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Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese art of arranging spaces. It addresses the subtle connection between our everyday environment and our quality of life.
Feng Shui is based upon the existence of “chi” universal life force energy that is present everywhere. The flow of this invisible energy in our surroundings profoundly affects the way things unfold in our lives.
The essence of Feng Shui is to activate the positive “chi” in your environment, cure any negative “chi”, and create the right quality of energy to support our desired goals and dreams.
Feng Shui has gained wide acceptance in the west and is used successfully by many homeowners and businesses.
Feng Shui creates meaningful and harmonious spaces for living and working that resonates with a sense of well being, and is conducive to enhancing our quality of life.
In the business world, Feng Shui is the science and art of design, placement and arrangement for work place in a harmonious and high-energy environment. In this way space vitality is strengthened and auspicious space is created providing a conducive and relaxing atmosphere.This environment supports business activities, attracts customers, helps to increase sales and performance, and enhance success and abundance.
- What is Chi?
- The five elements or Transformations
- Feng Shui Bagua (Pa Kua) Basics
- Feng shui Ming Gua Life Number
- Xuan Kong Fei Xing
- What yin and yang mean
- What is 3-Star Feng Shui?
- Feng Shui by the Numbers
- How can I benefit from Feng Shui?
- Where can Feng Shui be applied?
- Who can use Feng Shui?
- What do you advise to those who are keen to learn fengshui ? Where do they start ?
What is Chi?
Feng Shui is based on the vital energy known as “Chi”, also utilized in Yoga, Qi-Gong, Massage Therapy, Acupuncture, Reiki and others.
The “CHI” is the invisible force of energy fields that surrounds our universe and us.
If Chi flows well and accumulates, you have good Feng Shui (sheng chi), but if it flows too quickly or if it stagnates, you have poor Feng Shui (sha chi).
For example: if you have a house receiving very little sun light, or your yard doesn’t look luscious and well kept, these are attracting sha chi to your life.
Therefore, if you improve your home and office space according to Feng Shui, you will notice a positive difference in your life.
Therefore, Feng Shui provides the means to interpret, predict and manage this chi energy.
The word Qi in Chinese language has more then one meaning.
- Air – which we need to live.
- Energy – the magnetic field of the earth, sunlight, cosmic radiation etc.
- Spirit – our will to survive and to prosper.
- Luck – good or bad, which existence we can feel but can not prove.
In Feng Shui Qi is a combination of all four meanings.
We differentiate between bad and good Qi.
Good Qi is called Sheng Qi and is full of vibrant life.
Bad Qi is called Scha Qi and has evil, harmful energies.
A tidy house with fresh air and filled with sunshine and laughter is filled with Sheng Qi.
A dirty, dark house with bad ventilation and where the occupants are fighting is filled with scha Qi.
Sheng Qi is dispersed by wind and retained by water.
The five elements or Transformations
Qi can be divided into five different forms of energies. Water, Wood, Fire, Metal and Earth which got different attributes.
Earth – cubic and rectangular forms, the colour brown, beige and yellow. It attracts, concentrates and is stable.
Metal – spherical, the colours white, gold and silver. It is sharp, pointing and piercing.
Water – wavelike or indefinite forms, the colours black and dark blue. It runs downwards and is free.
Wood – Stick or pillar like forms, the colour green, it grows upward and is enduring.
Fire – triangular forms, the colours red, orange, purple and pink. It spreads in all directions; it radiates and is hot.
These five elements are standing in interdependence to each other so that they can be manipulated.
The enhancing cycle:
- Water enhances Wood.
- Wood enhances Fire.
- Fire enhances Earth.
- Earth enhances Metal.
- Metal enhances Water
The weakening cycle:
- Water weakens Metal.
- Metal weakens Earth.
- Earth weakens Fire.
- Fire weakens Wood.
- Wood weakens Water.
The controlling cycle:
- Water controls Fire.
