What is Feng Shui?

By Master George

Feng Shui is a complex, intricate, profound and yet simple art.

Feng Shui is that body of knowledge that examines the impact of environment on human fortune.

Environmental factors are often cited as contributory to human health, wealth, success and happiness. A good environment makes people feel comfortable, at ease and relaxed. This good environment then in turn provides the motivational energy, inspiration and backdrop within which good health, wealth and success can occur.

A poor environment can create stress, tension and attract conflict. This then can lead to illness, struggle, social disharmony and misfortune.

If you plant a seed in fertile soil, with adequate sunshine and rain it can grow into a beautiful, healthy tree. Plant the same seed in poor barren soil, with lack of adequate sunshine and rain it does not grow and may even die. Humans just like that seed, require a specific quality of environment to grow, prosper and be happy.

Feng Shui provides the knowledge of what that quality of environment is. If you place human settlement in areas of a high-quality environment people thrive, if you place them in poor quality environment they struggle.

Have you noticed that the wealthy areas are really pleasant and beautiful whilst the poor areas are rundown, unattractive and uncomfortable?

Beautiful landscapes provide the qi (pronounced Chee) life-force energy in the environment.

Feng Shui shows how the position of a settlement in relationship to the landscape, in particular, the hills, mountains and water courses can generate the environmental energy know in Chinese Feng Shui as Qi.

The art of Feng Shui is to align a settlement or building to capture, collect and contain qi.

Where qi is collected success and fortune is found.

Part 2

What is Feng Shui?

By Master George Bennis

The only substance to collect and contain qi is water, therefore the most fortunate sites are ones where there is water. It is no coincidence that the most expensive real estate is water frontage. As this is where qi collects, people want to gather, where people want to gather is much sought after, what is much sought after is highly priced.

The texts say

”Qi rides the wind and is retained at the boundary of water”

Feng Shui Principal states that “Water equals wealth”

Sites that catch the wind are the next most fortunate locations.

Mountains form natural barriers to protect a site from strong winds. Strong winds disperse qi.
Nobody finds a wind-swept plain a pleasant location. Sites that capture gentle breezes are fortunate.

The ideal landform has mountains to protect form strong winds yet captures gentle breezes with abundant water to collect qi.
The ideal configuration of mountains and water is called the “Dragons’ Lair”.

The study of the land form is called the “mountain top” school or better known as the form school.
Mountains and water courses are the source of qi. The quality of qi is measured by the compass formulas.
This is called the “Li Qi” school or better known as the qi distribution or compass school.
Actually both form and formulae, landscape and compass must go together to have good feng shui.

Part 3

What is Feng Shui?

By Master George Bennis

The Compass Schools as they have become known in the west are known as the “Li Qi” Schools. This means the qi distribution or patterns or order of qi schools. These Feng Shui compass systems provide various systems to classify the qi. One of the basic foundation principals of feng shui is that the quality of qi alters when received form the various points of the compass. In other words different direction have different types or quality of qi.
Each one of the “compass schools” uses different formula to classify and map the different quality of qi coming from the compass directions.

The most well know and practised compass schools are Xuan Kong FeiXing (Flying Star) Xuan Kong DA Gua (64 Hexagrams), San He and San Yuen. These schools show how water and mountains should be positioned according to different orientations.

The modern “western schools” do not even consider the position of mountains and water courses let alone the different quality of qi coming from the 8 directions. Therefore, they cannot be considered to be based on authentic feng shui principals

The Xuan Kong or “Time and Space” school, both flying star and 64 Hexagrams use time as a major factor in determining the quality of qi. Everything changes with time, indeed Einstein’s theories that space and time cannot be separated and is indeed one is known as “Space-time”. Space is time demonstrated.

The Yi Jing or “I Ching” is based on cyclic transformation on yin and yang. The Xuan Kong School provides a system of mapping and classifying qi according to direction and time, in other words different patterns of qi are determined according to space and time.

The ideal positions of mountains and water courses are determined according to the different orientations of a building or indeed a piece of land. Different orientations want the mountains and water in different positions for health and wealth.

In the modern urban environment streets and pathways become virtual water, tall buildings and structures become virtual mountains.

Master George Bennis