Feng Shui: What It Is & Is Not - Part 2

June 24, 2018
 “To explain our life course, linear thinking is not enough.  Greater depth – a combination of planes of thought- is needed to decipher the events of our life.” (Interior Design with Feng Shui by Sarah Rossbach)  Today and last week, we are exploring what all these terms mean and how they can benefit each of us.



The Tao

The Tao is translated as “The Way,” or the path of life.  The Tao can be understood as the means by which we can gain or regain our stability in life.  Most of us work at maintaining balance, or strive to rebalance ourselves all the time.  Taoists are great observers of life, studying how we can successfully maintain equilibrium in our lives.  The Tao is the thread that links man to heaven and earth, whether it’s a person’s home or office, a mountain or the ocean, or the earth and the cosmos.  One way that we utilize this is through the complementary dualities of Yin and Yang.


Yin and Yang

The cosmos can be viewed as both a vast emptiness and simultaneously regarded as containing all things.  The symbol for the cosmos is the Tai Ch’i symbol.  It also is recognizable as Yin and Yang symbol.  Note that within yin, yang exists, and that within yang, yin exists.  Yin, the passive feminine principle is complemented with the active, male principle of Yang.  They represent the theory of opposites, the duality that develops from making distinctions such as light and dark, right and left, up and down, or high and low.  More of these distinctions are listed below, and one can go on and on listing these.
Yang                             Yin
Heaven                        Earth
Oceans                        Land
Rivers & streams        Mountains & plains
Humans                       Houses
Males                           Females
Exterior                       Interior
One of our feng shui mentors, Jean Haner used the example of the sunny (yang) and shady (yin) sides of a mountain.  You cannot have one without the other.  The result of the interaction of the forces of yin and yang results in the theory of Ch’i/Qi.


A Brief History

More than 12,000 years ago, humans began to recognize the importance of the interconnection between self, their dwellings and the cosmos.  Shamanism spread widely beginning at least 8,000 years ago and strongly influenced China’s early history, recognizing human’s relationship with nature.  For the last 5,000 years, Feng shui developed from humans living in smaller groups to living in urban settings.  By knowing the influence of location, weather, and all the conditions of our total environment, we can shape our fortune.



Buddhist Temple in Shanghai

Summing it up:

There are plenty of areas of feng shui we have not presented in the last two weeks: geomancy, the Eight Trigrams, the I-Ching, personal ch’i adjustments, blessing methods, adjustments/cures, and on and on it goes.  We hope we have given you a taste of feng shui, so that should you desire a consultation, a renovation of your home or office, or more training so that you might become more learned in this art of placement, you’ll move forward to do that.




In conclusion:

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