real way to change the energy of your home. Although there are a few broad changes you can make to help your home’s Feng Shui, only a master will be able to cover all the bases, as it were. There are levels of intricacy and complexity involved in determining Feng Shui, as well as a plethora of knowledge and years of study in order to become a master in the first place.

If you are going to bring Feng Shui into your home, it is best to use someone who can be trusted to do it right. A Feng Shui master will help you transform your home and transform your life.

About the Author

Michael Schnippering is Chief Executive Officer of Feng Shui at Work. Feng Shui at Work is an international company that provides consultations worldwide. He is committed to the true art and science of Feng Shui. Over the years his Feng Shui practice has taken him to various parts of the United States, Germany, France, Spain, Colombia and Argentina.For more information or any questions you can connect through the site or on Twitter: @fengshuiatwork