Tuesday, April 20, 2010
This is for my friends on Facebook who don’t know what is Feng Shui?
What is Feng Shui?
'It was first known as Kan Yu in chinese. Kan Yu is the proper term of Feng Shui. Kan means the theory of cosmology and Yu means the theory of terrestral (Shen, Xu). To be precise, they refer to the theory of time and location in the Chinese history. In ancient time, an atlas was called "Yu Tu ",a picture of Yu. Yu here also means Earth.'
Another explanation of these two words (Jun-Sheng, Shu) is Kan means highland and Yu means depression. The basic principle of Kan Yu is to identify the loci of Qi flow on and under the ground and also compute the strength of Qi in term of time. Qi is an abstract term to represent an intangible current at which vegetation growth well, the macro or micro-climate is stable and human being live happily. The theory claim that no matter life or death located at a point of concentrated Qi will receive the good influence of Qi.
Di Li(Geography) is another ancient term to describe Kan Yu. In fact, nowadays the Chinese translation of geography in academics is called Di Li. In Yi Jing, The Classic of Change, say "looking up to have the vision of astrology, looking down to understand Di Li". However, in ancient time Di Li is not equal to modern geography. A westerner, Chatley (Ren- Kui. Li), tried to define Di Li as " an art to find the best location of life and death in order to harmonize with the cosmic breath". However, this term is not recommended to represent Kan Yu because of missing in astrological and timing elements in Kan Yu theory.'
Down the road, it then evolved into this two Chinese word which means Wind Water for the common people to understand as its concept was too abstract for them to understand. To the western world, a more appropriate word could be geophysics. The common people except for the scholars would not have understand Geography, right? So the word Feng Shui is like the word Kung Fu which the original dictionary do not have.
Why Wind and Water?
The Ancient Chinese found through time that settlements at River mouth are always prosperous and doing well as in the olden days, places lucky enough to be by a River provides a speedy and economical transport as horses are too expensive for the common people. With people from all over the regions travelling and stopping by to have a coffee break meeting, ha-ha, trading and so forth, it becomes an ideal and prosperous place to settle down. And perhaps this is one of the reason why Water was then associated with wealth. Water when amicable gives birth to life but when combined with strong winds can become devastating to life. Giving birth to Storms instead.
So the Chinese knew that strong blowing wind is also not a good thing to have at the front of your house, imagine how would it be like in winter with the ice cold wind howling at you every night as you attempt to sleep. So as that feng shui phrase ‘Qi is scattered by the wind and gather at the boundary of water.’ Meaning water is needed to collect Qi and Strong wind will take away this Qi. Apart from that, strong winds cause soil erosion for crops to be fertile and many other reasons you should know if you takes your time to research on the Net.
So down the way, a geophysicist, I won’t know the Chinese word for it, search me, ha-ha….discovered this concept of the modern armchair. It was then decided for a dwelling to have good feng Shui, you need to have protections from the two sides and the back from the winds. Then as the left always represented Male, they called it the Green Dragon as the Dragon is considered Wood element which is green. Then the Right, they called it the White Tiger as it also represented the Female and white also represent metal. The back they called it the Black Turtle. Black represent water, for the front, that is where the feng shui word ‘Bright Hall ‘ the red phoenix comes, red for fire element. And with the three sides blocking the winds, you definitely want the front to be open for convenience to get in and out of the house and bright so that you will not fell down accidentally in the dark. Actually all these terms all comes from the stars in the 28 constellations in the heavens divided into four sector of directions, North, East South and West groups. Okay, it is getting boring. Lets look at other Feng Shui terms.
So this is Feng Shui?
Then what does the toads, dragon tortoise, pi xiu, stone lions and crystals got to do with Fengshui?
Okay, let’s use an example of stone lions. Well, in the old days,as the Emperor, nobles and wealth merchants have to show off that they are somebody and the best way to start is from their house. As you notice in most Chinese show, the poor villager thatched hut does not have two menacing lions at their doors unlike the rich merchants and the nobles. Probably it is also meant as a psychological effects to tell any unwanted guest to stay away and also it is a trend for the rich families at that time to have one,
An explanations from Wilkipedia:
'The lions are traditionally carved from decorative stone, such as marble and granite or cast in bronze or iron. Because of the high cost of these materials and the labor required to produce them, private use of Imperial guardian lions was traditionally reserved for wealthy or elite families. Indeed, a traditional symbol of a family's wealth or social status was the placement of Imperial guardian lions in front of the family home.
Interestingly, there has never been evidence of lions being indigenous to China; however Asiatic lions were once quite common in neighboring India. These Asiatic lions found in nearby India are the ones depicted in Chinese culture. As Buddhism was spread in China by traveling Buddhist priests and monks from India, they brought with them stories about stone Asiatic or Indian lions guarding the entries to Indian Buddhist temples & monasteries and the palaces of Indian Kings. Chinese sculptors modeled lion statues after native dogs (compare the Chow Chow, Pekingese, Shi Tzu, Shar-Pei, Pug, etc., and closely related dog breeds originating in ancient China called Foo Dogs) for use outside their temples and palaces, as nobody in ancient China had ever seen a real lion before. The mythic version of the animal was known as the Lion of Fo, the word Fo 佛 being Chinese for Buddha. The Chinese word for lion is "Shi" which was adopted from their Sanskrit name "Sinh" in the neighboring India.’ So now you know where the lions comes from, right?
