Feng shui

The feng shui is a Chinese practice of ancient origins . It is classified as a geomantic art and is based on different schools of thought. There is no official scientific body that supports the hypotheses, but a series of texts that describe a set of rules by which the basic principles are applied. This tradition is still rooted in China and is spreading both in the neighboring areas and towards the West. It is difficult and reductive to categorize: it is a tool that aims at achieving a state of well-being and psychophysical balance, which has a centuries-old existence but is constantly evolving.

There are several occasions in which you can turn to a feng shui master : the most common concern the furnishing of a building and the trend of economic activity.

In all circumstances, what is being investigated is how to make the positive energies flow and how to hinder the free movement of the negative ones. It is a search for balance.

In this discipline, similar to a divinatory art, concepts and ideas typical of Taoism, astrology and Chinese numerology are bundled up. The starting point is the observation of the cycles and processes of nature.

A first definition can be found in the “Book of Burials” ( Zang shu ) by  Guō Pú. Considering that everything that exists has energy, the dynamic motion is continually transformed by making different levels of reality interact. On the basis of encounters-encounters of energies, a classification is made, indicating the positive and negative effects of this circular and the methods for restoring a restless movement to harmony.

The text shows the rules to follow to identify the places favorable to the burial of the ancestors. Vital energy is seen as a balance of forces that is dispersed circulating between wind and water. By recreating a landscape conformation that favors free flowing, one can generate the conditions for a place or building full of good wishes.

Over the years, the rules of  have not been limited to the choice of burial sites, but have been approached to different areas.

The application of these most popular techniques to the present day is the furnishing of the environments.

Assuming that the place where we live and the layout of the rooms can influence the harmony of life, we try to make a brief overview of some good advice, especially regarding the spaces inside the house.

The environments must favor the flow of positive vital energy: for this reason the rooms should have a regular shape, better if square. To channel energy, you need control elements based on the five elements: water basin (element of water) – ornaments or sculptures ( iron element ) – plants ( wood element ) – candles or incenses ( fire element ) – stone vases or statues ( earth element ).

Besides that, it must be remembered that each color must be related to the activity that takes place in that environment. The warm ones are suitable for the active areas of the house (kitchen and living room), the cold ones are more suited to rest.

The bedroom should not be near the entrance and not even near roads or thoroughfares. The bed should be placed transversely with the head towards the east, in the opposite corner from the entrance. The idea is to never have head and feet pointing directly to the door to the room. Recommended not to put mirrors in this environment for their ability to influence the energy field.

Water is an element linked to abundance and wealth. The flow of a watercourse near the house or directly the presence of a source of water in the home environment is considered favorable.

The house, just like man, is considered an energetic structure crossed by different currents. For this reason, the space in which one lives (as well as the one in which one works) influences the people and the activities that take place there. In light of this, the predisposition of the elements in favor of harmony is important for the wellbeing of environments and individuals. Even the land, the gardens and the environment around the house are essential to evaluate the flow of positive and negative energy. A striking example is the presence of right angles or zig-zag roads that interrupt the path of long and straight streets, considered as preferential lanes for evil spirits.

According to the ancient Chinese, having to overcome some obstacle, allows you to put in trouble the currents that should be kept away from home and people to ensure longevity.

As far as we believe or not the various theories and applications of this discipline, or art, if you prefer, the core of the question lies in creating a lifestyle that harmonizes nature, man and the environment.

To circumscribe the  and describe it with few words, it could be said that, with little tricks and some tricks, try to remind us every day of the importance of the link between the individual and the surrounding environment.