Historically, the Chinese art of feng shui (often pronounced fung shway or foong choy) was used to orient towns, palaces and important dwellings. Considered sacred, the knowledge was passed from master to apprentice, with the indentured period lasting for decades. Prior to the mid-1980s, feng shui was still a closely guarded secret; even by 1990, only a handful of books were available.
Most feng shui principles stem from a combination of observation, mathematics and Taoist philosophy. Taoists believe that everything, both living and innate, vibrates at a particular frequency; this energy, called chi, hovers on the brink between the material and spiritual realms. For optimum health, wealth and harmony, chi needs to circulate freely through an environment.
As Eastern and Western cultures continue to blend, feng shui is gaining in popularity, not only with home owners but with small businesses and large corporations. It’s a little known fact that companies such as Meriton, Citibank, Suncorp, Virgin, Star Casino, IBM, Westpac, Microsoft and Trump regularly utilise feng shui consultants.
Personally, I have found feng shui to work very well for businesses of all sorts; the results are often fast and impressive, with increased harmony, productivity and profits.
Over the centuries, three main schools emerged:
Form school, the original system of feng shui, focuses on surrounding landforms and natural features; buildings and furniture placement are also scrutinised, along with colours, shapes and man-made objects.
Compass school, a simplified version that incorporates compass directions and the five fundamental elements (water, wood, fire, earth and metal) into the equation. Until the late 80s, this was the only system known to Westerners.
Flying Star school. Flying star charts (see sample below) factor time and ancient mathematics into the equation, making this the most complex but also the most accurate system. Classic form and compass school principles are also analyzed.
The Three Lucks
According to Chinese tradition there is a trinity of luck which describes the kind of life and potential that each of us has. For a healthy, happy and fulfilling life the three lucks should work in harmony.
Heaven Luck Also referred to as ‘Universal chi’, this is the luck that we’re born with. It encompasses our inherited genetic make-up, our astrological birth chart and our karma from previous existences. Accounting for roughly 30-40 percent of our lives, Heaven Luck is like the cosmic hand we’re dealt at birth.
Earth Luck Accounting for 20-25 percent of our luck, Earth Luck is influenced by the society and situation that we’re born into: disasters like war can determine this luck, but luckily, so can feng shui. By improving our surroundings and freeing the flow of chi, we can bring more balance and harmony into our lives.
Person Luck This Luck is determined by what we choose to make of our lives. Devoting time to education, self-development and spiritual practices will improve this luck, as can charitable deeds. This luck can affect up to 40 percent of our lives, which means that nearly half of our success in life depends on our decisions.
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