Feng Shui

There is no simple way of explaining the phenomenon known as Feng Shui and how or why it works. Feng Shui is an ancient complex Chinese science which was developed nearly 3,000 years ago. It is a multifaceted intricate school of knowledge that teaches how to balance the various energies that are present in any space. This is to ensure good fortune and health for the people in that environment.

In Chinese the word feng means wind and the word shui means water. In ancient Chinese civilization wind and water were thought to be connected with good health. When one refers to good Feng Shui it means good luck and when one refers to bad Feng Shui it means bad luck.

Wind and water are two of the elements that are found in all of nature. Wind is the breath of the earth and water is compared to the lifeblood of nearly everything that is found on the planet.

Wind and water have huge amounts of energy that run Feng Shui's technique and practices, that load life with positive energies. Feng Shui is a way of arranging the basic essentials of life along with all things that are around people every day. This will create the maximum compatible flow of necessary energy that is vital for life, the same as the flow of water and the blowing of the wind.

Feng Shui is a collection of time tested, practical explanations based in fundamental traits that are used to alter the negative perspective and introduce the positive perspective of each part of the surrounding environment. The result of this change will also change life for the best. The belief in Feng Shui has made a tremendous impression on hundreds of thousands of people all over the world. All people can benefit from Feng Shui to change their lives. Sometimes, all it takes is rearranging the furniture in the home or changing the colors on the walls.

Here are some basic points of Feng Shui:

• Feng Shui involves an open mind, spirit and heart

• Feng Shui releases negative forces from life and from the house. It helps to open new areas and space all around and within a person, for positive feelings and thoughts. It will expand any thoughts of contentment, love and prosperity. Never let anything negative enter when practicing Feng Shui.

• Never hold on to negative feelings. Holding on to negative emotions and pent up anger will hinder the process that is being obtained from Feng Shui which will help create wonderful feelings.

At the commercial level, Feng Shui has been touted to mean "placing furniture in the home." But it is not limited to furniture, but applies also to the placement of homes, building and even graves. The fundamental goal is to ensure good fortune by giving good energy and peace of mind.

Feng Shui also examines the troubles associated with living near government buildings, graveyards, casinos, temples, hospitals, straight roads and butcher shops. It is not good to live near casinos because they can bring unwanted elements and crime to the neighborhood, which will bring an imbalance to the system. Living near government buildings is not a good idea, because government buildings swallow up most of the energy and do not leave enough for the rest of the people. It is not advisable to live near a graveyard, because graveyards spread sorrow and interfere with good energy.

Feng Shui has rules for how to place furniture in the home. Here are some of those rules:

• Furniture should not be placed directly on the floor, but should be a few inches off the floor to allow the energy called chi to move freely.

• Put the least amount of furniture in every room. Do not overcrowd the room with furniture.

• Make sure there is space of at least 3 feet between the pieces of furniture.

• Place the furniture at an angle, in such a way that it has a view of the entranceway. It should not have a direct view, since that may invite the energy chi that may be too severe.

• Do not place the seats in the room in front of any sharp objects, since this kills the chi.

Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Ecologies of the Heart: Emotion, Belief, and the Environment
E. N. Anderson.
Oxford University Press, 1996
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 2 "Feng-Shui: Ideology and Ecology"
Traditional Chinese Site Selection-Feng Shui: An Evolutionary/ecological Perspective
Han, Ke-Tsung.
Journal of Cultural Geography, Vol. 19, No. 1, Fall-Winter 2001
PEER-REVIEWED PERIODICAL
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Asia's Environmental Movements: Comparative Perspectives
Yok-Shiu Lee; Alvin So.
M. E. Sharpe, 1998
Librarian’s tip: "Hong Kong: Buddhism, Taoism, and Feng Shui" begins on p. 223
Sources of Korean Tradition
Peter H. Lee; Wm. Theodore De Bary.
Columbia University Press, vol.1, 1997
Librarian’s tip: "Geomancy" begins on p. 243
Geomancy and Town Planning in a Japanese Community
Kalland, Arne.
Ethnology, Vol. 35, No. 1, Winter 1996
PEER-REVIEWED PERIODICAL
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Cosmology, Ontology, and Human Efficacy: Essays in Chinese Thought
Richard J. Smith; D. W. Y. Kwok.
University of Hawaii Press, 1993
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of geomancy begins on p. 152
Feng Shui, Astrology, and the Five Elements: Traditional Chinese Belief in Amy Tan's the Joy Luck Club
Hamilton, Patricia L.
MELUS, Vol. 24, No. 2, Summer 1999
PEER-REVIEWED PERIODICAL
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