Is Feng Shui an Art or a Science?

by Howard Choy

I have been asked this question again and again, “Is feng shui an art, a science, or something else like a philosophy, or environmental psychology?”  It is a difficult question to answer and possibly a wrong question to ask, since the Chinese don’t pigeonhole things like we tend to do in the West.

Their world-view is that everything has qi and everything that has qi has yin and yang and they are all interconnected. Feng shui has some art, some science, some philosophy and some psychology, but nothing of the kind on its own; it sits in between all these labels with qi acting as a continuum.

As soon as we try to pin feng shui down to one thing, it loses its meaning and vitality, not unlike trying to pin a butterfly down to find out what a butterfly is.

Instead, we can appreciate what good feng shui does by looking at the inter-relatedness between all things in our environment, how they affect us, and how we can respond to them in a harmonious, constructive, and meaningful way.

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