Feng Shui (pronounced [fʌŋ ʃweɪ] fung-shway or sometimes [fʌŋ ʃwi] fung-shwee in English) is an ancient Chinese practice believed to utilize the Laws of both heaven (astronomy) and earth (geography) to help one improve life by receiving positive Qi .
The words Feng Shui literally translate as "wind-water" in English.
Chi rides the wind and scatters, but is retained when encountering water.
Feng Shui is often identified as a form of geomancy, divination by geographic features, but it is mainly concerned with understanding the relationships between nature and ourselves so that we might live in harmony within our environment.
Feng Shui is related to the very sensible notion that living with rather than against nature benefits both humans and our environment. It is also related to the equally sensible notion that our lives are deeply affected by our physical and emotional environs. If we surround ourselves with symbols of death, contempt, and indifference toward life and nature, with noise and various forms of ugliness, we will corrupt ourselves in the process. If we surround ourselves with beauty, gentleness, kindness, sympathy, music, and with various expressions of the sweetness of life, we ennoble ourselves as well as our environment.
There are many different recognized schools and methods of Feng Shui stemming from the Form School and the Compass School. Within the later are numerous techniques such as the Eight Mansions Method, the Twenty Four Mountains and the Flying Star School.
Alleged masters of Feng Shui, those who understand the five elements and the two energies such as chi and sha (hard energy, the opposite of Chi ), are supposed to be able to detect metaphysical energies and give directions for their optimal flow. Feng shui has become a kind of architectural acupuncture. The Feng Shui masters can tell you where bathroom should go, which way doorways should face, where mirrors should hang, which room needs green plants and which one needs red flowers, which direction the head of the bed should face, etc. They decide these things on the basis of their feel for the flow of chi, electromagnetic fields, or whatever other form of energy the client will worry about.
If you and your lover are having trouble in the bedroom , you probably need to move a few things around to get the bedroom Chi flowing properly. You can help your self with feng shui cures but only a person with special metaphysical sensors, however, can tell what really needs to be done.
In short, Feng Shui has become an aspect of interior decorating in the Western world and even Donald Trump ask Feng Shui masters which way his doors and other things should hang. Feng Shui has also become another New Age "energy" scam with arrays of metaphysical products from paper cutouts of half moons and planets to octagonal mirrors to wooden flutes offered for sale to help you improve your health, maximize your potential, and guarantee fulfillment of some fortune cookie philosophy.