What Is Feng Shui?

Feng Shui: The Art of Flowing Energy

In Chinese, ‘Feng‘ means Wind while ‘Shui‘ means Water.

Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese metaphysical study that looks at how mankind is affected, for better or worse, by its surroundings.

Surrounding include the external environment as well as the internal layout of the home. External features include the mountains and rivers and in an urban setting includes buildings, roadways etc. Internal features include the completion date and orientation of the house, location and facing of the main door, stove, beds etc.

What Is Feng ShuiA right combination can influence the luck of the occupants positively while an incorrect combination can bring about misfortunes.

For example, a house is generally better if it supported by a mountain at the back rather than facing one in front. Or a house should ideally be higher than the road rather than the other way around.

Ancient Chinese promoted healthy relationships with all things by exploring the principles of balance in all areas of life. Feng Shui refers to the energies that flow through everything, like the movement of wind and the flow of water, which can be directed, harnessed or blocked. This living energy source is called chi. Feng shui is working with this force and removing obstacles to enhance health, wealth and happiness.

The earliest form of Feng Shui was used to orient the homes of the dead rather than of the living. The term first appeared in the Book of Burial which dates back to the 4th century CE.

During the 3rd century, in the recorded text Zangjing, feng shui became concerned with the geographic progression of the earth and weather patterns. This type of feng shui is known as the Form School. During the Song Dynasty, feng shui developed into systems of home placement, creating the Compass School. Spinoffs of the Compass system include the Ying-Yang Theory, The Theory of Five Elements, the Lo-Shu Square and others. The Black Hat sec of feng shui Form School started in 1960. The Black Hat sec has become one of the most popular forms during modern times according to the book, Mystic Foundation.

Feng Shui encourages the accumulation of chi, but is mostly concerned with the quality, not the quantity, of energy. The chi must keep flowing to effectively bring blessings into lives. Slow-moving water and air encourages good chi while fast moving water and air dissipates chi. Disharmonious shapes, harsh corners, sharp angles and clutter can interrupt the flow of healthy chi. Harmonious shapes encourage its healthy flow. Careful placement of household items is used to slow chi and encourage positive flow of energy.

Most systems of feng shui work with the eight trigrams of the 1 Ching, arranged around an octagon called a pa kua. The pa kua pattern is placed over a single room or floor plan and used as a method of laying out objects. Practitioners working with a room or dwelling aligns the front door (or most used door) with the side of the pa kua that has Knowledge, Career and Friends.

Another method, known as the Eight Trigrams or Nine Stars method, aligns the pa kua to the compass directions. The flow of chi and the state of harmony or disarray will affect the corresponding area of life. Many in the West encourage the use of “intuitive” feng shui, using either your own intuition or other Mandela system to feel the flow of energy that is best suits you.

Many critics of feng shui say that its principles are based on China’s weather patterns, climate and culture and do not meld well with the Western world. However, the principles of harmony, flow and health resonate with every culture. If you find sound advice that works for you through feng shui, intuition or other system then by all means use it.

Over the years, practitioners have researched, analyze, documented and refined a set of rules and formulas that define a compliant dwelling or office.

Occupants of such compliant dwellings are more likely to enjoy good fortune and have better luck with money, good health and more harmonious relationships.

Feng Shui is also called Fung Shui, Foong Shway, Fong Sui etc. China is a huge country with different regions and many dialects. The different spellings are a result of translation from the different Chinese dialects!

I hope you have a good understanding now on what is Feng Shui?