Feng shui (literally "wind water") is part of
an ancient Chinese philosophy of nature. Feng shui is often
identified as a form of geomancy, divination by geographic
features, but it is mainly concerned with understanding
the relationships between nature and ourselves so that we
might live in harmony within our environment.
Feng shui is related to the very sensible notion that living
with rather than against nature benefits both humans and
our environment. It is also related to the equally sensible
notion that our lives are deeply affected by our physical
and emotional environs. If we surround ourselves with symbols
of death, contempt, and indifference toward life and nature,
with noise and various forms of ugliness, we will corrupt
ourselves in the process. If we surround ourselves with
beauty, gentleness, kindness, sympathy, music, and with
various expressions of the sweetness of life, we ennoble
ourselves as well as our environment.
Feng shui, derived from the Chinese concept of
yin and yang, has been practiced for thousands of years.
Evidence of the existence of this practice can be found
in the alignment and organization of graves in the Yangshao
villages from 6000 B.C. In fact, there is compelling evidence
that suggests that feng shui was not strictly an Asian entity.
In prehistoric Europe, the practice of arranging objects
and structures to be in harmony with the universe was a
relatively common practice.
A popular theory regarding the origins of feng shui suggests
that the practice stemmed from ancient shaman who understood
the vital importance of strategically placing a village.
Areas which possessed mild winds would generate plentiful
harvests while harsh winds would stunt crop growth or destroy
the harvest altogether. In addition, the placement of a
village in close proximity to flowing water and fresh springs
would stimulate growth and ensure health, while stagnant
water would foster disease and disharmony within the community.
As the centuries passed, these shaman correlated their thoughts
on wind and water with the teachings of Daoism, thus creating
the practice of feng shui.more...
As a design philosophy, "good" feng shui is believed
to promote health, prosperity, creativity, positive social
relationships, self-confidence, contemplation, and respect
There are many other design tenets of feng shui, but some
of the most commonly used and basic concepts include:
Energy, or qi, enters and exits rooms
through doorways. Doors facing each other encourage qi
to move too quickly through and out of the room. Doors
on adjoining walls encourage a circular movement of qi
that is considered relaxing and "good" feng
Arranging chairs, beds, chaises, sofas,
or other seating with their backs to the door and/or windows
is not recommended in feng shui. It is considered "bad"
feng shui to leave the back exposed to possible attack
through the door.
Homes located at the end of a cul-de-sac,
across from a church or other spiritual center, at the
end of a bridge, or near a freeway are not desirable to
feng shui practitioners because these locations all have
either too fast or not enough energy flow.
When choosing a home site to build
on, the ideal location according to feng shui principles
is a rectangular plot of land, on a hill, with open space
in front of the home.
The front door of a home should be
in proportion to the size of the house. Too large or too
small an entrance will not facilitate proper qi flow through
Mirrors used in the home should not
face chairs or beds.
Windows should face only pleasing,
natural views when at all possible. If a view is dreary,
the feng shui of the room can be improved by using window
treatments inside and/or window box plantings outside.
balance is key to spiritual enlightenment. Life in
the Vedic times could best be described as a harmonious collaboration
between spiritually evolved human beings and nature. There used
to be a certain sense of beauty and logic in the way our ancestors
conducted their lives.
Human beings in those ages had consciously made a decision to
live harmoniously — in sync with nature and its rhythms.
In fact the knowledge or gyan of ecosystems is not a modern
science — our sages had been equipped with the same for
thousands of years and it’s that very knowledge that let
them lead genuinely happy and fulfiled lives. The concept of
the divine feminine, which our ancestors believed in, had a
lot to do with nature in itself.