Feng Shui Schools
Learn the differences between
Form, Black Hat and Compass Schools
along with how to combine them!
For Feng Shui to be effective, you have to be interested enough in the possibility of it working to incorporate the techniques. Right!?
Sounds too obvious, but clients have called me and said that their Feng Shui isn’t working.
When I asked if they had made the easy modifications such as painting a wall, hanging a symbolic piece of art, or repositioning their bed, if they said no, of course it didn’t work! They didn’t make the effort!
I don't mean to be rude with the graphic, but DUH!
The reason why Feng Shui is still practiced today after 5,000 years is because it works. Feng Shui continues to evolve over time. For example, the ancients didn’t have to consider the Feng Shui of computers or even electricity, for that matter.
Because there are many different schools and approaches to Feng Shui, people often get confused over which techniques to apply. Over my 15 years of Feng Shui consultations, I have learned to integrate the most effective techniques from all Feng Shui schools. So lets get to know them one at a time.
Getting to Know the Different Feng Shui Schools
To practice Feng Shui and reap its grand rewards, it is important to know about the different Feng Shui schools. The schools are all based upon the cycles of nature and are validated through science and mathematics. Just as Picasso didn’t evolve into his blue or cubistic style without being a master painter first, before you can Feng Shui your home, office, apartment, living room, bedroom, desk, furniture, or garden, you should know about the different Feng Shui schools and how they developed.
Form is Function: Form School
It is easy to understand why Form Feng Shui was the first school to originate. It is one of the Classical or Traditional Feng Shui Schools.
The ancient Chinese observed the topographical features in the earth. They studied the best place for shelter and safety and how their crops could benefit from nutrients of the earth, sun and water. They also tracked the cycles of the seasons to determine when to plant, when to harvest, and when to gather and store for the winter.
Form Feng Shui teaches us where land conditions are prime for planting seeds of success. While not included in the Home Master’s Course, "land forms" are exactly what you can discover in Feng Shui Today, my first and Book-of-the-Month club book. You will learn how the mountains (or neighboring buildings) and waterways (or roadways that make buildings accessible) influence your cave (your home and its location). You learn the "form" of your interior architecture and furniture layout in Feng Shui Today too.
The ancients then noticed that they could be protected and stay warmer on the south side of a mountain rather than the chilly winds on the north. The logic and practicality of directional or Compass Feng Shui was born. Compass School is also one of the Classical or Traditional Feng Shui Schools.
Simply stated, compass direction is based upon the energetic push and pull of the earth. All the planets and the gravitational force of the earth orbiting around the sun are unseen energetic forces called magnetism. This magnetism holds everything in the universe together. Magnetism enables the sun to consistently rise in the east and set in the west and solidifies every other physical attribute of life and all Feng Shui.
Gravity, a form of magnetics, effects our bodies by keeping us from flying off into space. We also experience subtleties of the changing moon cycles which are also created by gravity. These cycles of moon and earth magnetics influence all bodies of water from tidal movement to how the water in our bodies effect how we feel. This is how you can begin to experience Compass School Feng Shui. Whether or not you have personally experienced the subtleties of earth magnetics, Compass Feng Shui provides the concepts to harness the directional energies that maximize your perfect flow and keeps you in harmony with the earth.
Feng Shui TIP: The more you can feel directional energy nuances, the more you will recognize Feng Shui problems, consider ways to solve them, and ultimately, maximize your Feng Shui and Life Success.
Easy Compass School Quick Start: You have experienced directional energy. Remember the difference between what a sunrise and sunset feels like. Think about the different energy of the east as you welcome the new day, and your experience facing west as sunset brings the day to a close. You are feeling your Feng Shui and it is ALL ABOUT YOU!
Sit facing and sleeping (head pointing) toward
Best Directions and in direction of good Flying Stars!
