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What Is Feng Shui? And How Does It Work?

Have you ever wondered why more and more people across the world are turning to Feng Shui? For multiple reasons that directly or directly affect their lives. So why it is essential for you? Read on to know more!

Principles of Taoism

Feng Shui is an ancient art and science that takes its roots from the principles of Taoism, a Chinese philosophical doctrine dating back to around 6000 years. Initially practiced in secret only by the Imperialist royals of China, it gained popularity and widespread recognition for its teachings and principles that lead to good health, wealth, and prosperity.

Wind and Water

The core principle of Feng Shui is simple. In literal terms, Feng means ‘wind,’ and Shui means ‘water.’ Since these two elements of nature in the Chinese culture are associated with good health and wealth, Feng Shui translates to good fortune.

The range of Feng Shui categorization is vast, from easy tips on décor and objects placements at your home to intricate calculations based upon the various branches of its scholarly study, including philosophy, physics, and astronomy.


The basic idea of Feng Shui stems from the Taoist vision and understanding of nature that every object surrounding us in the environment is filled with ‘Chi’ or ‘Qi,’ which means energy.

It teaches us how to harmonize our body, mind, and soul with the energies in any space. It could be our homes, office, garden, or any other type of establishments.

The science of Feng Shui harnesses’ chi’ or energy from your environment and manifests its positive effects within your senses, including visual, auditory, tactile, and smell.

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The two main concepts of Feng Shui

Taoism and Feng Shui share two concepts of principalities that include the polarities of Yin and Yang and the theory of five elements. Yin and Yang are polar opposites that cannot exist without the other; while the five elements represent harmony in between the known elements of the world, including wood, fire, earth, metal, and water.

Yin and Yagn

    In Taoism, yin and yang is a belief, that the balance of 陰 yin (feminine) and 陽 yan (masculine) is necessary to maintain a good flow of ‘chi,’ which leads to a happy and content life. These are two halves that together complete the wholeness. For, e.g., the shadow cannot exist without light. The core principality means that the universe is governed by a cosmic duality, a set of two opposing but also complementing elements that can be static or otherwise.

    The balance of yin and Yang is critical for harmony. They could be individually strong or vice versa. In some conditions, elements cannot only be yin but also yang. Calculating the components of these elements to balance them out evenly and create equilibrium between opposites will get is the desirable outcome.

Five Elements

    Traditionally the principles of feng shui and Taoism believes that the five elements are represented by colors, and can help you bring balance and harmony in your personal space.

    It implies visual aesthetics to the concept of a constructive cycle. For example, water provides growth to wood; the wood then is used as fuel for the element fire; the ash from the wood on fire becomes the essence of earthen minerals forming metals. Sometimes the cycle is opposite to constructive and harms one’s psyche when the arrangement differs. For, e.g., wood can grow and consume soil, and metal can cut wood.

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The Feng Shui Bagua

Feng Shui is all about energy creation and flows across your environment. Feng Shui Bagua is one of the main tools used to define the energy map of your surroundings and space. Bagua, when translated from the Chinese language, means ‘8 areas’. These areas individually correspond to the most critical areas of one’s life.

The geometric map of Bagua allows you to access and improve specific elements of your life, such as family relationships, love, career, aspirations, health, wealth, etc. Identifying the key areas and positioning of objects enhances the Feng Shui by balancing the harmony of ‘chi’ in your home, office, etc.

The most important areas, as defined by ancient feng shui masters, are as follows

    • Family relationships and health
    • Wealth and Abundance
    • Love and Marriage
    • Fame and Reputation
    • Spiritual Growth and Cultivation
    • Children and Creativity
    • Blessings and Helpful People
    • Career, aspirations, and path in life

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Basic Principle of Feng Shui and their applications

Start with a few necessary steps for cultivation ‘chi’ or positive energy from feng shui in your home. Listed here a few easy-to-do things to get the best results.

Create space and all brightness throughout your home

    If your home is cluttered, it is time for you to make some space for yourself. The fewer obstacles on your pathway and space, the more breather you get. Clean up your entrance and remove any debris to allow energy to enter your home and collect & gather. Similarly, your windows should be clean and make sure to use light-colored curtains for sunlight to flow in. This makes your home feel more vibrant, and the sunlight helps the five elements to manifest, and collect from positive energy around your home, creating clarity and focus for your mind.

Command your Position

    As per feng shui, your bed represents you and your emotions; while the desk represents your career, and the stove in your kitchen represents your wealth. These mustn’t lie directly in line with the entrance door; however, they should be visible from your position. This creates a commanding position since your visibility is concealed, but you still have visible command over the entrance.

More feng shui tips for designing each room in your home? Find them here!

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