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Feng Shui
Feng Shui

Origins of Feng Shui
The origins of Feng Shui go back to pre-historical times. Feng Shui refers to all ancient knowledge of the land and locations gathered in the Far East by people who immersed themselves in nature. The science of Classical Feng Shui directly stems from the I Ching or Book of Changes.

As an ensemble of systems organizing harmonious dwelling in the diverse areas offered by the land, Feng (wind) Shui (water) metaphorically refers to the movements of Qi on the earth (see What is Qi?). As we all know from experience, we cannot see the wind and many water currents are not obvious, but we certainly notice the effects of both the wind and water movements. Overly strong winds and floods can be very destructive, and therefore we need to tame these elements and protect ourselves from their extreme manifestations. On the other hand, a gentle breeze is most relaxing and water is the root of life. So within the metaphor of Feng Shui is also the metaphor of being a steady captain, guiding our life ship through the changing currents of wind and water, safely towards our destination.

Classical Feng Shui integrates three fundamental methods that unite the practical and the intuitive. The form method examines how shapes affect the flow of Qi within a location. Legend tells us that people from mountainous regions were experts in this type of Feng Shui. The compass / directional method considers the influence brought by each direction such as north or south. The compass / flying star method studies how the subtle impact of changing cosmological influences affect a particular location over time. Legend tells us people inhabiting wide-open regions and experiencing the open vista of unobstructed skies were experts in this latter type of Feng Shui.

It is with the integration of these different methods that a classical Feng Shui practitioner obtains a balanced in-depth understanding of a particular area and how to best improve its Qi flow.