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Environmental Psychology - Roots in Superstition
Environmental Psychology - Roots in Superstition
Environmental Psychology - Roots in Superstition
Environmental Psychology - Roots in Superstition
Environmental Psychology - Roots in Superstition
Environmental Psychology - Roots in Superstition
Environmental Psychology - Roots in Superstition
Environmental Psychology - Roots in Superstition
Environmental Psychology - Roots in Superstition
Environmental Psychology - Roots in Superstition
Environmental Psychology - Roots in Superstition
Environmental Psychology - Roots in Superstition
Environmental Psychology - Roots in Superstition
Environmental Psychology - Roots in Superstition
Environmental Psychology - Roots in Superstition
Environmental Psychology - Roots in Superstition
Environmental Psychology - Roots in Superstition
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Environmental Psychology - Roots in Superstition

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Feng Shui and Environmental Psychology are similar in scope, one ancient and intuitive the other modern and scientific

Feng Shui and Environmental Psychology are similar in scope, one ancient and intuitive the other modern and scientific

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  • 1. The Original Environmental Psychology: Feng Shui Yovanni Antonelli San Francisco State University Fall 2007
  • 2. Objectives
    • What Feng Shui is
    • Origins of Feng Shui
    • Using Feng Shui to create harmony in your life
    • Environmental Psychology and Feng Shui
    • Exercise
  • 3. Feng, Who?
    • Feng Shui is a term composed of two Chinese Words: feng (wind, air) and shui (water)
    • Wind and water are the two natural elements that flow, move, and circulate, everywhere on Earth
      • They are the most basic elements required for human survival
      • Together they carry chi or life force.
  • 4. What is Feng Shui?
    • It is the study of the interaction of humans and their environments
    • Certain interactions will inhibit chi while others will enhance it
    • The study of Feng Shui will allow you to influence these interacting energies to achieve specific life improvements
    • This is achieved by positioning or designing your surroundings in harmony with principles of natural energy flow
  • 5. Origins of Feng Shui
    • Origin in China 3000 or more years ago
    • Agricultural community wanted to know best time and place to:
      • Plant crops
      • Build home
      • Honor ancestors (gravesites)
      • Wage war
    • Feng Shui has withstood the test of time and is improving the lives of all how are willing to experience it
  • 6. Basic Feng Shui Principles (1)
    • Yin and Yang
      • Everything in the universe is composed of two opposite yet complementary principles
      • Yin is passive
      • Yang is active
      • Everything is a mixture of Yin and Yang
      • It is a balance of yin and yang (or compensation of tendencies) that Feng Shui seeks
  • 7. Basic Feng Shui Principles (1)
    • The Three Realms of Influence in life
      • The Heaven Realm: place and time of birth, miracles, timing (to achieve best chance of success)
      • The Earth Realm: position and orient themselves relative to their surroundings
      • The Human Realm: have the right people around
    • Feng Shui concentrates on the Earth Realm
  • 8. Basic Principle (3) Chi: The Energy of Feng Shui
    • Several meanings: life force, vapor, what separate living objects from others
    • Invisible energy that animates all living things
    • Flows continuously
      • Through pathways (or meridians) in your body (practices of acupuncture based on these flows)
      • Through the Earth, the heavens, the atmosphere, and the cosmos
      • The flow of life itself, and if the chi stopped flowing through you for even one second, you would cease to live.
  • 9. Types of Chi
    • The chi of the heavens (creating life)
    • The chi of the Earth
      • Lively, vibrant, nourishing vs arid, barren and hostile
    • The chi of living environment
      • Is what Feng Shui is concerned about
      • Need both the living environment and humans
    • The chi of humans
      • Types of human, e.g. uplifting, choking, distracted
  • 10. How does Feng Shui influences you?
    • You are affected by the Feng Shui of your surroundings (home and work), contribute to your success and failure.
    • A “good” Feng Shui environment promotes harmony and allow the nature flow of chi
    • It is the correction of “bad” Feng Shui that Feng Shui masters (or how to books) try to provide for you so that you can achieve success and happiness in life !
  • 11. So what do Feng Shui master do?
    • Sense your chi (i.e. are you yin or yang? Emotional burden, body reaction)
    • Use the baqua (next slides) to map out the chi of your house and you
    • Correct the mismatch or the deficient areas using cures
  • 12. pa kua
  • 13. Types of Cures:
    • Use these to balance yin and yang: you and the environment
      • Light (mirrors, nature light, crystals)
      • Sound (chimes, bells)
      • Life (plants, fish)
      • Water (fountain, waterfalls, ponds)
      • Color (paint, wall covering, carpets)
      • Fragrance (incense, essential oils)
  • 14. All this sounds pretty superstitious !!!
  • 15. Feng Shui essentially tries to:
    • Understand you and your need from the environment
    • Structure the environment so that it promotes harmony between you and where you live and work
    • Provide positive feelings and maximize productivity at workplace and at home
  • 16. Similarity between Environmental ψ and Feng Shui
    • ENVIRONMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY studies the relationship between environments and human behavior as well as how they affect one other. Humans react both consciously and unconsciously to the area in which they live and work.
    • Their environment, whether it be natural or man made, has a profound effect on feelings, behaviors, general health issues, and productivity.
    • You can see from the above definition that Feng Shui and Environmental Psychology are similar in scope, one ancient and intuitive the other modern and scientific.
  • 17. Complementary: Environmental ψ and Feng Shui
    • The ancients were guided by their connection to nature, the chi, yin/yang cycles, the landscape, proportions (fractals), sounds, light, seasons, water, colors, smells and healing plants. They lived in harmony with their environment, believing that we are microcosms of the larger macrocosmic universe.
    • As we industrialized and urbanized we moved away from nature and lost touch with its benefits and the positive influence it has on our mind, body and spirit.
    • By designing with Feng Shui you can regain those benefits.

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