Essay about The Ancient Art of Feng Shui

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The Ancient Art of Feng Shui

The History of Feng Shui

Feng Shui has been practiced in China for thousands of years and is believed to have started in 2953 B.C. when Hu of Hsia found a tortoise that had a perfect "magic square" on its back. From this discovery evolved the I Ching, the oldest book in Chinese history, and possibly the world (Webster 1). This book contains the first written instructions on the theory of Feng Shui. Feng Shui was seen as a sacred power, so much so that in ancient China, only the privileged class had access to the knowledge. There are even stories of members of the Imperial family who went out of their way to obscure the texts in order to prevent those who might be a threat to them from obtaining the
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However, ch’i is bound by water, so a location near water is full of the accumulated life force. According to Feng Shui mythology, the first time that ch’i moved it created yang, the male principle, and when it rested, it created yin, the female principle. After these very important creations ch’i then created the rest of the universe. The theory of the yin and the yang are of vital importance to Feng Shui (Webster 6).

Yin and Yang Yin and yang are the two opposing energies involved with Feng Shui and neither one can survive without the other. In fact nothing is completely yin or completely yang, everything is a combination of both energies. This is illustrated is the popular yin yang symbol in which a small circle of black is located in the large white shape and a small white circle is inside the black (Feng Shui Society). This symbol is called the Taichi symbol of completeness due to its perfect balance of the yin and the yang. Together, yin and yang make up Tao, the way. The entire universe is made up of yin and yang energies constantly interacting with each other, and perfect harmony is established through a perfect balance. Since ch’i is the life force and it created the yin and yang, neither yin nor yang can be evil or good. They just are (Webster 7). It is only when you have an unbalanced amount of the two that your ch’i become negatively affected. According to Feng Shui, mountains, hills and other raised areas (even tall

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