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Feng Shui – Is it Science or Superstition?

Feng Shui, or "wind water," is believed to be the process of maximizing the fl ow of energy to achieve harmony between people, structures and nature. It has been an important part of many Eastern cultures for centuries. However, after the Communist take over of Mainland China in the 1940s, Feng Shui was branded as a superstition, at least in that country.

In recent years, however, Feng Shui is enjoying a comeback in China and far more interest throughout the world. Not surprisingly, with increased interest and popularity comes more controversy. According to a recent CNN report, a course on Feng Shui offered by an institute related to Nanjing University in China has triggered some criticism. A noted architect and professor said, "Feng Shui is no science - it only fills the wallets of some charlatans." In contrast, a Feng Shui practitioner noted that before construction Feng Shui masters had evaluated at least 70 percent of the real estate projects in one China province.

We certainly do not have the space in this newsletter to fully explore whether Feng Shui is science or superstition. Such a determination would require an enormous amount of research. If you "Google" Feng Shui, you will get more than seven million references. While many are not credible, reviewing even one tenth of that information is mind-boggling.

However, if you are interested in learning more about Feng Shui, here are a few thoughts.

The International Feng Shui Guild (www.internationalfengshuiguild.org) states in its mission statement;

"The international Feng Shui Guild is an umbrella organization meant to be a benevolent oasis for all schools of Feng Shui, connecting and serving professional practitioners as well as anyone interested in the ancient Asian art/science of Feng Shui."

The Guild goes on to define (in part) Feng Shui as;

"Feng Shui, translated from the Chinese, means Wind Water. It is a system of philosophy, science and art that has been used for thousands of years as a method of connecting people with Heaven and Earth – seeking a balance between opposites in all aspects of our environments.

Almost every culture of the world reflects some awareness of the power of placement in its wisdom teachings. It is this ancient legacy that Feng Shui practitioners seek to enliven, embrace, uphold and share.

At the deepest level of understanding, Feng Shui is the interplay between the seen (our surroundings) and the unseen (energy and intention). Feng Shui acknowledges the interconnectedness of all creation."

In addition to the Guild, more information is available at the American Feng Shui Society (www.amfengshui.com) and the Feng Shui Society of the United Kingdom (www.fengshuisociety.org.uk).


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