In Chinese feng shui translates to wind and water. As a form of knowledge and mystical instruction it dates back several thousand years to ancient China. Thousands of years ago, the rulers of China needed to consider carefully the geography and layout of the country, since constructing any buildings, bridges or infrastructure depending on the land. In particular builders needed to carefully plan their constructions around the severe winds, mountains and water masses, as well as the propensity of China to flood. Because of these earthly considerations, the word feng shui (meaning wind and water) came about
In America, we became acquainted with Feng Shui back in the 1840’s during the California gold rush when many families from all over the world came to the US to seek their fortunes in gold. These days we are all know about feng shui and it is a common principle that modern people use to help organize their lives.
Indeed we can thank the many Chinese immigrants that flocked to the United States in the 1800’s since they brought with them their belief systems, which included a faith in the principles of Feng Shui. In this day and age we tend to use a more basic version of this knowledge, but it continues to prove it’s worth.
The origins of Feng Shui
The Chinese originally devised the principles and philosophies of Feng Shui in order to decide where to bury significant people, in particular members of dynasties and royal families. It was initially taken up to select burial sites for the wealthy, as well as palace locations for royalty. Scholars that practiced feng shui analyzed the signs and signals given from the earth to make a decision as to where to construct buildings and bury the dead. For example, they would consider which trees were clearly affected by wind, looked for rocks, and streams.
Based on these early observations, the book of the I Ching (meaning “Book of Changes”) was written. At its core, Feng Shui functions as a rulebook to working with nature, following a life that respect and reveres the earth, and acting with integrity towards our immediate environment as well as the planet more generally.
Feng Shui really must be experienced to be believed. Ask anyone who has ever taken up the practice and they will tell you that it not only turned their life around but also saved it as well. Feng Shui really is the most practical guide to better living that the numerous new age remedies have to offer.
Feng Shui provides principles that not only improve your inner self but also your lived in environment. Many people that organize their lives around the framework of Feng Shui report that it brings a balance to your life force. Not only does it built a platform for a balanced life style, it also brings harmony and serenity even in this day and age of hustle and bustle and confusion.
The principles of Feng Shui
To improve your life through Feng Shui, it is imperative that you follow the strict guidelines that make up the key tenets of Feng Shui. If you follow these principles and philosophy closely without deviating from the set conditions, you will open the door to a whole world in which discordant sounds will become melodious and opposing forces will unite as one.
When you bring Feng Shui into your personal surrounds be it your home, work place, shed or bedroom, what you are doing is connecting with the earth as well as the super natural forces that direct and control the universe. You can draw on the infinite wisdom of Feng Shui no matter what religious or background you call from. Whether you are Christian, Muslim, Atheist or Pagan, Feng Shui can bring so much to your life and empower those around you as well.
By choosing to embrace Feng Shui what you are doing is telling the world what it is you are about and what it is you want from your life. A large part of the success of Feng Shui comes from your intention and your consistent attention. It might sound clichéd but positive energy does, in fact, attract positive energy.
Before you can begin to take up Feng Shui, you must incorporate what is called a Bagua Map. Bagua is based on the building blocks of life: health, love, wealth, career, wisdom, reputation, and children.
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