History of Feng Shui

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The ancient Chinese say that there are three things that determine our destiny; fate, luck, and Feng Shui. Fate is decided by heaven; it is your fate to be born rich or poor, prince or beggar. Luck, however, can be influenced by changing your surroundings. This can be done through the ancient art of Feng Shui. It originated in China over five thousand years ago, and is the ancient Chinese art of creating harmony in your environment.

The ancient Chinese believed that everyone has a destiny, but that people can also alter their luck by the mystical means of Feng Shui. Feng Shui means “wind and water”, and the inner meaning of Feng Shui is a human being who stands between heaven and earth, connecting the two.  In ancient times, Chinese used Feng Shui for thriving in hostile environment. Natural phenomena such as wind and water were viewed as secret signs. The Chinese found that a house sitting halfway up a hill with its doors facing South was protected from harsh winds and floods. The house would still have access to water for the crops to grow. In this surrounding, rice and vegetables would grow and it would be easier to survive, as the house would stay relatively warm during winter.  This environment would prove comfortable and harmonious.

The Chinese believed that their lives were magically linked to their environment. Certain places or environments were considered better and luckier than others, and the features of the environments such as the hills, streams, and roads all could affect a person. Therefore, if a person changed his or her environment (if it affected one in a negative way), the person could balance and improve his or her life.

By: Raphaela Sorkin