Black Sect Tantric Buddhism School or Black Hat Feng Shui
If any one person can be credited for single-handedly influencing the resurgence of world-wide Feng Shui interest it is Master Lin Yun. Master Lin Yun founded the Black Sect Tantric Buddhism School (BSTB) of Feng Shui (or Black Hat Feng Shui) about forty years ago. Crystal Chu, the director of the Lin Yun Temple is the best one to introduce you to BSTB. She explains, "There are three features that are unique and different from other traditional Feng approaches: the incorporation of contemporary science and western knowledge, the concept of visible and invisible element, and the use of transcendental invisible cures and blessings, which are the spiritual aspects of Feng Shui.
Even tho I am drawn to the consistency of Traditional Feng Shui and use Black Sect ceremonies in conjunction with Personal Symbols, I am honored that Master Lin Yun blessed my first three books with his hand-drawn calligraphy (and they are included in the first few pages of each of them!)
Feng Shui is Holistic
Having studied all the schools from the great world masters and practiced Feng Shui for over 15 years, I believe it should be approached holistically. In the same way that each cycle of nature cannot work independently (the seasons cannot exist without the months, months cannot exist without the weeks, the weeks cannot exist without the days), I believe that all schools play an important part in Feng Shui effectiveness.
Here are several perfect analogies:
As a tree cannot live without its roots, trunk or branches, all the items in Feng Shui and your house are holistically and energetically connected.
Here’s a real life example that brings holistic Feng Shui home to you.
Let’s say that you have pulled a muscle in your leg. In order to reduce the pain, you favor it in some way only to realize that the imbalance has caused strain in your other leg, back, or other part of your body. In this same way you have to exercise all your muscles for your body to be strong.
The key to Feng Shui mastery is analyzing each aspect individually and harnessing the best energy of all the schools together.
For masterful Feng Shui, as in the
Feng Shui Home Mastery Certification,
all schools need to be holistically evaluated.
Creating the Best Team:
The Most Effective Techniques from all Feng Shui Schools
Just as you put together the best team of people to work on a professional project, REAL Feng Shui in the home, office, apartment, and garden include the most effective techniques from all Feng Shui schools. Each school has different layers or aspects to consider too. By evaluating each Feng Shui "layer" one at a time, you will discover which areas will improve each situation, and most importantly, how to make the most effective and holistic modifications.
Simple enough? There is a holistically important catch. In any Feng Shui Interior Design there are strategies and compromises. One Feng Shui layer or aspect needs to support all the others. One situation or aspect of Feng Shui may have several solutions. What appears initially to be the best solution may not be helpful and could even have a negative effect on another aspect.
*Feng Shui can harm as much as it can help if not done the right way. Here is an excerpt from The New York Times about just that!
"A veteran Feng Shui advisor notes troubling explosion of inexperienced Feng Shui practitioners and of people seeking quick fixes for finances and relationships. He has mopped up more than a few messes.
One man, advised to paint his front door red*had unwillingly introduced the fire symbol into his home's career area. He lost his job. When he painted his front door blue, within a month he got a new one.
Feng Shui can't always help, Karen had a Feng Shui horror house. She installed wind chimes and a mirror to dissipate the frontal energy assault, and put a mirror in the back to create a sense of circulation and water flow. She still "felt crushed by the house."
*A comment from me. This is (what I call) an uneducated tip-i-poo. Painting your front door red, among many other misnomers in many books, are serious errors.
Feng Shui can be scary if you don't know what you are doing.
PLEASE BE CAREFUL!
I want you ONLY to Improve your Life!
Strategically, the second-best Feng Shui alternative may be a better compromise because it beneficially supports all aspects within the holistic picture.
Thinking Your Feng Shui is Vital
Feng Shui is really not difficult. Just as you weigh all alternatives before making any decision, review how each solution will be influencing all aspects of your Feng Shui. If the first solution isn’t the best holistic compromise, consider the second, or even the third option. The best solutions will be holistically beneficial to all conditions. In other words, it will satisfy your Best Directions, Flying Stars, and Life Aspirations.
