What comes to your mind when you first read or hear the word? Traveling over thousands of miles and evolving over thousands of years, Feng Shui, a Chinese art for a better living, has now become a popular household name in almost all parts of the world.
Look around your house or office space. Look at the Laughing Buddha you love to tickle every day, said to bring happiness to your life; the wind chime that sings as the breeze flows through the window. Look at the three-legged frog that you so expectantly placed on your cash counter and hoped it will bring lots of money and prosperity or at the bamboo plant that sits comfortably on your office desk and claims to bring auspicious energy; the dragon-faced turtle for attracting wealth or abundance or the mandarin ducks for lasting love or marriage. This is Feng Shui being commercialized. If you thought this is how the Chinese cure their lives or enhance their living, you are in for a big reality check! Sure these items are great for interior decoration, but attaching metaphysical properties to these is just a business gimmick to rake in hard cash.
So, how did these decorative articles become popular you ask? The answer to this question can be found in the Black Hat Sect Tantric Buddhist Feng Shui which was adopted by westerners in 1986. The Black Hat Sect Feng Shui follows the Black Hat Sect theory which is simple, one size fits all use of the BaGua. It does not place emphasis on shapes, landforms, or compass readings. It uses a pedestrian chart which is shown below:
In the above figure, it is clear that each direction corresponds to a particular life station. This is the chart followed by Black Sect followers for designing each and every house and office space. Hence, there is no customization or personalization in accordance to the compatibility of the property with the occupants. Thus, this theory of Feng Shui is flawed.
Money makers have attached the life stations to certain Chinese miniatures and this is how they have become so popular and have flooded the market. Thus, placing mandarin ducks in the southwest cannot guarantee lasting relationships. It must be noted that manmade items can neither attract nor create energy.
So, what really is Feng Shui?
Traditional or Classical Feng Shui (pronounced “Fung Shway”) is a combination of science, logic, and mathematics. Originally, Feng Shui was known as “Kan Yu” which is translated as “The way of Heaven and Earth.” This art is more than 6000 years old and has manuscripts in Chinese, which are in the form of poems. The word “Feng Shui” actually means “Wind Water,” the two natural elements that bring or direct Qi (Pronounced as Chi, translated as “Life’s Breath” which means energy) to a particular property. In other words, it depicts the science and art of living in complete harmony with the environment or one’s surroundings.
Feng Shui is constructive, corrective, and predictive. Constructive, as its fundamental principles can be used before the actual construction or design of property; corrective because simple changes in the current surroundings can alter one’s life and predictive because it helps to foresee events and avert risks, if any.
It tries to estimate the quality of Qi that we are surrounded by and its impact on our lives. Classical Feng Shui seeks to identify the good and do away with or weaken the bad.
Feng Shui is not an instant cookbook. It may not help you win a lottery overnight or reduce your weight, but it can really help you gain prosperity and success in the long run or direct you towards good health. It is not a quick fix, it is a way of good life and all good things take time.