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The first written evidence about Feng Shui has been linked to the East Han Dynasty dated from 25 A.D. It is widely acknowledged that the theory of Feng Shui is primarily based on the Yin/Yang theory. With the Yin/Yang theory being the basis of Feng Shui it is known to have been at its peak of popularity between 770 B.C. to 475 B.C.. It can be concluded that Feng Shui roots are from the same period.
The Secret of Feng Shui
Chinese emperors kept Feng Shui masters in high regard. Feng Shui was kept a secret to the commoners in order to strengthen the emperor’s power and their thrones. At this time the public was not aware about the existence of Feng Shui. Feng Shui consultants (Masters of Feng Shui) were very well awarded professionals though lived a life of humility and lifetime devotion. Strict criteria applied to those who chose to be an apprentice for the art and science of Feng Shui. Feng Shui consultants / masters and their families were severally punished or even killed if they tried to steal the guarded secret of Feng Shui. It was a family profession for many Feng Shui masters – passed on from generation to generation. Most Feng Shui teachings were done verbally – often manifested in the form of poems students had to memorize.
In 907 B.C., during the Yellow Bandits Rebellion, an astronomer and the emperor’s meteorologist fled the Imperial Palace. Hiding out in the mountains in the northwest region of Chiang Sze Province he started helping the poor with his knowledge on Feng Shui he took from the palace. He changed his name to “Save The Poor” and is remembered for making the commoners aware of the long kept secret of Feng Shui.
Feng Shui in the Western World
Today, many have heard and read about folklore on how Feng Shui has managed to save lives and bring prosperity. However, this Feng Shui folklore has created an atmosphere for “feng shui remedies” such as crystals, red front doors, mirrors and others that have no foundation in the science of Feng Shui. Although as good as they might sound, their origin seems to be bonded to Chinese culture – not in the mechanics of Chi (energy) flow. Those Feng Shui cures seem to be exotic and interesting in itself and are attractive to Western cultures – however they have no or little effect on the energy flow / “Feng Shui” within a structure, and can be regarded as placebo.
“Feng Shui folklore has also created an atmosphere for “feng shui remedies” such as crystals, red front doors, and others that have no foundation in the science of Feng Shui.”
The true art and application of the art and science of Feng Shui is a scholarly study. It is unimpeded by superstition. In the early 1990′s, the Northrop University and the University of Southern California jointly sponsored seminars on the subject of Feng Shui. Others have later joined, and this recognition of the true art and practice of Feng Shui is important to its legitimate use in Western culture. Feng Shui At Work is true to these teachings – and the trusted source of Feng Shui calculations since 1999.
The art of Feng Shui is…
The art of Feng Shui is, quite literally, the ability to detect and correct the imbalances in the flow of these ancient energies through observation and repeatable calculations and the implementation of time-honored methodologies. Trained Feng Shui practitioners and masters go through intensive training to learn how to recognize imbalances and what to do about them when they detect them.
Mike Schnippering is the founder of Feng Shui at Work. In 1996 he studied Feng Shui with Master Sang whose ancestors can be traced back to ancient China. He is committed to the true art and science of Feng Shui. His Feng Shui practice has taken him to various parts of the United States, Germany, France, Spain, Colombia and Argentina. You can follow him at Google+.