Feng Shui literally translates as “Wind & Water”
Traditional Feng Shui is an ancient system based upon the observation of heavenly time and earthly space.
It is a complex art based on the Chinese understanding of the dynamic flow of energy throughout the universe. It examines how the environment in which people live is affecting them, consciously acknowledging the connection between our external surroundings and our inner being.
Its principle is to introduce specific positive adjustments and influences so that our surroundings are more likely to support us rather than struggling against us.
Historically, Feng Shui was widely used to orient buildings — often spiritually significant structures such as tombs, but also dwellings and other structures — in an auspicious manner. Depending on the particular style of Feng Shui being used, an auspicious site could be determined by reference to local features such as bodies of water, stars, or a compass
In fact, Feng Shui is actually the environmental part of all Traditional Chinese Medicine, including acupuncture. The core of all these ancient practices lies in the understanding of yin and yang, chi and the five elements, seeking a balanced, supportive relationship between one and another. The nature of form, landscape, space, orientation and the ever-changing movement of time are also taken into consideration.
Chi, or qi, is the oriental word for the vital intangible natural energy field that emanates from everything in our universe, a combination of both real and abstract forces: energy from the earth’s magnetic field, sunlight, cosmic influences, colour vibrations, the nature of our thoughts and emotions, the form of objects, the quality of the air around us. Depending on whether it flows harmoniously or not, chi influences how a place feels and how we feel in it.
The dynamic concept of Yin and Yang is that in nature everything has two polarising aspects in flux and within each a seed of the other exists. Rooted in the I Ching, yin and yang expresses the Chinese philosophy of Daoism. Examples are day and night, light and shade, hard and soft, heat and cold, male and female. A balance between yin and yang is necessary to achieve harmony and stability in a place; whenever there is too much of one or other, the natural equilibrium becomes disrupted.