With its origin in China, and developing over 2,000 years as a system on
how to survive, excel and live in harmony with nature, the Chinese has
practiced Feng Shui for thousands of years. It started during the Han
Dynasty (206BC – 220AD) as Chinese Philosophy about the relationship
between humans and their environment; about how everything is connected
and affects our well-being. Based on the Laws of Nature, its theories
offer us a way of understanding why certain things occur and how to
create a comfortable environment that lets us live and work efficiently
The word ‘Feng Shui’ derived during the reign of Jin Dynasty (265 –
420AD) when Guo Pu, the author of the book Zhang Jing (Study of
Burial Ground) first used it. In the book he says, “The travel
of Qi is conducted by air and water. When the air is dispersed, the Qi
too is dispersed; when the water is stagnant, the Qi too is stagnant.”
Feng Shui is based on the Taoist philosophies of nature; these include
the Yin-Yang Theory, Five-Elements Theory and The Trigrams based on Yi
Jing. Feng Shui literally means (the flow of) ‘wind’ and ‘water.’ It
takes into account many different elements affecting your environment.
Good Feng Shui is where the balance of Yin and Yang achieves harmony and
the Chinese believe that everything has Qi or cosmic energy and all that
has Qi has Yin and Yang qualities. The Qi is divided into three
categories: The Tian Qi (Heaven’s Qi), Di Qi
(Earth’s Qi) and Ren Qi (Human’s Qi). Yin and Yang
are both opposites and complimentary. When we practice good Feng Shui,
we attract and cultivate positive energy called ‘Sheng Qi’ and dispel or
eliminate negative Qi called ‘Sha Qi.’
Today, Feng Shui is a multi-disciplinary study encompassing
architecture, urban planning, geography, astrology, electromagnetism,
landscaping, environmental psychology and many others. In the wake of
these realities, it is gaining more and more popularity in the West.
Like most martial arts disciplines, Feng Shui consists of various
system, some good, some not-so-good and some a mixture of both. It is
only through years of studies and practical experiences that one can be
accredited a Feng Shui expert. Even then, there are very few genuine
Feng Shui experts around. Traditionally, Feng Shui was passed down from
one master to another and never through a classroom setting.
Feng Shui can be classified into the Theory School, which has three
different aspects: The San He, The San Yuan and The Nine Star and The
Form School with its emphasis on the study of landscaping. The Theory
School was practiced more in the North and Central China while The Form
School in the South. After the Ming Dynasty they were merged as one to
give a wholesome picture and study of Feng Shui, which was until then
sort of incomplete.
The subject of Feng Shui has been well publicized with substantial
number of books written, both with complimentary and most of the time
conflicting views. Today, however, many claimed to be trained by true
Masters of Feng Shui. For such claims to be authentic, the disciple of
the art may in turn desire to be a master him/ herself must be able to
provide a track record or written record of the master under whom they
are trained or the credibility of the school they go to.
To counteract such adulterant and dubitable teachings, a more favourable
and unadulterated approach has been taken with more and more traditional
masters coming forward.
At the beginning when Feng Shui was popular, many believed that they
were into genuine and traditional Feng Shui and gained certificates and
became practitioners very quickly. Unfortunately with the passing of
time, the master himself became confused and his clients disillusioned
and negative results and news started to spread through friends and
contacts. Most of them were not even ‘in the know’ of the Feng Shui
compass, let alone the usage of it. There was no need to, as their
systems did not require it. Instead of suggesting proper remedies, their
proposals were in conflict with the Feng Shui of the place.
In other words, instead of using ‘soya source,’ they were using ‘tomato
ketchup;’ instead of using ‘paracetomal’ (panadol), it was ‘ponston.’ As
a result, Feng Shui fell as fast as it has risen. As Feng Shui is an
intricate art, such practitioners must be honest enough to put aside
their worthless certificate and start anew.
There is still good news for those genuine and well-established
practitioners, for those interested in the knowledge and authentic
learning of this intricate art, please contact or
consult The Central Academy of Feng Shui,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
For more information, please contact