While some jobs/careers have gone where the dodo birds went, new jobs and careers are being born. One of them is the Feng Shui expert. In North America’s major cities, particularly in the west coast such as Greater Vancouver, San Francisco and California where there are pockets of immigrants from Hongkong, China and Taiwan, qualified feng shui practitioners are becoming in great demand not only from immigrants but also from westerners.
Feng Shui practitioners use a feng shui compass to calculate and make readings. The purpose of feng shui is to align ourselves in a balanced and harmonious way to the energies of where we live and work. This includes understanding both the physical and invisible aspects of our environments. Feng shui practicioners believe that by cancelling all or any negative or opposing influences and aligning the two aspects, can result to the improvement of health, happiness and prosperity.
Feng shui is an ancient Chinese system of aesthetics believed to use the laws of both Heaven (astronomy) and Earth (geography) to help one improve life by receiving positive qi (energy). It is about how everything is energy and is interconnected and constantly changing. Based on the laws of nature, its theories, principles and techniques, Feng shui offers a way of understanding how humans can create a comfortable environment that is supportive and life affirming.
The term feng shui literally translates as “wind-water” in English. This is a cultural shorthand taken from the passage of the Zhangshu (Book of Burial) by Guo Pu of the Jin Dynasty: “Qi rides the wind and scatters, but is retained when encountering water.”
Traditional feng shui practice always requires an extremely accurate Chinese compass, or luo pan, in order to determine the directions in finding any auspicious sector in a desired location.
Although feng shui is conceptually similar to its Indian counterpart Vaastu Shastra in that they both try to harmonize the flow of life-energy (qi in Chinese or prana in Sanskrit) through the house, it differs in the details, such as the exact directions in which various objects, rooms, materials etc. are to be placed.
Before the discovery of magnets, feng shui relied on astronomy to find correlations between humans and the universe. It is practiced in China as early as 4,000 BCE when during the Zhou dynasty, all capital cities of China followed rules of feng shui for their design and layout.
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