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FENG SHUI:  General

Among a multitude of stylistic and technological choices in recent years, Traditional Feng Shui or the Chinese Science of Placement, has become today the most fashionable trend among home and business owners. But what really hides behind this popular, yet mysterious practice?

Properly applied, Feng Shui helps to balance the energy flow in our environment, enabling us to take advantage of energetic, healthy and harmonious houses and work places. It identifies people’s energy types and matches them to their living and working environments. From landscape design to architectural and interior design features such as colors, lighting and furniture layout, home and business owners can use this ancient secret for perfect architecture to create a new house or transform an old one.

The goal is to turn a house in a dream house, and work place in a productive, successful environment.

Feng Shui Origins and Goals

The roots of Traditional Yang Sang Feng Shui are very ancient and its basic principles are the same as those of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. It is a natural science, which treats the environment as an integral part of the art of living.

Because of its power and effectiveness, Feng Shui knowledge was traditionally a guarded secret, not accessible to the general population. The teachings were transmitted orally from Master to a limited number of students, and confidentiality was strictly required.

These ancient scholars were the equivalent of today's scientists. They saw the world a uniqum in which 'life energy', or Chi, was the main component. By ensuring a proper flow of Chi in the environment, through Traditional Feng Shui, as well as in the body, through Tai Chi, Chi Gong, Shiatsu Massage and ultimately through Acupuncture, they believed any form of illness could be prevented and well being preserved and reinforced. Understanding the pattern of this energy flow was called chasing the dragon and it was understood that any living creature could benefit from it, especially humankind.

Seasonal cycles, locations, orientations and weather conditions can, however, create imbalances. The ancient scholars created formulas to understand the forces of nature by analyzing Chi frequencies and the combination (or lack) of elements, which make up our environment. They acknowledged that every element in the physical world is constituted of the 'life force', or Chi, each with its unique energy type. These energy types, they said, corresponded to materials existing in nature, such as earth, fire, metal, water and wood. They also saw color schemes as corresponding to these energy types. Human beings, too, were analyzed in terms of elemental energy groups, which determined their compatibility with the surrounding environment. The results of this human-environment interaction can be subtle or very obvious, direct or indirect. Through the execution of corrective prescriptions based on the ancients’ elaborate formulae, they were able to counteract imbalances in the environment and restore harmony to our human-environmental interaction.

In the 20th century, the discovery of Quantum Physics validated the ancient idea of a global energetic connection between every element of the physical world. According to this theory, all matter is made out of one energy vibrating at different frequencies, giving us the illusion of a material world perceivable through the five senses. The variety of intensity of these vibrations is expressed through the different colors of the electromagnetic spectrum. Never created and never destroyed, but constantly transforming, the energy connection between an atom's components, though appearing weak and invisible, is very strong. Breaking the connection of a uranium atom, for example, gives rise to an atomic explosion. Imagine such an effect on human physiology.

More recently, studies conducted on geopathological stress (illness due to exposure to adverse earth 'emissions' such as radon or gamma rays) have shown evidence of the relationship between well being and natural energies. While a negative situation can effect the nervous system, the genetic code and the immune system, positive energy can also sustain our well being, enhance our ability to counteract stressful situations and increase our potential to succeed.


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