A Short History Of Feng Shui

A short history of Feng Shui, a positive way of living. Learn the fundamentals that this art was based on.

It was believed by the Chinese, that people for better or for worse are influenced by their surroundings. Based on this belief the Chinese would arrange their environment to let the positive energy flow allowing them to be in harmony with the things around them.

Translated, Feng Shui (pronounced fung swhay) means wind and water. In China where this belief originated the mountains have severe winds and lower areas flood often.

Some say that references in writing were made to Feng Shui as early as 2700 BC. It was first used to determine the best position for burial sites in order to bring good fortune to the descendants. This concept set the standard of how to arrange entire villages. Even kingdoms were planned out based on Feng Shui. The capital was to be built on land with good energy forces to ensure positive fortune.

The three ancient fundamentals: the compass, the Ba Gua or the pa'kua, and the theory of change were developed by shamans, diviners, and kings.

The compass, called Lo-Pan, was first used during the T'ang Dynasty (618-906 AD). This compass has twenty-four directions and seventeen rings.

The pa'kua was first used by King Wen at the beginning of the Chou Dynasty (1122-207 BC) to describe the patterns of change in the natural world. It was also used in the eighth century BC along with the theory of change to bring harmony and wealth to the kingdom by promoting the flow of nourishing energy inside a city of palace.

A basic principal and a key part of Feng Shui is the chi, or the dragon's celestial breath. Pronounced "chee", it can be really good karma bringing happiness and prosperity, but if it flows to quickly it can be a destabilizing force. Although chi flows everywhere it is more abundant in some places than in others. Clearing clutter and softening sharp edges are some good ways to keep positive chi flowing.

The practice of Feng Shui became forbidden in 1949. After the invasion of the European countries, the intellectuals of China began to question their ancient heritage. Taking after the west, people began to regard Feng Shui with superstition. During that time however, other Asian countries began to practice Feng Shui. Feng Shui is no longer forbidden in China, in fact the government has been known to take up the practice.

The California gold rush of the 1840's brought Chinese immigrants looking for fortunes. They introduced the ancient beliefs of Feng Shui to the United States. Now America has a much simpler Western version of Feng Shui.

Feng Shui has been called an art by some and a skill by others. Either way it is meant to enhance health, prosperity, happiness, and even luck. This way of life has been practiced for thousands of years and notes by practitioners over these years have shown how their fortune matches how they practiced Feng Shui. Some may regard this with superstition, however there are institutes and universities all over the world that teach this ancient belief.

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