It is fundamental to understand from the outset that Feng shui (or Fung shui) is an ancient Chinese system of aesthetic believed to use the laws of both Heaven (Chinese astronomy) and Earth to help one improve life by receiving positive qi (Qi is frequently translated as “life-force” or ” energy flow”, and is comparable to the Hindu Ayurveda and yoga science of prana, meaning “life force” in Sanskrit)
Feng-shui is an ancient art and science developed over 3,000 years ago in China. It is a complex body of knowledge that reveals how to balance the energies of any given space to assure the health and good fortune for people inhabiting it.
Feng Shui Meaning
Feng means wind and shui means water. In Chinese culture wind and water are associated with good health. Thus good Feng-shui came to mean good fortune, while bad Feng-shui means bad luck, or misfortune.
Qi (pronounced 'CHEE') is a life force energy that can be both positive and negative. It is an energy that can be captured within and used to overcome insurmountable physical acts. It is also an energy that rides the wind and scatters, but that can be retained when encountering water.
Historically, feng-shui was widely used to orient buildings. Often spiritually significant structures such as tombs, but also dwellings and other structures—in an auspicious manner.
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.
Traditional feng shui is an observational ancient system. It is founded upon the strict observation of the heavens in time and motion within our earthly space. Some idea with regards the origins of and general nature of Feng Shui techniques can be found and evidenced in and by archaeological and ancient Chinese literature
Feng-shui was suppressed in China during the Cultural Revolution in the 1960s, but has since seen an increase in popularity.
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