Ancient Chinese tradition of the study of Feng Shui
What is Feng Shui?
Feng Shui or Geomancy is an ancient study or belief
that has been practised in China at least since the Tang Dynasty.
words Feng Shui literally means Wind and Water,
an indication that this belief or study put great reference
to the natural
wind and water elements of Mother Nature. In fact, Feng
little or no connection with religion and can be better explained
as a study of the natural elements of earth that can affect our
life, health, relationship and wealth.
as we can understand how the natural elements can affect us,
so can the understanding of Feng Shui and the
correct re-arranging of Feng Shui elements lead
to an improvement of our life, health, relationship and wealth.
much can we believe in Feng Shui? Or rather how much does the
Chinese speaking world believe in Feng Shui as it is a pre-dominately
Chinese study or belief?
it is said that almost no business or shops in Hong Kong or Taiwan
will open for business without first consulting a Feng Shui master
on the layout of the business premises, the auspicious opening
date and the Feng Shui elements that will work well for the business.
will a Chinese in these countries build a house, renovate a house
or move into a house without consulting a Feng Shui master on
layout of the house or the "official moving date".
Shui is such a overwhelming Chinese tradition or belief that
well known and successful multinational business such as Hyatt,
Standard Chartered Bank and others operating in pre-dominately
Chinese countries will also consult Feng Shui masters and abide
by their instruction.
mainland China, because of the cultural revolution that suppressed
many ancient Chinese beliefs for decades, it is now seeing
a resurgence and belief in this ancient study.
history of Feng Shui
The most ancient master in this art is generally believed to
be Yang Yun Sang who is universally acknowledged
as the Founder of
Yang left a legacy of classic Feng Shui books that have been
preserved and continuously studied to this day.
was the principal advisor of the court of the Emperor Hi
Tsang (A.D. 888), and his books on Feng Shui made
up the major texts
on which succeeding generations of practitioners
based their art.
Yang's emphasis was on the shape of the mountains, the direction
of water courses, and above all,
on locating and understanding
the influence of the Dragon, Cha's most revered
doctrines were detailed in three famous classic works that
wholly describe Feng Shui practice
in terms of colourful
first of these, "Han Lung Ching", contains the "Art
of Rousing the Dragon".
second, "Ching Nang Ao Chih", comprises the methods
of determining the location of the Dragon's
the third book is "I Lung Ching", translated under
the title "Canons approximating Dragons".
third book provides the methods and techniques on how to
find the Dragon
in areas where they
do not prominently
there are many sub-branches in the study of Feng Shui which
generally can be traced to the Yang Feng Shui methods. The study
of Feng Shui is also closely related to the study of Chinese
astrology belief and the Chinese Lunar Calendar. A good Feng
Shui analysis can only come about with a good understanding
of Chinese astrology and calendar.
examples of basic Feng
Shui principles in our daily life.
not have a water feature in the bedroom.
Having the presence of water in a personal space such as a bedroom
leads to loss - loss of money and loss of relationships. Water
with river, waterfalls and lakes. They also refer to aquariums
and large vases. Glasses of water by the bedside are fine.
sure your front door does not lead directly to another opening
such as a backdoor or window
Good chi or energy comes in through your front door and should remain circulating
house. Having a direct backdoor or window will only mean good Chi will enter
and then disappear directly out through the back. Have a curtain or door screen
to block the direct exit of Chi.
of the bed
Being able to sleep well is the best way to restore your personal Chi. Hence,
ensuring that your bed is correctly aligned is important for your sleep. Make
sure that your bed does not face a door, or that a overhead ceiling beam cuts
across your bed, or that a mirror faces your bed directly are important Feng
Shui elements to watch out for.
your plants and trees regularly.
This is to make sure they do not get so overgrown as to cut
out the precious yang energy of sunlight. When plants get
too big or untidy, they
create excessive yin energy and hence will overwhelm the presence
of yang energy in the household. Ensuring the balance of ying and
yang is important in maintaining harmony in the house.
are but just some basic examples derived from a understanding
of Feng Shui. A complete understanding of Feng Shui is beyond
short article. To get a better and more complete
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