| A lot has
been said and written about Feng Shui.
It works, it doesn't, it's old Chinese Superstition and maybe it's a bit like
the Indian Vastu Shastra. Vastu Shastra is the Indian equivalent of Feng
I was house hunting I looked at over a hundred houses in my search for the
right home. These houses seemed to have a life and identity of their own. I
could feel the energy and would know if the house suited me. There were things
about the house that I could not explain, but at times I would feel
comfortable and relaxed in a house and sometimes I couldn't wait to get out.
There were some houses that I didn't even want to enter.
I finally did get my home, which
seemed perfect. But soon after we moved in things began to fall apart. There
were minor health issues and career problems too. The harder we worked the
bigger the problems seemed to get. The only thing that had really changed for
us was our house and that made me re look at the Feng
Shui of my house.
The more I started reading on Feng
Shui the more confused I was. There were so many
schools of Feng Shui.
I did a basic pop Feng Shui
course. It was the westerners simplified version of Feng
Shui. It had to do with placing objects in the
right places and de cluttering and space clearing. It worked but it wasn't
enough. It worked to the extent that I did have a clean house and everybody
felt the better for it.
I met Grand Master Yap Cheng Hai here
in Sydney at the Mind, Body and Spirit Festival in 2001. I had
never heard about classical Chinese Feng Shui.
I did a short course with the Grand Master and was convinced I had to study
more. And since then I have been studying with the Yap Cheng Hai School of Feng
Shui Excellence. I am still studying and believe
me it works.
I will not try to convert anyone but
all I would like to do is try to enlighten and maybe help some of you with the
knowledge I have acquired. It is up to you to feel it because as they say in Feng
Shui "it is your own chi (energy) that will
tell what is right and feels right."
like all metaphysical sciences has had many new guru's or new forms that it
can get a bit confusing. Like Yoga, which now has so many different schools,
there is the Asthanga yoga, the Iyengar Yoga and! even the heated room form
called Bikram Yoga. People have rewritten old Chinese texts and tried
simplifying it to suit a wider audience but this has just heightened the
misconception of this practise.
So what is Feng Shui?
The literal meaning of Feng
Shui is wind and water. But what does this wind
and water really mean? There are many definitions of Feng
Shui. Many books will give you a more or less
simplified definition of Feng Shui
being "living in harmony with nature". But it is a lot more than
that. 'Feng Shui is
taping into the energy already existing in the environment, at a certain time
to make life more comfortable and help us achieve our goals. This energy is
called chi, and we want to harness this chi.
This energy is not visible. It is like the
sun's ray, which are invisible. Stay out in the sun too long and you are sure
to get burnt. We are all grounded to the earth through gravity. So obviously
there are currents in the earth. Now some of this energy agrees with us whilst
some may be harmful. Therefore where you live, where you sleep, where you cook
y! our food will all have some impact on your life.
Shui been developed and tested by experiment and
research data it could have evolved into a branch of true science like physics
or chemistry instead of remaining as a form of pseudo-science. So lets move on
this journey of Feng Shui
with an open mind.
has an impact on 1/3rd of your life. The concept of Universe dictates that a
person's fate is divided into three parts. There is the Heaven Luck, which is
what you are born with, it has already been decided and you cannot change it.
You cannot change your parents or your place of birth. Then is the Man Luck,
this we achieve through hard work or making the choices we have made. This
would be the education we have or the career choices we make. And finally
comes Earth Luck and that is your Feng
Shui. This is the art of harnessin! g the chi in
your environment. This is totally in your
control. You cannot change your Heaven Luck or manipulate your Man Luck now.
But by applying Feng Shui
to your life you can induce the positive aspects conferred by the Superior
Being and reduce the negative elements. You are born within certain
parameters: your family circumstances and personality traits may have been
determined but the fate that lies ahead of you has not been fixed. You
continue to shape your fortune through actions you take during your lifetime,
and thus the final version of your life ultimately remains in your hands.
is all about capitalising on what you already have. It is a complex study of
the environment, the energy in the environment at a certain time and its
interaction with individuals and their dwellings. So no house would be forever
auspicious or forever inauspicious. And even during the auspicious times there
wi! ll month's or days when things maybe a bit hard. Classical Feng
Shui just helps you understand why certain things
happen and prepares you better for things to come. You can just take extra
precaution or you could even benefit by making some changes. You may be living
in an auspicious house that would just need a small modification to activate
good fortune but not knowing it would just mean you are missing out.
Shui is therefore assessing the quality of a
person's life through observations and analysis of a person's living
environment with the help of the Chinese Luo Pan compass and calculations.
I hope this article helps you
understand Feng Shui
better. Have an open mind and just flow with it. Experiment with your
instincts. Feel the Feng Shui
with yo! ur senses. Try to feel the energy in your environment. Gather as much
information as you can about your environment, your dwelling or workplace.
Talk to people about what has happened in a certain place. Feng
Shui is not a new age fad but extremely tangible
and an ancient art. Learn to make it work to your advantage. Have an open mind
and be bold enough to experiment. And have lots of fun like I am having.
If you have any questions feel free to