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Origin And History
Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese art which originated in China some 2800 years ago. Broadly speaking, Feng refers to wind, and Shui refers to water. According to Chinese mythology, wind and water, together, are associated with good omen, positive energy and fortune. Good Feng Shui refers to good health and vice versa.
Feng Shui is based on the system of harmony between the environment and its surroundings. The practices associated with this concept span across different precincts of the environment – landscape, architecture and health. The critical aspect of Feng Shui is to develop and vitalize ‘qi’ energy.
Benefits Of Feng Shui
Feng Shui basically targets ‘qi’ energy and harmonizes it with the surroundings. Although the concept is ‘vibratory’ per se, it does have certain influence on different aspects of the environment, thereby affecting the individuals who thrive in it.
Some of the apparent benefits of Feng Shui have been listed as under:
- Enhances flow of positive energy at home, workplace and other architectural establishments
- Promotes ‘good’ vibrations at home, office, and schools, etc.
- Vitalizes the local environment so as to attract good fortune, health and well-being
- Helps increase personal luck and favor
- Harmonizes environment and surroundings
- Avoids negative influence on the establishments, personal development and health
Research And Study On Its Efficacy
Various studies were conducted to establish the role of Feng Shui in different walks of life.
- International Network of Feng Shui Association established the efficacy of Feng Shui in bringing positive energy in workplace, schools and areas of practice.
- Feng Shui Research Center, also known as FSRC, was founded by its founded Master Joseph Yu. This Center was founded to dissipate teachings and practice of this ancient Chinese art to potential practitioners, scholars and even students
- Other societies have also conducted various meta-analyses to establish the physical role of Feng Shui is attracting positive vibes and energy.
- However, the study concluded that the art is just basically a source of spiritual satisfaction and has no apparent physical role in modifying or changing the scenario.
How To Carry Out The Therapy?
Feng Shui is carried out by means of a Luo-Pan (compass) and bagua (map).
- Bagua, in this metaphysics art, is a sort of energy map (octagonal) that contains symbols of I Ching.
- These symbols attribute to the ancient oracle which forms the basis of this ancient art.
- Feng Shui practitioners help people know the bagua of their architecture, home, school, office etc., so as to enable them draw a clear and concise connection with these areas with various aspects of life.
- The compass (Luo-Pan) is another critical component of Feng Shui. It comprises of a magnetic needle around which concentric rings are present. According to Chinese mythology, Luo refers to ‘everything’ and Pan means ‘bowl’.
Who Needs Feng Shui?
Lack of scientific evidence and knowledge had failed to establish the beneficial role of Feng Shui in medical ailments. However, the art is quite admired and is common among people of Chinese ethnicity, Indo-Asian tribes and regions in Eurasia.
- The technique is most commonly used by people who are in debt or suffering from untreatable medical conditions like Cancer and AIDS.
- Feng Shui has also been applied in architectural designing, work-life balance and attracting positive energy in almost every walk of life.
Precautions, Contraindications And Interactions
Since there is no established scientific evidence to support its interactions and precautions, the concept is mostly restricted to the terms of religious and spiritual factors.
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