Many thousands of years ago, Feng Shui masters were exploring the unseen and mystical dimensions of the Universal energy called Chi (also known as Qi), with the purpose to discover the influence of this energy on humans’ well-being. Diving deeper into the depths of cosmic knowledge, these Feng Shui masters were studying the detailed and interconnected patterns between Universal and personal energy.
Feng means “wind” and shui means “water” in Chinese, and arises from an ancient poem which reflects upon how human life can be in balance if we connect and live in flow with our environment and live in harmony with the natural world.
“The winds are mild, The sun is bright, The water is clear, The trees are lush.”
So, the basic principles of Feng Shui comes from observations of nature, and looks at where and how we can position ourselves, and objects to achieve the ultimate flow of energy.
Qi, (Also known as Chi) influences how we feel in a place, depending on whether it can circulate harmoniously or not. It expresses a natural energy generated by a combination of both real and abstract sources, such as sunlight, cosmic influences, colour vibrations, the movement and quality of the air around us, the flow of water, the nature of our thoughts and emotions, the form of objects, and much more.
Yin and Yang
The Yin and Yang philosophy arises from the Chinese perspective that everything is interconnected and that continuous change is the dynamic process of nature, such as light vs. shade, movement and stillness and so on. A balance between Yin and Yang creates harmony and stability, as the natural balance becomes disrupted whenever there is too much of one or other.
The Five Elements (Wu Xing)
The Five Elements, also known as the Five Movements, Five Phases or Five Steps are;
Water (Shui), Wood (Mu), Fire (Huo), Earth (Tu) and Metal (Jin). The elements were regarded as the foundation of everything in the universe and natural phenomena in daily life. They are introduced to beneficially influence a living space and the idea that we respond energetically to our environments. We feel different emotions in different places we visit. Feng Shui for homes influences us as we can respond to natural lights, views, colours, plants and much more.
Our response to the atmosphere may influence our mood, energy levels and more, why Feng Shui looks to create a space with ideal characteristics to achieve flow of energy and balance.