With a history of over 3,000 years, it has become very difficult to define feng shui. This is because many people have created and added their own interpretation of this traditional Chinese study. But, here is my simplified answer.
Feng shui is the study of how to detect and create places with an abundance of smooth, flowing qi energy that will provide a holistic and prosperous life.
So what is qi (pronounce chi)? Qi is the inner energy of nature. All things in the universe are composed of qi. Humans can only hear sounds between certain frequencies and many of us can only see things that are matter. Yet, there are energies we cannot see nor hear but we know, exist. Qi is the oscillation of these forces and all things in the universe regardless of whether we can see it or not.
And what is smooth, flowing qi? When we follow nature through her patterns and laws, qi energy flows simply and life develops. For example, if you have a plant and you provide the soil, sunlight, food, and water that are most suitable for this particular plant, it will thrive. You are providing the perfect environment for this plant to grow. In the same way, feng shui is the study of how to find the places with an abundance of qi that will nurture and allow people to grow and prosper. Finding the most suitable place, site, building, form, and living environment for a particular people in a particular place is the study of feng shui.
Nature doesn’t have to ‘try’. Nature just happens. In the same way, our living spaces should feel and be natural. We shouldn’t have to try so hard. If we are trying so hard, maybe we must re-think how we want to really live. This is why I study Blue Mountain Form School Feng Shui. It is the most natural form of creating a living environment.