Gaia theory holds that life on earth functions as though it were a single organism. Earth is alive. Scientist James Lovelock brought forth the Gaia Hypothesis to view Earth with a biosphere of interaction between atmosphere, oceans and soil. It is a super-organism of regulatory change and homeostasis. As an entity, Earth lives, breaths, and flows with cybernetic balance. The word Gaia comes from the Greek goddess of Earth. The gift of the goddess is not merely a nest for life to inhabit. It is life itself.
Geomancy comes from an ancient notion that energies or natural forces relate to geographical location. The Chinese named this feng shui thousands of years ago (pronounced fong swey with words for wind and water, respectively). Before building, one would pay careful attention to the interrelationship of surrounding forces. Structures and burial grounds might face south to avoid the north winds and to catch the winter sun, stairways and doors might be placed to put one in proper context with energies, and plans adjusted to the natural environment such as mountain air, rain and drainage. Planners considered the form of mountains and the direction of water courses when conjuncting with positive forces and avoiding the negative. They believed that they could divine the future by where they buried the dead, where they placed their homes and how they balanced the flux of yin and yang. During the Han dynasty, specialists of feng shui were called kan-yu jia with the words kun-yu for geographical and astronomical studies. Sometimes they were called di-li jia with the words di-li meaning geography. Time and space are brought into balance as Feng shui is the art of keeping time with nature, (as stated by L. C. Porter in "ow the Chinese Keep in Time with Nature" 1920). Geomancy links energy with space. Rhythms link energy with time. GaiaMetric Mapping links energy with space and time.