For more than 2000 years Chinese have been pondering on the functioning of the Earth and its influence on people.
These reflections brought into being the metaphysical studies of Feng Shui.
The concern of first Feng Shui masters went to the simplest needs. At times, they found good meadow places for the cattle, fruitful land and water to survive. Then again, they decided which side of the river is beneficial for the life of the people.
The masters watched the everlasting earthly cycles. From the beginning, luminaries were used for time measurement. Sunrise and sunset marked the limits of a day, while moon phases indicated the monthly cycles. Further, its huge influence on the water tides was detected. The fact that eighty percent of the human body consist of water brought the insight that the moon’s effect on people is directed by timely influence.
Every day, the sun rose at a different point of the horizon and completed one cycle within one year. Thus, the adepts created a calendar to determine times for sowings and harvests.
Almost at the same time when gravity was discovered the first Feng Shui masters invented the Luo Pan, a special Feng Shui compass (475-211 B.C.). It combines various formulas that allow identifying the returning cycle as well as landscape formulas, which have a special relation with the calendar and the luminaries. With the help of these instruments sundry energies of the earth can be detected and profitably applied to individuals. Feng Shui experts use these special formulas to determine a person’s favourable sky direction in consideration of the respective environment. “Compass Feng Shui” is an accurate science demanding special minuteness in measurement.
Landscape Feng Shui is a part of classic Feng Shui. In this field, the literal translation of wind and water is of special importance. Dealing with the environment Landscape Feng Shui explores the shape of all things that have been moulded by wind and water. Outlines and ground elevations, the uneven curves of mountains, hills and other landscape forms induce Qi to meander beneficially or to flow unfavourably. (Qi (or Chi) is elementary life energy, which flows through the body and the whole universe. It combines the material with the emotional and mental levels.)
Water, the essential basis of our life, allows the human race to exist on earth. It behaves similarly to the Qi: it can be destructive or auspicious depending on the direction of its origin and destination. Accordingly, a calm-flowing brook turns – over decades – into a torrential river and influences thus the nearby vegetation and the living space of man. The adepts likewise recognized that particular water runs brought the inhabitants the same energy qualities time and again. These insights and laws of nature have been retained on Luo Pan.
Yet, it is not only the Luo Pan that Feng Shui experts consult. They have to insert all their senses. They breathe in the smell of the earth and examine the air in order to determine the quality of winds. They trace the form of nearby hills and inspect the quality of surrounding vegetation. Detecting “poison arrows” (sharp and pointed objects and edges) they follow the flight direction of the adversary Qi and seize counter measures whereas advantageous elevations are invigorated.
In Feng Shui, the factors of time and space are interacting: Each time, Feng Shui influences a building in a particular environment, it brings along its special Qi quality. Likewise, Feng Shui refers to the birth dates of individuals and thus shows which environment gives them the best resonance for self-realization. The “Flying Stars” (calculations identifying the changing qualities of several sky directions and sectors) determine the decade of a house and its expedience for the happy future of a specific inhabitant.
First of all it is important to determine the locality of a house and subsequently to decide upon the living areas of each inhabitant. The nearby surrounding plays an essential role in the Feng Shui consultation. The house should stand in a wind sheltered landscape free of disturbing sharp edges. Apart from that, special attention is paid to the direction of doors, the sleeping direction and the line of sight. These elements are individually adjusted to the inhabitants of the house. The objective is an optimal alignment of each person.
The same energy influences different people in different ways. Thus, a house can affect its inhabitants individually. Feng Shui helps to determine the distinct energy of a house. A skillful placement of a person increases his potential and its conductive use. The results are a healthy sleep and high accomplishments, allowing the person to return to its balance.
In the royal house of ancient China, whole advisory bodies were committed to find the right place for the emperor.
Feng Shui plays an important role in the so called “earthly luck”. The Chinese sciences teach us about three types of life: Tien, Di and Ren.
Tien symbolises the „heavenly luck“ – the destiny we are born with. It is said that we cannot alter this part of destiny because our place of birth, the parental home and our country of origin we were given by heaven. We are not free to choose our families. Di, the „human luck“, is what we acquire by our education and tenacity, our virtues and deeds. This luck can be controlled by the decisions we make in the course of our life. Ren signifies the “earthly luck”. Being the art to discern and use the forces of nature Feng Shui is of great impact in this element of luck. Our place of living has an enormous influence on our wellbeing and opportunities. On this level, Feng Shui can help us strengthening the positive aspects of heavenly luck and reducing the negative ones. In other words, Feng Shui stimulates the part of life concerning the environment of an individual.
Why does Feng Shui work? Because it operates with the energies of time and space which have a great influence on man – individually and for more than 2000 years.