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If this is the first time you have heard of Feng Shui you may think it’s a new dance craze all the teenagers are doing. If you have heard of Feng Shui you may think it is just a way of arranging furniture. Truth is Feng Shui is ancient Chinese belief with roots in Animism, Taoism and Confucianism and while the arrangement of furniture is an aspect of Feng Shui it is only a small part of the total.

Feng Shui literally translates to “wind and water”has a well recorded history extending back 2,000 years. Some believe archeological evidence based on site alignments sugest it extend back to possibly 5,000 years As Feng Shui evolved, two major schools of Feng Shui arose, the Lifa school and the Xingfa school.

The Lifa school (Compass School) utilizes a luopan (Chinese compass) to determine the placement of building and object according magnetic readings. The emphasis is on discreet objects usually manmade as opposed to environmental objects.

The Xingfa school (Form School) is concerned with the environment and examines the surrounding environmental conditions to determine if a site is suitable.  Layout of the land, rivers, mountains are just a few of the details taken into account.

Feng Shui is similar to Acupuncture in that it attempts to manipulate Chi. The primary difference is while Acupuncture attempts to manipulate a person’s Chi the use of Feng Shui attempts to manipulate the Chi of the person’s environment.

The balance of Chi is believed to be intimately connected to a person’s well being. It should be no surprised then that  Chi is defined by the Book of Burial as “life breath. Chi  must be balanced in order for an individual to lead a healthy, happy, and productive life. The well known Ying Yang symbol  demonstrates this balance. Yin is the force of darkness, cold, and contraction while yang is the force of light, heat, and expansion. These forces are also intimately connected with the four cardinal directions, as dictated by the position of the big dipper. Using this theory, Feng Shui balances the forces of yin and yang within buildings.

To assist the flow of Chi, Feng Shui masters use mirrors, furniture arrangement, green plants, wind Chimes, aquariums, crystals, fountains, and clocks. Certain color schemes are also used.  These physical elements are placed to assist air flow throughout the house and fill in the elemental gaps missing in a person’s mental and physical profile.

Feng Shui masters use a person’s birthday and the energy already within their building to determine how to balance their Chi in relation to the five Feng Shui elements, which include water, wood, metal, earth, and fire, based on the person’s position in the Chinese zodiac. According to Feng Shui theory, usually a person is missing at least one element in their mental and physical makeup. This can be compensated for by optimizing the energy of their house to fill in that gap.

As mention earlier, Feng Shui masters use two tools to perform Feng Shui: the luo pan and the bagua. The luopan is the geometric compass used to discern which directions the energy of the house or building is already flowing. Using this knowledge, Feng Shui masters then improve the flow of Chi by correcting the energy flow of the house. The bagua is a map used to see which areas of the house are particularly rich in certain elements of Feng Shui.

Today Feng Shui is a very culturally significant movement and continues to evolve. Feng Shui is no longer confined to use in the east. Feng Shui is no longer solely used by  Chinese families and businesses to optimize their health, wealth, and mental well-being. Feng Shui is now used in the United States by Fortune 500 companies. Calvin Klein, Donald Trump, The  and others have used Feng Fhui to optimize their businesses.

This has been just a brief overview of Feng Shui and by no means all inclusive. Before investing any money in the practice of Feng Shui it is recommended that a person starts by concentrating on one school of Feng Shui. Only the two main schools were mentioned in this article others exist such as the Star School of Feng Shui. Also, while books and the internet can be wonderful sources of information they can’t replace the help of a knowledgeable mentor or support group.

Remember, Feng Shui takes time and effort so don’t expect to see results right away however the more you put into changing your life through the ancient art form the more results you can expect to see.

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