Feng Shui (風水) literally
means "wind and water." In its original expression, Wind stands for that which
cannot be seen � invisible and Water that which cannot be grasped � elusive.
Feng Shui = (A life-force/entity that is) Invisible & Elusive.
Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese
practice of placement and arrangement of space to achieve harmony with the
environment. The practice is estimated to be between three and six thousand
years old. Traditional Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese belief system
that addresses the layout of cities, villages, dwellings, and buildings.
Traditional Feng Shui always involves the use of a
and a systematic method involving iterated steps.
The New Age versions (Black Sect,
Pyramid, Fusion, Intuitive, etc.) typically do not. The Black Hat Sect school
of Feng Shui, which began in the 1960s, heavily flavored by the New Age
movement, explains Feng Shui as the arrangement of objects within a home to
obtain an optimum flow of Qi. During the same time, Pyramid Feng Shui
began a western adaptation of traditional Feng Shui to assess how an individual
experiences his environment.
Feng Shui has its roots in the
Chinese reverence for nature and belief in the oneness of all things. The
assumption is that the key to living a harmonious life is to reflect the
balance of nature in their daily lives. This is most easily understood by the
following concepts: Yin and Yang, Qi, and the
Five Elements (Wood,
Fire, Earth, Metal and Water). Feng Shui is used to increase wealth, health,
and harmonious relationships.
For more information, check out
Feng Shui 101 .