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What’s Feng Shui Anyway?

Andrea S. Gould, Ph.D., Lucid Learning Systems

          There’s been a surge of interest in the ancient art of Feng Shui and its promise to help lives achieve balance, harmony and prosperity.  What’s all the intrigue about?

Feng Shui (pronounced fung shway) is a venerable Chinese practice stemming from a long and rich historical philosophy with roots in ancient agrarian times.  Feng Shui, a kind of geomancy or body of methods for auspicious placement of homes, businesses, and burial places necessarily evolved as people attempted to make sense of the natural order and to maximize their power in a world which often threatened to overwhelm and control life.

The content of Feng Shui grew up around Chinese topography and landscape, Chinese culture, and the truths inherent in the Chinese way of life.  In time it spread and grew roots throughout the Oriental world, gathering, in its course, additional practices, superstitions and rules as it traversed many lands and peoples.

Today, in modern China, there is a resurgence of interest in these practical and mystical practices of yesteryear.  Attention to Fen Shui has become an automatic checkpoint for many (majority) businesses and households.  Feng Shui is an ingrained “observance” in China; touching every aspect of oriental life.  And as with every tradition, some folks are more strictly observant than others.

So what does Feng Shui have to do with Americans?

This is a good question.  For the answer we must delve more deeply into the heart of Feng Shui and bypass the cultural symbology of dragons, red envelopes, and octagonal mirrors.  Rather we need to look into the basics of how energy flows, how it gets obstructed and how we can free it.  We need to observe ourselves in response to effectiveness and frustrations.  We need to become well attuned to our personal, local and global environments.

For Feng Shui to be adapted and relevant to us today, we must be curious about the way we interact with our surroundings and how this interaction can be used to our benefit.  As students of “chi” or energy, we can better understand polarities and be interested in the metaphysics of how the world works. [… read more]


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