FengShui 风水 translates literally as wind and water.
Feng Shui is an Ancient oriental art designed to promote good health, happiness prosperity, and energy through the correct usage of tapping into or harnessing the Chi. Today Classical Feng Shui and Chi is more commomly known, understood, appreciated, and respected.
This refers to the topography of the earth, the mountains, valleys and waterways whose shape, size, direction and levels are created by the continuous interaction of these two powerful forces of nature. People today believe Feng Shui is a mystical practice that blends ancient wisdom with cultural tradition, a body of knowledge that lays down guidelines for life’s different situations.
Chinese History is usually measured by Dynasties or Periods when the country was ruled, loosely by the same dynasty or family.
Here is a snapshot of the Key Feng Shui Dynasties:
1) Chou (1027-221 BC) when the I Ching was probably written
2) Han (206BC -AD220) oldest books on Feng Shui known
3) Chin (AD 265-420) a golden age for Feng Shui (Kuo-p”o, father of Feng Shui)
4)T’ang(AD when Feng Shui flourished under Yang Yun Sung (Form School)
5) Sung (AD 960-1279), when most of te elements of fengshui were gathered into one system, and Wang Chih was patriarch of the Compass School.
Feng Shui remained popular through the Ming (1368-1644) and Ching(1644-1911) dynasties. After the establishment of the Republic of China (1912), it was suppressed in 1927 and again in 1966-76 during the “Cultural Revolution”, along with mych of the knowledge of traditional Chinese Culture. It’s practice continued in areas where “overseas Chinese” settled, like Hong Kong,Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and Australia.
Going back many thousands of years (some say 3,000 years, some go as far as 5,000 years or more …see history chart for clarity), the wise and beautiful feng shui masters of ancient times were exploring the unseen, mystical dimensions of the Universal unseen energy called Chi. Their goal was to map the influence of this energy on humans’ well-being.
Delving into the very depths of cosmic knowledge, these ancient feng shui masters were studying the intricately connected characteristics and patterns between the Universal and the personal expressions of chi, aka energy.Please note there are many types of chi, such as sha chi, sheng chi, si chi, etc…
No stone was left unturned by these brave warriors of Spirit – they studied with absolute dedication the expressions of this Universal energy in various land formations, in the flow of water, geometry of man-made structures and so much more.
What they came to clearly understand (and define as a foundation for good feng shui) is that in order for an indoor environment to replicate the potency of Chi, or Universal energy and promote the health and vitality of people, several specific elements must be present.
These vital Five elements were defined as Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water.
Feng Shui is an Ancient oriental art designed to promote good health, happiness prosperity, and energy through the correct usage of tapping into or harnessing the Chi.
There are three cosmic factors in the studies of Chinese Metaphysics that affect our life which are Heaven Luck, Earth Luck, and Man Luck. Those cosmic factors work together and are called the Cosmic Trinity.
Feng Shui deals with Earth Luck which governs 33% of our Destiny. Earth Luck refers to the factors
of our natural living environment. Living in harmony with the environment achieves
positive flow of Qi (energy) which translates into a good Feng Shui for your home.
This brings us happiness and contentment, improves well-being and quality of life.
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