Feng shui is a Chinese philosophical system of harmonizing everyone with the surrounding environment. It is closely linked to Taoism. The term feng shui literally translates as "wind-water" in English. Feng shui is one of the Five Arts of Chinese Metaphysics, classified as physiognomy (observation of appearances through formulas and calculations). The feng shui practice discusses architecture in metaphoric terms of "invisible forces" that bind the universe, earth, and humanity together, known as qi.
Feng shui was widely used to orient buildings. Depending on the particular style of feng shui being used, an auspicious site could be determined by reference to local features such as bodies of water, stars, or a compass.
Feng Shui is a metaphysical science which aims to help an individual achieve life goals by harnessing the qi of his living environment. Developed more than 6000 years ago in China by ancient thinkers who studied the relationship between man and the world, the practice has been moulded by centuries of thought into a sophisticated science that has allowed millions of people to meet their potential in professional and personal life.
Fengshui is a method of assessing and improving the quality of one's life through observations and analysis of his/her living environment. It represents a third of the Cosmic Factor that influences one's life, the other two being the Destiny and the Human factor.
Feng Shui also involves forecasting. This is not fortune-telling nor is it supernatural divination. Because qi is cyclical, a master can gauge outcomes of certain events and seasons by calculating the influence of qi on a particular person and environment, thereby helping the individual make informed decisions.
How does Feng Shui Work
Like modern science, ancient Chinese belief held that the universe worked in a knowable pattern. Studying these patterns, scholars devised a system of complex numerological codes which formed the foundation of most Chinese thought.
Authentic Feng Shui, or ‘Classical’ Feng Shui, is based on these codes and has two main systems: San He (3 Harmony) & San Yuan (3 Cycles). By taking into considerations elements of location, direction, time and an individual’s particulars, and calculating them accordingly, a master can make a precise analysis of the qi structure of an individual and his particular environment.
Qi flows and interacts differently for different individuals so for Feng Shui to work well for you, you need to get a personalised reading using a combination of these two systems.
A good audit will be able to tell you where your positive and negative qi is flowing. The Feng Shui master will then be able to advise you how to take advantage of positive qi while avoiding and suppressing negative qi. This can range from minor adjustments (changing your sleeping position) to major moves (shifting your workspace).
Feng Shui is not about interior design. Nor is it about putting ‘good luck’ objects around your home or workplace. A proficient master will use a combination of Classical Feng Shui techniques for an accurate audit.
Benefits of Feng Shui
Feng Shui helps you to achieve balance and compatibility amidst the multiple courses of qi in your work and living space. Whether practiced at home or in the office, Feng Shui identifies the best way to harness qi, leading to a higher quality of life expressed through improved health, increased prosperity, beneficial relationships and a greater sense of well-being.
The Trinity of Luck : Heaven, Earth and Man
The Trinity of Luck is the foundation from which the science of Feng Shui emerges. There are three kinds of luck or destinies, each with equal influence (33%) on a person’s life :
Heaven Luck is the fate that one is born with. This fate cannot be changed.
Man Luck is determined by one’s actions and achievements while in this life. This aspect is largely up to us.
Earth Luck is the influence our environment has on us. This is where Feng Shui comes into play. By correctly reading the qi structure of our environment, we can harness this destiny to our advantage and also enhance the positive aspects of our Heaven Luck.
Heaven Luck is easily explained as destiny with a dose of luck thrown in. We are born with this fate; it is believed that we cannot change this destiny, which accounts for 40% of the influence on our life.