The Chinese word Feng Shui translates into wind and water, two concepts profoundly relevant in the study of geography conveying the power of the flowing elements in the natural environment sculptured by wind, water and the flow of Qi to create a favourable and whole-istic habitat that will bring good fortune, peace and long life.
Feng Shui can be described as a system of landscape evaluations that are used in choosing an auspicious site that engages with the human being and the earth magnetic field based on the Chinese philosophy of Yin Yang principles where everything is seen as interconnected. The metaphysical concept of creating a balanced environment is therefore at the core of feng shui where the rational observation of physical causation, as captured by the naked eye, is combined with a more subtle analogical observation of what is known in Chineses philosophy as “correlative thinking” involving the spontaneous association of images, grounded in a formal and ad-hoc analogical approach presupposing both association and differentiation.
Qi is the origin of the universe and it is the spontaneous formation that gives rise to physical shape. Just as the heavy and stable Qi coagulated to become the earth, the light, then rising to create the sky.
The Qi of the earth and sky met and became Yin and yang.
Therefore Qi is matter in an organised form where Qi is potential to become while remaining in its material state: Qi that is free to flow but contained just as drawing the yin yang symbol in one brush stroke without interruption.
Yin and yang originally referred to the sunny (yang) and shady (yin) aspects of mountains, were later used in the sense of complementary forces to describe natural phenomena.