Defining Feng Shui
Whenever `Feng Shui’ is mentioned, there are usually 3 distinct types of responses from 3 equally distinct groups of people: The Believers, the Skeptics and the In-Betweens. The In-Betweens, of course, are those who are neither Believers in nor absolute Skeptics about Feng Shui.
But why indeed, is Feng Shui – just like many other metaphysical sciences – often viewed skeptically, sometimes even cynically, by the general public?
To begin with, the problem lies in the fact that there is so MUCH hocus-pocus about this field (especially today, ironically!), that one cannot help but feel a sense of misconception shrouding this practice. In truth, the art, science, study AND practice of classical Feng Shui is a principled subject that is virtually NO different from other traditional studies. Just because we cannot tangibly taste, see, hear or feel something, does not mean it doesn’t exist. It merely proves that it is intangible to most – if not all – of our senses. For instance, haven’t Western medical practitioners already endorsed and attested to the effectiveness of Chinese acupuncture and acupressure?
If you are capable of pondering upon the preceding question, then you would certainly be capable of pondering upon what the late Nobel Laureate, Marie Curie (1867-1934) meant, when she remarked: “Nothing in this world needs to be feared, only understood.”
What is Feng Shui?
The Chinese have five categories of studies that form the crux of Chinese Metaphysics (known as the Five Arts – Wu Shu):
- Destiny; and
What do all these five categories have in common?
They are all approaches of studying the natural energies that permeate our surroundings and in the process, give life to and bind all living things (including human beings) to their natural environment. These natural energies are called `Qi’, and form the very basis of our existence in this Universe.
Qi cannot be generated or produced by manmade objects. Only natural forms and features such as mountains and bodies of water (such as lakes and rivers) are capable of generating, conducting and circulating Qi within the environment.
Hence, Feng Shui is classified as a study of landforms (i.e. a study of the Physiognomy of the Land), as these are the natural, inevitable generators and conduits of Qi. To know landforms is to know the Qi prevalent within the vicinity. And once we know the Qi prevalent within an area, we are actually empowered to tap into the useful properties of positive Qi!
After all, there’s a joke that goes: One must first have hair, before one can actually comb it!
Why Feng Shui?
Contrary to popular (and mistaken) belief nowadays, Feng Shui is not (only) about getting rich. Feng Shui is not about living in harmony with nature – at least in the literal sense of the misstatement. And Feng Shui most certainly has NOTHING to do with your hairstyle, ornaments, home decorations or the number of fish you have swimming about in your aquarium.
Far from being an obscure, hocus-pocus sort of `magical’ art, classical Feng Shui is an ancient, respectable science that studies how Qi can be harnessed to help us succeed in life. Invariably, Feng Shui is a study of how we can improve our living conditions, our lives, the lives of our loved ones and humankind in general. It is one of the Five Arts (Wu Shu) of Chinese Metaphysics and applied correctly, a powerful improvement tool as well.
Feng Shui is all about self-empowerment. It is about knowing what’s best for you and how you can realize or attain your full potential in life. Feng Shui is often quoted as the prescription to the diagnosis made possible by BaZi (lit. Eight Characters) - a branch of classical Chinese Astrology.
Put simply, with knowledge of classical Feng Shui, we are actually able to tap into the positive energies that permeate our homes and workplaces every year – to assist us in our endeavors and avoid the detrimental effects of negative energies, as well. After all, hasn’t Confucius been proven right – time and again – when he opined: “By three methods we may learn wisdom. First, by reflection, which is noblest. Second, by imitation, which is easiest. And third, by experience, which is the bitterest.”
The choice is ours. Feng Shui is all about making the most of life…on this Earth.
Who Uses Feng Shui Today - & for WHAT Purposes?
Who, do you think, CAN apply Feng Shui to his or her residence and workplace?
Anyone - and everyone.
Who, do you think, DOES apply Feng Shui to his or her residence and workplace?
The technical answer would be: Tycoons, entrepreneurs, businesspeople, students, lawyers, doctors, politicians, artistes, parents, Feng Shui practitioners…you get the idea, of course! And the direct answer is…
Anyone – and everyone.
And for WHAT purposes – or WHY – would they wish to use Feng Shui?
To begin with, Feng Shui allows us to know the natural powers that are inherent in our surrounding environment. And when we know what these energies are, we are better prepared to tap into them to assist us in specific endeavors in life. Do you wish to know how you can best allow your fledgling business to prosper? Or perhaps you are already the proud owner of a roaring business, and wish to double sales next year. So what do you do?
Then again, why limit yourself to only business and work? If you are `single and searching’, wouldn’t you like to know how you can use your home (or even office!) to enhance your romantic prospects? And if you’re a married couple, or one with kids, how do you get to enjoy domestic bliss with your loved ones?
So, it should be rather evident by now WHO can use Feng Shui to his or her advantage, to help him or herself succeed in life.
Anyone, and everyone!
The Pre-Requisites Towards Mastering Feng Shui
- An Open Mind
You need to clear your mind of any misconceptions or pre-conceived idea you may have about Feng Shui. Your pre-conceived notions may be right, or they may be wrong – but this is really immaterial. Psyche yourself up to think as a fresh, new student who is keen to master a new branch of knowledge, and you will go far in your Feng Shui studies.
- The Ability to Reason Rationally & Logically
Classical Feng Shui is a metaphysical science, and like any other scientific study, requires the use of one’s intellect and powers of reasoning and deduction to arrive at sensible, accurate conclusions. Remember; you will be studying a meticulous, highly structured field of knowledge, whose precepts and methods have taken hundreds (if not thousands) of years to evolve.
- Common Sense
Nothing can or does substitute common sense, so keep your logical mind active at all times when studying Feng Shui. One plus one always makes two, and if you find yourself getting a three, you had better start asking yourself: How did this come to be?
Feng Shui by itself is a discipline that requires considerable perseverance and patience on the part of the student, if he or she is to succeed in his or her studies. Rome wasn’t built in a day, nobody ever graduated from university overnight, and similarly, your Feng Shui studies will be gradual but you will notice tangible results at the end of the day.