Feng Shui: mere superstition or ancient wisdom?

Here we are in July and time is flying! I hope you enjoyed my series on the 5 Chinese elements in June. For this month, I thought I’d clear up a few false beliefs linked to Feng Shui expertise. Starting with the most common one: it’s not scientifically proven, so it doesn’t work.

“Yes, but how can you be sure that Feng Shui works? In fact, it’s not scientific, it may just be superstition…”.

And I understand this objection: Feng Shui is an ancient practice that arouses both fascination and scepticism. Some regard it as mere superstition, while others see in it a profound wisdom inherited from our ancestors. You can imagine which team I’m from, can’t you?

We’ve all found ourselves in a place where we feel incredibly good, without really being able to explain it. It’s as if a pleasant atmosphere envelops us, making us want to stay for hours. Sometimes this is due to a pleasant fragrance, a pleasing aesthetic or a Zen atmosphere. However, there are other times when we find ourselves in a place where we simply don’t feel at ease, without being able to put our finger on the precise reason. This is not necessarily due to unattractive decoration or a lack of light, but rather to an indefinable feeling of unease. In these situations, we intuitively know that we don’t want to stay there for long. Do you understand what I mean?

In these moments, you are simply connected to your sensations, to your intuition, and you don’t need any measuring device or study of the materials in the room, or anything else?

For sceptics, Feng Shui is nothing more than superstition, because this age-old art has no scientific basis. According to them, the positive effects attributed to Feng Shui could be the result of psychological factors, such as suggestion or the placebo effect. But isn’t the most important thing in this observation the observation of positive effects at all, whatever the reason?

I see this every day in my work, starting with my own environment: yes, applying the principles of Feng Shui to the organisation of living space can improve health, prosperity and personal relationships. Feng Shui has been used successfully for centuries by millions of people around the world.

Is it superstition to consider the need for harmony between man and his environment? I don’t think so, it’s fundamental! And we saw it clearly in 2020 during the confinements. For some people, their environment has become a real suffering.

In the modern world, we are often so absorbed by technology and scientific advances that we forget many of the ancestral knowledge that has been passed down from generation to generation. This loss of connection with our ancestral heritage is damaging because this age-old knowledge contains profound wisdom and a subtle understanding of man and his environment. This ancient knowledge was often based on meticulous observation of nature and a close relationship with the world around us. They offered unique insights into how we can live in harmony with our environment, balancing natural forces and respecting the cycles of life.

For example, many cultures around the world have traditional systems of medicine that incorporate knowledge of medicinal plants, natural healing techniques and the body’s energetic balance. These practices, such as Ayurveda, Chinese medicine and Native American medicine, offer holistic approaches to maintaining health and well-being.

Similarly, ancestral farming methods were often based on an in-depth understanding of natural cycles, the seasons and local ecosystems. Practices such as agroforestry, terraced farming and the use of traditional irrigation techniques enabled land to be cultivated sustainably, in harmony with the environment.

Our ancestors had a deep and respectful relationship with nature, seeing each element as living and interconnected. Indigenous cultural practices such as outdoor meditation, purification rituals and the recognition of nature spirits are ways of connecting with the natural world and honouring this relationship.

By reconnecting with this ancestral knowledge, we could rediscover forgotten treasures and find an essential balance between our modern way of life and our timeless heritage.

So yes, of course the effectiveness of Feng Shui can be difficult to prove scientifically, as it is based on concepts that are not easily measured or quantified. However, many people testify to the improvements they have seen in their lives after applying the principles of Feng Shui. This raises the question of whether the validity of a practice should necessarily be based solely on scientific evidence.

Have a wonderful day!

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