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Feng Shui & The Secret of Chinese Wisdom

Updated on May 30, 2012

Feng Shui A Basic Introduction

Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese art that has been around for over 500 years. Translated it means "wind" and "water", and is based on simple common sense, such as not building a house on sand, not sitting with your back to a door,and having a home that is clean and free from clutter.

There is no corresponding art form in the West, but some of our folklores have similar meanings and outcomes. I remember whenever my mother re-arranged the bedrooms she would always make sure that the foot of the bed was not directly in front of the door. In my Caribbean culture dead bodies were laid out in the morgue with their feet towards the door and were taken out feet first. The Feng Shui bedroom is based on the same principle. The Chinese believe that a dead person is always carried out feet first from the bedroom.

I find Feng Shui fascinating and have been trying for a number of years to put some of the principles into practise, in particular de-cluttering. It is true that if you de-clutter you can free your mind and think clearly. I Feng Shuied my office which was littered with paper, files, books etc all over the place, and I found it difficult to concentrate or multi task efficiently. Upon shredding paper I didn't need, organising a bookcase and buying a filing cabinet my office became a place of business. I didn't feel hemmed in or oppressed and could think clearly.. It was now an office I was happy to work in.

There are three types of Feng Shui, and in China it was traditionally carried out by Feng Shui consultants called feng shui hsien sheng or Taoist priests. A genuine Feng Shui consultant in the West would study over a number of years and practise one of the three schools of feng shui. 1. The Compass or Lo P'an feng shui that is a more traditional approach, 2. Directional or Pahkwa feng shui makes use of the direction your home faces to gather information and 3. Intuitive or Yin Yang feng shu deals with the way energy flows in and around your home and you fit in with that energy.

Feng Shui Yin and Yang

There are many facets to Feng Shui and it takes a long time to learn, but it is worth the time and effort to be empowered by such an ancient art form.

In the West we are familiar with the term Yin and Yang, which is a philosophy that is of relevance to Feng Shui as it concerns the management of energy. In Taoist philosophy everything in the universe is either yin or yang, or a combination of both. It is believed that from the Great Cosmos, energy was generated and gave birth to the heavens, yang, and the earth, yin.

Chi (which is energy) flows from yang to yin and from yin to yang. It is believed that the universe is in a state of constant change as the energy is altered from matter, yin, to spirit, yang, and back again. Many new age philosophies such as Oprah and Eckhart Tolle's 'A New Earth', The Secret, Embraced By The Light and The Awakening Heart all share the belief that the universe determines how our lives evolve.

There is one Feng Shui philosophy I firmly believe, and that is to be healthy and happy you have to let good energy flow freely through your body and environment. When you are pent up, angry, jealous or hold thoughts of hatred and envy, you become consumed by that negative attribute and consequently become ill, as the negativity gnaws away at your inner being.

To keep balance, peace and harmony in your life apply some of the Feng Shui principles and you will be amazed at the liberty of mind you receive.

I will be adding to this hub subjects such as Feng Shui and;

  • Practical Feng Shui
  • De-clutter, it's time to let go
  • Feng Shui & Wealth
  • Feng Shui Creating Perfecting Harmony
  • The Feng Shui Bedroom
  • The Feng Shui Study
  • The Feng Shui Living Room
  • The Feng Shui Dining Room
  • The Feng Shui Bathroom

So check back for any that are of interest you.

Peace and harmony


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