So, just what is this "new/old" way of clearing the clutter and arranging your home?
Feng Shui is based on the Taoist vision and understanding of nature, particularly on the idea that the land is alive and filled with Chi, or energy. The ancient Chinese believed that the land's energy could either make or break the kingdom, so to speak. The theories of yin and yang, as well as the five feng shui elements, are some of the basic aspects of a feng shui analysis that come from Taoism. Source
And just what is Taoism?
Tao is the first-cause of the universe. It is a force that flows through all life. "The Tao surrounds everyone and therefore everyone must listen to find enlightenment." A believer's goal is to harmonize themselves with the Tao. The priesthood views the many gods as manifestations of the one Dao, "which could not be represented as an image or a particular thing." The concept of a personified deity is foreign to them, as is the concept of the creation of the universe. Thus, they do not pray as Christians do; there is no God to hear the prayers or to act upon them. They seek answers to life's problems through inner meditation and outer observation. SourceWhat promises a neat house and a whole lot of other things from a good marriage to help losing weight, is actually a false, God-denying religion. I would like my home to be neat and clean and well-arranged, but the truth is I don't want "energy" flowing through my home. I want God's presence there.
Lest you think this is another of my crazy "soapboxes", I will tell you that some time ago, my children played a game on the computer based on a popular "educational" kid's program. It went into detail on the principles of Feng Shui home arrangement. Can you tell me why a child's program would focus on home decorating?
No one wants to talk about "religion" anymore, but a lot of people are touting the word "spiritual". Be assured that life cannot be lived in the absence of religion. Everyone is worshiping something or someone. If that object of worship is not the Lord Jesus Christ---our Creator God--than who is it? Something to ponder as you declutter and decorate your home for the New Year.
This post is linked to Raising Homemakers.