Guide to Feng Shui
Feng means âwindâ and Shui means âwaterâ. Developed over 3000 years ago in China where wind and water are associated with good health, Feng Shui is an art and science of connecting the inner being of a human to its external surrounding by examining how the environment in which people live in is impacting them. The underlying principle is in understanding the dynamic flow of energy throughout the universe.
The ritual behind Feng Shui is to asses accurately the strengths and weaknesses of a given property and to introduce certain supporting adjustments and positive influences in the surroundings. This arrangement strengthens, harmonizes or protects the property in a simple and affordable manner by balancing the energies of the given space and ensuring good health and fortune to the people residing within the property.
Feng Shui is not a belief system with a recognized science or a religion though it can bring positive effects and intangible benefits in order to deal with dire situations, yet it cannot guarantee gain of wealth, health or happiness.
What is feng shui?: A detailed article on feng shui
Practical feng shui: A site dedicated to the practical use of feng shui
World of feng shui: The official site of the first online feng shui magazine and an extensive online feng shui resource.
History of Feng Shui
The earliest traces of Feng Shui date back to the Han Dynasty period (200 B.C â" 200 A.D) from the south western mountainous region of China. The typography of this mountainous region provided the favorable sites for residence and burial, giving way to the development of modern Feng Shui - known as Form School - which recognized early on that the earth is a breathing and living body and is charged by Chi Energy. With their expertise and knowledge, the ancient practitioners of Feng Shui could identify areas where auspicious Chi energy was present. Further modern interpretations led to the Compass School of Feng Shui that was developed in the plain southern lands of China and took into consideration the difficulty in using mountainous landscape.
Feng Shui Basics
Feng Shui is enabled by many environmentally friendly tools and techniques of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The fundamental part of all its practices lies in forming a balanced and mutually supportive relationship between the five elements of Feng Shui, apart from considering the landscape of the property, its orientation and transition of time. The five elements consist of: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water. These five natural elements are also known as âfive transformationsâ or âfive phasesâ and they work to bolster each other as they represent a model of the universe which is constantly changing and cyclical in nature such the seasonal changes, phases of the moon, day and night, life and death. These natural elements of the environment are used in various ways to strengthen, support, enhance, weaken, manage or control each other, depending upon their placement so as to influence the space of the property beneficially. The elements may represent aspirations, seasons, family members, body parts or even a compass direction.
Forms of Five Elements
Each of the five elements Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water can take the following forms in terms of share and/or color:
Shape: Anything that is tall and/or rectangle
Color: Green (or made from wood)
Shape: Pointy (or any object that produces real fire)
Shape: Square (or anything that is made from earth)
Color: yellow, brown or beige
Shape: round or dome shaped (or anything made from metal)
Color: white, silver or gold
Shape: Wavy (or anything that can hold water)
Color: blue and/or black
Feng shui basics: an article discussing the basics of feng shui
Feng Shui: an article on about.com detailing various aspects of feng shui
Feng Shui Society: The official site of the feng shui society of the UK
An Introduction to Feng Shui: A youtube video introducing feng shui
All about Feng Shui: a detailed article on all things feng shui.
Science of Feng Shui:
The science behind Feng Shui is based upon certain premises and beliefs as mentioned below:
- Energy is possessed by all people, places and things
- People, places and things surrounding us have a profound impact on us
- Such ambience needs to be created that fosters our personal goals and attracts what is best for us
Australian Academy of feng shui: The official site of the Australian Academy of feng shui
Feng Shui Course: Details of Australiaâs only government accredited feng shui course
Western School of Feng Shui: The official site of the Western School of Feng Shui
Main Tools of Feng Shui
Two of the main tools used in Feng Shui are :
- Luo-Pan â" Compass
- Bagua â" Energy Map
The energy map is an octagonal grid which consists of various symbols of I Ching, the ancient oracle that formed the bases of Feng Shui. This energy map assists in understanding the relation of specific areas of the house or office to specific areas of life and to examine dynamics of energy flow that govern the place. The compass consists of a magnetic needle surrounded by bands of concentric rings. It assists in extracting deeper knowledge about a site or a building by evaluating the orientation of the landscape.
Business Feng Shui: An article on feng shui for business and personal success
The Feng Shui Way: A site dedicated to doing things the feng shui way
Feng Shui Australia: All about feng shui on Natural Therapy Pages
International Feng Shui Association: The official site of the International Feng Shui Association â" Australian Chapter
Benefits of Feng Shui:
Feng shui is extensively used in both homes and offices all over the world to drive the following benefits:
- It may bring physical and mental health
- It can bring prosperity and growth along with a positive state of mind
- It can foster personal or professional relationships in terms of their intimacy and health
- It can cure diseases and bring wellness to the family
- It can enhance creative abilities and innovative thinking
- It can assist in choosing the best option available in dire situations
Feng Shui Living: A site dedicated to feng shui living founded by one of Australia's leading Feng Shui experts
FSRC: The official site of Feng Shui Research Center, Australia.
Feng shui art and science: A site dedicated to the art and science of feng shui
Overview of feng shui: An article providing an overview of ancient feng shui
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