Feng Shui, pronounced “fung shway”, is the ancient – and now modern – Chinese practice of arranging buildings, objects, and space in such a way as to achieve harmony and balance. The English translation of Feng Shui is “the way of Wind (feng) and Water (shui)” or “the natural forces of the universe.”
More than interior decorating or landscape design,
and based on the art of space and energy,
Feng Shui intentionally creates environments
where people can live in balance, with positive energy.
The practice of Feng Shui traces its roots back thousands of years to the beginning of Chinese agrarian life when early settlers recognized the need to seek harmony with the forces of nature in order to survive. Evidence of its existence can be found in the alignment and organization of burial sites in Chinese villages from 6000 B.C. In prehistoric Europe, arranging objects and structures to be in harmony with the universe was a relatively common practice.
Feng Shui is a complex art and body of knowledge that provides techniques for balancing the energies of any given space, including outdoor spaces and landscapes, to assure the health and good fortune of the inhabitants. Feng Shui works from the premise that improving one’s surroundings will improve one’s life.
Practitioners of the art make recommendations based on individual needs and observations, which include, but are not limited to:
The practice of Feng Shui evolved over thousands of years and represents a variety of schools, including Form School, Classical, Compass, Western, and Black Hat Sect Tibetan Buddhist (BTB) Feng Shui. Regardless of the differing approaches each school represents, their objectives are the same: to assist people in creating environments that support and nurture their needs and their overall well-being.