We have all heard about this art of home decor, ‘Feng Shui’, but few of us are aware about the origin and actual meaning of this ancient philosophy called, ‘Feng Shui’.
Feng Shui is believed to be an ancient science, which began in the West Han dynasty around the third century BC in China. It was distinctly used to orient buildings – often spiritually significant structures such as tombs, but also dwellings in an auspicious manner. Some people also refer to it as an art that hosts knowledge on how to balance worldly energies.
Literally, ‘feng’ means wind, while ‘shui’ means water. Among the Chinese, these two elements have been associated with good fortune and good health.
As an ideology, Feng Shui is evolved on the basis that the land, earth and sky are all alive and filled with Qi (chi) energy and if tapped properly, they can enrich a person’s life. The science behind it is similar to using a compass or alignment with the celestial stars and planets and thereby find the right structure alignment on earth to promote a healthy flow of energy.
Chi which is commonly referred as to the universal energy connects people with their environment. It is present in everything we do, see and in everything that surrounds us. Each one of us has chi within us which helps us maintain the physical, environmental and emotional balance.
In addition to the belief in ‘chi’, it also believes in the theory of the Yin and Yang. It is believed that the entire universe is made of two opposing forces – the Yin and the Yang. The two forces which are closely related to each other, and interdependent, which means, one cannot exist without the other. Yin is a passive feminine force, while Yang is active and masculine. In order to achieve a peaceful and contented life, it is necessary that these forces should be balanced. Feng Shui helps to achieve and maintain this balance.
If a room is painted with dark colors and is exposed to very little sunlight, it is considered to be too yin or having stagnant chi. Spending too much time in a room like this can make a person sick or depressed. In contrast, if a room is painted with light colors, bright and warm, it is believed to have too much yang chi. It’s therefore crucial to have a balance of both the forces, the Yin and the Yang.
In the modern times, Feng Shui is simplified to the principle of five basic elements that come from the traditional school.The elements are Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. Each Feng Shui element is represented by a specific color and shape i.e. rectangular for wood, red for fire, square for earth, round for metal and blue for water. The elements interact with each other in a certain way which defines either of the productive or destructive cycle depending on their arrangement and placement. Feng Shui comprehends this interaction between the elements using a bagua compass and thereby helps prevent the destructive cycle from occurring.
Of all the different concepts of Feng Shui, a lot of people across the world prefer the five basic elements for its simplicity and usability factor. They use this principle before buying a home or revamping an office. Which one would you consider for attaining that blissful union with the environment?