- Fire controls Metal.
- Metal controls Wood.
- Wood controls Earth.
- Earth controls Water.
Feng Shui Bagua (Pa Kua) Basics
The pa kua used in Chinese divination, called the post-celestial pakua, is a system of trigrams (stacks of three solid and/or broken lines) designed by King Wen almost three thousand years ago to describe the nature of changes in the universe. Notice that this pa-k’ua doubles as an eight-point compass, with each direction associated with a particular trigram. The solid lines in the trigrams symbolize yang and the broken lines symbolize yin. Thus, a trigram with two or more broken lines is primarily yin, whereas a trigram with two or more solid lines is primarily yang. Yin-type trigrams are associated with receptive energy and stillness, while yang-type trigrams are associated with expansive energy and action. A fundamental assumption of Chinese divination is that if we know how things change over time, we can predict future events. This is why the trigrams and their patterns of change form the foundation of the I-Ching, the book of divination.
The patterns of changes represented in the post-celestial pa-k’ua can tell a feng-shui practitioner about the type of energy, destructive or nourishing, that “enters” a particular position of a building (north, south, east, west, etc.) at a particular time. For example, look at the grid of the Flying Stars System. You will notice that the number 9 appears in several squares. Number 9 is the numeric symbolizing fire. In our example, number 9 appears in the sections representing the study, the bathroom, and the atrium. This means that there will be a risk of fire in these rooms. The bathroom has the least threat because of the presence of water. The atrium has the biggest threat because plants (and therefore wood) can strengthen the element of fire.
Feng shui Ming Gua Life Number
A Ming Gua is an element and Trigram that is assigned to one and each individual person. From a Trigram good and bad directions for a person are determined. The eight house Fengshui school is also determining good and bad areas of a house this way.
When calculating the life number (Ming Gua) you have to be aware that the years are given are according to the solar calendar. The beginning of a year is usually the 4th or 5th February.
The eight Min Gua have different good and bad directions. In the table the good directions are shown as F1 up to F4, and the bad directions as H1 up to H4. The naming is in accordance to Master Joseph Yu.
Fortunate directions are marked F1 up to F4, where F1 is the best direction.
Harmful directions are marked H1 up to H4, where H1 is the worst direction.
From this we can divide all people into two main groups.
East group people have Ming Gua 1, 3, 4 and 9.
West group people have Ming Gua 2, 6, 7 and 8.
- F1 = SHENG CHI (Sheng Chi); Is active and full of life
- F2 = TIEN YI (Heavenly Doctor); Brings good health and rewards for hard work
- F3 = NIEN YEN (Longevity); Is well organised and brings prosperity
- F4 = FU WEI (Stability); Is constant and brings good luck in general.
- H1 = HOO HAI (Life threatening); Brings excessive bad luck.
- H2 = WU KWEI (Fife ghost); Brings sickness, theft and fire.
- H3 = LUI SHA (Six demon); Brings lawsuits and conflicts.
- H4 = CHUEH MING (Mishaps); Brings quarrels and arguments.
Xuan Kong Fei Xing
Xuan Kong pronounced Schuan Kong, is the most Authentic and Traditional School of Feng Shui. It is also known as the Time and Space School. Fei Xing means the Flying stars and this school is based on Environment, People and Time.
It deals with the space we occupy and reveals to us in details Heaven’s secrets. These are given to us by the Heaven Chart, the Earth Chart and the Mountain and Water dragons. Each house is unique in its own way, so there is no particular area allocated to Wealth, Health etc, but each area is derived by mathematical and logical calculations.
Where and how to place a particular ‘cure’ and for how long, is what an experienced practitioner will advise a client. The results can be quite dramatic, especially if the Heaven Luck of a person is strong. Reasonable amounts of improvement have been noticed even otherwise, resulting in the best possible benefits, to an individual, or people living in the house.
