What is it?• Daoism- the ancient Chinese system of the study of nature• Feng Sui (Fuhng Shwey) - practice of arranging objects, so that you are a part of nature; instead of just sticking out• About living harmony with the surroundings, it is believed that Feng Sui is a tool to ensure health, wealth, and power.
Origin of Feng Shui- Feng Shui is almost completely based on the I Ching, the ancient Book of Changes- Emperor Fu His (Foo-shee), circa 2500BCE, was the main founder of the I Ching- It stresses essential associations between, destiny and nature and suggests an insight into the universe as special force in which all things exist- With this wisdom he founded a practice called Feng Shui- He taught his people how to reorganize their homes, to the rhythms of nature, providing them with a harmonious living and security
Nature in Feng Sui• An important aspect in Daoism is Nature, two ways shown is through paintings and medicine• Water is very important because it follows its natural flow• Feng Sui shows respect for nature by adjusting our homes to geographical features of nature
Ch’I• Ch’I- described as the energy of life, also be your soul, destiny, or luck; it is everywhere• Good Chi brings happiness; way to collect good Chi-have it flow through time and space.• Wind causes Chi to dissipate too quickly, water causes Chi to not move, so, must be a balance. Flow- be an easy breeze. Feng Sui - translates to, “Wind and water,” this balance directly connects to the idea of the Yin and Yang.
Yin and Yang - Balance• The Yin and Yang represent opposites that constantly seek for balance• A strong value of Daoism and Feng Shui is having a balance in everything• The arrangement of the house is based on the direction in which it faces• The five different elements should be distributed equally in your house, by have the corresponding color of the element• There is a house plan (shown on the next slide) of the elements and corresponding colors for the rooms to the north, south, east, west, northeast, northwest, southeast, and southwest
Arrangement of Colors andElements Based on Direction
Class Activity Choose which of the following houses hadtheir rooms painted according to Feng Shui A B C
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