Feng Shui literally means "wind water". Feng Shui is the practice of creating harmony with the environment to derive the greatest benefit, peace and prosperity, and can be applied in any environment. The determination of the best location in a environment is based on the individual's year of birth, the environment, and the orientation of the solar system. Using the basic principles of Yin and Yan, the five elements (fire, earth, metal, water, and wood), East and West, the solar system, and the environment, a Feng Shui practitioner applies a set of theories and calculations to determine the most positive orientation for an individual.
Traditional Feng Shui
When something out of the ordinary occurred, the masters would see what had changed in their surroundings. Did the door become stuck? Even the most subtle variation was scrutinized. External changes in the environment were identified to coincide with changes in the people. These fastidious observations were the center of the oral tradition of Feng Shui and passed from generation to generation. However, only when a Feng Shui master was on his death bed, did he pass the art on to his protégé.
Modern Feng Shui
The consulting of modern day Feng Shui specialists ranges from the superficial effects to the spiritual effects of the environment. They work with all professions as well as individuals who want suggestions about their environment. Architects incorporate almost perfect Feng Shui into their buildings. Many architects are open minded and eager to apply this old approach to new structures. Architects have been using many Feng Shui principles all along. Builders benefit from using Feng Shui knowledge as well. Remodeling can upset the balance and harmony in a building and in the lives of people who spend time there. Interior decorators and designers use the placement of furniture, color theory, and the five elements to incorporate Feng Shui principles subtley and overtly. Realtors are another group that find Feng Shui invaluable in their business. Feng Shui helps realtors sell houses that are difficult to sell by finding and solving the hidden problems that make the difference between an unwanted house and a sold house where people feel very comfortable.
The ancient principles are being applied to bedrooms, offices, and buildings. Mirrors, plants, and other objects are being placed as never before.
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