The Philosophy of Esho Funi

Love and Light greeting card from our Illuminating Spirit card series. Click image for more info.

Love and Light greeting card from our Illuminating Spirit card series. Click image for more info.

There is a Japanese and Buddhist philosophy called Esho Funi which translates into “oneness of life and environment.” The belief is that the quality of your life is intertwined with the quality of your environment. If you pour intentional love and energy into your physical spaces, then your personal energy will be uplifted. If you lift up your physical, emotional and spiritual energies, you bless your spaces. If you bless your spaces, they bless you back.

It also implies that there’s no separation between our environments and ourselves. ‘Tis a sister to Feng Shui! And, by the way, our shining spaces lift up the energies of the entire world and all living beings.

Here are some simple ways to uplift the quality of your spaces:

  • Keep your spaces as fresh and clean as possible. Dust often. Use non-toxic cleaners. Open the windows for fresh air. Leave your shoes at the door so you’re not tracking in pollutants through the entire space.
  • Invite living beings to live with you – a dog, cat, turtle or fish. Hang bird feeders with song bird food. Have flowers for the bees.
  • Bring nature inside. A fragrant flower blossom floating in a bowl of water. A stone or leaf or branch or moss. Hang a mirror opposite a window with a gorgeous view. Vases of fragrant flowers. Lots of healthy green lush plants. Plug in a water fountain.
  • Make your spaces as beautiful as you can with color, art and décor. Use uplifting imagery and symbolism.
  • Open the blinds and curtains. Clean your windows. Let the sunlight stream in. Turn on some lights!
  • Have your spaces be homes for the sacred. Have altars. Play music from spiritual traditions. Fill your home with the soft and loving energy of prayer and meditation.
  • Welcome joy! Play happy music. Dance parties, game nights and suppers with friends or creative projects.
  • Don’t let the radio, television or movies pour negative, violent images into your spaces. Instead, do good deeds. Be loving.
  • Invite some quiet and spaciousness into your life. Unplug from technology and your devices. Hang some wind chimes. Light a stick of incense and close your eyes and just breathe, just be. Go to bed early. Create sanctuary.
  • Rearrange your furniture so it’s oriented towards a beautiful view such as trees and birds out the window; an altar; the fireplace (which can be filled with lit pillar candles in warm months); or a water fountain surrounded by plants. Try a view other than the television!

    Gwynne WarnerGwynne Allyn Warner is the founder of 10,000 Blessings Feng Shui and practices Black Sect Tantric Buddhist Feng Shui as a disciple of Grandmaster Professor Lin Yun. She was certified as an Advanced Feng Shui Consultant by Helen and James Jay of Feng Shui Designs. Gwynne began her studies in Buddhism in her early twenties while living in London where she became enamored with Kuan Yin and thereafter received her Bodhisattva Vows with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Her expertise has been treasured by creative small businesses, service professionals, performing artists, Chinese medicine practitioners, healers, and interior designers among others. For more information and to sign up for her newsletter, please visit her website.

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