FENG SHUI HISTORY
ON HIS EXCELLENT WEBSITE QIMANCY
, CHINA SCHOLAR DR. STEPHEN L. FIELD CLAIMS THAT FENG SHUI IS AS OLD AS CHINESE CIVILISATION ITSELF -- AROUND 8000 YEARS OLD. He goes on to write:
"In its earliest form fengshui indeed was utilized to orient the homes of the dead rather than the homes of the living. The term itself appears first in a passage from the Book of Burial which dates to no earlier than the 4th century CE." Dr Field adds that: "Qi rides the feng (wind) and scatters, but is retained when encountering shui (water). The ancients collected it to prevent its dissipation and guided it to assure its retention. Thus it was called fengshui. According to the laws of fengshui, the site which attracts water is optimum, followed by the site which catches wind."
Central to Feng Shui is the belief in Chi or Qi -- kind of the same Force that Yoda and Obi-Wan talk about in STAR WARS! Chi/Qi flows through the body, and can be manipulated by acupuncture. Chi/Qi is also present in food, showing the importance of a balanced diet (see the previous article, The Qi Nature of Food
. Chi/Qi flows through the wider world as well, and can be manipulated by astute landscaping and design. In the past, whole cities in The Far East were designed to enhance their Chi power. Feng Shui was even used as a weapon of war. When Japan conquered Korea, occupation authorities built structures in key positions to deliberately leach Korea's Chi into the Japanese energy matrix. Perhaps it was this strategy of energetic warfare which ensured such a long Japanese domination of the Korean Peninsula. The Chinese also used Feng Shui in its 1000-year occupation of Vietnam. Chinese imperialists used geomancy to drain the "veins of the dragon" running through Vietnamese soil which had been stirring up nationalist resentment and resistance in the native population.
GIVE IT A TRY
All this might seem a little fanciful to the more literal-minded people out there, and I agree it is good to sceptical about things. That is why I want to experiment, and see for myself if Feng Shui really works. I'm open-minded enough to give it a try. My approach is this: if Feng Shui is real and then you apply it properly, you should get immediate obvious signs that it is working. In other words, if you reconfigure your bedroom to attract more wealth in your life, you should get an instant boost in your income. I mean, it either works or it doesn't work. My plan is to make daily, incremental changes to the interior decoration of my house, using knowledge gleaned from the Net. The more I learn, the more I can implement, and hopefully the more positive changes will occur in my life. I am starting to wonder: if Feng Shui is true, imagine what people could achieve if they made use of it? Could technology be developed to utilise the natural Chi of the Universe? Rockets could fly to the stars powered only by Chi. But anyway, let's keep things simple, and see how Feng Shui can be used to enhance your daily life.
Contact the author Rob Sullivan at email@example.com. Anticopyright February 2005/July 2004.