Friday, October 3, 2008

Feng Shui

The credibility of Feng Shui is regarded by many to be skeptical. Most people believe that Feng Shui relies heavily on unproven chinese methodologies with no scientific background. This is only true to a certain extent but the public cannot be blamed as Feng Shui has been defamed by many so-called "Masters" of the art. The research put into Feng Shui is far from small, it is actually rather extensive. The main concept of Feng Shui actually deals with astronomy. Feng Shui is under the main belief that our physical and mental existence is related with the universe. As such, our physical placement controls significant forces still unknown to us.

Personally, I think too little is known about Feng Shui for it to be established as a functioning science. Although I do believe that it does exist, I also believe that what we think it is and what it actually is could be actually entirely different. My opinion on current successful Feng Shui "Masters" is that they don't actually employ true Feng Shui methodologies, but rather psychological methods that toy with the human mind. Having a good Feng Shui is, in short, perceived to having good fortune. Luck, in my opinion, does not truly exist. It is a perceived fantasy created by people to fool themselves. For me, someone having "good luck" is just seeing the positive side of things. For example, a teenager who falls down but finds $10 on the ground. The positive side is that he found $10 because of the fall and the negative side is that he fell and hurt himself. My take is that these "Masters" exploit on this factor and lead their clients to believe that they have "good luck" by making them see the positive side of things. I guess this is not necessarily a bad thing, as being positive has it's advantages.

Another take on it would be that a Feng Shui "Master" creates an relaxing ambience for his client. Such as placing a fish tank in the middle of the house so the client will look at it whenever he moves about his house. The idea behind this would be to create an ideal scenario for the client, such as removing obstructive furniture or placing objects of interest in frequented places. This would increase the user's mental well-being. In a sense, these Feng Shui "Masters" would be considered architects, but one that tailors his structures to the client's psychological needs rather than a standard architect that constructs based on practical purposes.

Feng Shui is actually an interesting but defamed science, yet the defamers are not without credit. Although they don't actually sell what they advertise, which is "good luck", and most would consider this as a con, they create a healthy mindset for people. I still disapprove as I think they should sell their skills for what it is, rather than mask it to increase their market audience.

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