We shape our buildings, thereafter they shape us – Winston Churchill
Feng (wind) Shui (water) is an ancient Chinese art and science of harnessing “wind and water” and creating Chi. It has been practiced all across the world, for centuries to improve and maximize people’s health, wealth and career potential.
Traditional Classical FengShui and Western FengShui are frequently mistaken for each other, in spite of the fact that they have nothing in common. At first glance, Western FengShui looks like Classical FengShui – it makes use of the Ba Gua (the 8 Trigrams), the Five Elements and the concept of Yin and Yang – yet with its short-sighted understanding and application, it has turned out to be fairly more like interior design with Asian “flavor”.
Contrary to common belief, Classical FengShui isn’t tied in with putting a dragon, a frog with coin around your work area or putting a water feature in your so-called “wealth” sector and thinking these things will bring you money. Unlike the overly simplified Western practices that claim to be FengShui, legitimate Classical FengShui incorporates the influence of stars, their Qi capacity, real mountains and water body location, personal destiny analysis and time-tested mathematical calculations and equations. This results in FengShui applications that are individual and customized for the Qi flow that influences every person and each home or office diversely during a specific timeframe.
Classical FengShui is about creating opportunities for life fulfillment by benefiting from the energies of our living environment. Think of unseen forces moving through our human body and environment, invisible unnoticed yet its presence is potent. Very similar to electricity, radio waves, infrared, telephonic signals, etc. Yoga practitioners call it Prana, the inner breath that mysteriously energizes the human body; Chinese refer to this energy as Chi (Qi). FengShui in the old days was known as “Kan Yu” (the observation of the forces between Heaven and Earth). Only towards the end of the Qing Dynasty did the term “FengShui” come to be used unanimously to represent “Kan Yu”.
Many Western FengShui professionals use for instance the “8 Life Aspirations Mirror”, a tool that designates fixed sectors for “helpful people”, “marriage”, “wealth”, “career” and so on. This tool has nothing at all to do with authentic classical FengShui.
Another significant distinction between the Western approach to FengShui and the Classical FengShui school is the use of a compass – a Luo Pan. Western FengShui practitioners are not used to utilizing a conventional Chinese Luo Pan, which is often inscribed in Chinese only and incorporates many different FengShui formulas. They in this manner frequently forego the utilization of a compass, while in the Classical FengShui, the utilization of a compass is completely required to gauge the directional Qi of external and internal structures, for example, mountains, water, highways, roads, the main door, the bed, the stove, and so on, to name just a few.
Classical FengShui methods and their practical applications are based on very sophisticated calculations and have a complex scientific background that is rooted in the Chinese classics. Cures used in Classical FengShui focus mainly on key areas of your house, for example, the Main Door, the bedroom, the kitchen and your study and aim to re-orientate them to take advantage of the most valuable Qi accessible. Western FengShui, in contrast, prefers “an art of object-placement” and makes use of mirrors, crystals, paint, etc. – all of them “cures” that are not recognized in Classical FengShui.
Placement of objects and items is a new concept introduced and passed off as FengShui in the 90s. In the old days, even though Chinese good luck objects were used by wealthy residents, they were never used in the context of ‘FengShui’ but always as part of ‘culture’. It has No “put theory” just placing auspicious luck objects are not which creates magic or affects you! Every FengShui book available in the market or superstores would give different ideas and concepts!
In advance classical FengShui, 64 parts of 360 degrees are made and calculated, i.e. even less than one degree denotes remarkable importance. Such fine calculations and measures are taken into consideration while planning and making arrangements within any property. Every degree has a different story!
FengShui can also be applied in forecasting any incidence or progress. The nature of Qi is cyclical and as such, can be calculated. Practitioners of FengShui have learned to assess outcomes based on the influence of Qi on a particular living environment. Therefore a FengShui professional can forecast and also predict the flow and sequence. This is unknown to many practitioners today. If you know the types of Qi that will affect the environment in certain days, months of the year, one can prepare for the best or worst of the situation. Also, we can calculate the days which would be beneficial for an important event or which one should avoid for making an important decision based on that. Making informed decisions are in fact, part of both Chinese FengShui and Chinese Astrology which is very useful and worth understanding.
I hope this article has helped you understand the meaning of FengShui better. Approach FengShui with an open mind. After all, FengShui is about harnessing the Qi in your living environment to help you achieve your goal.
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