Feng Shui today focuses on situating ourselves in areas of good qi, which is loosely interpreted as energy. Some areas on earth are not considered suitable for settlement, consequently they should be left in their natural state. For me, there is a close correlation between our present Green bubble and feng shui which will become more apparent as we aim to blend our office with a cocktail of both.
Persecution during the Cultural Revolution classified feng shui as a custom that needed to be terminated and practitioners and their work were abused by Red Guards. At the end of the Cultural Revolution, the official attitude became slightly more tolerant but in PRC it remains illegal to register feng shui consultation as a business and advertising feng shui practice is completely banned. Not one of the main agendas in the Communist Manifesto, ‘promoting feudalistic superstitions’ resulted in the sacking of Communist officials who had consulted feng shui as they were repidly expelled from the Communist Party.
As a result, less than one third of PRC believe in feng shui with less than 5% of followers from the younger generation. Today learning feng shui is considered taboo in China, perhaps just as much so as their perceived carbon footprint. According to a BBC Chinese news commentary in 2006, Communist Party officials have gained adherents since the Chinese economic reforms. Although the number of feng shui practitioners is steadily increasing today, it is strictly limited to anthropologists or architects by trade, studying the history of feng shui or historical feng shui theories behind the design of heritage buildings.
People have reacted skeptically towards the alleged benefits of crystals, wind-chimes, fountains, and mirrored balls and such on life, finances, and relationships despite a multitude of documented testaments to the contrary in a number of books that may interest you.
A growing body of research exists on the traditional forms of feng shui both used and taught in Asia, such as the Landscape Ecologists who find traditional feng shui an interesting study. In many cases, the only remaining patches of old forest in Asia are ‘feng shui woods’ which strongly suggest the ‘healthy home’ sustainability and environmental components of ancient feng shui techniques should not be quite so easily dismissed; especially as archaeological sites discovered in the American Southwest, conclude that ancient Native Americans considered both astronomy and landscape in their building.