Learning About The Principles of Feng Shui
Traditional Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese practice – a practice of balancing heavenly and mundane energies as well as the study of time and space. When you achieve balance in your surroundings, you win the drive to succeed in any aspect of your life. The major tool you will need is a compass, and Google Store for Android disposes of a very cute compass.
A human mind is a mighty tool. Logic and reason comprise only 12% of our mind’s power. Classical Feng Shui combines elements of astrology and astronomy, geology, physics, mathematics, philosophy, and intuition.
One of the terms in this teaching is Qi or Chi – described as what we perceive as physical energy. Chi stands for “the circulating life force,” also “life’s breath” and for the western mind, it means nature’s forces. It is the air and water, the magnetic field, cosmic radiation and good luck, our spirit, our light. Eastern cultures believe that this holistic force effects and governs our wealth, health, and happiness. Chi is the “soul” and “substance” of all things – the all-permeating unifying force in the universe. It is at the core of heavenly, earthly and human realms – both physical and metaphysical. It’s a field of information surrounding us all, the “stuff” of and behind it all.
The concept of Chi is known as
- Ki to the Japanese
- Prana to the Hindus
- Pneuma to the Greeks
- Ankh to the Egyptians
- Ruah to the Hebrews
- Tane to the Hawaiians
- Arunquiltha to the Australian Aborigine
- Orenda to the Iroquois
Chi moves. It is constantly changing.
The Chinese believe there are three primal forces of Chi
What comes from above is known as heaven Chi. We are at all times affected by the Sun and the Moon, let us mention only them. Weather Chi is also a component of heaven chi. Finally, heaven Chi is associated with time, which changes as a result of celestial activity and cycles.
The forces of mountains, waterways, deserts, valleys and pains carry Chi currents as well. The mountain force is synonymous with the yin or female force of nature – it governs our health and relationships. While watercourses correspond to the yang or male force and since the man generates wealth, people believe wealth Chi is contained in lakes and oceans. The magnetic field of the Earth is also a component of Earth Chi.
You have Chi as well. It is singular and unique. Many scientists embrace the idea that some kind of a vital and holistic force exists within the body that regulates our well-being – your body emanates a field that can actually be captured on film.
Sheng Chi or Positive Chi
- Sight Sheng: beautiful gardens and lawns, painted exteriors, tidy, clean and organized interiors and happy and cooperative people – anything you find pleasing to the eye.
- Sound Sheng: babbling brooks, chirping birds, chimes, music, anything one finds pleasing to the ear.
- Touch Sheng: smooth and velvet, pets, warm bath, a kiss, a massage, silk, satin…
- Smell Sheng: flowers, perfume, scented candles, and food.
- Taste Sheng: home-cooked meals, chocolate, fine wine – anything you find satisfying.
- Sixth Sheng – the vibe you feel when you click with someone, the feeling of being in love, the look of confidence and contentment – helpful and kind beings.
This is negative Chi, and according to Feng Shui it can totally be controlled.
- Sight Sha: dark, offensive, disturbing art, clutter, trash, dead stuff, anything threatening or looming.
- Sound Sha: noise, traffic, sirens, construction work, loud arguments
- Touch Sha: grime, dust, mold, filth, a rickety staircase, unsteady terrain, also unwanted sexual advances and physical aggression.
- Smell Sha: pollution, rot, pollen and toxins
- Taste Sha: bitter, sour, rotten food
- Sixth Sha: “you can cut the tension with a knife;” in the air there are anger, hate and jealousy
Let us crawl into the fundamental principles of Feng Shui.
Let’s learn about the Principles of Feng Shui Yin and Yang.
Initially, yin and yang meant the shady (yin) and sunny (yang) sides of a hill, five centuries later they came to symbolize the two primary forces of Chi. Yin was classified as the female principle of nature and therefore was regarded as passive or weak. Yang was the male of the principles of Feng Shui – active and strong.
Yin: The Feminine Side
It is expressed as the stable matter of Earth. It contracts and condenses. In nature, it exhibits as dark, cold and wet. On a human level, it is a symbol of femininity and inertia. Yin is quiet and inward. The dark dot means nothing can be wholly yin or yang, it symbolizes the potential for change, like night changes into day.
