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Understanding Feng Shui – The Combination of YIN and YANG

December 13, 2006 by  
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Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese art of arranging structures, objects and space in a particular location to achieve the confluence of energy, harmony, and balance. In English, its literal translation is The Way of Wind (Feng) and Water (Shui) or The Way of the Natural Forces of the Universe. Although Feng Shui is generally accepted as Chinese in origin, evidence exists that it was common practice in prehistoric Europe.

Today, Feng Shui is regarded as a method of organizational planning to promote health, success, creativity, constructive relationships and self confidence based on observations that the environment bring out positive and negative effects. Advocates of Feng Shui believe that everything that exists contains qi (chi), the energy or life force, which possesses two properties: yin (receptive) and yang (active), opposites which cannot exist without the other. The ultimate goal of Feng Shui is to bring Yin and Yang into harmony to foster prosperity, health, and well-being with the Wind (Feng) dispersing the qi throughout the universe and Water (shui).

In the home, Feng Shui is used to create harmonious relationships between husband and wife, parents and children and promote well-being and abundance. In the workplace, good Feng Shui is supposed to induce opportunities for advancement, good working relationships, increase profits and enhance reputation.

When the elements that surround your home or workplace are in harmony with one another, good Feng Shui exists because bad Feng Shui is said to bring disasters, accidents, illness, lost opportunities, damaged reputations and causes unhappiness.

Some of Feng Shuis common design concepts include the following:

The positioning of doors should not be in line with one another because energy or chi enters and exits rooms through doorways; doors that face each other.

Chair, bed, sofas should not have backs to the door and/or windows; this is bad Feng Shui because it leaves the back exposed to possible attack through the door or window.

Homes and buildings should not be located at the end of a cul-de-sac, across a church or spiritual center, at the end of a bridge, or near a freeway because these locations all have either too fast or not enough energy flow.

The front door of a home should be in proportion to the size of the house to facilitate proper qi flow throughout.

Mirrors in the house should not face chairs or beds and windows should only face natural views as much as possible. If not, Feng Shui can be improved by using ornaments like plant boxes on the outside.

Generally, if you would like to apply the principles of Feng Shui in building or redecorating your home, you should also observe basic building and fire safety codes as well.

Recommended alterations based on Feng Shui principles should not be relied on as the sole influence to adjustments to living space or as a sole source of treatment for individuals with health problems. Although it is good to incorporate Feng Shui principles in maintaining harmony in your environment at home and at work, never underestimate the advice of trained individuals.

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