What Are the Basic Principles of Feng Shui By Anjie Cho

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    The philosophy of feng shui is a practice looking at our built environments and how to live in harmony with the principles of the natural world. Feng means “wind” and shui translates to “water” in Chinese. This comes from an ancient poem and reflects upon how human life can be ideal if we connect and live in flow with the environment around us.

    In Asian cultures, this is called the Tao, which translates to “the way”. The Tao is the way of nature. Hence, the basic principles of feng shui come from observations of nature. The most important principles are the commanding position, the bagua, and the five elements.

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    The Commanding Position

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    We’ll start with the commanding position because it’s the easiest to implement and understand. The commanding position governs the best way to locate yourself and furniture in your spaces for feng shui. It’s most important to apply to the bed, desk, and stove. The bed represents you, the desk is your career, and the stove is your wealth and how you nourish yourself in the world.

    The basics of the commanding position is that you want to be facing the door without being directly in line with the door. It is most important to be in the

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