The mysterious operation practiced in China concerning the disposition of buildings and particularly tombs.
The practice of feng shui is based upon the belief that a house or building should not be built or situated contrary to a neighboring house. A corner of one house should not face the side of a neighboring house, it if does the occupant or owner of the latter believes that a great misfortune will befall him. Long standing feuds have resulted from such unfortunate actions.
A known remedy is to place a dragon or monster in terra-cotta in the chamber which faces the fatal edifice. The terrible stare of the monster is thought to ward off the evil influence.
Feng-shui is concerned with the “dragon lines” or the subtle energies of the earth, and is known in the West as one branch of geomancy.
A definition of Feng Shui is a natural science which studies the flow of energy between nature and man. Feng Shui is mainly thought as Chinese and its closet concept in Western culture is the science of ecology, but, whereas, ecology studies plants and animals, Feng Shui is concerned with all matter including buildings and people.
Presently many study Feng Shui to improve their lives. Feng Shui is the study of the energy flow between nature and people, and vice versa. This natural energy flow affects how people grow, evolve and feel. Such a flow is a state of change which can affect people positively, and sometimes negatively.
The understanding of this process renders the individual the benefits of increasing the positive effects while eliminating the negative. This results in the individual becoming less stressful and able to use the energy to promote better things within his or her life. This is the real definition of “going with the flow” or harmony and balance, the essence of true Feng Shui.
When studying the traditional history of Feng Shui one realizes the subject is not superstition but a science. Evidence of this is being discovered by archeologists as they investigate past cultures. The current cycle of human evolution began 6000 years ago in ancient Samurai (Iraq) with an advanced
civilization. This civilization was dispersed following a climatic disorder of epic proportions which lead to further establishments of advanced civilizations in various parts of the world such as India, South America, and of course China. Knowledge of these events, which is found in the cultural myths and
legends of the countries, form the essential the understanding and implementation of Feng Shui as well as the further learning criteria.
The history of the Traditional or Classical Feng Shui began with the Wandering Tribes which colonized the area now known as China. With their knowledge they established advanced civilizations alongside of the indigenous tribes of the Yangshao and Lundshan.
The pursuit of knowledge began tribal leaders who were named after their tribes; thus, Fu Xi was leader of the Fu Xi tribes, the tamers of animals having knowledge of and taming them; Sui Ren, the starters of fire, having knowledge of fire, husbandry, music, science, and mathematics; Shen Nong, the Holy Farmers who are credited with stating agriculture and traditional Chinese medicine. From Feng Shui perspective Fu Xi is the most important because it was he who established the 8 trigrams positioning in the arrangement known as the Xian Tian or pre heaven bagua around 3300.
Much of Chinese history is shrouded in mystery between 3300 BC and the beginning of the first Dynasty C.2000 BC. Notable heroes in this period were Huang Di – the Yellow Emperor, credited with establishing the 12 Earthly Branches and 10 Heavenly Stems or the Sexagesimal Cycle C 2736 BC (although a similar system was already in use in Babylon many centuries before) and Da Yu, the founder of the first dynasty and inventor of hydraulic engineering. According to legend, it is also believed that the first compass was invented during this period, consisting of a lodestone attached to a chariot and was said to make its army invincible.
Most people would question what the history of Feng Shui has to do with their present lives, or why should they study it. As they become acquainted with Feng Shui this answer becomes clear to them. They learn that over centuries the basis of Traditional or Classical Feng Shui has evolved from the natural
processes of observation. Ancient man knew how nature worked by simple observation of his environment. This was the basis of all philosophy. He learned that water was very different from fire, and bronze or metal was different from wood. He knew the world in which he lived was in constant change. Some of the changes which he saw seemed nature and in harmony like when spring changed
into summer and all life flourished. But other changes appeared unnatural, like excessive heat evaporating water supplies. From this understanding, man obtained incredible insight into the workings of nature and developed a system called the 5 transformational phases. The West has no definite
name for this process; however, the term 5 Elements has been adopted. But whereas the 5 elements imply something tangible, the 5 transformational phases are not. This knowledge together with the yin and yang principles have form the backbone of all Chinese culture, including Feng Shui, the I Ching, Chinese medicine, and Chinese philosophy for the past 5000 years.
