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What Is Feng Shui Anyway?

Updated on July 5, 2011
Chinese Feng Shui influence photo: StePagna @flickr
Chinese Feng Shui influence photo: StePagna @flickr

What Is Feng Shui?

So, what is Feng Shui exactly? It is both an ancient art and science practiced by the Chinese that is similar to yin and yang.

Yin is feminine, soothing energy. Yang is masculine, active energy. The belief is that everything on earth possesses energy that affects everything else around it.

Is Feng Shui a Religion? A Little Feng Shui Background

The short answer is no. Feng shui design is more of a philosophy. It does have roots in Taosim, which is a philosophy that all energy is connected.

Feng shui came about thousands of years ago to find the best locations to plant crops. The literal translation is "wind water". Later, the knowledge was used to decide the best places to build houses and even to bury the dead.

Feng shui was kept a secret for only the rich and powerful for thousands of years. The magnetic compass was actually first developed to use for feng shui purposes.

What Is Feng Shui Chi Energy?

The Chinese believe in this powerful energy that flows everywhere, called chi. It is also called Qi. Chi energy is a positive influence in every area of one's life, according to feng shui- wealth, health, love, luck, and more.

If chi energy pathways become blocked or unbalanced, it can have negative impact on a person's life. If chi energy flows freely unencumbered throughout a space, it can provide good health, wealth, prestige, good luck, romance, and more. If chi energy, or qi, is too strong in an area, it can cause restlessness, turmoil, and turbulence in all areas of our lives. Blocked qi can result in lethargy, depression, and lacking any creativity or motivation.

Feng shui elements Photo: Anna Hape Gallery @flickr
Feng shui elements Photo: Anna Hape Gallery @flickr

Feng Shui Elements

Feng shui also considers five natural elements- earth, fire, metal, water, and wood, when deciding how to initiate feng shui practices in an area. These elements are represented by colors and specific objects or materials. Compass directions are also used for designing a Feng shui home or office.

What Is Feng Shui Defined - How Does Feng Shui Work?

Feng shui is the art of enhancing positive chi energy with the placement of objects and often the removal of objects. According to feng shui Chinese belief, placement affects most areas of life. From the actual location of a feng shui house or building, to where the front entry faces, to the interior layout, and all the way down to the tiniest decorative objects on a nightstand all affect chi energy, and therefore, life itself.

Photo: kipbot @flickr
Photo: kipbot @flickr

Feng Shui in Business

Feng shui has caught on around the world. Casinos are hiring feng shui experts to help them to best design their casinos for the most profit. The United Nations employed feng shui practices. The Big Brother reality television show used feng shui decorating to design the space that the players occupied.

Many other businesses are consulting with feng shui decorators to help enhance their bottom line by attracting more customers, bigger sales, and reducing theft and employee problems. Executives want a feng shui office. Homeowners also hire fengshui decorating and design consultants to improve their home environment.

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      Fengshoot 5 years ago

      Thank you for the tips, I love feng shui when it comes to decorate your home, I don't know if its work or not, It just increasing my believe that positive energy might comes in, and I think it Did.

      If you need an information about how to decorate your living room in feng shui way visit my blog

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      Mrs. J. B. 6 years ago from Southern California

      Amazing. I thought you explained everything beautifully. I intend to learn more. Thanks

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for a very informative and interesting hub.