Jupiter is huge relative to Earth. Jupiter is so powerful, it’s pulling a belt of asteroid debris around our solar system. This asteroid belt acts as a protective shield for the planets closer to the Sun, protecting them and Earth from asteroids that might otherwise pose a threat to them.
At times, the Sun’s gravitational pull draws this asteroid belt away, only for Jupiter to draw them back as it’s gravity field takes back charge, resulting in a triangular shaped asteroid belt.
This is a really great graphic for understanding the concepts of Tai Sui and Sui Po in Feng Shui – times when your energy field is clashed by Jupiter’s position. Tai Sui is when your energy is head on against Jupiter and Sui Po is when it is behind you.ui
The BBC reported today that a 75 year old Norfolk man spent 13 years crafting a hedge into a dragon in honour of his time in the Far East. It’s the first time I’ve seen anyone make a physical green dragon appear where the proverbial Feng Shui green dragon should be, which suggests good strength for the male of the household.
When looking out the front door of a house, we typically class the space to the left as the green dragon and that on the right as the white tiger. This is the Yin-Yang balance of the house, with the dragon being the Yang and therefore the male of the house. The best is if there is balance between the two. If one is bigger (or longer, taller etc) then that side of the household tends to gain dominance.
I want to share with you some of the additional techniques to creating the life you want that I’m passionate about. One of them is by regulating the foods we eat.
Anyone who knows me, knows I share the Malaysian love of all things culinary.
In fact I would go as far as to say that as a Chinese person born in Malaysia, raised in Canada and now resident in England, I’ve been blessed. It’s shown me how everyone, the world over, is connected to food. Dinner is a great coming together for so many people, a backbone of family life and a simply daily treasure we can all love.
I love the European ideal of fresh, local and sustainable produce of the highest quality, I love the variety and technique of Chinese chefs, the flavour explosion of Asian spices, the tradition of Mediterranean foods and the innovation of new world chefs. Food is a blessing for sure.
One request that comes often on Feng Shui consultations is that the client has low energy and wants to feel more energy and often better libido. Feng Shui sometimes is a direct answer – if you are sleeping or cooking in a bad position, it robs the Qi and leaves you feeling lethargic or enervated. However in all cases, you can build on the foundation of Feng Shui by looking at the balance of food in your diet.
Last weekend I sat in on a couple of seminars in Kensington by the wonderful Dr Brian Clements of The Hippocrates Health Institute. For those of you who don’t know, it’s a world-leading health centre in the USA that treats people with serious health issues like cancer and diabetes using natural means. One of their core practices is that of eating a diet of raw and living food.
Raw food isn’t something that comes naturally to Chinese! There are very few dishes in our cuisine that use uncooked ingredients. We don’t tend to serve salads like Westerners do and when I first encountered this concept of raw food I found it very challenging.
Yet at the same time, it was so obviously sensible – humans aren’t born with ovens or woks built in and yet we’d survived on this planet for thousands and thousands of years prior to their introduction. Of course we are not only capable of surviving eating only uncooked food, we’re evolved to eat that way.
I’m not a 100% raw foodist by any means but over the years I’ve increased my intake of uncooked fruit and vegetables and have a thriving organic, permaculture garden at my home. My experience is that as the amount of cooked foods decreases my energy levels go up. I’d find it hard to be completely raw – after all, us Chinese are ‘rice pots‘ – but I do find that if I eat below 50% of my diet as raw foods, then my health suffers.
I spoke with Dr Clements on this. He told me about studies that have shown the reduction in immune system function as cooked food intake increases. It seems that if 80% of the diet is raw, the body copes well but once more than 25% of the diet is cooked the immune system rapidly diminishes in function. By the time you’re eating half your diet cooked, your immune system function is already compromised.
I spent some time trying to reconcile this with Traditional Chinese Medicine. TCM is often misquoted as stating that ALL raw foods are cooling, something which simply isn’t so. We need to look within raw foods to see which are the cooling ones as there are plenty which warm. My breakdown of raw foods is more like this:
Sweet fruit (like bananas, mangoes, dates)
Nuts and seeds
Sprouts (especially pea and sunflower sprouts)
Melons, cucumbers and other vine fruit
Green leafy vegetables
When I started to balance myself according to this I found that I could either eat from both groups and have a balance or eat masses of the cooling foods with a little cooked food like a baked potato or some rice and I would still feel warm either way.
The more important part of TCM theory is that of Wu Xing or Five Elements. This equates to the Five Flavours as well as the colours of the foods that nourish us. Eating a little to support each of the Ten Stems together with larger quantities of the foods that support the elements we need to balance is a far better use of TCM than the superficial warming/cooling view.
Avoiding tapping into bad energies is a fundamental of Feng Shui so please don’t poison yourself with too much cooked food.
Another of our fundamental principles of Feng Shui is to capture and store energy. All life on Earth depends upon plants’ ability to do this, so eating them in their original state transfers the maximum amount of this solar energy into you, not to mention recharges the body with minerals and enzymes it can use.
