The modern concept of sustainable living is highly compatible with feng shui, to the extent that it works with nature, rather than against it. And to the extent that sustainable living respects the natural features of the land.
Traditional feng shui honored the natural energy of the land. It is said that traditional Chinese people were shocked and horrified when westerners began laying railroad tracks and roads in China that cut straight through hills and other natural features of the landscape without regard to the energy of the land.
Traditionally Chinese farmers enhanced rather than disturbed the good chi of the land. They were so careful to do that that the pre-industrial Chinese countryside was said to resemble a garden or park. You can see that reflected in the traditional art, but early Western visitors commented upon it, too.
Situating a house to collect sunlight and to be sheltered by the natural terrain keeps the house comfortable to live in while minimizing energy requirements. It is also good feng shui (as long as other feng shui principles are not violated).
Organic gardening, a big part of sustainable living, is simply growing plants that flourish on natural rainfall and natural fertilizer, without poisonous pesticides—the way our great-grandparents did. Healthy plants are a great source of good chi.
Caring for animals in a humane way is also good feng shui. Good feelings, health and well being attract good chi. Considering the feng shui principle that a calm, happy cook makes better, more nutritious food, happy, healthy animals should produce better food, too.
Many of us would like to grow an organic garden, perhaps raise a few chickens, and live closer to the land if we knew how. Sadly the knowledge that most of our great-grandparents considered common knowledge has been long forgotten by most of us.
Fortunately the knowledge is not really lost. Currently there is a strong back-to-nature movement with a huge variety of books, videos, kits, and other publications aimed at providing that knowledge. Unfortunately not all are complete or equally good. Some give conflicting advice.
Luckily for us, there is a great source of information on all facets of sustainable living on line. Called The Rural, “from farming stock to lifestyle blocks,” it covers all aspects of sustainable living, including organic farming, acquiring and caring for livestock, solar power, adjusting to the lifestyle, and so on.
It seems to cover everything from buying a workhorse for plowing and hauling to growing a few organic veggies on your balcony. Viewed through the eyes of feng shu, The Rural is a great resource for living in a way that respects the natural energies of the land—wherever you live.
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