Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese art of arranging buildings, objects, and space in an environment to achieve harmony and balance. Feng Shui means “the way of wind and water.” It has roots in early Taoism but is still popular today, having spread throughout China and even to Western cultures.
Feng Shui stems from the Taoist belief in Qi, or the life force that inhabits everything. Qi is made up of yin and yang elements. These are opposing but complementary forces that cannot be separated. Taoists believed that by balancing yin and yang elements, as well as balancing the five fundamental elements (Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, Water). people can improve the flow of positive Qi (energy) in their lives and keep the negative Qi (energy) away. Feng Shui is a method of balancing yin and yang, and improving the flow of energy by arranging furniture, decorations, buildings, and even whole cities in a beneficial way. The ancient Chinese people believed that arranging things to create positive Qi would ensure good health, improve interpersonal relationships, and bring luck and prosperity.