Feng Shui Applications
The ancient Chinese art of Feng Shui is viewed as a crucial and necessary component to success. It is seen as an investment rather than an expense. Correctly applied, you can see immediate results. The reason for its application is to enhance the capacity of a land for residence or business. Its guiding principles lie in this alignment with the cosmic trilogy of Heaven, Earth and Human.
Feng Shui applications belong to the realm of Earth. Learn how an ancient Earth science is applied and Eastern wisdom is respected. You will learn that Humans are not masters of the Universe. Learn instead to maintain and improve the quality of life in your own environment. You can have a hand in selecting the quality of Qi flow or the type of interactive relationship with the capacity of the land you have selected to live and work in.
Someone once wrote: “Feng Shui is Chinese for putting your husband’s crap in the garage.” Find out if this description and the tips on “how to Feng Shui your wallet for financial freedom when selecting your wallet” belong to Pop Feng Shui or Classical Feng Shui. What has been termed Classical Feng Shui is actually traditional Feng Shui. Since the 1990s a version called Feng Shui for the Home Interior became popular. The term “Pop Feng Shui” describes its acceptance and reliance among the DIY enthusiasts (do it yourself). The word “Classical” was coined to differentiate the “newly trained, commercially schooled in classrooms” from the new age version. The masters with lineages, however, teach in a closed door approach ignoring commercial profits of large student intake. It is a normal practice for masters trained in this art to hand down authentic applications that masters before them have researched. Successful case studies are shared between master and student.
So what is the technique that makes traditional Feng Shui different from new age system?
Feng Shui seeks to harmonise human habitation with the natural surroundings of high and low land and natural flow of water. Feng Shui guidelines are used in the study and assessment of physical landform. Symbolic Feng Shui with its emphasis on colour, images, statues and plants is not the foundational basis of traditional Feng Shui. In carrying out an audit using traditional practices in an audit, the true value of an ancient tradition begins with the land assessment and Qi harnessing,. Even those practicing ‘classical’ Feng Shui using images of Eastern cultural heritage have a poor understanding of this ancient practice.
Traditional Feng Shui focuses on both the macro and the micro level. It is in the micro level that a traditional practitioner fine tunes the kind of Qi to nourish, grow, develop and tap into, to benefit the residents while avoiding negative Qi in alignments of furniture that can cause loss, sickness, separation and harm. The technique used in the new age system does not put landform assessment as a priority. As explained earlier, the essence of Feng Shui is to harness vibrant Qi – to store Qi and hide the wind.
Traditional Feng Shui does not require an experienced eye to identify positive and negative elements in the environment but mostly need the skill to apply methods consistent with implementing result oriented techniques. Solutions are given as advice for clients to remedy areas that need speedy implementation to turn bad situations around. Features and aspects in the micro level are analysed in its capacity to interact with the macro.
Constructed features or physical landform seen as poison arrows are easily identified. It is not so much about features causing positive or negative Qi to flow towards a property but more about matching the Yin/Yang balance of the macro with the external features in the micro so that there is a positive resultant outcome from the matching and balance of Yin/Yang aspects. When there is a harmonious interactive relationship between macro and micro levels there are always enormous benefits. Objects, images and colour in the internal layout has minimum influence on this essential balance and interactive flow. It is a simplistic notion to think it can bring a favourable balance and harmony with layout, without the essential interactive Qi flow between the environment of where your home/work space is sited and located.
Traditional Feng Shui focuses on the internal and the immediate outdoors as well as the auspicious flow of Qi. This traditional practice is by far more than internal furniture layout, selection of favourable sectors for personal usage, colour and the use of water features. It is of significance to use best practices when there is a genuine desire to help others to create a difference in lives. Where Feng Shui principles, concepts and guidelines matter greatly – therein lies the truth – that there are mountains beyond mountains as far as the eye can see.
In the mastery of an ancient practice there are guidelines and concepts to learn. To master an art, there is a need to go far and beyond simple foundation of Green Dragon, White Tiger, Black Turtle and Red Phoenix. Mastery can be confusing if there is no mentorship. With personal mentorship there is resource of case studies successfully researched and documented by masters before earlier masters. Reading classics can be successful if there are mentors to dispute your wrong assumptions and clear your doubts. Staying at the foothills, without trekking to the top can be likened to a blind person holding onto the elephant’s trunk without understanding that there are other components of the massive animal that has not been explored to get the whole picture of what this mammal is all about.
How is traditional Feng Shui applied?
The Landform Feng Shui system is the study, assessment and traditional practice of connecting the living and working spaces to the external energy. It is about the macro – the geography of the location that is analysed. It is about the environment outside and beyond the business site and the kind of life force that you can harness for the building in the location selected. It is the technique of tapping and harnessing this earth energy to benefit you working in the premise carrying out your business operations. A poorly set-up of the business lay out can affect cash flow, customer relations, staff morale and even profits.
Traditional Feng Shui cares very much about the micro – the internal layout of the premise of where you operate your business. The harmonious interaction and synergy of the external with the internal layout is what authentic Feng Shui is all about. To use Feng Shui for business success is literally aspiring for the Feng Shui system to help you to see a return of your investments. Traditional Feng Shui applications when used, can identify where, when and who will be affected by positive Qi when alignment is properly carried out. The skilful and well trained practitioner can identify the cause of poor fortune, missed opportunities and sickness in poorly aligned beds and desks in home lay outs.
In general, traditional Feng Shui prefers ‘prevention as well as cure.’ It is never an option to remedy a major affliction with plants, water or the placement of objects. The main door is the point of entry into a home or business and all afflictions – major as well as minor can be remedied if its location is analysed with a solution at hand. Blocking or diverting and receiving or accumulating Qi flow is one, or more of these remedies. Hence the notion that traditional Feng Shui does not deal with the micro level is a misconception born out of ignorance of the whole application of its practice.
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