If you are one of those people who thought Feng Shui means decorating your house with all kinds of crystal figurines or positioning mirrors at strategic locations, you may be way off the mark! Home improvement is just one of the many facets of life that Feng Shui touches. It is in fact a discipline that helps you understand your relationship with nature so that you are able to live in harmony with your environment.
The term ‘Feng Shui’ means ‘wind water’ in Chinese and is part of an ancient Chinese philosophy that advocates co-existing with nature rather than going against it. In the Chinese culture, clear water and gentle wind have always been associated with good health and good harvest. "Good Feng Shui" has come to mean good fortune and livelihood, while "bad Feng Shui" translates into misfortune and hardship.
This is why Feng Shui asks you to surround yourself with beauty, kindness, music and all such pleasant states and to root out all forms of noise and destruction. The underlying principle is that we are affected by our immediate environment. So a harmonious atmosphere ensures that we lead better lives.
Feng Shui is based on the thought that the land is alive and filled with ‘Chi’ or energy. The yin and yang theory, as well as the five Feng Shui elements, are a few basic facets of a Feng Shui analysis that originate from the ancient Chinese philosophy of Taoism.
Feng Shui analysis usually requires a Compass and the Ba-Gua. The Ba-Gua is the ancient oracle on which Feng Shui is based. It is an octagonal grid containing the symbols of the I Ching. Knowing the Ba-Gua of your home indicates the connection of specific areas of your life to particular Feng Shui areas of your home.
The Feng Shui compass is known as Lo-pan. It is used by Feng Shui masters to gather data on a building or site. It is made up of a magnetic needle surrounded by bands of concentric rings. ‘Lo’ is translated as ‘everything’ and ‘pan’ as ‘bowl’. Together these elements are said to hold the key to the mysteries of the universe.
Although the basics of Feng Shui are not very difficult to understand and apply, for a thorough understanding of the subject, you will need to devote years of study. There are a number of different schools of Feng Shui and a cultural symbolism associated with the discipline that you need to understand in order to progress beyond the basic level.
Masters of Feng Shui are able to detect the flow of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ energy and recommend cures so that the flow of energy is optimized. However, this has also given rise to several scams where supposed ‘masters’ charge exorbitant fees starting from telling people which way their doors should face to selling a range of ‘Feng Shui’ products.
However, if followed systematically and in the true spirit, Feng Shui does offer cures to improve your life.
Word Quotient is a professional writing and translation services company that works on the foundation of pure passion. Creativity flows through our veins and is the lifeblood at Word Quotient. Quality and integrity being natural traits allows us to deliver nothing less than the best content. As an organization we respect opinions and encourage transparency, asserting this in projects we undertake and deals we make.Contact us for your creative writing needs.