Feng shui has been called the art of placement. This describes feng shui well, as it is an art rather than a science, a religion, a philosophy or a belief system.

In the West, feng shui is not a science, as its principles cannot yet be proven by scientific method. It is not a religion as, although some of its advocates may consider it part of their religious practice, it is not necessary to follow any religion to understand or practice feng shui. It’s not a philosophy as it encompasses many practical tools and techniques. It is not a belief system. Asking someone if they believe in feng shui is like asking them if they believe in the weather. It’s not a question of faith but a fact of life.

The Chinese have always considered that success in life is dependent upon five influences

1 fate, destiny or karma

2 lucky and unlucky areas

3 feng shui

4 virtue

5 personal factors such as our background, inheritance, family and our actions, education, experience and so on.

Whether you concur with this Chinese belief or not, it does make an important point. The first two of these influences — fate and luck — are beyond our control. Therefore, feng shui is only one of the three influences on our lives that can be controlled. Although it can be very effective, feng shui is not magic or the ultimate power tool. It cannot guarantee great wealth, health and happiness, so beware of people who claim otherwise.

Good feng shui can simply help us to overcome difficulties during our times of bad luck and can help us reap maximum benefits from the good times. It is generally used to increase wealth, enhance health, improve relationships and protect against misfortune and harm.


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