1.0 History of Feng Shui
Feng Shui (literally means "wind and water") has been practiced for over 3,500 years in China. It is the art of placement with the intention of achieving balance and harmony with the environment. Feng Shui is as old as the hills where it originated. From 25 A.D. during the East Han Dynasty, the first written evidence about Feng Shui had been uncovered. Feng shui is the secular name for Kan Yo (Ham Yu in Cantonese), which explained by the Eastern Han writer Xu Shen as: “
Kan is heaven’s Tao; Yu is earth’s Tao.
Since the Tang Dynasty, Feng Shui has been a formalized tool of selecting auspicious sites. For many centuries Feng Shui remained the exclusive preserve of the Imperial family and ruling classes. Master Yang Yun Sung, an adviser to the Emperor in A.D. 880, is widely recognized as the founder of Feng Shui. Emperor would seek his advises on selection of auspicious sites. Master Yang’s work on capturing the dragon’s breath was required reading in the Imperial exams. He placed of lot of emphasis on the shape of mountain and the way to locate an auspicious dragon, where the energy is forming. He described landforms, weather conditions and shapes in terms of dragon’s body parts. Most scholars accept him as the forefather of this modern interpretation of Feng Shui that is known as the
School . The
School brings in more depth; it is more scientific than practical and has evolved in many different directions over the last few centuries.
At its basic, Feng Shui evolved out of the practical, common sense observation that their environments affect people. It is considered that the environment we live in is a vital element in the art of living. Based on the interactions of the Solar System (heaven), living environment (earth), and a person birth date (human) or Tian De Ren. Feng Shui is the system that with mathematics base that uncovers the most favorable directions or sites to live and work in.
Feng Shui is not a question of fortune per se. Whether you live in a mansion filled with antiques and tailor-made furniture, or a home filled with old newspapers and magazines, one thing in common for sure is that the energy patterns of each home need to be defined, and if necessary, remedies to fit the person living in it.
Chinese believe that some places or locations are more auspicious than others. This belief grew out of the simple realization that every building is affected by the way in which it faces mountain or river. For example, the ancient Chinese learned that a house facing south, located halfway up a hill (back is supported by hill) on the north side of a river mouth got enough sun light while being protected from gusty winds. It also avoided floods while still having access to water for agricultural produces. In such a setting the house stayed warm in winter, crops grew, livestock flourished and the family prospered. Feng Shui is about harnessing beneficial energy and evading negative one.
Therefore, it is concluded that if you are in balance and harmony with your environment, experiencing a positive and smooth flow of energy, you will improve your fortunes, health and happiness. If you change your surroundings or fittings, you can change your life. Feng Shui grew out of the search for antidotes when the ideal space was not available. Thus, the goal of Feng Shui is to detect the bad energy and attract the good ones. Identifying the most advantages site or locations that create beneficial environment is the main goal of Feng Shui. The intention is to achieve a state of harmony between the house and its inhabitants that leads to good fortune and health, friendships, peace and family harmony. At the same time, we want to reduce the chances for unfortunate occurrences such as accidents, robberies, arguments, and so on.
Overseas Chinese of Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia Singapore and those living abroad have long aware of the existence and importance of Feng Shui. Today, more and more people, businesses, and corporations around the globe are applying essential Feng Shui principles and concepts in order to gain positive changes in their lives. It is experiencing a massive revival in the Western World, including the United States, Australia,Canada and
Europe . It has mainstream appeal as more and more people become aware of its wonderful benefits and have develop a desire to live in harmony with the earth's natural