Feng Shui, at its simplest, is the study of the influences of the environment – a system which determines how best to fully understand and harness the laws of nature to our benefit.
Feng Shui technology is about positioning ourselves in the best place within our environment; the place that enables us to take advantage of all the forces that can benefit us. It encompasses more than just physical surroundings – the landscape, mountains, water, buildings, roads and the interiors of our homes. Feng Shui is also to do with abstract and unseen forces that are governed by the principles of Yin and Yang, the Cycles of Birth, and destruction of the Five Elements.
It is always difficult to know which comes first – the chicken or the egg or, in this case, - Chi or Yin and Yang.
Did the first cosmic Chi produce the opposites called Yin and Yang? Or was there originally absolutely nothing (Wu Chi), from which emerged the opposites, Yin and Yang which, through the energy of their interaction – their constant attrition and abrasion – their polarity - their mutual attraction and rejection – gave rise to the great universal energy, Chi?
In ancient Chinese cosmology, the universe and everything in it is composed of five environmental elements. The Chinese believe that these five elements are the basic components of all matter in the universe. These elements are constantly interacting with each other and have two main cycles which describe the ‘order’ of the universe.