Feng Shui (pronounced Fung Shway) is an ancient form of Chinese divination. It is not a martial art or fighting art, but uses the same principles of “chi” energy, ying and yang, and philosophical Taoism.
Feng Shui means literally “wind water,” and is part of an ancient Chinese philosophy of nature. The analogy of wind and water is used, because an obstruction of either wind or water causes it to change its movement and break its natural motion.
It is a form of geomancy and divination by geographic features. The practice of Feng Shui purposes to use the energy of the environment to bring harmony to the individual impacted by that space. It relates to the idea that living with, rather than against, nature benefits both humans and the environment.
Alleged masters of Feng Shui are supposed to be able to detect metaphysical energies and give directions for their optimal flow in any given space or environment. Much like Chinese acupuncture for the body, Feng Shui redirects energies in a person’s home, office, or neighborhood. These wizards and sorcerers are invited into buildings or landscapes, and use their metaphysical sensors to detect the flow of good and bad “energy.”
Feng Shui masters using their “gifts” declare where bathrooms should go, which way doorways should face, where mirrors should hang, which room needs green plants and which one needs red flowers. They decide these things based on their feel for the flow of chi, electromagnetic fields or whatever other form of energy they sense.
American Corporations have employed Feng Shui consultants to create more psychologically friendly office spaces and reception areas. Often the masters, called specialists or diviners, use compass-like instruments to determine the exact cosmic forces affecting a site. Appropriate sites are chosen in relation to bodies of water and mountains. Feng Shui, especially as it affects interior design, has recently become popular in Britain and America. Many major book retailers carry “do-it-yourself” Feng Shui books teaching the reader basic techniques to arrange furniture, mirrors, crystals, and fountains to enhance the positive energy in their homes or offices.
Feng Shui is not compatible with Christianity
The sense of flow and natural movement of the “wind water” energy was originally attributed to spirits. Furniture or architecture would obstruct spiritual entities, causing blockage and a feeling of anxiety. However, Feng Shui consultants now try to explain the spiritual concepts in terms Western businesses and homeowners will understand. In other words, the original belief that spiritual entities caused harm to a person within a particular environment has been hidden in order to sell this ancient form of witchcraft.
- Paul: www.fifthookmedia.com