Yang: The Masculine Side
Yang expands. It represents light, heat, and dryness. It represents the active principle, masculinity and a whole array of positive emotions.
The Symbol of Ta Chi
It illustrates the eternal marriage between yin and yang, they cannot exist separately from each other. Together they represent unceasing change…of time, of seasons, of Chi, of your surroundings, of yourself – a beautiful dance of related energy. On the happiest day, there is a hint of sadness, on your saddest day, there is hope. In the clearest sky you will find a cloud, in the darkest night – a star.
Original orientation of the Tai Chi
So what is the common between Yin and Yang and Feng Shui? If they are not balanced in your environment, they can produce unwanted emotional and physical effects. Many people complain from fatigue, depression and lack of motivation. They generally spend much time in dark places.
Much of Feng Shui relies on plain, old common sense. If a room is dark, you should add more light. If it is stuffy – open the window.
The Principles of the Five Phases
Of Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood
Like Yin and Yang, the five phases are five types of Chi, which change over time. Water, for example, is represented by ice, snow, steam, and fog. The five phases are bundles of interacting energy, which create everything that, exist in the heaven, earth, and human places.
Fire Chi radiates, Earth Chi compacts, Metal Chi contracts, Water Chi Falls, Wood Chi grows upward. Each element is associated with a season, direction, weather conditions.
The Productive or Enhancing Cycle
This is the cycle of balance and creation. Each phase produces or enhances the succeeding one:
Water produces wood.
Its flow nourishes and stimulates the growth of wood.
Wood produces fire.
Its expansion and fullness, and drying decay give life to fire.
Fire produces earth.
Like the heat of full summer, it burns the accumulation of wood to produce ashes.
Earth produces metal.
Its Chi compacts giving birth to the Chi of metal.
Metal produces water.
Water Chi condenses and liquefies.
The Controlling Cycle
It’s a cycle of imbalance. Each phase controls its counterpart. This flow sets into motion the weakened Chi which causes unwanted effects on us.
The Weakening Cycle
Water corrodes Metal. Metal moves Earth. Earth reduces Fire. Fire burns Wood. Wood absorbs water.
In Feng Shui, the weakening cycle is used to remedy negative or controlling Chi.
Fire: a burning candle or a lit fireplace. Lamps with red light and colors of red, dark orange, purple and pink. Fire remedies wood-earth domination.
Earth: rocks, ceramic, clay or cement figurines, sculptures, table bases or lamps, colors of brown and yellow. It remedies Fire-Metal domination.
Metal: brass, steel, silver, gold, copper, bronze figurines, picture frames, bed frames, exercise equipment, pendulum clocks, filing cabinets, lamps, colors of white, gold and silver, the metallic sound of wind chimes, a clock or piano playing. It remedies Earth-Water domination.
Water: aquariums, table fountains, a container of clean moving water, or humidifiers, colors of black and blue. Water remedies Metal-Wood domination.
Wood: a living plant of a tree, the color of green. Deadwood such as furniture cannot be used as a remedy. Wood remedies water-fire domination.
The Principle of the Eight Trigrams
Yang – male is presented by a solid line, while Yin – female is represented by a broken line. There are 8 combinations between Yang and Yin and they are called “trigrams” because they consist of three Yang or Yin lines. The bottom line represents Earth, the Middle Line – Humankind and the Top Line – Heaven. The Eight Trigrams are called Bagua. “Ba” means “eight” and “gua” – “the result of divination.” Figuratively the “bagua“ suggests heaven on Earth.
The trigrams are associated with some natural and human phenomena: the seasons, time of day, magnetic directions, the five phases and their corresponding colors, animals, human personality types (merchants, teachers, thieves), body parts, related illnesses, and numbers. The trigrams are even given a name (“the arousing,” “the gentle, ”the clinging.”) Those attributes are most necessary for your study of Feng Shui.
These are the Basic and fundamental principles of Feng Shui.
Do you know that landforms, building shapes, rivers and roads influence your well-being? Living near places of worship, hospitals or schools governs how you feel, think and relate? That your front yard, backyard, window and door, ceiling beams and furniture affect your prosperity? That’s the gift Feng Shui art has got for all of us – recognizing all these factors and bringing favorable Chi into your sacred space called Home.