Earth and Sky

I am reading Light on Life, by B.K.S. Iyengar. I was so surprised to find feng shui teachings – but I should not be surprised because it confirms what I know, that feng shui is ancient and universal.

As a teacher of feng shui my goal has always been to find the explanations and words which capture true meaning. The words feng shui are now so overused that the underlying depth and beauty is missed. So here I offer some new thoughts and insights for you to explore.

When I read Mr. Iyengar’s passages about earth and sky I saw another way to express the feng shui concept of wind and water (which are what the words feng shui mean in English). I would like to share a few passages from Light on Life.

Earth:

Mr Iyengar writes:

As I have said, we human beings live between the two realities of earth and sky. The earth stands for all that is practical, material, tangible, and incarnate. It is the knowable world, objectively knowable through voyages of discovery and observation.

It is a physical reality you can see, touch, and taste. This can also be thought of as simply nature and everything in it, in other words the earth! Our physical bodies are also part of nature.

Stones, Red Leaf

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