Basic science states that matter can neither be created nor destroyed referred to by some as the law of conservation, but only changed from one for to another which is the essential function of the 5 transformational phases. Life flourishes when this occurs naturally. However, when it happens unnaturally through the use of incorrect structures, colors or placement, pressure builds and stress is created. The discovered locations of stress are called stress points. Stress points can be in man and his environment including buildings. Humans absorb stress as easily as they absorb other emotions, but emotions that promote laughter have been found to relieve or eliminate stress. Feng Shui analysis of homes and businesses finding stress points and eliminate them by using simple, subtle cures. Feng shui
consultants can balance any environment to relieve stress. Their basic method is the Sheng Cycle consisting of the 5 transformational phases that can aide everything in the world because all things are classified according to these principles. The following views the Cycle in detail.
There are the 5 Elements:
Water is the first element and represents winter. When falling from the sky it penetrates deep into the earth replenishing water tables and initiating birth for the abundance of all life to come. Water Qi therefore a descending type of Qi, meaning the deeper it goes the denser it becomes building pressure.
Water colors are black and dark blue having wavy and flowing shapes. People of this type are either very bubbly on the surface or very deep and reflective, with no middle ground. They are outgoing, superficial, easy going, receptive, worrisome, passionate, philosophical, and generally unromantic but strongly
Wood is born of the water. Following the winter rains trees and shrubs sink their roots deep into the ground to seep up the water for nourishment,enabling growth. Spring means regeneration of plant life and as it re-emerges through the soil it expands, therefore wood Qi is expansive. The colors
are green and light blue. The shapes are tall and upright. People of this type are positive, high spirited, always getting into difficulty but always get out as well. They are very optimistic and enjoy the spirit of youth while living for pleasure and fun!
Wood gives birth to fire because following the growth of spring vegetation comes summer being hot and bright, symbolizing wood giving birth to fire. This is the time of nature’s zenith when plants reach their height of growth and become luxuriant. Fire needs wood for fuel and air as a catalyst. Fire Qi is ascending, like a fire where the flames are generally rising, reaching out for fuel. The colors, as one would expect, are red, pink, and peach, although these colors possess a warmth they are also considered fire. The shapes are triangular. Fire people are artistic with a good sense of proportion, attractive, idealistic, impulsive, and outgoing. Generally they have a problem finishing things. They are bright and intelligent.
Fire giving birth to earth is the Qi symbolized as rotating a stabilizing magnetic force called gravity which is the basis of all matter. The colors include all the colors naturally found on the earth’s surface, from ivory beaches, to cream, beige, yellow corn fields, brown and terracotta. The shapes are square and squat. There are three different types of Earth people. Generally they are great supporters, assistants, conventional and conservative, gentle, pleasing, obsessive regarding details, indecisive, tactful, and
dedicated to the public and service. Some are great defenders of human rights with a great inner strength. Some are fatalistic gamblers and always do things the hard way.
Earth gives birth to metal. This represents autumn when the weather turns colder and leaves fall from the trees. Metal Qi is contracting, condensing, cold and cutting. The colors are grey and grey metallic. The shapes are round and curving. There are two types of metallic people, like there are two sides of a coin, one is a great leader, but can dominate and conquer, constantly active with high ideas, ambitious and egotistical. They hate to lose, very self critical, strongly materialistic and can seem stubborn
and overly ambitious. The other is a great orator, tactful, elegant and well liked by others. They like to be free, dislike supervision, and hate being ignored.
The Sheng cycle of harmony is characterized by having at least two elements in the prescribed order: Water creates wood, wood creates fire, fire creates earth, earth creates metal, metal creates water and so the cycle continues.
The Control Cycle: When structures, or forms, and colors appear in a different order than this, out of harmony, then one element will control another, leading to an increase in pressure and stress and causing inherent weaknesses in man made objects. The control cycle consists of the arrangements
of water and fire, wood and earth, fire and metal, and earth and water.
