What is Feng Shui and where does it come from?

An Overview of Feng Shui by Richard Giles

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The Chinese system known as Feng Shui goes back many, many centuries. Its formal written history dates to more than eleven hundred years ago (9th century CE) when two great Chinese scholars wrote down the first systematic approach to working with the landscape features in the environment.

The phrase Feng Shui translates literally as “wind and water”. These are the two common elements that make up a landscape. Feng Shui is a traditional system for measuring the influences of land features, water courses and the built environment. Its value is in offering guidelines for learning to live in harmony with the surrounding environment and for appreciating and harmonising yourself and family to your own household and to your property.

The main principle of Feng Shui is summarised in this statement from the Book of Burial Rites by Gou Pou –
” Qi rides with the wind and is dispersed but is retained when it encounters water. “

This sentence summarises well the principles of collecting and moving energy or Qi ( pronounced ‘Chi’ ).

” The Ancients collected Qi so that it doesn’t dissipate and directed it so that it is retained.  For this reason, this art is called Feng Shui. “

Feng Shui is the art of collecting the Qi or energy of the environment so that it doesn’t disperse.

” According to the principles of Feng Shui, a site is most fortunate if there is water, followed by one that catches the wind.”

The invisible Qi or energy then takes the form of matter and makes the mountains, the land  and the water courses. In order to have a good and harmonious place to live you must have good mountains and watercourses around you and they ought to match the invisible Qi in the landscape.

 

 

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Mapping the Energy of the Landscape and your Home

Qi is invisible so we need to have away of identifying it in the land and the home. The mapping system used to identify collected Qi and harmonious Qi are the basic tools of Feng Shui. These tools are used by a practitioner of Feng Shui to discern how your house and rooms work for you, how to harmonise your surrounding environment and how to make your business succeed.

Richard uses several systems to examine the home including the principles of the Compass School, the Form School, the Flying Star School, the Ming Gua numbers, the San He School (Three Combinations) and the Ba Zhai School (Auspicious Sectors) to look at how the home can be balanced and cured of any difficult energy patterns that contribute to disharmony,  illness, breakdowns, difficult family issues, the loss of wealth and towards the gaining of wealth and harmony.

The Five Elements Cycle

There is a Chinese philosophical approach to all of our visible and personal matter that is determined by the Five Element theory of Feng Shui which breaks the basic components of all life into five different elements. They are Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water.

The Five Element cycle is about a continuous flow of creative force from one element to the next. Each element creates or gives birth to the element following. The theory of the cycle is over 4,000 years old. It is said that when Heaven and Earth interact they produce the Five Elements. Everything in Heaven and Earth is influenced by the Five Elements. Everything in creation can be categorised within the grouping of the five elements. They have an observable and predictable relationship to each other. The dynamic relationship between them forms the basis of all change in life.

 

Five Elements in Creation

Understanding the role of elements in Feng Shui needs an in-depth look at the Chinese Five Element system. It divides everything in creation into the five basic elements which are Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. All that’s in existence can be understood using these. Any part of life is able to be identified by its essential element. This means that colours, shapes, foods, body organs, emotions, activities, seasons, directions, numbers, sounds and more can all be identified this way.5 element theory of Feng Shui

The Five Element cycle is about a continuous flow of creative force from one element to the next. Each element creates or gives birth to the element following. Everything in Heaven and Earth is influenced by these Five Elements and everything in creation can be categorised within the grouping of the five. They have an observable and predictable relationship to each other. The dynamic relationship between them forms, drives and powers the basis of all change in life.

The birth, life, transformation and death of everything is this process of movement known as the Tao (pronounced “dow”). The process describes five distinct phases which include creation, gestation, maturation, completion and resting.

Basic principles of Five Element theory are very simple. There are two cyclic patterns that have no beginning and no end. These two cycles are the Creative cycle and the Destructive cycle. According to the creative cycle, each element is begun by the preceding element and nourishes the following element.

Wood is the mother of Fire,
Fire is the mother of Earth,
Earth is the mother of Metal,
Metal is the mother of Water and
Water is the mother of Wood.

In the destructive cycle each element controls or is destroyed by another. This cycle is necessary to keep the dynamic of life movement operating. When an element is in balance it will exert power over another element to keep it in control. For example, the Wood element in balance will control the Earth element – trees take their nourishment from the earth and prevent it from being too damp. However, if Wood becomes too strong, it will exert too much control and take over the Earth, trees will spread and cover the earth taking away all the nourishment. The same applies to the relationship between all the elements.

Water controls Fire and is destroyed by Earth.
Fire controls Metal and is destroyed by Water.
Metal controls Wood and is destroyed by Fire.
Wood controls Earth and is destroyed by Metal.
Earth controls Water and is destroyed by Wood.  

 

written by Richard Giles – http://richardgiles.info

 

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