What is Feng Shui?

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    Feng shui offers a variety of easy and practical tips to improve your life

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    What is feng shui? This is a simple question that can be quite difficult to answer. 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 how to balance the energies in any given space -- be it a home, office or garden --  in order to assure good fortune for people inhabiting it.

    As good fortune comes in many ways such as better health, a successful career or fulfilling love life, feng shui has detailed tips for almost any...MORE area of one's life.

    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, while bad feng shui means bad luck or misfortune. Feng shui is based on the Taoist vision and understanding of nature, particularly on the idea that the land is alive and filled with Chi, or energy.

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    The main theories of feng shui

    The ancient Chinese believed that the energy of a specific land could either make or break the kingdom, so to speak. The Taoist theories of yin and yang, as well as of the five feng shui elements, form the basic foundation of a feng shui analysis.

    Read: The Yin-Yang Theory in Feng Shui

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    The main tools used in feng shui

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    The main tools used in a feng shui analysis 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 of specific feng shui areas of your home to 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. There is a...MORE total of 8 bagua areas in your home that can be worked on in order to improve specific aspects of your life connected to these feng shui bagua areas.

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    The 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, which 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 deeper with feng shui,...MORE owning a traditional compass can bring many complex insights about this 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 feng shui use of aquariums to attract prosperity to the feng shui use of crystals and fountains; from the right feng shui use of colours to the feng shui use of clocks, there are many ways you can improve the energy in your home or office with solid, good feng shui.

    Read: 25+ Popular Feng Shui Cures for Your Home

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    Different feng shui schools

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    It is important to understand that there are several different schools of feng shui, as well as a strong culturally specific symbolic aspect of feng shui that you have to use intelligently. Once you master the basic level of feng shui, you will start seeing powerful results. You will also understand why feng shui is extensively used 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...MORE the Traditional Chinese medicine, the feng shui knowledge is deep and complex. The more you know about feng shui, the more there is to explore!