Two examples will illustrate some of the inherent weaknesses that can occur within the control cycle. A white (metal color) door (wood shape, taller than wide) usually more often sticks or contains some internal problem.
To correct this one can paint the door dark blue or add some water characteristic,and as if by magic, the door works properly.
A car on a road which is classified as a water element because it allows things to flow, and the car is of the metal element. Because metal and water are next to each other in the Sheng Cycle arrangement that would appear to work fine. However, a red car (fire and metal will deteriorate faster than a black or dark blue one because red is fire which attacks metal and is further attacked by water.
NOTE: This methodology can be applied to any product just by inspecting its color, shape, and use. The best performing aspects will reside within the Sheng cycle.
Even though the Sheng cycle is an important methodology in Feng Shui it is accompanied the yin and yang element which is at the heart of Feng Shui and Chinese philosophy. Yin and Yang is the essence of nature. Yin and yang is the constant motion of nature where everything is in perpetual change, moving from one extreme to another to create equilibrium or universal balance.
A major symbol of the yin and yang universal balance is daylight and darkness. Our planet is always half in daylight and half in darkness. When the sun reaches its median, an almost yin yang shadow is cast upon the earth.
The yin yang symbol clearly denotes the life or natural cycle. Yang denotes birth and growth to maturity while yin represents the declining phases thereafter. It is interesting to note, that the yang (clear spot) inside the yin dark hemisphere, falls in the area that was once known as Sumeria, believed to
be the birthplace of modern civilization.
Further natural changes are denoted: The yang phase rep[resents the season of Spring and Summer when there is major growth in plant and animal life. Yin represents autumn and winter, the phases of decline or decay when life ends in order to begin again. Here one finds another essential coincidence
in this equilibrium cycle, since most of humanity’s required oxygen comes from plant leaves, which decay in the northern hemisphere’s yin phase, one would think there would be an oxygen supply shortfall. However, this is simultaneously balanced by the spring and summer months in the southern
hemisphere to create a stable state.
The yin yang symbol symbolizes life itself. As been shown the light and dark hemispheres represent light and darkness, or day and night, the phases of life birth, maturity, and old age, and the seasons of the year. The symbol of the yin and yang is continuous, when yin stops yang begins and vice versa,
just as life is continuous as are the seasons; there are no interruptions. Most nature based philosophies and religious traditions hold to this perpetual life concept; some refer to it as birth death and rebirth.
As can be seen the yin and yang principles are embodied in every part of human life and therefore can be employed to correct maladies in life. Food, for example, to eat healthy one should consume three parts yang to two parts yin. Feng shui consultants the Feng Shui Institute teach about such foods. Such methods help hyperactive children, using more yin food than yang.
Other aspects of Feng Shui can enhance other activities of life as well. For example the Institute’s Dowsing and Earth acupuncture course teaches one how to access the deeper levels of the consciousness in order to detect and cure harmful radiation emitted by stagnant streams, mineral and gas deposits or even geomagnetic grids.
Such self-development can continue with pendulum dowsing which further explores life’s mysteries including secrets of the universe. Included along this path of learning are remedies to a healthier diet, curing Sick Building Syndrome, settling bad neighbor problems, and even clearing unwanted spirits
As dowsing has always been considered a geomantic art, there is included Shamanism and a PowerPoint library devoted to nature’s guardians – Trees and their hidden Shamanic meanings.
The Feng Shui Institute offers astrological readings using your Chinese Astrology Free Chart with the Four Pillars of Destiny. One of the most marked difference between western and Chinese astrological chart is the ratio: the western ratio is perhaps 1 to 500, meaning in the world population there are just 500 variations; whereas, this Chinese astrological chart gives almost 13 million leading a more précised reading. Also the Institute offers their Nine Star Ki Astrology Course which allows you to become a professional astrologer in a short time.
This author wishes to thank Alan (name) and the Feng Shui Institute for the cooperation he has been given in writing this article.