Feng Shui Wisdom: A Little Bit of Wisdom Can Be Dangerous
This final lesson will review what you have learned and advise you how to use your knowledge, as well as continue your study of feng shui.
What School Works for You?
Feng shui is a multi-dimensional, dynamic art of which there are many different schools and methods of practice. Experts practice the Traditional School, the Compass School, the Nine Star School, the Yin-Yang School, and even the Western School. This course is based in the Black Sect feng shui. While these schools may not always agree, someone well trained in any of these schools who possesses spiritual depth and compassion will be able to create a harmonious environment.
Congratulations! You now possess a few nuggets of feng shui knowledge. It’s a good start. While possessing just a little information can be frustrating, I hope you come away with an appreciation of some of the ancient thought and wisdom that have informed feng shui through the millennia. I hope the information provided both here and in the reading assignments helps you create a more comfortable and harmonious living environment, and that you can begin to grasp the power you have over your immediate environment as well as the great influence your surroundings have on you.
These lessons have given you a short overview of the huge wealth of feng shui lore, an inkling of the Chinese philosophy that informs the practice and the art, and some rules and cures to approaching and resolving the design of your home. Some of the tools you have:
- You can now analyze whether a simple shape of a home or a room is auspicious or troublesome
- You have been given some ideas of how to recognize and resolve an unbalanced home, room, or plot shape
- You understand how your entrance is affecting your health, wealth, and career
- You have tools that allow you to improve the flow of ch’i into and within your house
- You can observe how the location of your kitchen and the placement of your stove can help you cook up good fortune
- You know how to approach your bedroom and those of other family members with an eye to create a calm, comfortable sleeping environment
- You can employ color in your home to enhance your life and that of your family.
But Wait! There’s More . . .
As you might guess, there is much more to feng shui than what you have encountered in these eight lessons. This is merely an introduction to some of the various uses of feng shui, but there are many more perspectives and applications, rules, and methods to resolve unbalanced landscapes, structures, and interiors. Further reading in these areas will help you immensely.
I was a bit hesitant to embark on a “Feng Shui Made Easy” project. In these lessons, I have exposed you to a few facts and facets of a philosophy and discipline that can be highly influential in your living and life situation. However, it is not to be taken lightly or bandied about with friends, for you now hold the beginning of knowledge that should only be offered if the friend is willing to enact the cures. Giving out this information without the agreement of your friend can negatively reinforce his or her existing problem.
Remember, you have only just begun.
Many of you naturally and intuitively may have applied feng shui concepts to your homes. While many of us need guidelines to direct us in our efforts, some of us may be blessed with an innate sense of how to create positive, harmonious spaces. If these lessons have whetted your appetite for more information about feng shui, there are hundreds of books on the subject and many courses being taught.
Some of you might prefer to seek the aid of a professional feng shui practitioner. If you want to hire a feng shui consultant, there are a number of qualifications for you to consider. For instance, what method of practice best jibes with your own personality and needs? The next lesson page will give you some guidelines to follow when choosing an advisor.
Apprentices of Ch’I:
Traditionally, a feng shui apprentice’s goal was to achieve a high level of ch’i. His knowledge and powers were developed to be used for the enhancement of others’ ch’i. He sought to be able to read the ch’i of an environment, as well as of the occupant, to be able to physically and psychically manipulate the ch’i of both for the benefit of the occupant.
Choosing a Feng Shui Advisor
Here are some guidelines for choosing a feng shui advisor best suited for you. The process is similar to deciding on what doctor to use. As I mentioned in Feng Shui Design, you will want someone wise and capable who will check out your home the way a doctor looks at your health. Some consultants suggest drastic and expensive measures to cure an imbalance, while others might know or devise a less invasive cure. Each practitioner brings his or her own insights, knowledge, training, aesthetics, and personality into your home.
When selecting an advisor, get references and invest some time querying him or her.
- Where and for how long did they train? There are different levels of expertise.
- What school do they espouse? Beware of self-anointed titles; there seem to be more and more self-proclaimed feng shui “masters.”
What Makes a “Master”?
Becoming a feng shui master is not a simple matter of taking a few courses, online or otherwise, or reading some of the many books on the subject. It requires many years of training and apprenticeship encompassing not only feng shui rules and cures, but also an understanding and mastery of the various religious, philosophical, and spiritual disciplines that cultivate their ch’i, personalities, and spiritual awareness and depth.
Traditionally, apprentices in China spent years studying and apprenticing with an array of individuals — be it a feng shui master, Buddhist priest, or a Taoist sage — before they could honestly practice feng shui. An apprentice might be introduced to various disciplines to cultivate his ch’i, such as meditiation, philosophy, yoga, intuitive exercises, Chinese medicine, folk cures, and lore.
The cultivation of ch’i and spiritual depth are still important qualities to look for in a feng shui consultant. As with many pursuits, good judgment, intuition, compassion, humbleness, and creativity are crucial in feng shui.
Studying With a Master:
The master’s ch’i in his teaching of a disciple can make a meditation or a mystical cure stronger than if you simply read it. I have tried to keep the information in these lessons simple, practical, and therefore easier to enact without the aid of a facilitating master or expert. For those of you seeking lessons or lectures in your area, you may contact the staff at Master Lin Yun’s Temple in Berkeley, California. (Tel: 415-841-2347)
It’s Not the Only Game In Town
There are other ways besides feng shui to enhance your ch’i and improve your life. For example, you can use meditation to raise and balance your ch’i. Meditation can improve physical and mental health, focus our spirituality, and grant wisdom. Other forms of meditation help us shed bad karma, expel bad ch’i, or provide the strength we need to help ourselves or our loved ones get through life’s problems.
Other types of practices help us endow a person or a place with more positive ch’i. One realm of feng shui practice is on a highly spiritual level and uses various forms of meditation to positively manipulate the psyche of a person and a place. Simply put, these are various blessings and wishes for all bad luck to leave a location or a person’s life and for good luck and good ch’i to replace it. Ideally, meditation and feng shui, like most mystical information, should be taught and transmitted orally from master to disciple.
Remember as you go forward: feng shui is not a way of life. It is a tool. While there are many practices you can embark upon that are a way of life, feng shui is not one of those. Feng shui is a way to heal poorly designed spaces, thus improving your surroundings as an essential component of your life. Use it in good health and good fortune.
Assignment: Feng Shui Wisdom: A Little Bit of Knowledge is a Dangerous Thing
As you finish up this course and start to integrate what you’ve learned into your life, think about your home. Look over the lessons again and determine if there are any areas that could benefit from following some of the basic rules of feng shui.
- Is your home a happy place or refuge for you?
- Have you enjoyed reasonable success?
- Is your home a place of conflict or disappointment?
If your home is not the place that offers you refuge and peace of mind, read on in the books and they may offer suggestions for change that bring happiness and health to your home and life.
Remember, too, that the effect of any change is very much dependant on the execution of your own taste, judgment, and ingenuity.