if someone ask me what is feng shui, my reply in bare-bones version is the trinity interaction between heaven, earth and human.
Lao Zi, a philosopher of ancient China quoted this “人法地，地法天，天法道，道法自然”，天地人三者道以贯之. Although we cannot compartmentalise these 3 aspects in ratio of 33.33% but to use it in a figurative manner help us to understand how these 3 forces interact & intervene our life.
The first force of nature is 天 (tian) Heaven or God (those with religion). Here refers to things we are unable to change e.g. our birth date. When we are born we carry certain genes, DNA, blood group, health, abilities and talents. Chinese call it “ba zi” or birth date or the 8 characters of fate. Our first breath of “Life” or 命 into this world and our life’s journey call 运, some call it luck and to be more scientific i would like to call it timing.
Although we cannot choose our birthday but today’s science allow us to have caesarean delivery.
Over 20 years I have consulted countless clients and 1 question generally stick out after knowing their birth configuration or luck isn’t great. How do i improve my luck? The first step is to “acknowledge” it which is not easy. However in life we have to accept certain limitations and make adjustments to make the best out of a poor situation.
Although there are remedies in feng shui and bazi advices but it does requires tremendous effort and discipline where most are not willing to change.
Destiny or luck no matter how you term it, is like “weather forecast”. You can’t change tomorrow’s stormy weather but you can prepare a different route to reach your destination and bring along an umbrella or you decided to run away from it by postponing. See we do have choices.
The wise chinese saying goes 一命 first destiny or fate 二运 2nd luck 三风水 3rd feng shui, where birth destiny and luck precede feng shui.
Heaven’s timing 天时 also mean choosing the right day and time to do certain things that are important to us for instance wedding date, renovation dates, shift in dates etc.
Earth nature forces
Earth 地 (di) the management and understanding of our environment that we live or work in. How do we apply various schools of feng shui formulas to harness earth’s given energy. How should we position our furniture or bed so as to enjoy positive energy for instance health? Take for instance a West sun house one should have blinds or solar film to reduce the heat. This simple act is already feng shui house or office.
The last force of nature is ourselves 人 Human. We have to maintain a positive attitude in life to face life’s curve balls. We have to put in our best effort through education, discipline, networking or whatever it takes to make our life better.
惟天下至诚，为能尽其性。能尽其性，则能尽人之性；能尽人之性，则能尽物之性；能尽物之性，则可以赞天地之化育；可以赞天地之化育，则可以与天地参矣。Although this quotation seem overwhelming but i like the positive inspirations of it. In short, we have to be completely honest with ourselve, face life squarely, try our utmost best in whatever circumstances then heaven and earth will fall in place! 制天命而用之, 人与天地的合一 Human should be in sync with heaven and earth.
We can only alter our “destiny” by changing from within ourselves. We are in control with our attitude, personal effort, goals, education, people skills and other aspects that we can improve. There are clients that are not totally honest with themselve. After giving tips, the same question repeat itself “how to improve my luck”. Perhaps they wanted an easy way out without effort. Maybe some talisman or supernautural item to improve their destiny?
Personal Trilogy of Luck
Your effort + 10 Years luck pillar + Annual luck
The trilogy of luck are not in absolute values or percentages. The 3 factors are interrelated, fluid, dynamic and affects each other. Let’s take an example if you show better focus, work harder, your may gain promotion and that usually coincide with a favourable 10 year luck pillar.
Bazi reading reveal our assets and liabilities. Our luck pillars tells us when this will happen. It is entirely up to us to grab the opportunities.
Understand your future helps you to stay vigilant and prepare for life’s twists and bends. It is about preparation! Feng shui tips or bazi tips give you the best weaponry to combat against the most adverse weather conditions. We are humans not God, we cannot change the weather. But we can be prepared!
Only You can rewrite Your own Destiny
It is not easy if your future looks bad but that is what make it challenging isn’t it. If everything is serve on a silver platter, you will find life boring as well. In conclusion please let me reiterate the Chinese wise saying
a. 一命 (destiny)
b. 二运 (Luck)
c. 三风水 (fengshui)
d. 四積德 (doing good)
e. 五读书 (education)
f. 六名 (name)
g.七相 (facial reading)
h. 敬神 (respect God)
i. 九交貴人(network with benefactors)
j. 十养生 (self-preservation)
Life is multi-dimensional. There are many uncertain future variables and i am trying to use bazi reading to make it more foreseeable so that you can sidestep the mine fields. A radical transformation of luck can only come from within your heart.