Environmental Psychology is an interdisciplinary field focused on the interplay between individuals and their surroundings. The field defines the term environment broadly, encompassing natural environments, social settings, built environments, learning environments, and informational environments.
This perspective developed after World War 2.
Feng Shui Is the understanding of nature, particularly on the idea that the land and our surroundings environments are alive and filled with Chi, or energy that impacts our lives daily mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually on the conscious and sub conscious levels.The origins of Feng Shui date back about 3,000-6,000 years ago.
The two terms, environmental psychology and Feng Shui are one in the same. With the promotion of environmental psychology, it creates the potential discussion of Feng Shui becoming “intellectualized” and less spiritual. It’s strongly suggested to have a balance of both.
Feng Shui has no boundaries or set definition because it is constantly evolving and one reason for that is because of our IMAGINATION. As we evolve and new challenges arise (due to self awakening), we have to create, with the use of our imagination, new remedies, cures, and solutions to help us overcome. This is why there are several forms of Feng Shui already in use.
It’s important to try to be mindful as not to overly condense the Feng Shui teachings into neatly packaged categories. Feng Shui and EP are a combination of various disciplines. These practices are even being included into the health system for healing. This is a topic of discussion yet to be further discussed.
It would be great in the near future for the two practices to acknowledge each other (Environmental Psychology and Feng Shui) to help benefit humanity by working together and collaborating to help bridge both worlds of perspectives.
This was a comment I read in an article not to long ago on the topic of Feng Shui (Environmental Psychology). “It’s ridiculous to have all 5 elements in every single room of your home.” Looking to the Five elements theory in Feng Shui, there is reason this principle says, “its suggested to have all 5 elements in each room.” The reason is because Feng Shui, as well as as building biology and Biohilia Design, understanding it’s mans inherit need to be surrounded by nature. Feng Shui also refers to this as, “letting the outside in.”
Science is also providing evidence about nature being integrated into our daily lives promotes calming psychological and physical benefits. Here is an article to further expand on this portion of discussion in the post: How Nature Resets our Minds and Bodies
When integrating Feng Shui into your home, business, and lifestyle, of course we need to be practical. Naturally if you have a closet, crawl space, attic or basement that is not being used, the principles say it’s suggested to incorporate the 5 elements within reason. It’s suggested more so with the areas of your home that you are constantly utilizing. This is especially encouraged for occupants who are in the process of healing from the loss of a loved one, stressful situations, illness, etc.
This is when interior design ideas can step in to complement the Feng Shui principles. The use of artwork, certain suggested colors, objects, furnishings, appliances, structural selections, etc that relate the to the 5 elements will help bring in those natural elemental energies into the space in a concealed non invasive way. Feng Shui is an art and this is where that creative and imaginary mind must step in to envision the solution vs being so literal.
Feng Shui Question of the Week
As you read and follow Laura Cerrano’s Feng Shui posts she will periodically create a Feng Shui pop quiz to help you review and check your knowledge. One of the best ways to learn Feng Shui is to experience it first hand.
Question: Which rooms in your home, according to Feng Shui, are the most important? Here is a hint, there are 4 rooms all together. Also, keep in mind, this is not to say all the other rooms do not matter, but these in particular carry a stronger energy support.
Here is a list you can choose from:
- Living room
- Foyer or Front Entrance
- Dinning Room
Looking for way to enhance the Feng Shui in your office with fast and simple remedies?
Here are 3 fast tips you can follow today. Feel free to share these tips with your co-workers, friends and family members.
1. Do your best to arrange your desk in a “commanding position.” This meaning you can see who is entering into your space at all time. This also symbolically represents seeing opportunities as they arise.
2. If you can, allow a good amount of natural light or use full spectrum lighting (sun light) in your workplace. It’s advised to lesson the use of fluorescent lights.
There are a number of negative health effects that have been linked to working under fluorescent lights that are theorized to be caused by this body chemistry mechanism such as:
Problems sleeping, due to melatonin suppression
Symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder or depression
Endocrine disruption and poor immune systems
3. Adding plants promotes collaboration, flexibility, and prosperity.
Peace lily (also helps to deflect electro magnetic energy)