Updated: Aug 17, 2022
One of the most important principals to understand is that 70 % of the energy in our homes comes from the landforms outside of them
It was such a wonderful surprise for me to hear so many positive responses from friends and colleagues whenever I told them I was studying Feng Shui.
The fun and interesting thing about that experience was how many different ideas people have about what Feng Shui is! The assumption I heard most often was that it was about the “arrangement of furniture” and while it can absolutely involve that, it is far from the main principals of the Classical teachings.
Feng Shui is the Chinese Metaphysics system used to study and benefit from the natural energies (qi) of the living world around us. It is deeply rooted in Chinese and Asian cultures and has existed since the time of the First Emperor in Imperial China.
Although thousands of years old, the term "Feng Shui" only really came to be known in the west in the last thirty years or so with the introduction of "Black Hat Feng Shui.” One of the more modern schools of Feng Shui, Black Hat is based on superstition and offers techniques that are quick and easy to use, like the use of decorative "enhancers" or objects and trinkets that you place around the home to keep you positive and focused on your goals.
This is not the school of Feng Shui I am studying – I chose to study Classical Feng Shui and I will try my best to explain it here.
Classical Feng Shui is completely concerned with the flow of Qi.
The oldest documented form of Feng Shui is Form School. This is how Feng Shui was practiced thousands of years before the invention of the magnetic compass. These ancient people studied the land (form), Qi flow and the principles of yin and yang. From this they learned how best to situate their farms to ensure plentiful harvests and healthy livestock, ensuring their own prosperity and that of their family.
Form School means analyzing natural features such as mountains, hills, trees, rivers and lakes and in modern times, in urban environments, this includes roads, buildings, walls and fences.
Compass School came next and uses a Chinese compass known as the Lou Pan to get an accurate bearing of a building. A compass reading from the front door determines the direction a building sits and faces and then determines the type or quality of Qi that reaches it. There are two main methods of analysis that we use within Compass School. One is Eight Mansions and the other is known as Flying Stars.
The Eight Mansion principal divides a house up into 8 sectors and the Feng Shui practitioner can then locate the 4 auspicious sectors and 4 inauspicious sectors for the occupants. There are a number of techniques that can be used to turn negative sectors into positive ones including the very important 5 element theory - which will be discussed in a future BLOG. Further analysis is done for each occupant based on their birth date and the date the house was either built or that the occupants moved in.
Flying Stars is a more dynamic theory and focuses on faster moving energy. It is concerned with the circulation of Qi within a building to make sure the important activities of sleeping, eating and studying are done in areas with favourable flying stars that support them.
Note: these are not actual stars, but the energy is referred to as stars.
The formulas take into account time, as the flying stars change locations every 20 years and some of them fly into a sector daily, monthly and annually changing the energy regularly.
So the energy in your home is always changing and you can work with it accordingly. Once again, the dynamics of the Flying Stars are read in relation to the occupants of the building, based on their time and date of birth.
This is a very simplified explanation of the complex science of Chinese Metaphysics. My teacher has been studying for over 30 years and from what I can tell this subject requires a lifetime of study. Yet, with a good understanding of the concepts and formulas a person can use these ancient principals with the guidance of a Feng Shui practitioner to enhance many aspects of their lives and create environments that support them.
"Feng Shui allows us to make precise changes in our environment, which in turn attracts better "flow" and changes our relationship with time and space to support our ability to attract more opportunities and energy."
This a proactive practice. Once you align yourself to a correct environment with more opportunities for business, better Health, love, attracting the right people etc. it is then up to you to accept, take action and take advantage of these opportunities! Are you ready?
Does this help explain Classical Feng Shui? Have you got questions? Send me a message and let’s chat!