Feng shui means much more than the color we use or the position of our bed, it is as complex as Chinese medicine and acupuncture, and equally effective if practiced properly. It has a part that is visual, that requires a lot of observation and from different angles; fortunately today there are tools that facilitate this analysis from different perspectives. We are interested in knowing what surrounds our house immediately but also the geography of its surroundings, such as mountains and rivers or roads Lillian Too’s Master Practitioners Course: Excellence In Feng Shui Education.
For the analysis of these characteristics or situation requires practice but above all common sense, understand how the energy that travels through the air moves when it finds barriers or channels where it can go fast, or finally - what is ideally sought-, how the energy reaches places where it is retained without stagnation, generating a natural sensation of stability, which is perceptible by animals and people, we feel comfortable and protected.
On the other hand, the abstract part, the finer part that requires precise data such as the construction date of the building and the exact orientation.
The study of this part we owe it to the ancient Chinese, who through observation and dedication found the relationship that existed between the passage of time and humans, identified the effects that caused on earth the position of the stars, since cyclically repeated certain events between the population both good and bad: pests, wars, conquests, etc. The Chinese found the relationship between what was happening in heaven and how this was reflected in the earth.
The characteristics of energy are not the same in spring as in autumn or summer and winter, and how they affect human beings is also different, because we are an interconnected whole, what happens around us affects us because we are part of the environment and this one of us.
Their observations were passed from generation to generation and they defined a numerical system in which the main effects identified were contained. Thanks to this method, nowadays Feng Shui practitioners can determine based on when the house was built; the characteristics of the existing energy at that moment and therefore the type of effects-consequences that will be reflected in the earth, that is to say; The events and types of energy are contained in a site, affecting the mood, health and success of the people who are there.
We have known stories either of flats or of businesses where, after some time, is the same thing happening? The inhabitants move frequently, the family grows, the couple divorces, or in a commercial establishment they open a business and then it is transferred to open another one that in some time will close again, etc. And it draws our attention but we do not go further to understand why these "coincidences".
Well, each place has characteristics that in a matter of time and the unique and individual connection with each person, will give rise to a certain effect.
Hence, the importance of knowing our property is fundamental for us to manage our expectations in a realistic way. Using feng shui as a knowledge tool gives us an extra insight into the quality of life that a place offers us.
Generally Feng Shui is misunderstood as an activity related to the order of cleaning and decoration, although one of the basic principles of feng shui is beauty, it is not the final goal nor the basis of its study, in the end always the tastes are varied and the reason for this, we understand it through the interpretation of the four pillars of each person's destiny. This is another tool that feng shui practitioners use to get to know people and know what their tastes and needs are, since not for everyone and for any home, having an orange room or any specific color is positive.
When we refer to the four pillars - Ba Zi -, we look once again at the moment when a person was born and analyzed what was the energy situation at that time which permeates the person and gives them their basic characteristics, as well as its structure, difficulties, strengths, propensity to certain diseases, faculties, abilities, etc.
In this sense before starting a study of feng shui we already have an important idea about the moment that the person is going through and what are the elements that require feeling balanced or with those that should work, because certainly the purpose of feng shui is to benefit to people and not to the houses they.
It is very risky and unwise to generalize objects and colors without first studying the type of energy that exists in a certain sector, so that in a house there is a balance of yang energies that are those that favor activities, coexistence, leisure, and supposed prosperity; and the yin energies that take care of the human, physical and emotional part of the people, are more or less in balance, although certainly they can never be 50-50% it is important to have a good balance between them, otherwise if it is very yin people will tend to retract, isolate, etc., and if it is very yang people get upset they get nervous and do not find serenity. Both in excess lead to the loss of health.
Now, where or how are these energies in our house? Does our house comply with the principles of distribution, furniture position, and colors suitable for us?
Doing a study of these factors in which we spend day to day, can be the beginning of a healthier and more conscious life; making certain changes, makes it possible for us to manipulate the energy in our favor but above all that we understand the why of certain events that seem inexplicable to us.
There are certain things that are very easy to correct, others that are not so much but you can mitigate their effect, or choose the most appropriate inhabitant of the house for each room, for example; and there are certainly others that are not within our reach especially when it comes to traffic or geography, but find out how it affects us, it is better to not know it, do not you think? This is what classical feng shui really is about, did you know?
As in almost all subjects we find a world of information on the internet that can sometimes confuse us, especially this happens with the practice of Ba Gua , which was created by the Taiwanese Lin Yun in the early 80's, was popularized mainly in America for its simplicity and its easy application.
At the moment when Yun decides to simplify classical feng shui by removing the use of directions, the connection with the energy of the earth is lost, and it becomes a combination of general theories of feng shui with positive thinking , which was very much in vogue then along with meditation and transcendental religion, and therefore it becomes an industry based on psychology and on the power of the mind, so that the result - if there was any - vanished as soon as this called "positive thinking" lost its strength. At the end of his life Lin Yun recognizes that this was wrong.
Feng shui classic uses astrology to determine the 4 pillars of the destination, structure of the individual, the energetic plan of a construction, formulas, calculations, etc. Special care and attention is taken with the reading of the compass - Luo Pan - as these cardinal directions are vital for the true application of classical feng shui.
Nowadays thanks to the work of some great masters, the unblemished practice of this technique is positioning the classic feng shui in the West, where we have already understood that nothing is so neither simple nor universal recipes at all.