Feng Shui origin dates back thousands of years ago. Some historians say 4,000 years, others say 6,000 years ago. There is archeological evidence found in China of dwelling orientation, mosaic designs and graves that followed early Feng Shui principles. In those days, prior to the invention of the compass, the sages followed the stars and relied on astronomy to follow the interaction between sky, earth and mankind. I believe that these old Feng Shui masters were the shamans of their time.
As the population grew and people migrated, Feng Shui grew. Masters revised and invented new techniques to suit their personalities and environment. As a result, all over Asia, many schools and styles of Feng Shui evolved.
In the old days, Feng Shui was only available to the royal and noble classes and Feng Shui Masters were highly protected. The teachings and techniques became highly guarded as a result of competition and rivalry. In the 1960’s, during the rise of Communist China, many books and living Feng Shui treasures were destroyed. In this time of destruction, some masters were able to flee to neighboring Taiwan and Hong Kong. The remaining masters became the teachers of modern Feng Shui.
In the 1970’s, Grandmaster and professor Lin Yun moved from Taiwan to the US to teach Feng Shui to the western world. His students went on to form new schools of Feng Shui all over the country and wrote bestseller books on the subject, spreading the knowledge of Feng Shui. Other students applied Feng Shui to different practical fields, some of them being: architecture, counseling, psychology, real estate, landscape and interior design. Grandmaster Lin Yun’s method of Feng Shui is called BTB, which stands for “Black Hat Sect.” It is also known as the Feng Shui of the West. Others respectfully call it “New Age Feng Shui” because the practice of Space Clearing was added to Feng Shui by two very talented practitioners: Denise Linn and Karen Kingston. Some Feng Shui practitioners have also added EMF shielding tools to their practice, to neutralize their effect in our environment. The addition of dowsing tools to detect and cure discordant energies have also become part of a Feng Shui consultant’s toolkit.
Other famous Master Feng Shui teachers practice what is called the Traditional or Classical Feng Shui. Some are located in the UK, Malaysia and Singapore and travel to teach all over the world. The traditional or classical method adds the dimension of time along with compass readings. The reading is done to determine the exact location and direction of the entrance of the building. This information is then used to map the Bagua as well as what areas have better energy than others.
The classical methods practice Feng Shui in “present time,” because the energies of last year or even the previous month are not the same. Since our universe is in constant vibration and continues evolving, so should we. We should align with the flow by protecting ourselves from the negative energies of the year and enhance the positive aspects in our life. That is the premise of classical Feng Shui. Some of the methods used are called Flying Stars, 24 Mountains, Feng Shui Numerology , 8 Mansions Formula and 5 Element Theory. By using these methods or any combination, the consultant analyzes the space and the people living in it. This method personalizes the application to suit the needs of the inhabitants. The Feng Shui consultation takes on a deeper level of interaction.
Regardless of the methodology and approach, the common foundation for Feng Shui is “CHI”. Also known as Ki, Qi, Prana, or Universal Energy. CHI is the invisible life force or energy field that surrounds all living things on our planet. Whether it is human, animal, plants, nature elements, inanimate objects. And that is the wisdom of the Tao, pronounced Dao, the Chinese philosophy and spirituality founded by Lao Tzu in the 6th century BC.
You may also hear the word “CHI” if you see an acupuncturist, because Chinese Medicine is one of the branches of the Tao as well as the I Ching, a form of Chinese Divination. The Tao philosophy applies to the body, the environment and your life purpose.
What Feng Shui method you choose depends on your needs and what you are aligned to at the time.
“In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don’t try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present.”
~ Lao Tzu