When people first learn about Feng Shui, typically they learn where the relationship or wealth sector exists in their space or how to cleanse negative energy from their space. If you watched Princess Diaries (2001), you may recall the scene where someone announces over a bull horn “will the Feng Shui club please stop rearragning the cafeteria tables?”
Certainly, we have many perspectives in Feng Shui; even Vastu Shastra seems similar which is a good study at another time. Over the years, I appreciate perspective because each person needs to relate to the environment in a way that helps raise awareness about the potential of subtle energies existing and possibly affecting us individually and collectively as we carry on in our daily lives. Feng Shui is a resource and tool from scholars and sages of Ancient China passed down from thousands of years of study and practice. A time existed when making sure calculations are correct meant the difference between life and death for some commissioned to develop calendars and advise military endeavors on the best positions in order to gain the upper hand in war.
I know many people wonder what form of Feng Shui is correct. I too ask this question many years ago which led me to understand and appreciate Classical Feng Shui study and practice today. I was able to trace the study of Feng Shui back to one person’s life struggles of losing his mother and wanting to place her to rest in a most auspicious area. Since his experience with utilizing proper burial practice, Feng Shui study and analysis progressed helping us understand that within every area of our space exists possibly the influence of subtle energies which are and are not beneficial to us.
One of the most popular and well received studies in Feng Shui is Xuan Kong Flying Stars which focuses specifically on determining the quality of energy native to a specific dwelling place based on time and direction. In understanding the nature of Yin and Yang, the five element theory, and utilizing information related to the Chinese Yijing (a Confucian Classic of Zhouyi rooted in Taoism…more on this later) , we learn according to Chinese culture everything migrates in full circle; shifting, changing, and repeating over time. Within Xuan Kong Flying Star analysis, we consider certain periods of time (i.e., periods, years, months, etc.) in perspective of the quality of direction (cardinal) and location (forms). From these changes and shifts (i.e., seasons, years, planetary alignment), different qualities of energy known as Qi (ch-ee) forms and distributes throughout every area and space on Earth. As Qi flows, permeates, or even stagnates throughout a space and environment, we may experience hinderances or excel for some unknown reason in our ability to progress in life.
The importance of Xuan Kong Flying Star study is to know where these certain energies influence our space, how these energies interact and influence each other as well as us, and what we maybe can do to counteract or capitalize on the different qualities and presence of Qi for enhancing, maintaining, and securing support from our surroundings pertaining to our endeavors in life. Back to our example of shifting or placing furniture, we gain an appreciation of how the human influence in the environment and relationship between the heavens and earth makes a difference and possibly understand some of the “unknowns” that affect our experience and quality of life.
“cheng 誠 (sincerity) : the nature of Heaven toward man; rich or poor – everything in moderation” ~ study of Zhongyong, (Theobald, 2000)
Theobald, U. (2000). Zhongyong. Retrieved from http://www.chinaknowledge.de/Literature/Classics/zhongyong.html