What is Feng Shui?
Feng Shui means “wind and water”. It is an art that was developed in ancient China over 3000 years ago, and is similar to Western geomancy. Feng Shui is used to direct the ow of energy in your surroundings to create an environment that is harmoniously balanced. It works by harmonising the electromagnetic radiation that issues from the Earth, the other planets in our solar system, the Sun and that of our own bodies, thereby enhancing the positive influences of the environment while avoiding the negative ones. Feng Shui is based on Chinese philosophy, and the following 5 principles:
(1) Tai Chi – The theory of yin and yang the positive and negative power
(2) 5 Elements (5 Energies) – the interaction of the destructive and creative energies
(3) Pa Qua (Bagua) – the 8 directions. Also known as the ‘8 Mansions’
(4) I Ching – the 64 directions of universal power created from the Pa Qua (Bagua)
(5) Lok Shi – the influence and effect of the 9 stars upon the Earth
It is used to determine the best site for one’s home, place of work or business and the best system of design and positioning for interior decorating that avoids obstructing the natural ow of energy in relation to your own internal energy. is will create a most favourable environment in which you can function at the top of your ability.
Feng Shui can be divided into 2 major styles – Landscape Feng Shui and Metaphysical Feng Shui. Landscape Feng Shui is divided into large and small variations, and can affect your luck for a long time – for example
8 Mansions Feng Shui (also known as I Ching Trigram Feng Shui) and Large Landscape Feng Shui. Meta- physical Feng Shui comprises Flying Star and I Ching Feng Shui, and can affect your luck for a short time. By combining both of these different styles the accuracy of the consultation will be increased.
How can Feng Shui help me?
The reason why this art was called Feng Shui or Wind and Water is something that few people understand.
The hidden meaning behind the name is that the two forces of wind and water are the destroyer and creator of chi (energy) respectively:
Water: Chi is created by water, through the process of evaporation. Thee scientific explanation of this is that, as a substance – in this case water – changes state from liquid to vapour, it goes through a chemical reaction at a molecular level generating and releasing energy. This energy is chi. The Chinese knew of this centuries before it was discovered by modern science.
Wind: the way chi is destroyed by wind is more straightforward. The wind simply blows the chi away, dispersing and moving it from one place to another. If an area is affected by strong winds, then it will have very bad Feng Shui because the chi will be unable to settle. Therefore the area will not benefit from any chi that is to be found there.
How Does “Chi” Relate to Feng Shui?
Although it is an ancient art, Feng Shui is built on sound scientific principles supported by modern physics and the understanding of energy.
The Earth and all living things emit energy. is has been known for thousands of years by the Chinese but has only recently been validated by new discoveries in the eld of quantum physics. is energy is known as chi to the Chinese and electromagnetic energy to scientists. Feng Shui is an ancient system devised to study and change the effects this electromagnetism has on our daily lives. Knowledge of this energy allows us to orientate our surroundings to be in harmony with the electromagnetic eld of the earth.
The blood inside our bodies contains iron, which as a metal is affected by magnetic fields. If the magnetic fields inside a building are compatible with our own, the environment will have positive effects on our health, concentration, relationships and financial success. If the magnetic fields are incompatible, the effects will be negative.
Feng Shui has been described as acupuncture for the home. The reason for this is that in the body chi (energy) flows along paths known as meridians. When there is a blockage in the meridian, illness develops and the pressure points have to be manipulated to remove the blockage and restore health. The energy owing all around us is no different. It needs to ow freely. If a blockage is caused by an incorrectly designed building, then the energy will stagnate. is leads to poor health, lack of concentration resulting in accidents and bad decisions, depression, arguments and tension in and around the building, all of which will create a miserable home environment or financial disaster for a business. However, a well designed building based on Feng Shui principles will have the opposite effect, making people feel healthy and full of vitality, able to concentrate better and make well-informed decisions.