Using the flying stars, one can determine the present or future prosperity of a home or commercial premises. By the same method, a qualified practitioner will ascertain, where to have the reception, which area in the office space is to be given to the head of the family/organization, where to place the Managerial staff/ Accountants/ P.R.O./ Sales and Marketing staff etc. thereby maximizing the potential of a premise, so that there is no decline in Business turnover. Moreover, happy employees, means enhanced productivity levels.
What yin and yang mean
Yin and Yang are the basic of Chinese philosophy. Yin and Yang are completing each other. There is nothing only Ying or only Yang. The white and black spot in the Yin and Yang diagram represent this. Yin and Yang are completing each other and form so one whole.
Because Yin and Yang are relative we only can compare them with each other to find out which one is more Yin or Yang. An animal is more Yang if compared to a plant. A plant on the other hand is more Yang if compared to a stone. Yin and Yang are always striving for harmony. They are attracted to each other. Yin and Yang are all ways moving around a theoretical optimal state. They are always in flux.
Movement gives birth to standstill. Standstill gives birth to movement.
The table below gives some comparisons between Yin and Yang. You will notice that the eastern and western thinking for some terms is different. Female is in both systems Yin. But in the west we associate light, inspiration and soul with the term female. In the eastern way of thinking these things are Yang and not Yin.
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What is 3-Star Feng Shui?
3-Star Feng Shui represents the most advanced, the most sophisticated, and the most elusive Feng Shui approach to studying how opposing energies interact with each other and effect our lives.
These three stars are:
- The Mountain Star, which effects people.
- The Water Star, which effects money, and
- The Visiting Star, which represents time.
These and many other factors must be taken in to consideration before a relevant professional Feng Shui reading maybe rendered.
Other factors include; the actual inhabitants of the home or office, the neighborhood, as well as external and internal factors of the property itself.
Feng Shui by the Numbers
At the heart of Feng Shui is a study of numbers and what they represent, plus many other factors, including:
- We all live on one planet, Earth.
- Yin and Yang are two opposing forces that effect life on Earth.
- There are three cycles; Productive, Reductive, Destruction or Dominative.
- There are Five Elements or five energies at work on our planet, Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water.
- Eight Trigrams of the I Ching; Kan, Kun, Chen, Sun, Chien, Tui, Ken and Li. Also there are eight basic directions of the compass; North, Northwest, West, Southwest, South, Southeast, East, and Northeast.
- Nine Flying Stars and the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9. Also, there are nine squares of the Feng Shui grid or Ba Gua in Chinese.
- 24 Mountains or 24 15-degree divisions of the Feng Shui Lopan or magnetic compass.
- Eighy-One Flying Stars Combinations based on the Mountain (People) and Water (Money) Stars. of an building, and its eight individual directions.
- Two Hundred and Sixteen Combinations of Flying Stars charts for buildings.
How can I benefit from Feng Shui?
Your home environment often reflects your current psychological and spiritual state. By improving your surroundings, you will become more grounded and better able to deal with an increasingly fast-paced and often stressful world. Feng Shui uses an ancient eight-sided diagram, the Ba-Gua, to represent the different life areas. Each of the eight life areas corresponds to specific natural elements, colors, seasons, locations in the physical body, and members of the family. In the middle of the diagram is the tai ch’i or yin-yang symbol, representing health, balance, and “the center”.
Positive adjustments made in the corresponding areas of your home or office environment can improve life areas such as relationships, abundance, career, reputation, creativity, self-cultivation, health, and more, bringing about greater harmony in body, mind, and spirit. Feng Shui adjustments can be made anytime a change is desired. Whether you are about to break ground on a new building, remodel an existing structure, have just moved or have been in your current location for many years, Feng Shui can help. By working with the life energy in your space (also known as ch’i), your environment will be transformed and powerful results can manifest in your life.
Possible Benefits from Feng Shui:
- Increase your prosperity & abundance.
- Boost your health.
- Reduce insomnia & stress.
