History of Feng ShuiAncient Feng Shui

Long before there were weather reports, realtors and architects, wind and water were seen as omens and sacred signs directing shamans as to the most auspicious location for a grave, alter or home.

The term Feng Shui means "wind" (Feng) and "water" (Shui)  and is the name the Chinese  gave to a very practical and intuitive art which seeks to bring people and their environment into balance and harmony creating the most positive relationship possible.  This balanced and harmonious relationship allows one to  direct the flow of nature's positive energy or Chi to bring opportunities, blessings, peace, joy, health, wealth, happiness, success and positive relationships into our lives. 

The winds are mild,
The sun is bright,
The water is clear,
The trees are lush.

This ancient Chinese Poem describes ideal living conditions, in harmony with Heaven and Earth.  It describes very good Feng Shui.  It is said that the term Feng Shui came from this poem.

Form School

In the beginning, born out of an agrarian society, was the Form School of Feng Shui.  This school, like it's name, looks at the form or shapes of land, mountains, etc., to determine the positive or negative influences on man and environment.  Form School also took weather and climate into account.  Form school reads the lay of the land and the climate to determine the best locations for living and working.  In ancient China, it was auspicious to have the mountain at your back, on the North side of a river with your house facing south.  The mountain protected you from invaders (psychologically as well as physically) and harsh weather conditions, the river provided water for crops, the sun to the South aided the growth of crops and provided warmth and light.  Form School is still studied today and some of it is also incorporated into other schools of Feng Shui.

A Feng Shui Practitioner was summoned to help locate the perfect site for land, home, alter and grave site.  When this perfect location was not possible, an antidote was necessary.  This antidote is known as a Feng Shui "cure."  

Compass School

Compass school studies and stresses direction (north, south, east and west) and it's relationship to the person.  Compass school compares the direction of your front door to your personal life directions.  Personal life directions are calculated from the time and date of your birth. There are methods that are quite simple and then there are very complex methods used for this purpose.

In the very early days of Compass School, practitioners paid little attention to the tenets of Form School.  Later, in the late ninteenth/early twentieth century, practitioners realized that they could not totally ignore form and the two schools merged.  Today, when one says they practice Compass School, they are also using teachings from the older Form School sometimes with more emphasis on one school or the other.

Modern Feng Shui

Today, the Compass and Form Schools are still employed by many practitioners along with the Black Sect Tantric Buddhist (BTB) School of Feng Shui,  H.H. Grand Master Professor Lin Yun - founder.  There is also a Western School of Feng Shui known as Pyramid School Feng Shui, Nancilee Wydra - Founder.  All of these types of Feng Shui have similar teachings and different ways of applying the teachings.  They are not all alike each is unique in its basic approach and methods of Feng Shui adjustments. You have to find the school you resonate with.

BTB Feng Shui

Black Sect Tantric Buddhist Feng Shui

Ancient Tibet was the location for the beginnings of another school of Feng Shui: Black Sect Tantric Buddhism Feng Shui or BTB Feng Shui.  This school of Feng Shui's development follows that of Black Sect Tantric Buddhism, which is currently in its Fourth Stage with supreme leader H.H. Grand Master Professor Lin Yun.

The basis for BTB Feng Shui is that of Black Sect Tantric Buddhism which originated in Tibet with the Tibetan Bon Religion (before the introduction of Indian Buddhism) then moving to India and incorporating Buddhist teachings and Buddhism. From there it spread to China and absorbed traditional Chinese philosophies and ideologies, as well as folkloric cultures such as Taoism, Confucianism, Yin/Yang philosophy, Eclecticism, I-Ching, Feng Shui, holistic healing, divination, folklore and Exoteric Buddhism. These are very important to BTB Feng Shui and give it a mystical and spiritual edge that dates back 5,000 years.

Black Sect Tantric Buddhist Feng Shui is one of the more modern schools of Feng Shui because of its development and because it's enlightened leader -  H.H. Grand Master Professor Lin Yun - has incorporated modern architecture, science, medicine and technology into his teachings. The power of these teachings lies in this blending of ancient mystical and spiritual with all that our modern world has created.

BTB Feng Shui and Professor Lin Yun

Pyramid School Feng Shui

Our discussion of modern Feng Shui would not be complete without addressing the Pyramid School of Feng Shui, developed in the 1980's by Nancilee Wydra.  Pyramid School Feng Shui is known as “The original science based Feng Shui and is an American school of Feng Shui which seeks to modernize the ancient teachings of Feng Shui.  Pyramid School takes into account the ancient teachings then analyzes them according to our modern culture/society, our geographic location, and provides cures accordingly.  Pyramid Feng Shui's focus is on the person and their individual experiences of place.

Pyramid School Feng Shui and Nancilee Wydra



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