Feng-Shui means Wind and Water. An ancient Chinese art originated from Indian Buddhism, Feng-Shui suggests the ideal placement of furniture or objects to create balance in one's living space and thereby in life. Feng-shui is also the study of time, space, and people. It is a description about how "chi", the energy of the life force according to Chinese, flows around us and influences our lives. The practice of "Feng-shui" is to achieve the optimum balance and harmony through the location and orientation of the living environment.
As history reveals, in ancient China people believing in Feng Shui preferred living in house with hills behind to shield themselves from wind, and with a stream or any kind of running water in front of their house. It was believed that people who incorporated Feng Shui in their homes are more likely to be happy and prosperous. The practice of Feng Shui is about exploiting that vital force so as to maximize the positive effect of Ch'i and enhances the elements that orbit our senses. It is believed that Ch'i which is considered the life force that exists in all living things can have either positive or negative impact. Positive chi or positive energy is said to be created when your home is well ventilated and has enough of fresh air and light. Negative Ch'i is created whenever a portion of your home is neglected either by untidiness, ugliness and improper placement of entities. Therefore, Feng Shui emphasizes that no portion of your house should be neglected because it will encourage the flow of negative energy in that part of the house, and that the corresponding part of your life will suffer. To practice Feng Shui, 'Feng Shui Magic Square' is to be applied over the plan of your home.
Feng Shui has been stated as a Chinese form of 'Geomancy' or 'Earth Wisdom' which has evolved to be both a Science and an Art. While the scientific approach to Feng Shui comes from the calculations and methodology used in analyzing a property, the artistic aspect of Feng Shui is the wisdom acquired from performing a multitude of analysis and knowing the exact degree to which the results of the scientific analysis are set. In modern times, Feng Shui is implemented on the basis of the ancient principles where the concepts such as -- living in homes facing a stream has been replaced by constructing a water-body in front of the house. Landscaping is done with entities like waterfalls which are considered to bring prosperity.
Feng Shui which originated in China has now been accepted in a lot of countries including the West. And the belief is growing that if appropriately applied, Feng Shui recommendations can result in major enhancement in the life of the occupants of the property. Feng Shui which was in ancient times a closely guarded secret of the Imperial family of China are now used commercially. Feng Shui nowadays are used in homes, restaurants, banks and even in communities which people believe would improve relationships, business and bring prosperity.