Feng shui originates from五术 (wu shu) 山、医、命、相、卜 which means “the 5 Studies” consisting mountain, medicine, destiny, physiognomy and prediction. Feng shui belongs to the category of physiognomy 相术 (xiang shu).
Physiognomy is a study based on observations, formulas and calculations, so nothing to do with religion not superstitious beliefs. One of the major “grand master of fengshui” Guo Pu 郭璞 during Jin dynasty (276-324) summarise what is “Feng Shui”. Stated in Burial Classic 葬經, 乘生气也, 夫陰陽之氣…古人聚之使不散，行之使有止，故謂之风水…风水之法，得水為上，藏风次之.
A few key concepts of feng shui, attract positive energy 生气, entrap it 藏风 use it. It also emphaize the use of water. Hence the term 风wind 水water – Feng Shui.
In layman term, feng shui is how we can harness nature’s energy for our living benefits. The foundation of it is to understand how our house interact with it’s external and internal environment.
Why feng shui home is important
Where a person stays，should be compatible with it’s physical surroundings 宜以大地山河为主。This make sense because after a hard’s work one would crave for a warm, peaceful home environment to relax and recharge. Our environment 其来脉气势 has a strong influence towards a person’s luck/well-being 最大关系人祸福; this is most critical.
2 Main Discipline of fengshui are
(a) “Form Schools” which consist of 峦头派 (a) 形势派 (b) 形象派 (c) 形法派 etc and
(b) “Qi (unseen energies not chi) Management” 理气派 which include (a) 三元玄空 (b) 八宅派 (c) 三元紫白 (d) 三合派 (e) 翻卦派 (f) 五行派 (g) 玄空大卦派 (h) 八卦派 (i) 九星飞泊派 (j) 奇门派 (k) 阳宅三要派 (l) 廿四山头派 (m) 星宿派 etc.
The list is not exhaustive, just to give you an idea of the breadth and depth of feng shui teachings. Therefore feng shui masters used different formulas and sometimes it seem confusing to your because the applications can be contrasting. What i do is to integrate the strengths of different formulas to apply for different issues. For example xuan kong flying star is use to determine home feng shui applications and qi men use for forecasting etc.
(a) Forms management 峦头 the use of observation
The earliest fengshui started with physical observation of geographical terrain call “Forms” school 峦头 – 龙、穴、砂、水. Forms are easy to relate, is what we see, touch, feel and hear e.g. buildings, roads, MRTs, expressways, construction, swimming pool, playground etc. In todays’s context we view taller buildings than yours as mountains and rivers are swimming pool, canal, walkways, roads. The shape, size, substance, colour does matter in feng shui. Internal physical “forms” is the structural layout of your house floor plan. Certain functions are immovable such as toilet piping, main door, walls etc.
(b) Energy management 理气 the use of logic and reasoning
Unseen energies “qi 气” are harder to explain. There are numerous formula schools, one of the most accurate is San Yuan principle 三元玄空风水理气 through practical discoveries. Notice the choice of chinese character use 理气 implies the use of 道理 facts 管理 management 论理 logic and reasoning.
Feng Shui “CONNECTS’ our home with our living environment
It connects and harmonise with our surroundings, so as to improve family relationships, health, career, love, wealth, education and happiness for the occupants living under the same roof.
Luck Period 抢运 timing
Everyone would need a bit of “luck” or i prefer to call it “timing”.
One popular formula for energy management is “San Yuan Xuan Kong discipline 三元玄空风水派”. The chinese character 玄 represents “heavenly timing 天时”, for e.g. we choose an auspicious timing to do certain things. 空 represents Space and Sector 空间及方位. Hence xuan kong formula evaluate a given space e.g. bedroom base on a specific time dimension e.g. this year 1999
Classical feng shui wisdom believe the existence of an invisible life force or energy that permeates the universe. You cannot see it, like bluetooth, wifi signals, radio frequencies, radiation etc but it exist in the environment, in things (matter) and in humans too.
Since feng shui is related to “timing”, it is only natural to use as a prediction tool. The flow of energy is fluid and goes through cycle. Thus formulas like “flying star” and “qi men dun jia” are able to forecast events.
A good Feng Shui Master can accurately predict the energy influence on various sectors just by taking the orienation of your home or office through luopan. The forecasting part of feng shui is often neglected or unknown to many fengshui masters today. If you know the energy of each sector one can enhance or dilute it depending on the influence. Making an informed decision is an integral part of Chinese authentic feng shui applications. The whole idea of Feng Shui is to “use, position, orientate and layout” our homes and workplaces to accumulate the “most current” positive energy 生气 and avoid or minimize 煞气 negative energy.