We will incorporate one Feng layer at a time, like cracking oysters, stringing our effective, life-enhancing, strand of pearls. You will learn to think as the ancient masters and grow your holistic Feng Shui for long-term and effective results.
Feng Shui and Ancient Chinese Brilliance
The evolutionary roots of Feng Shui are based upon how the ancients applied the order of nature to their environment. Since its beginnings, Feng Shui was taught and passed down through word of mouth from master to student. Worthy students evolved into masters to teach new students, and so on.
To this day, some folk-lore (old wives tales and traditions that we all have in our own family histories) Feng Shui is passed down in China from grandmother to the grandchildren. When studying in China a few years ago, my favorite lessons were those of our young guide who explained why grandma would place special-calligraphy symbols at her door during the New Year.
Feng Shui TIP: These Chinese symbols had traditional and personal meanings as well as intentions of good fortune for the year to come. Excited on how to do this too? What are your Personal Symbols and what are Chinese symbols.
Grounding Feng Shui and
All Chinese Medicine through the I Ching
Ancient indigenous people practiced Feng Shui by paying attention to the natural cycles, feeling the energies of space, and most importantly, listening to their grandmothers. Ancient China was the most powerful place in the world because of their masterful Feng Shui.
As history would have it, China fell from grace when its good Form Feng Shui was reduced and has never risen to the greatest potential that it once was. The masters have said, that when the Great Wall (built throughout 700 miles in the Chinese landscape) disturbed the "protective and good-fortune dragon" that was seen in the shape and topography of the mountains. (Form Feng Shui is so important. Learn the details in Feng Shui Today.
Even though most Feng Shui folk-lore was taught by word of mouth, masters consulted with the I Ching to understand Feng Shui. The I Ching is a book that answers the questions of how the universe works and includes all Chinese philosophical wisdom. The earliest form of the I Ching was said to have been written between 1027_221 BC with parts of it written even earlier: 2852-2737 BC.
The I Ching is best known as a divination tool to provide life guidance. Most of the book consists of sixty-four, short, philosophical readings that are derived from interpreting the perfection of the Trigrams. The reason the passages are said to provide perfect-life guidance is that the Trigrams are brilliant graphic representations of life energies, that when combined, create perfect harmony and balance.
And you want to know something really cool? I love this part…
Because everything is holistically connected in Feng Shui. The Trigrams are the same perfect, magnetic components of Feng Shui Interior Design. The Trigrams make up the Feng Shui Bagua Map or PaKua which is the template that defines the perfect places to locate certain rooms and/or tasks as well as furniture, accessories, and colors to best support those areas.
I love the first section of the I Ching. It is where the components of all Chinese medicine are explained through nature’s evolutionary cycles. In my Personalized Consultation Series: Basic Energy, I simplify the evolution of the natural laws and Feng Shui principles. In Basic Energy you will discover the science of all Chinese medicine, and how its five most important principles apply to your Feng Shui according to the I Ching's ancient wisdom. I believe this understanding is a must for serious students as it provides depth and grounding to all Feng Shui concepts.
Feng Shui TIP: If you pick up a copy of the I Ching, take a good look at it. Some versions leave out the first section and jump right into the guidance section. Please make sure to have the complete book.
I want you to remind you of the most important Feng Shui Tips.
All the Feng Shui principles that you will learn in my Feng Shui Home Mastery Certification, my books, or from me any time or anywhere, can be applied to any environment:
Feng Shui will work for any residential, commercial, healthcare, or restaurant facility.
Size doesn’t matter: college dorm room, small apartment, or mansion, Feng Shui will work for you.
Feng Shui will work for you if you are renting or if you own the property.
Feng Shui will work in any room of your house: living room, family room, bedroom, home office, or kitchen.
Feng Shui principles will work in the garden with your landscape design.
Only YOU have the power to take action to Create the Life YOU Want and Deserve!