Feng Shui and Taoism

Understand the taoist roots of feng shui

Feng shui is rooted in the Taoist wisdom of living in harmony with nature and its rhythms; of respecting Chi, or Universal energy, as expressed in everything around us. Both feng shui masters and taoist masters were practicing the same way of living. John Wang / Getty Images

What is Taoism, and what does it have to do with good feng shui? Let's look into the connection between these two philosophical schools of thought.

Taoism and feng shui share the same roots, as both disciplines evolved from the ancient wisdom of understanding the inter-connectedness of everything around us; the one Universal energy (chi) as expressed in many forms.

That which cannot be named is the true study of Taoism, so no matter what words, terms or explanations we might use to define the 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.

Taoism is the wisdom of listening to the voice of nature, as well as the wisdom of knowing that humans can genuinely thrive only when aligned and in harmony with the rhythms of the Universe.

The founder of Taoism is considered to be Lao Tzu, a mystic sage who lived in the 6th century BC. He is the author of the Tao Te Ching, a widely known Taoist classic.

Tao (Dao) means the Way, or the Path.

"The way to what?", you might ask. Good question.

Taoism is 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 energies 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.

This leads us to one of the main principles of Taoism, the Wu Wei principle of Action Through Inaction.

Wu Wei means you know when to act and when not to act because you understand the flow of energies around you; you know the best timing for your actions.

Another fundamental principle of Taoism is the Yin Yang principle, or the study of the two opposing Universal forces. All feng shui schools, especially the classical feng shui schools, are based on the study of creating a harmonious quality of energy; and the Yin Yang principle, along with the five elements principle, are at the foundation of good feng shui.

While Taoism is a philosophical body of knowledge as applied to one's way of being, feng shui evolved into a slightly different direction. It became the study of creating environments that are aligned with the natural flow of the Universe, environments that can nurture and sustain one's energy and quality of life.

Various feng shui schools look at various aspects, or feng shui criteria, for creating the most nurturing spaces for humans. Complex feng shui formulas are applied to the design of various buildings, be it for business or personal use; as well as gardens and even whole city blocks!

The Taoism roots are very strong in feng shui, especially in schools that calculate the time factor such as the Flying Star school, for example.

However, sometimes this feng shui info is taken to the extreme, and its application can become the opposite of the Taoist wisdom.

One can always be sure of creating good feng shui if one is aligned with the way the energy feels at any given moment. Sensing the energy is not hard, you can learn it.

This can become an invaluable tool not only in creating good feng shui, but also in living a happy and joyful life filled with awe and beauty. An ideal, simple quality of life; a quality of life practiced by powerful Taoist masters.

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