Taoism is a deeply rooted philosophy and practice related to the becoming one with the TAO. Much of the understandings within the practice and belief system of Taoism comes from the principles of the Yijing or Book of Changes. Many refer to living life through Taoism adhering to principles based on “The Way.” Many aspects of Taoism highlight maintaining a responsible relationship with the Universe. The difference between Taoism and Feng Shui isTaoism relates to managing our internal environment. Our behavior is our responsibility and Taoism helps us become our best selves whether we are in position of authority or a lowly person working under supervision or an authority figure.
Taoism considers perspectives related to Yin and Yang in that when good days come we are still to maintain our relationship in view of the TAO. In that, we recognize the same degree of responsibility to the relationship with the TAO during bad days. When there is Yin there is also Yang, we grow and prosper with days that have an equal share of challenges as well as successes. Taoism recognizes this point and reminds us to maintain moderation in spirit and principle. In other words, you may have an abundance of wealth today but we must not allow our successes to outweigh our responsibility. We must remember to strive to maintain harmony between the Yin of life and the Yang of life; becoming equal or as one with the TAO.
Classical Feng shui relates to interpreting and managing harmony with the immediate environment since we are an active component with the environment. Classical Feng Shui also considers Yin and Yang in that auspicious energy exists simultaneously with Yin. Sometimes the energy within the environment can become more Yin or more Yang. Feng Shui and Taoism are separate studies and practices yet both draw from the philosophies based on the Yijing or Book of Changes. When we practice and utilize Feng Shui in everyday life does not mean we are practicing Taoism although the two draw upon the concepts of Harmony.
Terms we may hear in reference to “gods” are fully integrated within Classical and Contemporary Feng Shui; only the term that is in Classical Feng Shui. In Classical Feng Shui, terms such as “gods” relate to the strength and character of various forms of energy derived from planetary position and movement, time, and location. Feng Shui is not a practice specifically of Taoism, although Taoism does include the practice of Feng Shui. In Classical and Contemporary Feng Shui practices we may hear references to “deities” related to energies influencing the environment. Contemporary Feng Shui practice “invites” deities as a means to assist in managing energies of the environment as well as draws upon the Five Element Theory. Classical Feng Shui only utilizes the five element theory to combat, control, weaken, or enhance influence energies present in the environment.