Any opinions on Feng Shui here?

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Any opinions on Feng Shui here?
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Mon, 08-04-2003 - 12:29am
Hi, I am new here, so I will start with a short intro before my question. I am a SAHM for the last 3 yrs and worked part time for the remainer of 11 yrs. (And of course full time before kids) I have 4 kids and feel that I am a fairly strong Catholic.

I was recently at a home that totally impressed me with how it was painted, decorated etc. The owner's sister helped them with color choice and also used a Feng Shui approach. I have always blown off anything I have seen about Feng Shui because it seemed spiritually off in terms of my beliefs. I am interested if anyone has had any experience with this. I think it would be nice to create a beautiful flowing environment in my home, but I wonder about this approach in terms of the spiritual aspect of it. ~ Lynne

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Tue, 08-05-2003 - 8:39am
Feng Shui does have a spiritual component. It is very in keeping with the ideals of Zen and of Shinto, both of which stress harmony. Although the religious beliefs of Catholicism and these two religions differ, the ideals are quite similar. Harmony, moderation, eliminating obsession with the material world and focusing on what truly matters are also ideals in our own religion. Of course, the "truly matters" part is where we differ.

Okay, this was my long-winded way of saying that feng shui, used to bring comfort and peace to a dwelling is not necessarily incompatible with Catholicism. If you were using it to commune with nature spirits, then there would be a problem

Beth

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Tue, 08-05-2003 - 12:15pm
Thank you so much for taking time to respond to my post which is not exactly parenting related! ~ Lynne
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Tue, 08-05-2003 - 12:31pm
Hey, of course it relates to parenting, your kids live in the house Right?

Beth

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Tue, 08-05-2003 - 5:20pm
I tend to think of Feng Shui the same way I think of Yoga, if it brings more peace and harmony to your life which enables you to better live out your Catholic faith then there's no harm in it.

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