One of the most common views we get from those new to Feng Shui is that it appears like it's very wishy-washy, a superstitious load of nonsense with no real basis.
How can anyone substantiate the amazing claims put out by Feng Shui practitioners?
How can one justify the price of a consultation when it all seems so far out that the location of one's bed can be so important in determining one's fate?
How can you disregard the Chinese classical system when you can see trained experts are able to do the demonstration below without injury?
As you can see from this demonstration of Chi Gung, those trained in the use of Chi and other energies can perform extraordinary feats which normal people can scarcely conceive of, let alone rationalise.
Before we reveal the truth about Feng Shui and how it really can live up to, and exceed, many of the claims made about it, we'll need to explain to you one important point. As someone who is serious about Feng Shui, it's important that you are able to understand the following distinction that needs to be clear in your mind.
The Two Types of Feng Shui
Traditional Feng Shui is practised by Rising Dragon Feng Shui and thousands of oriental masters to this day. It's history dates back past the ancient Dynasties of China, over 6,000 years. The techniques used in it today are those that have been stored in ancient texts and treatise on the subject as well as those passed down by the master to student through countless ages.
New Age Feng Shui is the term given to the modern, Western interpretation of this Chinese Classical system. After it's arrival in the West, various enthusiastic parties began mixing it with Western practices like the mainstream Western therapies of Aromatherapy, Crystal Healing and colour therapy, Interior Design, Fashion and Product Marketing together with an exotic cocktail of spiritual and psychological beliefs.
The difference between the two is vast and it's worth appreciating these differences if you want to understand how Feng Shui works. Classical Chinese Feng Shui expert Joey Yap, aide to Grand Master Yap Cheng Hai, put it very eloquently when he said:
We're not here to tell you what to believe or what to use in your own life - if something works for you, then that's the most important. The purpose of this article is simply to educate people as to what is Feng Shui and what is it's basis. From this point onwards, all the information contained within alludes to the mechanics of traditional Chinese Feng Shui as practised by the consultants at Rising Dragon Feng Shui. If you want to query if Black Hat Sect Feng Shui is really practised in the Far East, we suggest you ask a practitioner of those disciplines to respond as they are not part of traditional Feng Shui's curriculum and therefore not a subject which we are qualified to speak for.
Where is the Intuition in the Sky and Seas?
First and most obvious is the use of the term 'rule'. Within traditional Feng Shui there is absolutely nothing intuitive. The bad news for old housewives is that ancient Feng Shui masters analysed the ways in which energy moved to such a degree that they were able to realise the exact mathematical patterns by which one could model their movement. If that sounded quite deep, I'll repeat it - Feng Shui is based around mathematical formulas. So, no more old wives tales about whether something is causing disharmony.
The good news for everyone else then, is that anyone with a little patience can learn Feng Shui. You can do it even if you've never said to anyone that "that room should be green, because it feels right!"
May the Force be with You
In the traditional Feng Shui system, there are three energies and I'll endeavour to explain a little to you on each. The Three Energies are:
The Universal Energy
The follow stills are taken from one of Nam Yang's live performances in Trafalgar Square, London. No-one was hurt during these displays, but to watch such superhuman powers, one quickly realises that these people have learned extraordinary skills - there is no other way they could survive such fearsome blows with serious injury. Please do not try to replicate any of these techniques at home without prior instruction.
In this first shot Master Iain Armstrong is shown washing his face in broken glass. Not a single cut is sustained in the process.
In this next shot, a student demonstrates 'Iron Throat Chi Kung' by placing the point of a spear at the soft point in between the collar bones. He then walks forwards until the spear is bent in two.
Master Iain Armstrong demonstrates the same technique without his top to show that there is no cheating going on!
This final shot shows a blow that would cripple, if not kill outright, any untrained person who attempts it. In this demonstration of Iron Head Chi Kung, Master Armstrong's head is placed on a solid concrete block. A second concrete block is then placed upon his head as a sandwich. Someone then takes a sledgehammer and attempts to break both slabs. Remarkably, both slabs break, but, contrary to Western scientific and medical principals, Master Armstrong's head does not behave like an egg dropped on the floor! Both blocks shatter, while he rises, none the worse for having survived such a horrific blow.
From these images alone one can clearly see Chi in action and you can feel it's power. Manipulating Chi internally is a process which requires dedication to learn, but this forms the basis of Chinese Martial Arts like Tai Chi and the Chi Gung shown here and also Chinese Healing Arts, like Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. Manipulating Chi externally is called Feng Shui. Due to the high levels of environmental Chi, it's effect can be an immense boost if correctly positioned in relation to it. Equally, if wrongly placed it can be disastrous.
