Feng Shui, translated literally as ‘Wind and Water’, is a precious life skill that has been practiced by the Chinese for thousands of years. Practitioners of Feng Shui believe that the energy in our environment can have a significant impact upon our well being.
Practised properly, Feng Shui ensures the correct balance of yin and yang energy, while also ensuring harmony between the five elements – fire, earth, metal, water and wood. Good Feng Shui can be obtained by properly situating ourselves in the environment. This leads to a positive flow of energy, ensuring prosperity and health. Alternatively, surrounding ourselves with bad energy will increase our chance of misfortune.
The technique of Feng Shui is built upon a few basic principles, including those related to space and time enhancement. When these principles are properly applied, Feng Shui can help create a healthy, harmonious and prosperous residential or office environment.
Four Pillars of Destiny (Ba Zi)
Although largely unfamiliar to the Western world, Ba Zi (Four Pillars of Destiny) has been used for centuries by the Chinese to predict one’s fortune based upon birth data, including the year, month, day, and hour of birth. In ancient Chinese cosmology, the Universe and everything within it is composed of five basic elements – Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood. These elements are the basic components of all matter in the Universe, including our lives and destiny, and they constantly interact with one another.
To understand the relation between human fortune and the Universe, the Chinese invented a calendar that — in addition to marking the passing of time — also indicates the elemental influences which prevail at a particular time. Hence, one can translate any point in time to the Chinese calendar and then be able to realize the elemental influences associated with that particular time. In other words, expressing one’s birth date in terms of the Chinese calendar provides us with important elemental information about the person. From this, we can glean insights into the person’s destiny, including one’s personality, potentials, relationships, and money, marriage, and health prospects.
This knowledge facilitates our ability to understand ourselves and others, and it helps to provide a deep insight into a myriad of problems that we face on a daily basis. This allows us to make better decisions, particularly as it relates to choosing the right time to make changes in our life.
The “I Ching” or “Book of change” is a Divination technique based on a series of symbols called Trigrams and Hexagrams. It’s a tool for asking questions and getting answers.
The system of trigrams and hexagrams is well-respected in Chinese metaphysics. Invented by Fu Hsi around 4500 BC, it has been used as a powerful forecasting tool by emperors and nobleman. The technique is able to reveal accurate underlying information of a complex situation and is regarded as an indispensable metaphysical tool for forecasting and decision making.
To perform I Ching divination, one needs to have a clear, specific question which is qualified by a range of time. For example, one can ask: “What is my chance of promotion to department manager within six months?”
Grand Master Raymond Lo recently analyzed the Boston bombing using Ba Zi and I-Ching.