people ravaged by war, poverty, hunger and illness.
Whilst individuals and various cultures have varying attitudes toward the natural environment, more people are becoming aware of the importance of re-evaluating the way in which we view nature and in so doing, how we’re going to deal with it.
I was at a function recently and during one conversation I was stunned that the view espoused was that humanity was separate to nature. Also, that science can determine all aspects of nature having the ability, through scientific evaluation to predict and manipulate the environment with little or no consequential impact should science desire this to be the case.
Science generally encourages the belief that its current explanations of nature are the absolute truth. Western science is considered to describe physical reality with absolute precision – as a result, the ancient and traditional theories of other cultures such as Feng Shui, is ridiculed as being merely superstition. An authentic Feng Shui consultant encourages an attitude of respect and caution towards nature and would never make recommendations based on superstitious beliefs. As I’ve mentioned before – Feng Shui came about as the result of lengthy and committed study of nature by the Chinese.
Feng Shui has traditionally played the role of fine tuning the relationship between humanity and nature by allowing environmental modification only if it was considered to not disrupt natural balances and harmonies. Feng Shui encompasses the assessment of water courses to a given environment, soil stability and fertility, vegetation, aspect, animal life etc... It was a joy to work with a young couple recently that shared this view - wanting to build on 80 acres and showing due respect for the environment by taking extreme care with the placement of the home ensuring the most minimal change to the environment.
In Feng Shui, the environment is considered to be a highly intricate living whole and includes humanity. All parts of this whole are inherently connected and the balances between them are delicate to say the least, consequently harmony between all elements of nature must be protected. In Feng Shui the fundamental attitudes towards nature are respect and caution recognising that an interpretation/analysis of the natural forces at play within a given environment may change over time and in view of any new evidence. With all this in mind Feng Shui may be able to give us insight, possibly even solutions, to the environmental problems we are experiencing both at home and on a global scale.