Feng Shui has been referred to as the Mother of the Natural Sciences. Originating in China, its earliest forms were concerned with the auspicious orientation of the tombs of the dead. It was believed that a good burial site would bring peace and prosperity to the descendants of the recently deceased.
The first apparent use of the term 'feng shui' is found in a passage from the Book of Burial, written by astrologer Guo Po in the 4th century. "Qi (Chi) rides the feng (wind) and scatters, but is retained when encountering shui (water)."
The main principle of Feng Shui stated that a geographic site that attracts water is ideal, while a site that catches the wind takes second place. According to Feng Shui, it is these two elements that shape and effect our environment, which is alive with the hidden force of Chi.
Chi is often described as vital breath or life energy. It is found in the environment and is carried by the flow of air. Strong winds can disperse chi and water can retain it Barriers, such as mountains, buildings, walls or furniture can block the movement of chi.
The first Feng Shui master is thought to be Yang Yun-Sang of the Tang Dynasty (618-906). Feng Shui was outlawed in Chine in 1949, but sacred texts and writings were moved out of China to Hong Kong and Taiwan. Feng Shui began to appear in the West in the 1970's. A map, called a Bagua, is the main Feng Shui tool used to determine the different parts of your home that are directly related to nine different aspects of your life. By harmonizing each of the nine different parts of your home, living space or work space with their corresponding aspects of your life, you will be able to harmonize each and every area of your life.