What is Feng Shui?
Simply put, Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese art and science that seeks to create, or restore, balance and harmony within our living and work “environments” in order to create, or restore, health, harmony, and happiness within us.
Feng Shui, founded over 3,500 years ago, was originally based on the Taoist (Tao means “the way”) vision of nature; specifically, upon the idea that the Earth is alive and filled with vibrant, moving “chi” or energy. Chi intertwines and connects all life, therefore, the manner in which chi flows through our environment directly affects how chi flows through us-for better or for worse.
The literal translation of Feng Shui is “Wind” (Feng) and “Water” (Shui). These are fundamental life-force energies that create and fuel every aspect of our lives. Wind is considered to be the Earth’s breath; water is seen as the “lifeblood” of all that is alive upon our planet.
Feng Shui seeks to find balance with the perpetual flow and movement of chi, which flows in the form of Yin (“feminine” energy) and Yang (“masculine” energy) and the five elements: Earth, Wood, Metal, Fire, and Water. When these various energies are in harmony around us, and within us, then we are in harmony with ourselves and with our surroundings.
At the foundation of Feng Shui is the belief that we are energetically connected to everything in our physical environment, and that our environment will always reflect where we are energetically, either consciously or unconsciously.
Feng Shui incorporates interior and exterior design elements (including the optimum use and/or placement of such things as lighting, colors, textures, tones, rocks, crystals, and plants; the placement and arrangement of furniture; and the regular use of positive affirmations throughout our environmental spaces). All of this is carefully choreographed in order to maximize human potential and well-being (health, happiness, harmony).
The specific aim of the practice of Feng Shui is to free up blockages of energy in order to create harmony and bring balance between all complementary opposite forces – especially Px7 primal flow those of the internal and external worlds.
Feng Shui – Our “Nature” in Balance
Although we may no longer acknowledge it, we are all still deeply connected to 100,000 generations of ancestors who lived in the natural world. Nature is literally “built into” the genetic fabric of our lives.
The growth and development of the human body was conditioned and shaped by the continually moving and “alive” forces of nature. Within our core there is still a deep yearning to be in balance and harmony with the world around, and within, us.
Basically, we have an innate need to be supported by, and in balance with, the natural world. For hundreds of thousands of years our daily lives depended upon an ongoing, and deeply respectful, connection with the ebb-and-flow of nature.
We lived with a visceral awareness of the seasons of planting and growing and harvesting; the cycles of the wind and the snow and the rain; the rhythms of the forests and the mountains, the meadows and the valleys, the rivers and the streams and the oceans, the tundra and the desert and the arctic.
We heard-and listened to-the mood and tone of the life alive around us in the animals and the plants, the grasses and the grains, the wind and the water.
We lived in harmony with the sunrise and the sunset; with the coming and the going of spring, summer, fall, and winter; the tug and pull of the tides; and the precise and predictable march of the glittering stars across the night sky.
In the long span of our time on Earth, it is only within the last few generations that we have moved ourselves into pre-constructed, pre-fabricated, temperature-controlled dwellings – where we often do all in our power to shut the doors and the windows to even the tiniest breath or blow of fresh air; the movement and breath of life (chi).