It's a great failing of Western Science that to date they have been unable to find a way of measuring or quantifying Chi. While demonstrations like the one above prove that it is possible to use Chi to defy current Western Scientific and Medical knowledge, it appears that an arrogant part of Western society wants to conclude that Chi doesn't exist because it can't be measured by Western Science. It's a sorry reflection on how primitive Western Scientific instruments really are. What are they expecting? A person to devote their life to mastering the Shaolin Way and in their spare time be an Einstein who dreams up new scientific measuring instruments? I'm sure you get the ridiculous picture. It's not going to happen. Until Western experts devote their expertise to understanding what is going on, it would be worthwhile us rejecting their arrogant attitude that believes only what they can prove is real. Just because they can't prove that Aliens exist, it doesn't mean that they don't! Being open minded is the best policy as it helps prevent one from falling off of the edge of the earth when you get to to the limit of it's flat surface!
Ever Felt Repulsion?
You house also has a magnetic field. Naturally, being much bigger than yours, it's field has the power to control yours.
What happens when you put two magnets together? If you get the right ends, then they are so attracted to each other they stick! But get it the other way around and you can feel the repulsion.
How then can a person tell what magnetic field is good for them? In Chinese Feng Shui we use mathematical formulas, combined with the help of the specialist Lopan Compass and a person's birth data to analyse this on an individual basis. When a person is born the magnetic fields from the planets and sun are at a certain strength. This gets effectively stamped into us and this is why each person's best Feng Shui is different. We like different magnetic fields according to the levels which we were exposed to at birth. This is indeed a higher level secret I'm sharing with you today!
Schools from the New Age side of Feng Shui like the Eight Aspirations and Black Hat Sect have ignored this powerful principal and created 'one size fits all' Feng Shui. This is why Rising Dragon Feng Shui's consultants do not use these techniques and why we can tell you without hesitation that you will get a markedly different result if you used our powerful and precise Feng Shui services rather than one of the shallow New Age teachings.
Crossing Over With...
One entire side of Feng Shui is in fact devoted to the relationship between the living and their ancestors. This is called Yin House Feng Shui - the study of burial grounds. Here is a passage from Yuen Liao Fan's classic of the Spring & Autumn Period, the Four Essays in which he examines historical records of Yin House Feng Shui to testify to it's power:
Later in the same Essay there is another reference:
The support of spirits is in fact considered essential and the absence of them altogether abnormal. In fact it is said that a home without spirits can gather no prosperity. If one can live in harmony with them, they not only confer their protection onto one they also Jiao Chie or Bring Wealth. Grand Master Sheng-yen Lu revealed many secrets in his 148th book. The following translation comes from that:
Unlike Wicca or other Western spiritual communities, the Chinese system is very well formed and extremely structured. There are different types of spirits, some beneficial and some worth avoiding. We don't simply say 'Spirit says' and take it as Gospel. One must be able to understand what level the spirit is at. For if a message passed to you came from your ancestor, it would be likely that they would want to take care of you. If however it was someone you owed a debt to, they may well try to deceive you in order to repay the debt. Equally while there are spirits powerful enough to cause serious mischief, there are also higher level ground dwelling spirits within the earth and sky that can protect you from harm.
Essentially, the first principle to master in this aspect of Feng Shui can be summed up in one word - respect. If one has respect for one's ancestors, you will lead a virtuous life of service and they will doubtless be proud of you. If one has respect for the spirits around one's house, you will keep the place clean and avoid being loud and intoxicated at night often. If one has respect for oneself, you will not feel the need to ask spirits for guidance constantly and so your energy will not become too Yin. It would be considered good sense indeed not play with strange spiritual practices like Witchcraft or Ouija Boards as this is asking for trouble sooner or later. By following the one simple principle - respect - most people will not have any major catastrophe befall them by way of spirits.
A traditional Feng Shui consultant will be aware of Yin House Feng Shui, Ancestor Worship, and the many types of Earth Spirits that may require consideration. If the consultant is not versed in these disciplines, then their Feng Shui cannot be said to be complete. Rising Dragon Feng Shui's consultants are able to make offerings to spirits and bring harmony between realms. We can also teach you to live at ease with spirits and help you protect yourself if they are being mischievous.
The Basis of a Fulfilling Life
In Chinese thought, it has long been acknowledged that those who can master Feng Shui or recruit the help of a skilled practitioner, have the potential to grow exponentially in this lifetime. It is for fear that a skilled individual will topple the current ruling regime that Beijing suppresses the practice of the complete Chinese Classical systems. Sadly, many of the Shaolin and Wudan Masters, together with the enlightened Buddhists and reclusive Taoist Masters have taken many of their secrets to the grave. It may never be again that we are blessed with arts so powerful and transformative that they are referred to as 'the Secrets of Heaven and Earth'. If the chance to meet with an authentic practitioner, who still holds true to the original forms and who seeks earnestly to honour their lineage, then wise be you who seizes the opportunity to learn from them. For it is true that spirits can be delivered, calamities averted and fates changed, but only if one understands the true way.