WHAT IS FENG SHUI
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What is Feng Shui? And just as important … What Feng Shui is Not! even more important… Discover How Feng Shui Works!
Feng Shui literally means "wind- water" and refers to the respective characteristics of these natural elements. The nature of wind is to disperse and scatter. The nature of water is to flow and collect. The aim of practicing Feng Shui is to avoid the scattering and wasting of our resources and energies but rather promote the beneficial flow and collection of these vital energies. The Chinese call this energy "Qi (chi, pronounced ch'ee) and where water flows and collects so does qi. Therefore Feng Shui is the art and science of avoiding dispersion or scattering and enhancing the flow and collection of qi in the context of one's living or working space defined as a physical structure. In applying Feng Shui we can then realize our potential for health, love and prosperity.
Feng Shui is not related to any religious, mystical or esoteric practices as some would have you believe. It is a natural science based on thousands of years of observing how natural phenomena, the environment and the cycles in nature, such as, the change of seasons, movement of planets and stars, the ebb and flow of the tides affects the lives of people. By placing natural elements in specific alignments with the earth’s magnetic fields we can manipulate our environment to attract success. In fact, this fascinating study was originally called "KAN-YU" which implies raising the head to observe the heavens and lower the head to observe the earth, thus gaining insight on how to conduct oneself harmoniously with the cycles of the universe. Observations and experimentation over thousands of years have led to the development of basic theories, procedures and formulas that are consistent among advanced practitioners.
Feng Shui is indeed a study of change. It is not static or dead but constantly evolving and changing just as our world and the planets are in constant motion. Therefore Feng Shui calculations need updating from time to time.
This body of knowledge is comprised of theories and principles that allow the practitioner to uncover energetic imbalances in one's environment. These imbalances in our environment (office, home, bedroom, etc.) exert subtle yet powerful influences on our lives. For example money problems, lawsuits, difficult relationships and many other situations can be directly traced to a feng shui imbalance. These conditions can be fixed by the strategic placement of natural elements, i.e.. plants, water, metal, etc. within specific alignment of the earth’s magnetic field. The use of crystals, flutes, mirrors or other strange "cures" do not have a place in classical Feng Shui. Likewise, there are the oversimplified versions which use an eight position template which is laid over the floor plan with a so called "marriage corner, career corner, wealth corner" etc. This is a very over simplified "shotgun” approach. This would be like a doctor prescribing the same treatment for every patient regardless of their condition, eventually you may get "lucky" and hit it right from time to time, but only at the expense of hurting the majority of the others.
BASIC THEORIES OF FENG SHUI
Feng Shui does not ascribe to the belief of any religious dogma. So whatever explanation for the existence of the universe you are comfortable with is fine. Whether it’s the "Big Bang theory or the creation story described in the book of Genesis. What Feng Shui deals with is simply the fact we are here on this planet and we are part of this world so what can we do to maximize the good times and soften the bad times. As soon as there was "something there was movement and energy (qi), polar forces developed, i.e., up -down, forward-backward, clockwise-counter-clockwise etc., were differentiated.
Yin Yang Theory
Yin and Yang represent the polar forces in nature. Yang represents the active and Yin the passive or still. Daytime is yang while night is yin. Fire is yang, water is yin. Rising is yang falling yin. These are complimentary aspects which cannot exist separately.
A symbol that expresses this continual interaction of Yin and Yang is called the Tai Ji (Great Ultimate). (Figure 1)
This symbol can be used to explain the interchange of yin and yang in various cycles seen in nature. The revolution of the earth around its own axis, which is of course one day, or the revolution of our earth around the sun, or one year. You will notice the black portion which symbolizes yin has its greatest portion on the bottom because yin like water sinks. Yang on the other hand, symbolized by the white portion, rises like fire so the greatest area of yang is above the yin. In the natural cycle of things when something approaches its maximum it holds the potential for decline. Therefore, at the time of most yang there is a dot of yin, and in the deepest yin there is a speck of yang. Yang and yin are inseparably linked together. Feng Shui strives to harmonize yin and yang to foster an environment that attracts abundance.
The Daily Tai Ji Cycle
The Tai Ji symbolizes the interaction that occurs between Yin and Yang throughout the course of the day. The darkest area of yin, (at the bottom) correlates to the hours of 11:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. in the morning and the strongest yin being at midnight. As the earth continues rotating on its axis, we perceive the sun rising in the East. The start of a new day is full of energy, fresh dew on the grass and coolness in the air and the anticipation of the day to come. The hours of 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. correlate to this period. The most yang period of the day is from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This is represented by the largest area of white in the Tai Ji diagram and is the warmest time of day. As the earth continues rotating we see the sun gradually sinking in the West. The temperature decreases. Affairs of the day are completed as daylight fades between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Night again returns and we rest and restore ourselves with sleep until the next dawn.
Tai Ji throughout the Seasons
Just as there is a subtle and gradual interchange of yin and yang over the period of a day. The Tai Ji also applies to the larger yearly cycles. Again, note the area of greatest yin at the bottom of the Tai Ji. This is a period when days are shorter, the climate changes and rain or snow (depending on latitude) is prevalent. This is the period when seeds lie hidden beneath the surface, a time of storage and lessened activity even hibernation for some animals. This is the season of winter, the most yin time of the year. The earth continues on its path around the sun and the climate warms. Soon seeds begin sprouting.
Everything turns green with the abundant growth of springtime. In summer the weather is hot, fruit is set, the days become longer. This is the most yang time of the year. With the approach of autumn the days grow shorter, leaves turn golden. It is time to harvest. It is time to receive the abundance of the season. Each season has it’s unique energy and climate and natural element. Winter, the most yin, is akin to water. Spring, with it’s fresh start for anew year and rapid plant growth is akin to wood. Summer, the most yang period with its long hot days is akin to fire. Autumn, a time of reaping the benefits of the year, a time of harvest is akin to gold (metal). Of course, this all occurs here on the earth. From this observation five states of change were discerned. From the interaction of yin and yang the theory of the five elements evolved.
The interaction of the five elements form the basis for all Feng Shui diagnosis and remedies.
Wu Xing can be translated as the "five elements". The word Xing however implies a transient form, therefore Wu Xing conveys a meaning consistent with "five states of change", not only on a tangible level but also on an energetic level. The five elements are fire, earth, metal, water and wood. As you will see later each one of us will belong to one of these elements based on our year of birth and that will influence how we relate to certain places. We have all had the feeling that certain places just seem to "feel more comfortable than others. We also have had the experience of instantly feeling an affinity toward an individual or an aversion to another for no apparent reason. This may be explained by the interaction of your birth year element with those of others. Figure 1