On the eve of the Chinese New Year, entering into the Year of the Water Dragon, I find it a perfect time to share the definition of what Feng Shui is and why I believe it is so important to be recognized in our world today.
According to Wikipedia, the definition of Feng Shui is a Chinese system of geomancy believed to use the laws of heaven (astrology) and earth (structures) to help improve ones life by receiving positive qi (Chi). The term Feng Shui translates literally into Wind and Water in English which is a cultural shorthand taken from a passage in the Book of Burial.
Historically, Feng Shui was widely used to orient buildings—often spiritually significant structures such as tombs, but also dwellings and other structures—in an auspicious manner. Depending on the particular style of Feng Shui being used, an auspicious site could be determined by reference to local features such as bodies of water, stars, or a compass. Feng shui was suppressed in China during the cultural revolution in the 1960s, but since then has increased in popularity.
My teachings were brought to the West through the late HH Grandmaster Professor Thomas Lin Yun. His approach was based on the Buddhist Tantric Black Sect method and therefore has some intrinsic difference in the application, reading and ultimately the recommendations to ensure positive Feng Shui.
However, it is my belief that the basic premise and underlining element that is the MOST IMPORTANT part of Feng Shui, is the fact that it reconnects us with our environments and the important that the spaces, places and structures in which we live and work. The understanding that these structures have a huge effect on the quality, safety and prosperity of the days of our lives.
It has seemed to me over the course of my life that I had to RE-LEARN this simply truth and this is coming from a classically trained Interior Architect, with a minor in Psychology. I understood the “how to’s” of design, I understood the reasons why people did certain things but I had lost the understanding of the interconnectedness of People with Space. Feng Shui gave that back to me. It was the “glue” that ultimately gave the training I received the foundation to build my life on.
As a result of this re-learned vision, my PURPOSE has been redefined to help reconnect people with this understanding – that our spaces are a reflection of who we are and that they are important to the course and successes of our lives. I aim to empower people to recognize this truth again and to guide them to the creation of spaces that reflect their very best selves.
May 2012 be the year you reconnect with your environment and create spaces to enhance your life so you can give your best self to the world.
May the Dragon bring you & yours
Prosperity, Health, Success, Joy & Peace.