When we look at the underlying principles of Feng Shui and raw food, they’re very aligned. So let’s do like the Vietnamese chefs do and get inventive with salads! By adding a big bowl of leaves and herbs to every dinner, you’ll soon start to see the change from eating a diet of cooked, dead food (excess Yin) to eating one full of living energy (Yang). Try it for 30 days and see!
Any of you guys heard of paleontologist Neil Shubin? Been listening to a talk he did at The RSA on his new book The Universe Within which tells how Jupiter (that’s Tai Sui for you Feng Shui geeks!) has affected all life on Earth in a predictable cycle right down to our height and DNA. I may have to tune in to more of his work!
One of the core beliefs in the Chinese systems is that balance is key. This is true in both the Shaolin and Wudan fighting systems, in acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, in Ba Zi divination, Taoist philosophy and in many Feng Shui formulas.
It’s almost like an all-pervasive finger-pointing at the Buddha’s teachings on non-duality; whereby since all are equal there is neither pleasure nor pain.
In popular parlance, people use the term in conversation like “I can see this hotel was Feng Shui’d”. When they do that it’s often an implied suggestion that there is some balance visible. It could be said of the way a place looks or feels or even of how a meal is made of different dishes. Should we accept that Feng Shui simply means balance, or is an acceptable pseudonym for it, or is this missing the point?
On one hand Feng Shui is a word very much like Yin-Yang (or the better known Tai Chi symbol that’s erroneously become known as Yin-Yang). This is because Feng Shui translated is a duality concept. Literally translated it means Wind and Water and these are two types of opposing Qi energy.
Wind is the masculine Qi. It ascends to heaven and is full of movement. It’s represented by the light part of the Tai Chi symbol.
Water is the feminine Qi. It descends and is earthly and still. This is represented by the black side of the Tai Chi symbol.
In this sense it is about balance. Too much masculine Qi and a place is harsh to support much life. Too much feminine Qi and a place becomes stagnant. Perfection would be live right in the intersection between the two, which is the most supportive of life.
Yet in reality, mankind has always tried to bend the rules to his advantage. Here are some common ways we see this in Feng Shui:
the husband wishes for more control in the relationship than the wife and so makes the Dragon side of the building larger than the Tiger
the business looking to upset its neighbors, builds a venue with a jagged side to send negative energy at them (the Hong Kong bank Feng Shui wars are a great example of this)
This is the same as in martial arts. To strike is Yang. To be perfectly balanced in a fight one would either need to be Jesus or to have attained the state of Zanshin – a moving meditation where there is no attacker and no defender since all is one. For the rest of mere mortals, there is still a lot of Yang energy needed to practiced martial arts.
In this sense, when a person says “this place was Feng Shui’d” we’re probably doing ourselves a disservice if we simply take the term Feng Shui to mean it was balanced. A master of Feng Shui will understand that owner of the home is of a strong Metal Qi disposition. Balancing it for him would mean the building is high in Wood Qi. If a strong Fire Qi person were then to walk into it, the extra wood energy would imbalance them since wood breeds more fire.
Feng Shui is almost always carried out in this way – the notion of balance is subjective and based upon the owner or commissioner of the survey’s needs. It’s not based upon a universal sense of balance in which Yin and Yang and all of the Five Elements are placed in their appropriate directions in equal proportions.
If you are in a place that has been subject to the critique of a Feng Shui master, study it in detail. Look to see who it was balanced in favour of.
If it is a business, see if they are using it to make you too free with your purse strings.
If it is a residence, you may be able to discover what the owner’s Qi consists of.
One thing is certain; at least you won’t be fooled into blindly believing that the idea of balance that humans use is the same as that which Buddha uses!
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It’s not often that I tell people that watching an hour and a half of fascinating documentary will fast track their understanding of what the unseen world is doing to them.
I’m no drama queen at all, but today I’m sharing with you something that is vitally important. It will get you up to date with the latest research and understanding of things affecting our life that are outside of conventional conscious comprehension. More important than the research, is what it means to you and the people you care about. So what’s going on here?
I’ve spoken before about wifi and EMFs as unseen energies, and there are many more unseen energies studied in Feng Shui. Magnetic fields and Schumann resonance are topics which are becoming increasingly well studied in the modern age as studies accumulate. Yet there’s been a huge gulf in conveying the significance of these energies to the public. While individual studies may seem impressive, it’s not until a bigger picture of the power of resonance and it’s importance to life on Earth is drawn that the implications of unseen energies become clearly apparent.
The best examination of this to date was recently released in a new documentary by independent film maker, James Russell. Featuring leading researchers and experts from centres like Oxford University, Bristol University, Power Watch and the MTHR, Resonance – Beings of Frequency, shines a light on natural and man made unseen energies that’s not been seen before. Importantly, the film makes have made this ground breaking documentary available for free. After you’ve watched it, you’ll appreciate why it’s so important. Please share it on to all that you know and care about.