So down the road, one smart aleck decided to make the best out of it and I am not complaining about it, okay? The rest, I would have no need to explain further, as you can research on what miracles it is supposed to do for you on the Net.
To be continued.
Now for the rest of my friends who are into Feng Shui, this interesting,thread was taken from a forum quite a few years ago by a forumer called Qing Long Wu on his understanding of what Fengshui is about.
‘I will share with all an introduction about finding luck-enhancing directions based on Four Pillars.
Actually, there are two kind of directions, of course. Auspicious and inauspicious. But surely all we want is to tap on the auspicious and avoid the inauspicious.
Okay, let's go :
The standard (mandatory) requirements to calculate the directions are :
1. Basic Four Pillars of the person.
2. Current Luck Pillars he/she has.
Additional informations which will improve the accuracy of the calculation :
1. Facing direction of the person's current house/residence.
2. Current sleeping direction.
3. Current sitting direction which he/she used most often.
4. Basic Four Pillars of other persons who lived together in the same house/residence.
The calculation based upon Five Elements interaction, yin-yang, combinations and clashes (hint : 60 Jia Zi ).
The objective is to find directions which will complement the Five Elements in effect of the person, therefore balancing them. Of course, to achieve perfect balance is impossible. What we can get is to get near-perfect condition. Calculation process is complex, to shorten time needed I used my self-programmed software.
Result of the directions will be in exact degree of compass. It is used for our stationary directions, example : facing while working on desk, sleeping or eating.
For mobile and specific purposes, we need to use Qi Men Dun Jia.
This is much more powerful and beyond the Gua method. Result is fast and satisfying, because we truly using Feng Shui to alter our luck. Will even sharpen our luck if used in conjuction with Qi Men Dun Jia.
It is true that using proper Feng Shui arrangement (especially after finding and activating the True Wealth Sector - Zhen Cai Wei) will give us many opportunities to increase our money/financial luck. After the activation, usually opportunities will come in fast.
But it is useless if our Four Pillars cannot contain the money. We will find most of the opportunities are cancelled, or even grabbed by other persons and competitors. And in some cases, we even cannot see the chances although they were right under our nose !
Therefore, a lot of peoples wondering ... why after they did Feng Shui they still unable to see financial improvement.
Both Four Pillars and Feng Shui must be used in conjunction.
Use Feng Shui to improve chances, at the same time balancing our Four Pillars to make sure we are able to seize the opportunities. So by finding auspicious directions based on Four Pillars formula, we are half way through to the road of prosperity
Yes, that will do, of course. We analyze the chart, and placing cures to supress the power of bad stars, so their effect are lesser to us.
But why, for some peoples, the effects of bad stars still can happened ?
And why, for some peoples, after placing enhancers for money/wealth luck, their financial condition did not improve ?
The answer is in Four Pillars
If our Four Pillars is not strong enough, we will still feel some of negative impacts from bad Flying Stars - a small boat still will be shaken by stormy sea.
If our Four Pillars is not strong enough, we cannot transform money/wealth opportunities into real cash in our pockets - a small glass cannot completely contain water poured from a bucket.
So, the precious question will be : how to strengthen our Four Pillars, isn't it ?
And one of the answers is : by finding our auspicious directions based on Four Pillars.
Gua is too simple. Men/women born in a same year have same Gua numbers, in fact they have different Four Pillars. If you use Eight Mansion Gua Theory only, it is like trying to cure many diseases with just one kind of medicine.
Qi Men Dun Jia is another Chinese Metaphysics method (in ancient time it used for military purposes), it calculates specific directions of a time period, so we can use the directions to maximize our success probability in doing certain purpose.
Qi Men Dun Jia is more suitable for those who are mobile.
Not just Water Star 8, it's too general.
Zhen Cai Wei means "True Wealth Sector". It exists in every buildings, so everbody has their chances. It is a special sector with precision, contains living wealth/money energy - ready to be unlocked.
Many Feng Shui practitioners overlooked this method, although in full power it equals the legendary "Five Ghosts Carry Money - Wu Gui Sheng Cai Lai" method (but in requirement and application, it is much more simpler and easier than FGCM).
The true secret of the art for activating Zhen Cai Wei is by knowing how to energize/amplify it, accumulate its energy, then directing its power to us. Without correct application, it's meaningless.
Next ... our Four Pillars must be strong enough, to contain the wealth opportunities given by the activated Zhen Cai Wei. If not ... it will be useless.’
End of his posting,
As usual, a song.....