A long time ago, the Chinese noticed that, depending on the location of the surrounding objects, a person can feel differently: feel comfortable or severe anxiety. These observations laid the foundation for the ancient Chinese philosophy of Feng Shui.
Ancient Chinese philosophy
Observing the direction of wind and water energy, the ancient Chinese noticed that nature independently creates places filled with high or low energy levels. They learned to use the hidden forces of nature for the benefit of man.
Knowledge helped the Chinese, especially nomadic people, to settle in territories that gave them the opportunity to safely settle down and live happily in harmony with the world around them. They considered the mountains to be the personification of stability and peace, vitality and protection from natural disasters were given by the trees growing nearby, the nearby reservoirs also added energy to people.
In translation, "fen" means "wind", and "tui" - "water" - hence the name of this philosophy. Feng Shui, as an ancient science, presupposes an equal exchange of energies between man and nature. The Chinese have learned to use the vital energy, which they called "qi", without destroying it, merging in harmony with the natural world.
The philosophy of ancient China asserts that two opposite poles "yin" and "yang" in their definite combination give rise to harmony on earth. The balance of the five elements - water, fire, earth, metal and wood - serves to ensure a harmonious balance in the environment.
Feng Shui life
Today's life is very different from the one that existed millennia ago, but many people, primarily the Chinese themselves, believe that "qi" has a very strong impact on human life. That is why, creating a comfortable environment around them, they try to arrange themselves in accordance with the laws of ancient Chinese philosophy.
According to Feng Shui, beautifully arranged gardens, landscapes of nature surrounding a person, slowly flowing water and waterfalls rumbling down from a height are a strong source of energy.
Straight lines and angles facing the house are roads through which evil spirits can enter. Therefore, it is not recommended to place houses at intersections when the front door is on the straight path of the road continuation. Negative energy comes from neighboring houses located at an angle or their roofs. A straight path from the gate to the entrance, long home corridors also open the way for evil spirits.
Feng Shui has tools that block negative energy: fences that hide the road, hedges, curved paths to the front door. A special small round bagua mirror, which reflects evil forces from the house, can serve as a replacement. (With the use of such a mirror, interesting stories are associated with people who follow the philosophy of Feng Shui).
To restore the disturbed balance of life and harmony, in addition to the pakua mirror, other means are used. Plants that grow in abundance in the garden, trees planted behind the house (especially evergreen), prevent negative energy sources from entering the house, hide everything that is undesirable for a person. It is necessary to closely monitor the condition of the plants, to remove sick and drying out in time. Plants in the house not only decorate the interior, but also increase vitality.
Clean, moving water and oval-shaped pools and ponds have a beneficial effect. An abundance of positive energy, mental rest, gives rise to a combination of plants and water.
Lamps and lanterns serve to create a harmonious balance. They are necessary if the house is not in the center of the land plot, as well as on the sides of narrow paths that slow down the movement of energy useful to humans.
For a person, the music of the wind should sound, created by air currents and wooden, metal or ceramic pendants, pleasant sounds. The best place for them is in front of the door, but the main thing is that it is important to hear and see the wind chime. Various sources of sound bring a favorable force into the house: the murmur of water, the rustle of the breeze.
Inside the home, it is necessary to properly organize the flow of positive energy. There must be order in the house - clutter “pollutes” the thoughts and feelings of those living in it. It is necessary to get rid of unnecessary things - they make a person's life stagnant, firmly binding to the departed.
The arrangement of the items must be correct. There will be no harmony and peace in the house if there are photographs and paintings depicting scenes of disasters and military operations.
Feng Shui objects decorating a home have a certain meaning: they may relate to materials that personify certain elements (wood, metal, water, fire or earth). In order for the object to influence favorably and not to weaken the energy of those standing nearby, it must be placed in a suitable place.