Defining Feng Shui in Modern Times

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Feng Shui in direct translation means "wind and water". That may seem a bit abstract, so to try and provide an easier connection to Feng Shui we invite you to think about change, transformation, and enhancement of one's life and overall surroundings. To be fair, for many, just hearing the word "change" or "transformation" can be unsettling.

Yet those who ask for a Feng Shui Consultation, are literally asking for help to change something within their life's story. Maybe it has to do with relationship dynamics, establishing work-life balance, being more courageous to follow a life dream, starting a family, or healing from loss. The life narratives are endless.  

The fact is that choosing to embrace Feng Shui is also saying you are choosing to embrace a newfound perspective on life. You begin to see the world differently and observe your daily interactions with a more keen awareness of what and who is truly adding value to your life vs not. Once your "Feng Shui Eyes" are open, you can no longer ignore the simple truths that have been holding you back.

Adopting the Feng Shui lifestyle encourages you to be the best you, live your best life, and establish and maintain the most supportive living and working environments. The principles of Feng Shui see an interconnected world, where cycles of change influence all of us. This can include everyday human interactions, to the selection and display of inanimate objects and artwork. Please do not ignore your thoughts, words, and feelings as they too can influence the energy. The practice of Feng Shui will even take into consideration the type of material your home has been built with (real elements vs synthetics). As a Feng Shui quick tip, real elements are always better. The level of care for the land a home has been built on also matters. We invite you to pay attention to how conscious are you of what you are reading, listening to, and watching. With the complexity of our world these days, being consciously connected to our inner and outer surroundings is important. It helps you become responsive (emotional maturity) vs reactive (impulsive emotional decision-making) which helps mitigate unnecessary drama, stress, and anxiety. More than ever, having a sanctuary to return to is vital. 

The image you see above is a great visual capture of Feng Shui through atmospheric representation. An ideal Feng Shui environment is balanced, harmonious, and peaceful, yet active in a way that invigorates your spirit and perspective on life.   

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Laura Cerrano is a second-generation Certified New York City Feng Shui Consultant Expert. As a full-time Feng Shui consultant, Laura provides bicoastal consultations and workshops for residential, commercial, real estate developments, Fortune 500 companies and healing faculties. In addition, Laura is a resident teacher at the Metropolitan Institute of Design in Syosset, NY. She has been featured in highly respected publications and TV networks such as Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen," PBS, CBC Television, BBC Radio and The New York Times. 


Comments (16)

George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Laura Cerrano this was very helpful for me in understanding Feng Shui

Nov 24, 2023 08:56 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Great post Laura. I do think so many are seeking "the answer" I think feng shui may have some of those answers. 

Nov 24, 2023 11:34 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

I have been somewhat fascinated by it and it all started with your mother. The infatuation carried over to you now.

Nov 24, 2023 03:28 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Laura Cerrano  loved your explanation of what Feng Shui is, I am all for educating the public, Endre

Nov 24, 2023 03:47 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker
Great information, thanks for sharing.  I hope you have a great day.
Nov 25, 2023 03:47 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I'm sure this will answer the question some have, "What is Feng Shui?"

Enjoy your day!

Nov 25, 2023 05:13 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

I love this Laura! Feng Shui isn't just about where to place a mirror. Energy, our actions, objects...everything is interconnected. We've learned so much from you!

Nov 25, 2023 12:39 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Nov 25, 2023 07:07 PM
Laura Cerrano

Thank you for the feature, Kathy!


Nov 28, 2023 06:04 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Laura Cerrano 

I'm so glad that Kathy Streib featured your post in her "Ah-ha" moments for the week as I missed it! What a simple and easy to understand explanation of what Feng Shui really is!!

Nov 26, 2023 07:26 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Laura Cerrano   , You explained Feng Shui better than anyone. I am so glad Kathy Streib featured this, as I missed it 

Nov 26, 2023 11:38 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Thursday morning, Laura.

I hope you are having a very productive month.

Nov 30, 2023 09:25 AM
Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Luxury Homes & Interior Designer

Laura, thank you for providing us with such an eloquent and beautifully written explanation of incorporating feng shui into our lives. I love this quote; “More than ever, having a sanctuary to return to is vital.” You have opened my feng shui eyes. Thank you.

Dec 07, 2023 04:04 AM
Paddy Deighan MBA JD PhD - Vail, CO
Paddy Deighan J.D. Ph.D

I didn’t know that Feng Shui was still popular and your post was so thorough!!

Dec 07, 2023 07:01 PM
Charles Stallions
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pensacola, FL
850-476-4494 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.

saw and read Roy's post and thought is was very nice for the times we are in. Very informative and great post in so many ways.

Dec 07, 2023 07:16 PM
Barbara Michaluk
Weichert Realtors | Phone Direct 240-506-2434 | 301-681-0550 office - Silver Spring, MD
Leisure World Specialist / Full Service REALTOR

Hi Laura, Thanks for providing us with an in depth explanation of feng shui and how we can use it in our lives.

Dec 08, 2023 05:20 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Laura just wanted to stop by and ask when can we see your next post?:)Endre

Dec 14, 2023 11:08 PM
Laura Cerrano

Just posted a few ;)


Dec 15, 2023 11:20 AM