The Chinese people have a rich culture and set of beliefs. They have their Five Arts of Chinese Metaphysics, and Feng Shui falls under Physgiognomy or observing appearances with the use of calculations and formulas. But what is Feng Shui really?
Understanding Feng Shui
Literally translated, Feng Shui means “wind and water.” In the Chinese culture, both of these elements are associated to one’s good health and fortune. Having good Feng Shui means positive energies while having bad Feng Shui means having misfortunes or bad luck.
It is considered as an ancient art and practice which began in China over 3,000 years ago. The main concept behind Feng Shui is how to balance the energies or Qi which flows in different spaces in order to achieve good fortune and sound health for its inhabitants. This ancient art is based on Taoist beliefs where man seeks to understand nature and that in order to be one, a balance must be achieved with the Qi or energy which flows from the earth itself and the people who are on it. Feng Shui is also governed by the theories related to yin and yang as well as the five Feng Shui elements.
Feng Shui Elements
These elements are earth, air, fire, water, and metal. One of the main goals of Feng Shui is to achieve that desired harmony between the life of a person with its surrounding environment. During the ancient times, Feng Shui practitioners were consulted for the orientation of buildings especially those with religious purposes such as temples and tombs. They would use the stars, the cardinal directions, and also bodies of water to determine how to properly build a building while staying harmonious with the land.
Back in the day, the positioning of various objects in temples, homes, and even the location of graves were calculated based on yin and yang patterns as well as the flow of Qi or energy. Today, these Feng Shui elements are taken into consideration even by interior designers when their clients would ask how to make their homes a more harmonious one to bring more good health and fortune.
Feng Shui in the Home
The elements of Feng Shui are still seen in today’s environment—even the home. To have a Feng Shui home, even the initial building stages are considered, and a Feng Shui practitioner can be asked about how to best orient a house.
Inside a home, the elements of Feng Shui are still present such as metal and wood in furniture, water in the bathroom, or fire in the kitchen. Even the placement of doors is taken into consideration where the flow of Qi is concerned. The balance between these items can be achieved by careful planning and coordination. Should one element dominate a room, it can be balanced out by incorporating another element to neutralize it.
Feng Shui has the ultimate goal of achieving harmony between humans as well as the objects around them in their usual surroundings. Being one with your dwelling certainly won’t be bad as long as you live uninterruptedly.