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Feng Shui History - A Long and Influential Tradition

Feng shui has a very ancient history. In fact, it begins with the observation of the opposing energy forces, yin and yang, which occurred before the Chinese people even had writing. Feng shui history dated back at least four thousand years – this was when the thinking about the yin and yang forces became a little more formalized, and the bagua began to be developed – the eight sided form which shows us the distribution of energies among the various areas of life. The bagua, in fact, represents one of the very earliest occurrences of writing among the Chinese, and this shows, in turn, how intimately the system of feng shui was associated with Chinese cultural history. Chinese thought literally developed within the context of the feng shui philosophy.

The bagua and the early form of writing that it led to eventually become the I Ching. It is not known precisely how one evolved into the other; what we do know, however, is that there is an intimate association between the I Ching and the bagua, and that the bagua led to the I Ching, the famous and prophetic Chinese poetic work. The I Ching became the most famous and celebrated work among the scholars of the Zhou dynasty, and around this time it also inspired Lao Tzu to write Tao Te Ching, the defining volume on Taoism. Taoism, of course, became one of the leading spiritual/ religious movements of the Chinese people. What is clear, however, is that feng shui predated Taoism and gave rise to it. That is, Taoism, and the rest of Chinese thought, grew up in the context of feng shui. This shows how integral feng shui is to Chinese thought – even if a person of Chinese descent does not consciously follow it or even believe in it, feng shui will still influence his actions and his thinking.

For this reason, no matter how well we in the west learn and apply the precepts of feng shui, it will be different than if a person of Chinese descent, who has developed within the context of this type of thinking, uses it. That is not to say that westerners cannot ‘do’ feng shui properly – they can, of course – just that their understanding of it will be a little different, lacking the context of this long history.

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