Friday, January 27, 2012

Feng Shui: Myth or Science?

                                                   Japanese Gardens - Portland Oregon 2011

Feng Shui is a body of ancient Chinese knowledge based on observation from three sources: astronomical, natural phenomena, and human behavior. It represents a holistic view of creating a harmonized environment. Feng Shui can be studied logically and in a scientific way.

Basics: The Land

According to Feng Shui geomancy, the most auspicious site has hills to the back and an opening to the front. These hills were best directionally positioned to the north by northwest acting as a barrier from incoming cold winds and as a protective mechanism from any potential attacks to the village.

The front of a site was open to the south by southeast with water nearby for daily use. These two land form dynamics were seen as essential environmental conditions for early Chinese civilization. Essentially, the success of a village depended on the land it was built upon.

Core Principles:

The core principles of Feng Shui is an integrated and holistic system beginning with the environment (as a whole) – weather, planetary positions, constellations, and land form topography. Man is the receiver of these combined energies. There is a mutual connection between all three factors (heaven – man – earth) and constant interaction, transformation and rebirth. Evaluating the macro/microcosm connection is the key behind a feng shui assessment. Simply put, when man is in flow with nature the result is good feng shui and prosperous living conditions.


We perceive all things in our environment through our sensory systems. Perception of the environment is immediately processed in the limbic part of the brain. Aesthetic appreciation of a built environment then becomes an important concept in feng shui. Beauty of the surrounding environment (land form) and man-made materials (buildings, design, lighting, color, etc.) awakens our sensory organ systems and aligns our personal energy.

In feng shui we aim to create internal and external beauty for a state of balance (yin and yang) or complimenting opposites in the living environment. When these measures are taken into consideration the result is a healthy and balanced space that directly impacts the health of the occupants within the structure.

Timely & Affectionate:

Being in tune with the cycles of nature: the wind, water, tree, soil, mountain, and animal life connects the macro and microcosm as one. When we make a conscious effort to connect body and soul to the environment we live and work in, happiness is apparent and prosperity becomes a way of life.

One can ascertain then feng shui is a basis of living in connection with nature and moving within its natural cycles. When this is achieved, the result is living as "one" with all things. This is how the universe operates; therefore, the idea that feng shui is myth-based is simply foolish.


Mary Jane Kasliner - Feng Shui Master & Yoga Teacher
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