Feng-Shui Pt 1

Pink Lilly

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This section contains a brief information relating to Tao, and when one thinks that according to Lao Tzu, it is impossible to describe the Tao, then this is by definition wrong!
However I have tried to include introductions to a number of subjects that are related to this topic. Including - Ying Yang, Feng-Shui and Tai Chi. I also hope to include a page on Chi at a later date.


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This section contains both a primer, (understanding the Tao), and an introduction to the Tao.

Both of these are also available as more detailed pdf files for you to download:-

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Yin Yang

A brief introduction to the principles of Yin Yang, and why you should NOT assign the female or male principles to that specific gender, this is a common mistake of many who have simply heard or read that one is female and the other male.

The yin-yang symbol is probably one of the most used and misused symbols that has become popular in the western world to symbolize oneness.

Feng-Shui

Many books have sentences similar to the following: -
Once you have found a suitable location, made sure you are facing a supportive direction, you can then turn your attention to the interior!!! Are these writers serious?

In the two articles you will find a short overview of the principles of Feng Shui, and the home.

I will be incorporating some, (if not many) of the feng shui principles in the 'Lifestyles' section.

Tai Chi

The aim of Tai Chi is to foster a calm and tranquil mind, focusing on the movements and exercising control over ones self.

Tai Chi movements have their origins in the martial arts, and practicing Tai Chi does have some martial art applications.
For many practitioners the focus in practicing Tai chi is not first and foremost martial art orientated, but a meditative exercise for the body, for others the combat aspects of Tai Chi are of interest.

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Feng-Shui Pt 1

Introduction

The planet Earth.

The planet is a complex eco system,
and even slight disruptions to the eco system
can have disastrous effects.

The modern world is far removed from that of 100 years ago, and definitely cannot be compared to that of ancient china from where Feng-Shui and many of its rules originated. For the ancient Chinese observing the movement of the moon and the sun, and other activities occurring in nature was essential to survival.

Many in the modern world do not even know how to grow a vegetable let alone when to plant or harvest crops, but we still depend on the natural world for our survival. Nevertheless, whilst we may be at the mercy of the weather and the planet, unless something directly affects us, our lives can continue as though nothing has happened.

Most ancient peoples regarded themselves and everything else as part of one system, which gave them a holistic view of life. Medicine, health, food and lifestyle where all interconnected. However, in the west, religion and scientific development created separate views of the world, controlled by the wishes and whims of the rulers, be they religious rulers, kings, queens or their appointed representatives.

Recent developments in both living standards, and human rights, has meant for many in the west, that they can finally decide for themselves how they view the world and interact with it. Because of this, many have chosen to correct the imbalances in their lives by adopting a more holistic approach, though returning to the more simplistic lifestyle is for the majority, not an option, or in many cases a desire.

The Tao, which is the philosophy underlying the principles of Feng-Shui, shows how it is possible to order our lives to exist in harmony with each other, our environment and ourselves.


Feng-Shui: - an ancient Chinese art.

Feng-Shui is the art of setting out ones living space, garden / balcony, so that Chi ‘life’s energy’, can flow free and harmoniously within. Because any energy blocks or unfavourable blockages of Chi can have negative effects in all the various areas of our lives: health, career, finances, family – and naturally in our partnerships. Through the observance of simple rules concerning the setting out of various areas and the positioning of furniture and accessories, one can make life more happy and harmonious.

So what is Feng-Shui actually?

It is a 3000+ year old tradition from the Chinese philosophy, which even today has a significant meaning for people, not only in china, but also in increasing numbers for those in Europe and America.

The rules of Feng-Shui have developed over thousands of years of observing the inter-reactions between people and their environment. Knowledge, gained by observing nature, and the knowledge from Chinese astrology and numerology as well as the mystic thinking (which causes most of the problems for the western way of thinking), have all found their way into the art of Feng-Shui.

The terminology of Feng-Shui is probably what makes Feng-Shui so difficult to understand for many westerners. However, once it is explained and not just assumed that one will somehow know (as many practitioners do to impress their friends or clients), then the meaning becomes clear, and not some ‘far eastern’ mystical way of thinking.

The importance of Feng-Shui (in china), is better explained through the following example:

In Hong Kong there is a large block of flats where the architect of the complex has left a large quadrate in the centre completely open (on the advice of an expert in Feng-Shui), even though, living space was at the time the most scarce and expensive in the world. The reason given for this was that the hole must be there in order to let the ‘dragon’ flow through; otherwise it would bring bad luck to those living there.

Probably the most famous example of the Feng-Shui principles.

Housing complex in Hong Kong.

On first reading this, one would think that this was nothing more than a superstitious belief, but there is an environmental explanation behind the reason.
There is a range of mountains behind the building and the wind coming off these would over a period of time have caused stresses on the construction and been a danger to the building, so the hole was necessary to allow it to flow through without obstruction.

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