What Is Feng Shui?

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    Feng Shui Offers Practical Tips to Improve Your Life

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    Feng shui is an ancient art and science developed over 3,000 years ago in China. It is a complex body of knowledge that teaches us how to balance the energies in any given space—be it a home, office, or garden–in order to assure good fortune for the people inhabiting it.

    Since good fortune comes in many ways, such as better health, a successful career, or a fulfilling love life, feng shui has detailed tips for almost any area of your life. Feng shui is based on the Taoist vision and understanding...MORE of nature, particularly on the idea that the land is alive and filled with Chi, or energy.

    "Feng" means wind and "shui" means water. In Chinese culture, wind and water are associated with good health, thus good feng shui came to mean good fortune. At the same time, bad feng shui means bad luck or misfortune. 

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    Feng Shui Theories

    The ancient Chinese believed that the energy of a specific land could either make or break the kingdom, so to speak. The Taoist theory of yin and yang, for example, is essential to feng shui. It helps us examine the balance of the feminine (Yin) and the masculine (Yang) in our lives to maintain a good flow of Chi.

    Also, there are five feng shui elements, which form the basic foundation of a feng shui analysis. Wood, fire, earth, metal, and water are each represented by certain colors that can...MORE help us bring harmony to a particular space.

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    Feng Shui Tools

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    The main tools used in analyzing the feng shui of any space are the feng shui compass and the bagua. The feng shui energy map, or bagua, is an octagonal grid containing the symbols of the I Ching, the ancient oracle on which feng shui is based.

    Knowing the bagua of your home will help you understand the connection between specific feng shui areas of your home and specific areas of your life. For example, you have a Love and Marriage area in your home, a Career area, a Health and Family area. That...MORE means that you have a total of eight bagua areas that you can work on and make changes to improve the aspect of your life it's connected to.

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    Feng Shui Compass (Luo Pan)

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    The feng shui compass, also called Luo-Pan, is used to access deeper information about a site or a building. It consists of bands of concentric rings arranged around the magnetic needle. "Luo" means everything and "Pan" means bowl. This can be interpreted as a bowl that contains all the mysteries of the universe.

    In order to take an accurate reading for your feng shui work, you do not necessarily need a traditional feng shui compass, just an accurate one. If you decide to go...MORE deeper, owning a traditional compass can bring many complex insights to your work.

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    Feng Shui Cures

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    Feng shui offers a variety of cures to improve your life. From the use of aquariums to attract prosperity to the use of crystals, fountains, or clocks for other personal goals, there are many ways you can improve the energy in your home or office with solid, good feng shui. 

    Feng shui focuses a lot on colors as well. It is amazing how effective a carefully chosen color of wall paint, furniture, or accessories can affect the energy flow in your home. If you love to decorate anyway, you might as...MORE well choose color palettes that are beneficial to your life. Feng shui can guide you through this.

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    Feng Shui Schools

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    There are several different schools of feng shui. Among the traditional schools are those that use the feng shui compass. Others, such as the Black Hat Sect Tantric Buddhist Feng Shui (BTB, for short), incorporate Buddhist teachings into the practice. There is also a modern feng shui school that has been adapted to the Western lifestyle. 

    You will also encounter a strong culturally-specific symbolic aspect that should be used intelligently. Once you master the basic level of feng shui, you will...MORE start seeing powerful results. You will also understand why feng shui is used extensively in both homes and offices all over the world.

    Although some levels of feng shui are easy to understand and apply, the core knowledge takes years of study. Just like traditional Chinese medicine, feng shui knowledge is deep and complex. The more you learn about it, the more there is to explore.