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For over 3,000 years the art of
Feng Shui has
been practiced in China. Early Chinese people who practiced Feng Shui were
responsible for finding the area that was used to build homes and creating their
villages. The areas they found were called Belly of the Dragon because
they were above areas that were prone to flooding and below areas of high winds.
This is what is meant by achieving the balance of wind and water.
Once they found the right spot for building, the Feng Shui master would oversee the building of the structures so that they did not interfere with the natural elements of the area. Being in harmony with these elements is the basis for Feng Shui.
Feng Shui practitioners in the very early days were regarded highly but the only patrons they were allowed to see were the emperors and privileged people of that time. The commoners were not allowed to seek assistance from them. Any Feng Shui practitioner who was found to have helped a commoner was subject to being severely punished or put to death
Feng Shui art uses the solar system, the earth, and a person's birth date to calculate the best directions for a person to live and work. Placement of certain objects related to the five elements of the Feng Shui principle are key to having the correct balance and in turn provide peace and harmony.
During the East Han Dynasty in 25 A.D., written records were kept that detail the beliefs that are today used as Feng Shui. The theories of Yin and Yang, believing that everything must be balanced to achieve harmony, were practiced around 770 B.C. to 475 B.C. at the earliest.
Many Feng Shui practices were handed down from generation to generation. They more often were in the form of communicating verbally or poems were made up to teach to students. Because the Feng Shui art was kept a secret from commoners, not many written records are available.
If you believe in the power of Feng Shui, becoming more in balance and at ease with your life are part of the results. These results do not happen overnight. The truly devoted will have the harmony in their life as well as the peace within to overcome the most troublesome of obstacles.
The energy that is associated with Feng Shui is called chi. Chi is influenced by the positioning of something and anything that is placed around it. In that way of thinking, the earth is positioned and all living things that are around it are energy. The energy can be either positive or negative.
Many people believe that crystals are important to the practice of Feng Shui. However these are treated as myths among true practices of this ancient art. Your space has to have the energy patterns clear and distinct. Only then will everything fall into place.
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