Feng-Shui Pt 2

Pink Lilly

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Tao General

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.


Introduction to the Tao

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:-

  1. Understanding the Tao pdf
  2. The Tao an Introduction pdf

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 2

Our home.

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?

We need to feel comfortable and relaxed in our own home, but sometimes the external environment, our neighbours or just our general situation, can all contrive to make our home into somewhere we spent as little time as possible in. Whilst we may be aware of these things, often we can see no way of changing them except to move, which for many is an impossibility.

Living in such an environment over a period of time can affect our health, both physically and mentally. However, before giving up hope of ever making somewhere into a home, it is worth considering that there may be other more subtle forces that we cannot see contributing to the overall effect, and these are where Feng-Shui can help.

All writings similar to the ones shown in the 'box' above, only shows that the practitioner, (writer) does not know how to adapt the principles of Feng-Shui to the modern world, and one should always remember that according to the great teachers of Tao, nothing is static and unchanging, not even the Tao.
Using Feng-Shui, one can enhance the home and thus improve aspects of ones life that one is not satisfied with, and that is the main objective of Feng-Shui for the average person in the modern world.

Probably for most people the rules of Feng-Shui seem almost impossible to follow, the reasoning behind this is that unless one can afford to have a home specially built, and in a place of ones own choosing, the layout of the home is already decided for us, whether one rents or buys, be it a flat or a house.

But even so, the basic principles can be applied, after all how often have you been in someone’s home and felt ‘cold’ or ‘hemmed-in’ simply by the way it was decorated, furnished or because of how it was situated. Then visited another home of the same design but with a different style of decoration, furnishing or in another location and felt relaxed and at ease.

This does not mean that one must move, or throw out all the furnishings, and completely redecorate every room. Just repositioning the furniture and ‘opening-up/closing-up’ the living space or placing a few plants correctly in the garden(s) or on the balcony, can achieve many of the effects that one is looking for.

Most Feng-Shui books that I have read either ignore Flats or say that one should not live there. This is like saying that a large proportion of those living in modern towns and cities are ‘condemned’ to eternal unrest in their homes, which is simply not true. By applying the principles of Feng-Shui to any home, one can improve ones life.


Basic principles.

So what should one look out for?

The first basic principle has to do with Chi (good energy), and Sha (bad energy), one wishes to promote good Chi and avoid bad Sha.

Chi should always circulate through the rooms or the outside of the building in soft and harmonious circular or wave forms.

Straight flowing Chi.Straight flowing Chi creates unacceptably strong energy.

Circular flowing Chi.Circular flowing Chi has a harmonious / stimulating effect.

Straight flowing Chi onto home.Here the Chi shoots straight onto the house, bombarding it with energy.

Circular flowing Chi onto home.The winding street directs the Chi in a more harmonious way.

The same principle applies inside the home, long, straight corridors as are often seen in many offices, are unfavourable (even in the office), but simply placing plants or furniture to break-up the straight flow of Sha energy into the more softer flowing Chi energy, can improve the harmony of the area. The placing of mirrors on the walls can have a similar effect. However one must always remember not to ‘over do’ the slowing down of the energy otherwise stagnation of the Chi can occur, which can have the opposite effect to that desired, and lead to an energy free area or ‘dead space’.

When reading books about Feng-Shui, it is important to remember that many authors have taken principles and information from other sources, which are not necessarily those of Feng-Shui.


What should one look for when learning about Feng-Shui?

Firstly, make sure any books are written in a style that is easy to follow, and that it covers the areas of your life that you wish to improve. If it is only offering advice for someone that is designing and building their own home leave it, (unless of course, you are designing and building your own home). Such books rarely represent a realistic view of incorporating the principles of Feng-Shui into a home, and are often full of information that will not help anyone with a limited budget.

Remember also that anything that is too complex to follow is probably too complex to incorporate into ones life, (use the acronym, KISS, ‘keep it simple stupid’!).

Also remember: Feng-Shui is not just for the complete home, but also for each room, and even though you may not have a perfect Feng-Shui designed layout, all the principles can be applied on a room-to-room basis.

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