Good Feng Shui creates higher productivity for a company and better relationships in a household. is type of environment leads to a happy home or a prosperous business. By using Feng Shui, you can avoid the problems of an incorrectly designed building and transform your home or business into an ideal environment that will enhance your well-being and financial prosperity.
Who Created Feng Shui?
Despite many theories about the origins of Feng Shui, no one really knows who created it. The common theory about the origins of Feng Shui are that it was created by an ancient Chinese statistician through his research and experience in this eld. However, one of my Feng Shui masters in Taiwan explained to me that Feng Shui was created by ‘beings’ from another dimension called ‘THE SOUND AND LIGHT HEAVEN’:
“Actually, these ‘beings’ were the progenitors of modern man and their knowledge still surpasses that of con- temporary science. They had many supernatural powers and when they travelled through space, they saw the beautiful planet Earth and decided to explore it.
“However, once they tasted the fruits of this planet, their bodies became too heavy to leave this dimension. A er a few generations, their supernatural powers were obscured by desire and material cravings. One of the supernatural powers that they possessed was the ability to see all the energies of the Earth and those of other planets in this solar system.
“As a result of this, they could choose a place in which to live that was both good and safe for them, thus avoiding the negative energies produced by the elements and radiation from the planets. Even animals have this basic instinct, for example:
• Cattle crowd in towards the hedgerow when a storm is imminent. Farmers can observe this and sometimes bene t from this extra sensory perception of their animals.
• Salmon return to their breeding grounds though how they do so is still largely inexplicable.
• Swallows migrate each winter to Africa even though first timers have never been there before.
“Before their supernatural powers became too weak, they recorded all this information so it could be passed on to subsequent generations. Only through meditation (i.e. to still your mind so that no thoughts arise) is it possible to re-awaken these latent supernatural powers!”
is answer really shocked me, but it also explained why people were so intelligent in ancient times, leaving as a legacy something that was to become the I Ching.
However, the ancient Chinese were not the only ones. In India, Egypt and Mesopotamia, it has been recorded 3000 years ago that Gods from space came to Mesopotamia, leaving superior knowledge written in a language known as Sumerian. At that time, these were the world’s most culturally and scientifically advanced countries.The most accomplished Feng Shui Masters did not even need a Feng Shui compass. By using their third eye, they could see the different energies, spirits and other dimensions.
Nevertheless, this story about the origins of Feng Shui is just another legend. No one can prove who created Feng Shui, just as no one can go to the Sound & Light heaven in their physical form, therefore your own beliefs will determine whether you believe it or not.
However, this isn’t important. The real issue is whether the Feng Shui techniques work.
Nowadays, many people criticise Feng Shui. These people are basing their opinions on their own experience of Feng Shui. However, you cannot make a judgement on an art that has lasted over 4000 years unless you have the full picture. The most important factor in making a judgement is to find a good consultant or Master of Feng Shui and observe the results of several different consultations. In any profession you have practitioners of different abilities. For example, you would not judge the whole medical profession on the ability of one doctor, just as you would not judge medical science on the results of one unsuccessful treatment of a patient. Certain medicines work for some people and not for others. is is the same with Feng Shui. Some people will achieve good results and others won’t. You must base any judgement on the complete picture – not just one isolated experience!
Who Uses Feng Shui?
From ancient China to the present day, emperors, governments and businesses have all used Feng Shui. In the past Feng Shui was also used in the West, but was known as ‘Geomancy’. In the East, most buildings of any importance are built a er consulting a Feng Shui expert. In fact many government buildings, shops, restaurants, offices, banks and even many of the Stock Exchanges around the world are currently using Feng Shui. Major Japanese corporations harness the system to promote harmonious working conditions and cooperation between workers. They do this by applying Feng Shui principles to the design and positioning of buildings and the co-ordination of various departments. is results in good morale, ambience, company loyalty and improved productivity – all the things for which Japanese companies are famous. is proves the validity of Feng Shui.