- Enhance your personal power.
- Easing of family conflicts.
- Increase your concentration
- Enhance financial security.
- Attract new customers to your business.
- Upgrade your life in many other ways.
Where can Feng Shui be applied?
You can apply it just about anywhere!
Here are a few examples:
- Homes, apartments, farms & lands.
- Spaces for sale & rent .
- Deigning& remodeling.
- Corporations & businesses.
- Landscapes: gardens, yards & pools.
- Professional offices: doctors, attorneys, dentists, etc.
- Hotels, restaurants & public areas.
- Shopping centers, malls & stores.
- Schools, hospitals & airports.
Who can use Feng Shui?
A couple: an use Feng Shui to prevent bickering, fights, or disputes and to enhance peace, love, and harmony in their lives. You can also find each one’s best direction to study, to read, to sleep, and to work.
A family with children: can use Feng shui to increase the children’s concentration at school and with homework as well.
A single person: can use Feng Shui to enhance love and friendship into their lives, enhance their income, and live a more content way of life both professionally and personally.
Real Estate Agents: will find Feng Shui invaluable. It can help sale a difficult property sooner than later.
Builders, Architects & Interior Decorators: When remodeling or redesigning a property, the can use geographic lines, beauty and proper decoration accordingly to their client’s personal Feng Shui, making the structure personal the clients.
They can also use Feng Shui when renovating yards, patios, verandahs, swimming pools, gardens, and clubhouses. Even the choices of plants, trees and flowers are important to be balanced, according to the client’s personal Feng Shui consultation.
Corporations & Businesses: can use Feng Shui to enhance their employees’ production and increase their sales and productivity.
Professional Offices: Doctors, Attorneys, Dentists, Engineers: can use Feng Shui in their offices to create a space that enhances health, well being, and a pleasant atmosphere which encourages good communication between clients, customers, and professionals.
Teachers: can benefit from Feng Shui to enhance an atmosphere of peace and tranquility in the classroom for students of all ages. Using the right colors, positions and shapes accordingly to Feng Shui, teachers can also boost the attention and concentration of the students.
Hotels, Bed & Breakfast, Restaurants, Public, and Private Areas: can use Feng Shui to create a space with appeal and enhance an atmosphere of tranquility, comfort and beauty necessary to their customers. Ex: Placing a water fountain in the proper direction accordingly to Feng Shui can bring positive energy and attract more customers.
Shopping Centers, Malls & Stores in general: by placing products in the proper place and direction accordingly to Feng Shui, they can increase sale. EX: Placing the cashier register on the location given by Feng Shui can increase sales and bring in more customers.
Hospitals, Schools, and Airports: by adding harmonic lines of Feng Shui, they can provide a pleasant and positive atmosphere full of beauty and balance. Even the choice of plants, trees and flowers in these areas can be placed to attain this goal.
Landscape: Yards, Gardens, Pools & Clubhouses: when renovating yards, patios, verandahs, swimming pools, gardens, and clubhouses. The choices of plants, trees and flowers are important to be balanced, according to the client’s personal Feng Shui consultation.
What do you advise to those who are keen to learn fengshui ? Where do they start ?
My advice is to read all available english and chinese books if you can as these will form your knowledge and you will use them when the time is right. Also attend courses by qualifed fengshui masters and learn their techniques.
As different flying star fengshui masters have different cures and different approaches in even taking the facing and the sitting of the house. So learn from them, then use your experiences to tell who is more accurate.
You will need to spend money but these money spent are worth it if you want to be a fengshui expert. If you want to be a fengshui practitioner straight away, then pay to someone ( a Fengshui Master ) whom you think is good and be their personal student.
After learning, you can then go out to do your own fengshui business. But you will need to take “ang pow” only for the first three years of your career and do as many as 20 fengshui checks a month and 30, 4 pillars readings a month for three years. If you do less than required a month, then it will take you a longer time to become a Professional.