Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Fengshui - It's Environmental Science

I would expect most people have a certain degree of brushes with Fengshui in the Chinese community (or maybe beyond), and due to the result of certain "masters", some may believe the uses of Fengshui and some may not. 

There are those who may have skepticism over the practicality and reality of Fengshui, but do take a moment to read what I have to explain what it is in the simplest way I can.

Fengshui, in Mandarin, is "Wind, Water", a representation of the 5 elements that make up Mother Nature in the traditional Chinese belief system.  It is believed that different directions (represented by different nature's elements) will give different energy field to an individual. 

As an analogy, slow classical music to some individual would lull them to sleep but to some others, it would actually rejuvenate them.  Those that would be lull to sleep needs a faster music to stimulate them to work (due to various reasons), hence music with a faster tempo would optimise their productivity.  While for those who thrive in slower classical music, their mind has a high chance of being over-active, hence need a slower music to pace their heartbeat so they can think clearly.

This is the same with Fengshui, it's a system of "contact stimulus" to the human 5 senses but for this case, it mainly uses color, ornaments, arrangement, words and figures in the correct order to an individual's need.  In another analogy, one would get happier and balanced when greeted with their quality favourite dishes for dinner after a bad day's work.  They would however, feel more anger and maybe depressed if given food they abhor.  Fengshui is all about giving an individual what they need (or lack) accordingly to their birthdate or environmental set-up to give a balanced whole again.

Certain directions/objects are suitable for an individual but not so for some, one man's meat is another's poison.  Because Fengshui is an ancient Chinese oracle craft hailed from at least 2,300 years ago, it had gone through changes and revolutions to the different schools of thoughts now.  It had been documented of at least 20 different major and minor schools of Fengshui styles existing currently.

Now, which school of thought is "the best"?  Simply, it's the one that works. 

What makes it work depends entirely on the Fengshui practitioner to understand the needs of the client, the client's environmental set-up and his craft well enough to do the right thing.

Fengshui isn't about changing the fixtures of a house or an office to cause inconveniences to the dwellers, this would be a very amateur "master" at work.  Fengshui is about harmony with human, no space should be designed to make anyone uncomfortable.  This goes the same to Fengshui "masters" telling their clients to buy a good load of ornaments to clutter up a space.  Good Fengshui arrangement has to give a feeling of calmness and peace flowing with positive energy at first look or step into the space.

However, if the dweller is adverse to a certain color/object (for example), it's the duty of a good Fengshui practitioner to explain carefully why it's is needed for them.  If there's no compromise reached in the end, a well-qualified and experienced Fengshui would be able to suggest an alternative (sometimes 2) of about 95% effectiveness to resolve the issue, not insisting the first choice.  Fengshui is all about flexibility and practicability.