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Chinese feng shui

Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese art of interior decoration and space management to create a harmony and balance for people with the surrounding and environment.

In Chinese Feng Shui literally means 'wind water' thus indicating two mediums that according to Chinese philosophy carry energy through space and earth.

Principle of Feng Shui

The underlying principle of feng shui is chi. Chi stands for energy in Chinese. It is an energetic, formative principal that spontaneously flows through all the aspects of life. It is the underlying principle of energy linking every thing with environment and nature. This principle can be traced in various other traditions as well. The Hindus call it prana, the Japanese call it Qi, and the Catholics call it spiritus. Chi can be of the earth, the atmosphere, or of people. The quality of chi is expressed through form, shape, color, sound and cycles of nature. A lot of feng shui is concerned with ensuring that chi does not get stuck, stagnate, depleted or too concentrated.

The basic theory of feng shui is to utilize the 5 elements and Bagua theories. The 5 elements are Metal, Wood, Water, Fire and Earth. Bagua consists of 8 trigrams: Qian, Kun, Zhen, Xun, Li, Kan, Dui and Gen. The combination of them could deduce the things to occur later in a house, a region or anywhere on Earth.

Types of Feng Shui

Traditional feng shui schools can be categorized into two main groups:

  1. San He (Three Harmonies): It emphasizes the physical aspects, referring to actual visible surroundings, such as landscape, mountains, buildings, waterways and roads, and the interior design of the building.
  2. San Yuan (Three Cycles). This form gives more weight to the factor of time. It is is more abstract, and that is the directional influences, which are invisible, but which have an influence on us as they relate to time and space. When evaluating feng shui influences, it is absolutely necessary to take into consideration both the visible and in invisible energetic qualities of the environment

Feng shui Method and Application

Traditional feng shui make use of a specialized compass called Luopan, and a comprehensive array of calculations involving mathematical iterations. It has foundation texts, core theories and methods, and an impressive past based on archaeological discoveries and the work of archaeoastronomers.

Recent studies, research and development in feng shui have led to new schools of Black Sect, Pyramid Feng Shui, Fuzion, Intuitive Feng Shui, etc that move beyond this ancient history. These offshoots of feng shui apply the traditional methods with concepts from the 19th century Spiritualist movement, and self-help techniques and affirmations, along with modern interior design and studies of environmental psychology to produce a positive feel and effect.