Feng Shui (pronounced "fung schway") is an ancient Chinese practice dating back over 3000 years. It translates to mean wind (feng – pronounced fung) and water (shui – pronounced schway). The wind characterizes invisible energy while the water represents visible energy.
As a philosophy, Feng Shui concerns itself with a balance of energy, Ch’i (pronounced chee). Ch’i is found in all living and inanimate objects. Ch’i is comprised of opposing forces known as Yin and Yang. Yin represents night, dark, hidden, soft, cool and feminine characteristics. Yang represents day, light, evident, hard, hot and masculine characteristics.
In Feng Shui, the Yin and the Yang are in constant interplay. You do not have one without the other. Each balances the characteristics of the other. Representing the Yin and the Yang are the five elements that are the basic building blocks of everything on Earth: fire, earth, metal, water and wood. These elements when present and balanced establish an inviting, comfortable and supportive environment.
Underpinning the philosophy of Feng Shui are three basic tenets:
- Energy is embodied in everything, living and non-living.
- All living matter and inanimate objects are connected.
- Change is constant.
The ideal environment is one that balances the tension between Yin and Yang through the complementary use of the five elements. The result is a harmonious space that encompasses the movement of energy nurturing and supporting the soul. As a philosophy and practice, Feng Shui offers a means with which to find balance in one's environment that in turn cultivates one's inner self. Feng Shui is not static, but evolves as you do.
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