What is feng shui (pronounced as “fung shway”)? It is an ancient Chinese philosophy of nature that uses the placement of space and movement of energies called “chi” or “qi” in Chinese and “ki” in Japanese. Feng shui is often identified as a form of geomancy, divination by geographic features, but it is mainly concerned with understanding the relationships between nature and ourselves so that we might live in harmony within our environment.
Chi is an energy that is constantly flowing everywhere. This energy symbolizes life, health, prosperity and everything that is positive to us. Whenever chi finds obstacles for circulating we will notice it since it will directly affect our lives. Our life quality can diminish or be improved depending on the way chi flows in the environments we inhabit.
This way, a person who feels upset or depressed should pay attention to the chi flow around and within his house. When we are feeling ill or like our life is not flowing as it should, this might be due to chi circulation problems. By spotting the obstacles that may not allow chi circulate freely and then ending up with them, we will be bringing the right fluidity to chi and to our lives along with it.
Depending on the way objects are placed and distributed within environments (outside or inside our homes) , they would help or block the natural chi circulation. Therefore, we need to make sure they are placed in the correct way and that is what feng shui does. Feng shui can be applied to improve our quality of life, our career, our health, our wealth and our relationships, However, it is very important to note that feng shui (or Earth Luck) only accounts for 1/3 of our luck in this life, the other 2 portions being Heaven Luck (based on your time and date of birth) and Man Luck (which is your own efforts in your endeavours) but at least, you can manipulate this area to make your life better in addition to working hard.
Although the ideas date back at least 3,000 years, yet a growing number of architects and decorators are integrating feng shui ideas with contemporary building design. Most buildings in Hong Kong like the HSBC Bank and Standard Chartered Bank have their designs in compliance with feng shui rules, although these banks have their origins in England.
Feng shui is related to the very sensible notion that living with rather than against nature benefits both humans and our environment. It is also related to the equally sensible notion that our lives are deeply affected by our physical and emotional environs. If we surround ourselves with symbols of death, contempt, and indifference toward life and nature, with noise and various forms of ugliness, we will corrupt ourselves in the process. If we surround ourselves with beauty, gentleness, kindness, sympathy, music, and with various expressions of the sweetness of life, we ennoble ourselves as well as our environment.
Learning the guidelines to feng shui can be very complicated. Thus the reason why successful Chinese business owners will hire a Feng Shui Master to help design the layout of a business property in order to ensure the success of their business. Feng Shui is also becoming very popular in the Western countries as people are seeing very rewarding results by utilizing feng shui techniques.
May you have prosperity, good health and peace always! 😀
Added on 27 Dec, 2007 – PLEASE READ THIS POST to find out how you can use Feng Shui to improve your life and make the new year 2008 a success for you. Happy New Year!