posted on Feb, 8 2003 @ 05:29 AM
Is there any validity to this traditional practice? I've never tried applying Feng Shui arrangement / alignment to my home, but have changed things
around and felt the space was much better utilized. Does Feng Shui work and is there any scientific evidence to support that? If anyone doesn't
know what Feng Shui is, I've included some background information below.
Feng shui (pronounced "phong shway") is a Chinese philosophy about the relationship between humans and their environment. It is about how everything
is connected and affects your well-being. Based on the laws of nature, its theories offer us a way of understanding why certain things occur and how
to create a comfortable environment that lets us live and work efficiently and progressively.
Developed over 5,000 years ago as a system of how to survive and excel in harmony with nature, feng shui theories came from logical assumptions about
natural causes and effects that endured through time. Passed down from generation to generation, only a select few understand the phenomenon of feng
shui in its entirety. The complexity and correct application of feng shui takes many years to learn from a master. The ideas presented here offer some
of the basic concepts that explain the principles of feng shui.
Feng shui is based on the Taoist philosophies of nature: these include the Yin-Yang Theory, Five Element Theory and the trigrams of the the trigrams
of the Yi-Jing. Everything is made of qi (pronounced chee) or energy which is organized into five elements: metal, fire, water, wood and earth and
associated to the trigrams. Do not think of the five elements as static physical elements but energies like frequencies which have direction and a
The Five Element Theory explains how qi cycles in nature, constantly changing from phase to phase, since energy is neither created nor destroyed.
Consequently, everything around us is connect ed and has the potential to affect our well-being. Today, feng shui is a multi-disciplinary study
emcompassing architecture, urban planning, geography, astrology, lectromagnetism, landscape design, environmental psychology, and many others.
The origins of Feng Shui were not just limited to The Chinese, all ancient civilisations used it. The reason why its so popular today, is because in
our fast paced society, with advances made in science, medicine, technology, practically every day, we are moving further and further away from living
naturally within our environment. We sense as a species that there is something missing in our lives, but we can't quite tell what it is, and so we
search for that elusive something.
One of the principles of Feng Shui is yin and yang, which I am sure you have heard of, have you? It is used for a basic understanding of how life
works, one of its basic tenets is that when things become too extreme, they alternate to its opposite state. Things are too extreme we have forgotten
the importance of our environment.
When we do this we become extremely stressed which as we know is one of the biggest killers in today's society. This is why Feng Shui has returned,
to supply this much needed education and balance.
Thales of Miletus who historians claim as the first philosopher, (incidentally born at the same time as Lao Zi,) told us that water is the first
principle, and everything comes from this, including earth, air fire and water. What did he mean by this?
Modern scientists now understand that energy reaches us from space, this energy is actually electricity made up of sub atomic particles. According to
the wave motion theory this energy reaches us in waves like water, get it? When this energy reaches our atmosphere it interacts with magnetism formed
by the rotation of the earth and an Electro Magnetic field is formed, this binds atoms, forms molecules and produces matter. Matter is said to have
its greatest manifestation in Earth Air Fire and Water, and this is what Thales was referring to when he said that everything comes from water.
Well apart from the formation of life, the universe and everything. Water on our planet actually creates wind, the sun warms the water, the water
turns into vapour, which is collected in the atmosphere and turns into clouds. These clouds became so heavy and dense with water molecules that they
release them on to the land sustaining plants and crops. The water soaks into the ground so now the sun heats water in the seas and oceans and the
moist earth causing more wind, and so ecosystems and weather formations are built, life flourishes. The symbolism of this life cycle indicates the
macrocosm and the microcosm, the importance of which shows us that we are totally dependent on our environment and that our environment is dependent
on us. Feng Shui allows us to analyse people and their environment, people are the microcosm of their surroundings when we change one we affect the
other, by understanding this unique relationship and chemistry we are able to implement subtle cures creating balance in their lives.. This alleviates
stress and promotes wellness and well being, it feels like always being in the right place at the right time.
Any thoughts or personal experiences to add to this discussion?
All the Best,