Feng Shui an objective approach updated with “Science”
We are in the 21st century, yet time and again feng shui audited houses still filled with “commercial feng shui” items such as dragons, unicorns, “invented” annual feng shui items by self-indulgent masters of feng shui. Most do not even understand the benefits of these products nor the root of feng shui problem.
Just to illustrate i re-audited (done by other feng shui master) an apartment that is on the low floor situated very near to a rubbish chute; the client was told to put a dragon figurine (琉璃 made of glass, an expensive one) on the left hand side of the main door to improve family’s health because it is the green dragon position 青龙位. You see the root of the problem is the unsanitary rubbish station attracting air borne viruses/bacteria and smell. What he really need is a good air purifier that kills viruses/germs and clears the foul smell.
Feng Shui an objective approach
Let’s adopt an objective approach to this age old wisdom.
It identify the physical terrain 地理 that we live – “geography”
Examines the structure and quality of the building 土质 which is “geology”
Developer construct the best possible way to build the building, taking into the account of view e.g. facing the sea, avoiding the West sun – “solar physics 物理学”
Lighting in feng shui improves “yang” energy it affect the space, color, direction, and mood of the house. Feng shui colour choice enhance an individual birth profile for instance a “cold birth profile (born in winter)” person suits a warmer ambience therefore the use of warm colours like orange, yellow and pink – interior design ideas.
Inexplainable side of feng shui – Non Scientific Knowledge
Timber strip layout also bad feng shui omg.
I was told by my client that his previous feng shui master consider vertical timber strip lay on the balcony as “poison arrows” because the short end is pointing towards the living hall. OMG. The feng shui master advice him to re-do the balcony? When i put it in this manner it sounded crazy right? So often my clients complained about their ex feng shui masters using “scared” tactics. If you don’t buy this item – your whole family will end up in the hospital or something bad will happen etc.
Since feng shui is about the natural environment why not use items such as pebbles to represent “earth” or plants to represent “wood”? The more in-depth one learn about feng shui, the simpler it gets. Feng Shui is about shape 形, symbolism 意, appearance 象, numeric 数, rationale 理 gua 卦. Anything that deviate from this principles are not legit feng shui.
Singapore trending architecture designs having a “hole”
Singapore Feng shui applications are backward and custom-related
It is sad that over 20 years of hands-on fengshui, Singapore is pretty backward in the techniques used for feng shui assessments. People still engage Master who does the rolling of pineapples for door-opening/key collection day among other things that are “custom-related”.
Singapore latest architectural design is worth mentioning here because they are “forms” that will affect energy in the house. Consider the above illustration above, this condo comes with “space/gap” as part of aesthetic design. Is this 杀气 bad “form” energy? Well let’s approach this issue objectively. Is the wind surrounding the area strong? how about the air direction is it Northeast Southwest ? because Singapore is having this monsoon climate. How about the elevation of the building? Is there a possibility of “constricted air flow” in and out of the “gap”? Do you think the wind movements will cause air pressure thus de-stabilise feng shui energies for those houses nearing to the perimeter? Well the answer can only be checking with occupants of those affected units. I have not done that so i do not know the answer. See what i am trying to do here is to remain “objective” and not everything “new” or “odd” is bad energy.
“Un-Science”- feng shui cures 呼形喝象 (hu xing he xiang)
However feng shui is still not acceptable as “science” because certain things are hard to explain. Well just like any field of knowledge, there are still certain things that is not possible to explain with science but that doesn’t mean it does not exist right?
Recently i got a call from an old client of mine who mentions that her family members fall sick one after another over the last 3 months. With the past feng shui report, I went through the house first, thinking that they might have shifted the feng shui remedies. After going through found nothing. Check through their birth profile and luck cycle also nothing. Ended up with some small talk and my client mentioned that his opposite neighbour just shifted in 3 months ago. i went over to take a look and saw 2 rock lions facing my clients place. It was a pretty long corridor so i did not see it the first time. The feng shui cure is easy and my client thank me after the incident.
There are many objects that seem ordinary but pose problems if your door or window faces them e.g. bagua mirror, guardian of door 门神, sharp pointed objects, reflective mirror.
Controversial argument over 水火相冲 Water and Fire conflict in kitchen feng shui
There are so many different interpretations concerning “water and fire clashes 水火相冲” in the kitchen that many are confused. Let’s use a washing machine to illustrate. Olden days we do not have the luxury of such thing. Most feng shui masters will associate it as “water” element. Thus if the washing machine faces the stove-fire they will consider it conflict or bad energy because “water” and “fire” clashes. Now let me ask you this, what happen if the washing machine comes with a built-in dryer? So dryer produces heat which is fire and the washing is water, so would you conclude that household with washing machine cum dryer have health issues? You go find out for yourself i believed there are at least 1 million units in Singapore homes. Many of these fallacies if you think over it, does not make sense at all. Next time your feng shui master scared you with something, ask him to explain why?
It is a common sight to see office or home with “hanging” overhead beams. The beam that is adjacent to the wall 90 degree is not consider as an overhead beam. Bad energy from overhead beam is only consider as sha qi without adjacent walls, see picture below.
Most of us knows that hanging overhead beams are bad but with no explanations by feng shui masters. Perhaps they do not know. This bad energy can be explain by feng shui “yang energy” principle 阳气随空而窜，遇物而止. When air flows on top of the ceiling hits the beam, it is blocked, the motion is forced to deflect following the structure of the beam and pressure is exterted downwards accelerated by gravity. Let’s imagine that someone is sitting below this overhead beam. Our normal heart beat rate for adults ranges between 60 to 100 beats per minute. When the air pressure is exerting downwards, it will increase your heartbeat. Hence a person sitting below the beam will feel his head is heavy. If the individual sits for many hours like an office, he will probably have headache and unable to concentrate on his work. Given enough time he will probably seek Doctor’s help because our body cannot withstand the increased blood pumping rate.
Traditional feng shui masters use bamboo flute or hulu or 6 coins dangling at both ends but simply does not understand the root of the problem. The problem is not the beam itself but the air flow & pressure!
This article is meant to be an eye-opener where there are certain rationale behind the feng shui remedies, at least for me.