THE REALITY OF
Are the concepts
we use in feng shui real? Every now and then
I like to simplify a subject to its bare essentials. When
I do this I work on the assumption that the
only thing that is real is how I feel - my thoughts
This is my reality.
Your reality is your thoughts and feelings.
No-one can argue with it. Next we have what
I like to call observational reality. We can
watch the sun rise and set, look at the moon,
feel the rain, listen to the thunder.
However no two people
can ever experience the same thing at the same
time as we cannot both be in the same place
at the same time. In this sense we are alone.
No-one else can experience the world exactly
as I do. Each will have his or her own unique
perception of the world. Human nature drives
us to try and explain the universe we live in.
As such we develop concepts to make sense of
However I think
it is essential to remember these concepts are simply
different people's ideas and not reality itself.
I cannot think of any concept that accurately
explains reality in every permutation. Even
simple maths cannot do it. 2+2=4, except try it with drops of water and
you get one. We can measure light as a wave
or particles moving in almost straight lines.
Quantum physics is based on probabilities not
Personally I do
not believe concepts we use in feng shui accurately
reflect reality. Yin and yang, five elements,
trigrams and so on are all different people's
attempts to explain the way chi moves. A greater
risk is layering concepts so that if you feel
one of the base concepts is suspect all those
above become irrelevant. Chi itself is different
as with practice this is something you can feel
and see. When I sense chi with my hands it makes
up part of my own observational reality. However I still accept my experience
of chi will be different from others.
FENG SHUI CONCEPTS?
So why bother with feng shui concepts
at all? For me concepts in general
help me learn about other people's thoughts
and understanding of a subject, they help me
discuss issues about feng shui in more depth,
they give a body of knowledge cohesion and structure.
Most importantly the concepts I use alter my
perception of the world I live in.
My study of the
feng shui concepts has radically altered my
perception of the way humans interact with their
environment and I have been able to confirm
much of this through my own personal reality.
In addition doing feng shui solely on the basis
of the feeling of chi at the time would mean
decisions are made based on a snap shot experience
of how chi is moving at that moment.
Chi will change
its flow at different times of day, for different
phases of the moon, in another season or with
different people in the home. From a purely
scientific perspective simple being in someone's
home means I have altered the chi and am affecting
my feng shui reading of what is happening there. For this
reason I need some kind of objective structured
view to give my feng shui work greater consistency.
To me it does not
matter that the concepts are not real, it allows
me greater flexibility, more room to think and
a greater appreciation of my observational reality.
I believe too great an attachment to feng shui concepts
mean practitioners can no longer really connect with
the world around them. Concepts create a reality
filter that matches what really happens and
how this compares to the concepts we holds dear.
reality throws up something that does not match
our concepts there is the risk that we favour
our pet theory and ignore reality. If this happens
a person can edge into a world of delusions.
I believe this happens with a lot of subjects,
including feng shui.
MASTER YOUR METHOD
Reliance on any
one concept is unnecessary, I believe feng shui consultants
get just as good results regardless of the system
of feng shui they employ, even though some feng shui interpretations
can be contradictory.
Personally I think
there is a large element of intuition based
on experience, observational reality, people
skills and common sense. I remember studying
shiatsu with Shizuko Yamamoto. The classes were
very repetitive and her method very simple.
After a while I found that I could start to
feel the difference between a tense and loose
back. A few hundred treatments later I could
feel chi. Later I began to feel the direction
chi flowed, whether it was dense or thin, fast
or slow, constrained or expanding and so on.
This only happened
because through Shizuko's guidance I always
used the same system. I had a reference point
I could make comparisons with. If I kept changing
my system I would be confused. The same works
in feng shui. Be consistent and you will master
your method through practice and experience.
EMPOWERMENT OR ENSLAVEMENT?
There are two types
of feng shui. Helping people improve their environment
so they can do more in life (homes) and designing
a specific atmosphere into a building so that
a variety people using it can feel better whilst
they are there (offices, shops, restaurants,
In the first scenario
(healing feng shui) I am only really interested
in the people. In this situation it is essential
to have a clearly defined relationship with
my feng shui client. It would be very easy to abuse
the relationship and try to enslave the feng shui client
to one particular form of feng shui and to me
as his or her practitioner.
of feng shui is that a person living in a home
will take in the atmosphere or chi and this
will influence the way he or she feels. I do
not believe changing the chi in a home will
make any direct difference to anybodies wealth,
relationships or career. However, it will help
someone feel different, perhaps more confident,
assertive, positive, relaxed, and out of this
they could cultivate better relationships, get
a promotion, find ways to earn more money.
The importance of
this is that the person or client is in control. They
are making things happen in their life and feng
shui is merely helping the process, making it
easier to feel the way they need to feel to
succeed. This approach is very different from
the idea the feng shui cures will bring in more
money or the ideal lover, it empowers the person
rather than risking enslaving them to another
person's ideology. In this respect feng shui
is simply a tool to harness the forces of nature
in a way that encourages certain emotional responses
With my chosen mind
set I find it difficult to recommend feng shui
cures that do not obviously change chi flow.
I am confident that for example painting a room
a different colour subjects the space to different
frequencies of light waves and that as these
light waves pass through my outer chi field
it stimulates my chi differently and out of
this I will feel different. Lighting also changes
the frequencies bouncing around a room and is
a great mood changer.
I know from experience
that different surfaces change the way chi flows
across them. A marble floor feels very different
from wood or then again carpet. Then we go onto
what I call external influences of our inner
chi. These are materials we find in our body
that will communicate with the chi deep inside us
as they radiate a similar frequency of chi.
These are water, salt and iron. These are less
obvious and rely on a greater level of faith
but intuitively and intellectually makes sense
to me. If we are surrounded by healthy water
its chi will have a positive influence on the
water chi in our bodies.
I am a great advocate
of indoor plants as they bring more living chi
to an otherwise artificial space and I am convinced
humans feel better when surrounded by natural
materials - wood, cotton, stone, clay, metal.
I also see the sense in being surrounded by
positive imagery and how seeing a picture that
induces positive emotions helps self generate
a different internal chi in a similar way that
moving into a different atmosphere might. However
as the type of imagery that will do this is
personal it requires my client to be in control
of the process.
All these chi changing
tools work anywhere in any culture. There is
nothing to make anyone feel self conscious or
that they might be using remedies based on another
I have developed
my own thinking about feng shui that at this
point in time works for me. I do not expect
anyone else to agree or for it to work for them,
however I would encourage everyone involved
in feng shui to deeply think through what feng
shui really means to them without any attachments
to any concepts or fear of thinking the unthinkable.
Clear out any ideas that you are not sure about
and fill the vacuum with whatever you honestly
feel confident with. If we can be open and expect
the unexpected our unfiltered connection with the world
around us becomes stronger.
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