In order to understand WHAT really Feng Shui is, one needs to refer to the old manuscripts. Feng Shui is classified under physiognomy of the living environment. Physiognomy refers to observation of appearances through formulas and calculations in order to assess the potential and outcome of a person, or in this case, the out come of a person living in a certain property.
Feng Shui is therefore an art of “assessing” the quality of life through observations and analysis of the persons’ living environment.
Feng Shui in the old days was known as “Kan Yu” (the observation of the forces between Heaven and Earth). Only towards the end of the Qing Dynasty did the term “Feng Shui” come to be used unanimously to represent “Kan Yu”.
Feng Shui today is seen as many things from interior design, house decorating, fashion jewellery and village type superstition. The true form of Feng Shui is not and never will be a fashionable idea.
Feng Shui is a metaphysical science where one learns to recognize and tap into the Qi (cosmic energies) of the living environment to help the many endeavours in life. The study and presence of Qi, is today recognized by Western medical doctors when it comes to acupuncture and acupressure. Feng Shui is about Qi in the living environment and how to go about harnessing it. Not only do we want to harness it, we also want to use it to help specific goals in our everyday lives. Qi is a natural phenomenon of the living environment.
The second aspect of Feng Shui is that it is also a form of “forecasting”. The nature of Qi is cyclical and as such, can be calculated. Practitioners of Feng Shui have learnt to assess outcomes based on the influence of Qi upon a particular living environment. The “predictive” and forecasting part of Feng Shui is often neglected or unknown to many practitioners today. If you know the types of Qi that will affect the environment in certain months of the year, one can prepare for the best or worst of the situation.
Making informed decisions are in fact, part of both Chinese Feng Shui and Chinese Astrology.
The connection between Tao cultivation and Feng Shui practice?
Tao cultivation and feng shui practice share the same root, as both disciplines evolved from the ancient wisdom of understanding the inter-connectedness of everything around us; the one Universal energy Qi as expressed in many forms.
The wisdom of Tao cultivation is that of listening to the voice of nature, as well as the wisdom of knowing that human can genuinely thrive only when aligned and in harmony with the rhythms of the Universe.That which cannot be named is the true study of Tao, so no matter what words, terms or explanations we might use to define Tao, we will still be far from its true essence.The true Tao cannot be explained in words; in can only be felt and understood at a level much deeper than words.Tao also means the Way, or the Path.“The way to what?”, you might ask. Good question.Tao is about a way to experience your life in an effortless way; a way where you are active when the energy is flowing and slow down when the energy is slowing down. You wait when the energy is blocked and you make a major leap forward when the energy is moving forward.
You TRUST in the deep, mysterious wisdom of the Universe and allow it to carry you to your goals; you achieve what needs to be achieved without unnecessary strain.
You get the support of powerful qi at the right time, and rest when the energy is not there for you. It is a way to accomplish everything that needs to be accomplished in an easy and effortless way.