what is fengshui


Application of Fengshui wisdom

 

Fengshui is a living tradition, not just in China and Taiwan, but also in Europe and North-America.

 

Few authorized practitioners of classical Fengshui are, however, available. The Fengshui tradition exists already for several millennia in China. It is a Taoist art, that aims at aligning the efforts of mankind, with the resident energies of heaven and earth.

 

In Fengshui these are studied and applied by means of landforms, dates and directions. The energy of the land is very strong and exerts a constant influence on us. Also heaven or time makes energy fluctuate.

 

You might wish to consult a Fengshui practitioner to learn how you can best use a space for your house or business. That space should facilitate your health, your well-being, your finances and your spiritual development. Your space should not work against you.

 

During a consultation, a practitioner of classical Fengshui will describe the environment of your house or business, and he/she will ask you for the building date of the house and your own date of birth. In addition he/she will take some readings with a special Chinese compass called a Lopan.

 

The outcome will show you the visible and invisible energies at work in your home or business. Knowing these, you will get advice on how to plan the usage of the various rooms and spaces. This will benefit your health, wealth, relations and mind.


History and Background of Fengshui

For centuries Chinese experts study the land using a science called Kanyü. It’s aim is to understand landforms and their energy patterns. They mapped for example entire mountain systems.


Later as it grew as a science it became known as 'Fengshui'. The words “Feng shui” (风水) mean “wind” and “water” in Chinese, and are used for the art of channeling natural energy or “qi” (气) to benefit our health, energy, and wealth.

 

It’s oldest purpose was the selection of burial sites, called “Yin domain Fengshui”. Later “Yang domain Fengshui” was developed, dealing with homes, shops and businesses, town-planning, temples, etc.

For example: in order to make the energetic maps we use special Chinese compasses called luopan (罗盘).

 

This magnetic compass, was invented for fengshui purposes and used as a tool for land-based divination before it was ever taken to sea.

 

Luo means everything, and pan means bowl, making the magnetic compass metaphorically a bowl that contains all the mysteries of the universe.

Strategies for optimal space

Our life and our activities are influenced by our lifestyle, what we eat, how we exercise – and also a big part is determined by where we live and work: our home, our office. Classical Fengshui -as an ancient and living Taoist art- has developed the tools and the strategies to optimize those situations for us personally.

 


The outcome of a consultation shows you the visible and invisible energies at work in your home or business. Knowing these, we draw up a strategic plan for the various rooms and spaces, to benefit the way you use them. This is not modern “uncluttering”, or interior design or counselling. This is 3000 years of methodical knowledge made into an exquisite tool of great flexibility, eye for detail, astonishing accuracy and predictive value. It take many years of intensive training to be able to use it well.


Xuankong Fengshui of the Zhen Shi transmission.

Taoist Arts are learned from a teacher who is part of a long line of transmission of knowledge and wisdom.

This Fengshui lineage originates from the founder of all Xuankong Fengshui lineages - Xue Renwang. The teachings were transmitted orally until they were published by the grand patriarch Jiang Dahong. After his death several lines of transmission arose, but the one closest to Jiang is considered the Main Line Transmission and is represented by the teachings of Zhen Juren (Zhen Shi).

In 2002 I was officially accepted in this Zhen Shi Xuankong Fengshui lineage of Eva Wong. Since then I practice Fengshui according to the traditional methods, including land-form, compass and Flying Stars.

Suggested reading:

  • Eva Wong, 1996. Feng Shui, the ancient wisdom of harmonious living for modern times. Shambhala Publ. 276 pp.
  • Eva Wong, 2001. A master course in Feng Shui. Shambhala Publ. 393 pp.
  • Eva Wong, 1997. The Shambhala guide to Taoism. Shambhala Publ. 268 pp.
  • Nancy Shatzman Steinhardt, 1999. Chinese imperial city planning. Univ. of Hawaii Press. 228 pp.
  • Ronald G. Knapp, 1999. China's living houses. Folk beliefs, symbols and household ornamentation. Univ. of Hawaii Press. 185 pp.