Thursday, June 2, 2011

Feng Shui and Curves

Did you know that the ancient Chinese Feng Shui Masters did not consider air as one of the Feng Shui elements? Why, because (air) "chi" is considered the "dragon's breath". 

They emphasized the importance of selecting an auspicious (beneficial) site for a home that has the dragon's energy, or dragon's breath, thus the careful examination of the shape of land - mountains, hills, valleys, as well as water formations. 

The vital energy, or chi, contained in specific earth locations was described as finding the dragon and its lair. In Chinese terms, the challenge of a Feng Shui expert was to determine which way the "chi" or "qi" or "cosmic breath of the dragons" flows.

We often spend our time and energy applying Feng Shui to the interiors of our home, but the outside world is the original home of Feng Shui. And the chi that flows around your house cannot reach the doors and windows without first passing through your garden or landscape.

In Feng Shui we want to mimic the natural world. In nature, we rarely find straight lines. When plants grow or the water in streams flow - they are in soft curvy patterns. We want to create meandering pathways in the garden, to allow the chi to flow easily through our property.
The ancient Chinese believed that ghosts could travel in straight lines. In Asia, you will find that the old bridges go zig-zag across bodies of water. The angles are meant to prevent any ghosts from crossing the bridge.