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What is Feng Shui?
All you need to know about Feng Shui fundamentals!

Plus, taoism and Feng Shui - what is Ying versus Yang, Wu Ji and Tai Ji?


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1) What is Feng Shui?
All you need to know about Feng Shui fundamentals!

Over the past month, I've received a number of mails from people enquiring about the true meaning of Feng Shui and Feng Shui fundamentals.

I looked back over previous newsletters hoping to copy and paste a reply and to my astonishment I found that I had not previously written about about Feng Shui fundamentals or its true meaning. Shame on me!

So here goes......

As can often be the case when Eastern culture meets Western culture lots of misunderstandings arise. This is primarily because we in the West have not been taught to appreciate or feel the qualities that exist in the invisible world of energy. Our learning is limited to what we see is what we get. Nothing exists beyond this.

With the increase in popularity of activities such as yoga, pilates, acupuncture and other ancient practices this limiting belief is slowly changing. We are becoming much more aware of energy which the Chinese refer to as Chi, the Japanese, Ki and the Hindus, Prana.

This helps us understand the true essence of Feng Shui which is to create balance and harmony in all things. Feng Shui is about assessing energies or bringing energies into harmony and balance.

I've said it on the webpage (www.easy-feng-shui.com) and I'll say it again. Feng Shui is not about indulging in superstition that was practised by an ancient culture thousands of years ago. It's not about littering your home with a bucketful of gimmicky cures either!

Feng Shui is simply about balancing the flow of natural energy in your home to create beneficial effects in your life.

Feng Shui fundamentals teach us that our homes act as mirrors of the soul, reflecting who we are. They absorb past experiences, thoughts and arguments. The energy or chi can therefore stagnate or become set to the same pattern.

Imagine a house that has been on the market for a long time. Why does it never sell? It is because the energy has become stuck. Within a very quick space of time this can change. The house will sell resulting in extensive building work and the appearance of skips to clear away the debris. From this, we can deduce that the pattern of energy has been altered and set to a new pattern ready for the new occupants.

This is the purpose of Feng Shui - to change the pattern of energy or chi of your home to bring about positive change.

When Feng Shui practitioners refer to chi they are simply referring to energy which is often translated as 'life force' here in the West. It is the invisible energy of vibration that permeates every life form from solid matter to the air we breathe. It is this flow of energy that acupuncturists attempt to free up in the human body through the insertion of needles into particular energy points or meridians.

This is why I've often seen Feng Shui referred to as "acupuncture for the home". Instead of correcting chi flow in the body, you work on correcting chi flow in the home (or any environment).

Similarly, the earth has its own meridians known as ley lines which due to the concentration of energy have become known as places of great power, ie Glastonbury, UK which is the supposed seat of Christianity.

Feng (Foong) means wind and Shui (Schway) means water. Feng Shui is therefore the study of how the elements (wind and water) interact in nature - what causes water to ripple and how mountains are created etc. Feng Shui studies the way patterns change in the natural world.

When you seek to incorporate these natural patterns in the home you start to live in harmony with your surroundings. Feng Shui is simply about unblocking chi to help you move forward in areas of your life that need it the most.

With Feng Shui you become aware of the significance and usability of natural light, colors and the presence of living objects such as plants and animals.

In short, you learn how each of these things affects you and how to change your life by changing your surroundings.

The vital connection between the individual and place, health, success and happiness can and should no longer be overlooked.

So, what is Feng Shui? The goal of Feng Shui is to harness positive energy to restore natural balance, avoid struggle and create a space that nurtures, calms, protects and inspires!



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3) This month's QnA (question and answer section) Taoism and Feng Shui - what is Ying versus Yang, Wu Ji and Tai Ji?

+++++ Question +++++

Hi there,

I'm Michael Ng.

I want to understand more about these Taoism and Feng Shui concepts.  
Can you please help?

1.  What is Wu Ji?
2.  What is Tai Ji?
3.  What is the dynamic equilibrium of ying and yang?  

+++++ Clare's response +++++

Hi Michael,

What you are referring to is Toaist philosophy.  The study of Taoism and Feng Shui begins with an understanding of the Tao which basically advocates living in harmony with the natural world as opposed to against it - sound familiar?  

The Tao focuses on the process by which all things are created and how they eventually return to the source.   Wu Ji or Wu Chi is usually represented by a whole circle and symbolises the Tao, the source of all things.   It represents a state of stillness and harmony.

T'ai ji or t'ai chi on the other hand is the symbol for change.  You are probably familiar with the modern t'ai chi symbol. If not, take a look at the following webpage:

http://www.geocities.com RodeoDrive/4687/symbol.html

Yin is the dark, cold, female, flexible, yielding, cautious, inactive, cool side of life (shown as the black area).

Yang is the light, hot, male, stubborn, unyielding, bold, active, passionate side of life (shown as the white area).

The t'ai chi symbol indicates that everything in the Universe contains both light and dark, positive and negative which are complementary rather than conflicting. The two small dots within each area tell you that Yin contains a tiny particle of Yang and that Yang contains a tiny particle of Yin.

I think this is what you mean when you refer to the 'dynamic equilibrium of Ying and Yang'. Nothing is totally Yin and nothing is totally Yang.

It is only when you find the dark in the light and the light in the dark that you achieve harmonisation or balance.

Hope this helps!



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