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Sad to say today’s feng shui practice is not progressing in line with science. Some still believed in the myth rolling of pineapples on key collection day or deposit money on Li Chun or wearing red on the 1st day of cny. Most mixed up between feng shui and Chinese customs. Here i attempt to explain certain concepts of feng shui by science & objective reasoning.
science lesson 1: don’t view problems only through feng shui optics
A case that i re-audited seek help on health issues. This is a low-floor unit situated next to rubbish chute. The client was instructed to put a dragon figurine (琉璃 an expensive one) by his previous master, on the left hand side of the main door. This is generic green dragon fengshui position 青龙位 supposedly improve family’s health. But the root of the problem is unsanitary rubbish station that attracts air borne bacteria, viruses, nothing to do with the door.
Once we have identified the problem is half-solved. Recommended my client to use a quality air purifier with diffuser that kill viruses and aroma to clear the foul smell. It seems to me, when something bad happen, 1st thing most people (those who believed fs) point finger at feng shui or fengshui masters.
Instead of keeping an open mind, people view life problem ONLY through feng shui or bazi optics.
science 2: flying star theory from astronomy
Astronomy the scientific study of celestial objects is how Xuan Kong flying star feng shui method comes from. The 9 planet is synonymous to the 9 flying stars. Through the rotation and revolution of planets, xuan kong formulate Earth’s timing into 9 periods (九运) of 20 years, totalling 180 years. It then sub-divide 180 years into 3 eras (三元). One close explanation for this hypothesis is the alignment of Jupiter 木星 Saturn 土星 & Mercury 水星.
lesson 3: don’t jump to conclusion
Singapore latest architectural design caught my attention because “physical landform” does affect energy. Consider this design, it comes with a “hollow space” in the middle. It arouses my curiosity whether this is “bad” feng shui.
In order to determine whether this is bad feng shui design, one would require to analyse the following:
Speed and direction of the wind, in Singapore NE / SW monsoon
Dimensions of the hollow space
Building direction & height whether it increases or decreases or deflect the air fluidity
Any blockage or openings that allows air to escape
or any others
No one knows the answer except those staying near to the perimeter of the air gap. What i am trying to do here is don’t judge until we gather all the facts.
lesson 4: use logical thinking
The direction of timber strip laid also considered as bad feng shui. How creative.
I was told by my client that his previous fsm consider short end of the timber strip as “poison arrows” pointing towards the living hall. Wow. He advised my client to re-do. When i put it like this it sounds crazy. The fsm also associate right angle corners of objects such as cupboards as poison arrows, so one can’t face their own cupboards.
lesson 5: ordinary items work too
So often i heard clients complained about masters that uses scarce tactics to to make them buy expensive feng shui products. The gullibles will believed that the more expensive or fancy the better it is. Life is not that complicated if you don’t want it to be.
Feng shui deals with “unseen energies”. The remedies attempt to transform “the invisible energy into visible 化无形为有形，化虚为实” thereby solving or enhances it. Sometime the solutions can be as simple as the colour of door mat. For a skeptic person without creative visualisation & feng shui knowledge will think that such ordinary item is unable to solve the problem. That is why in chinese “feng shui” is call 术数or玄学, certain aspects is abstract and unexplainable.
science lesson 6: simplicity is feng shui best defence
There are 5 basic tactics to solve feng shui problems. They are cover 遮, block 挡, dissolve 化, fight 斗 and run 避. It is myopia to think that paying for an expensive item means is a powerful cure. For e.g if you window faces a pointed building, one only need to use a small cocave mirror to dissolve or hang some plants to block the line of sight. FSM uses items that meets the criteria of I Ching 易经象意理数 appearance, meaning, symbolism, number, colour, material etc. For e.g. pink colour is use to dilute quarrelsome 3 instead of red because it is mild.
lesson 7: feng shui is not ritualistic
Even with rising intellect, some still believed in pineapple rolling on key collection day (door opening ceremony) or deposit money on Li Chun or “blessing of items 开光” among things that are unrelated with feng shui principles nor helping in luck.
lesson 8: feng shui unexplainable by science 呼形喝象
Just like any field of study, there are areas where science is unable to explain but doesn’t mean it is non-existent.
Recently i got a call from an old client of mine who mentions that her family members fall sick like dominoes. After checking found nothing. Re-checked birth profile, luck pillar came back empty. Ended up drinking coffee and small talk. Somehow topic drifted to his new neighbour also consulted fs & shifted in 3 months ago. Curious i went over to take a look and saw 2 ferocious rock lions facing my client’s main door. It was a long corridor so i did not see it the first time. Realising the problem, the feng shui cure is easy, feed the lions as if they were your pets.
Interestingly there are objects that seem innocent but do pose problems if your door or window faces it e.g. bagua mirror, door guardian 门神, sharp objects, reflective metal gates. Feng shui symbolism 意象 is difficult to explain but it does exist.
lesson 9: verify Feng shui with facts 水火相冲
There are many versions of “water and fire conflict 水火相冲” in the kitchen. But first do bear in mind that all these theories are modern creations because those days (Jin dynasty 266–420 or earlier) the kitchen & toilet is outside the house.
Let’s use a washing machine to illustrate. Most feng shui masters will associate it as “water” element, which i agreed to disagree. So they say if washing machine faces the burner-fire, it constitute “water” and “fire” clashes.
Now let me throw a spanner in the works, what happen if the washing machine comes with a built-in dryer? So dryer produces heat which is fire element and the washing is water, so would you consider the washing machine cum dryer as water or fire or both? Test it out yourself and you will discover many of these appalling feng shui drama.
lesson 10: understand the cause & effect
Everyone knows that sitting below an overhead beam is bad feng shui.
But not many know the science behind it. In feng shui “yang energy” move when there is unoccupied space and stop when it is block 阳气随空而窜，遇物而止.
When air flows on top of ceiling, hits the beam, it is blocked, the motion is forced to deflect following the structure. The pressure is exterted downwards accelerated by gravity. Imagine someone is sitting below the overhead beam. Without realising it, air pressue is exerted on him. Our normal heart beat rate range between 60-100 per minute. With the air pressure exerted downwards, it will increase our heartbeat. Thus whoever sits under it for 8 hours in an office scenario will probably suffer from headache and loss of concentration.
In the olden days, my feng shui teacher instructed me to use bamboo flute or hulu or 6 coins dangling at both ends to solve this problem. Experimenting proves that it doesn’t work. Over the years with hands-on experience, through objectivity and science i realised the problem is not the beam but air pressure exerting on the beam.