Wednesday, March 30, 2011

This Thing About Fengshui II

From the previous entry, lets have a closer look at this peculiar art-science that has been around since Chinese civilization.

Can Fengshui change the course of Life?

You may like to refer to this entry of mine for my thoughts.

One may have heard stories of how a change in Fengshui changed destinies as if like magic.  In my experience from reading thousands of people so far, I've the following conclusion:

一命,二运,三风水,四积阴德,五读书。

This is a very old saying in China, meaning, the course of Life is determined first by one's fixed destiny, second by luck, third by Fengshui, fourth by doing good then lastly by education.

If a person's Life is meant to be changed, it can happen in any way.  By a change of events leading to success/failure, by good/poor Fengshui set-up, by enlightening/wrong words from someone etc etc.

What that old saying actually means is, everyone has a fixed path to walk on.

However, no matter which path we are on, it's up to us to make the best of everything we have.

I've seen rich people earning SGD$50,000 a month and miserable everyday, I've also seen people earning humble sum (like $4,000 thereabouts) and leading a happy life.

Does that mean I can just forget Fengshui and let everything be?

If your life is relatively happy, healthy, enjoys cordial human relationships, stable career with relatively ok or good boss and peers, able to save money every month, rest of the family members staying in the house enjoy more or less the same quality of life as you are.........

Then yes, congratulations, you can let it be.  It means your "auto-pilot" within is working well.

If not, and allowing things to go on (that is subtracting all human effort to make things work the best one can), it's like allowing one to continue falling ill without seeking medical intervention.

Having said that, superstition is not Fengshui.  I do not encourage anyone to be superstitious over the most minute thing.  Fengshui is most of the times balancing a living/working space Qi with the dwellers' or employee and boss Qi with right placements of vital fixtures, color combinations and minimal Fengshui mythical items.

Not by hanging ancient coins in every room, putting 1 dragon, 2 Pi Xiu, 1 water fountain, 2 protruded mirrors for that elusive Qi to come.  Qi is about flow, and encouraging flow, not creating it.  It cannot be created.

If the house's Qi is so bad, my usual advise is to move out and not take my client's money.

If the client has absolutely no means to move out from financial issues, a good Fengshui master would need to know how much they can "boost" it by certain rites, then inform the client accordingly what they are to expect from the rites and how long the effect can last.

Honesty and managing expectations are some of the principles everyone should adhere to.

You may like to refer to this entry of mine on the way to select a good Fengshui consultant or reader.

Fengshui is so ancient, is it still applicable to our modern world?

Intelligent question.

The principles of Fengshui are about balancing Qi, and by that, directions, environmental elements and the solutions come to play.

However, the ancient Fengshui texts are mainly written for landed properties of considerable space.  There were less population in the ancient times, so land wasn't so scarce for commercial or residential activities.

A Si He Yuan (四合院) range from 3,500sqft to 20,000sqft, and in the past, a Fengshui master is only affordable by rich people.  Though there're cases where wandering Fengshui masters help those whose kismet align with them, meaning, 有缘份

Even so, an average ancient family lives in a house from 1,500sqft onwards, especially in farms where land is plenty, such houses can range from 2,500sqft to 5,500sqft.  These gives alot of space to do Fengshui on.

Coming back now, land is mostly planned to be cities, we're now living in apartments where 1,500sqft is likely a luxurious one.  So the ancient Fengshui knowledge must be adapted for any set-up to be successful.

Typically, we read alot of Fengshui books advising people to place a Luo Pan or Ba Gua mirror or 7-Star Formation crystals etc etc to ward off negativity. 

What alot of Fengshui masters don't know is, the energy level of a Luo Pan, or Ba Gua mirror, or 7-Star Formation is very strong.  Most modern apartments must not administer such strong medicine to ward off negativity, there're alot of other useful ones that are also highly effective.

Using such strong medicine for the house is likely to "slow down" the flow of life for the dwellers = a project that takes 2 weeks to complete takes 3.  A promotion that's supposed to come is met with obstacles.  Family relationship isn't as cordial or at-ease as before.

The list is endless.

And then, the opposite and adjacent block of apartment/neighbour might be affected in vary degree too.  When we want good for ourselves, we shouldn't do it at the expense of others unless purposely provoked.  This is what alot of Fengshui masters don't know, or don't want to know.

This is also why some Fengshui set-ups don't work or created negative results.

When we're studying an ancient art-science like Fengshui, we need to absorb the information with an inquisitive and open mind.  We cannot take every information as it is without questioning the modern application, and this applies to any discipline in life.

So, how should the solutions be administered?

Like giving medicine to the ill, one needs to look into the following.

Dweller's destiny characteristics = more "hardy" ones be given milder solutions, as their natural "immunity" is already good.
Quality of Qi of the place = the better it is, the milder the solution.
Quality of issue (external/internal) = the milder it is, the milder the solution.

Like everything in life, overdosing on medicine or tonic causes only harm to the body.

This balancing skill is very delicate, a good Fengshui master should consider these 3 vital elements before advising which Fengshui item/rites to use to ward off the issue/negativity.