The Challenge of a New Cycle
Blue Mountain Feng Shui Institute was established in 1990 in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A., as the first feng shui school in the world. This year we celebrate our 30th Anniversary!
For the past thirty years, in addition to the United States, we at Blue Mountain Feng Shui have spread its teachings in South American countries, Ukraine, Russia, and other Eastern European countries.
Master Hsu is practicing Tai Chi in the snowy morning in China, Guangping, Hebei province, on Dec. 15, 2019. It is the brithplace of Yang Luchan (1799–1872), influential teacher of the internal style martial art Tai Chi Chuan (Taiji Quan), the founder of Yang-style Tai Chi Chuan:
In our previous note, we mentioned that water quality can be assessed through the form or image of the water.
In the 1960s, the German scientist, Theodor Schwenk, the author of Sensitive Chaos, developed a “drop picture method” for studying water.
In 1990, I participated in the first Water Symposium held in Washington State (in the US). About sixty scientists and inventors participated in a discussion of the question, “What is good water?”
Most people approached this from the point of view of physics: they talked about the pH, oxygen content, molecular size, purity, conductivity, surface tension, and so on. These are all things that can be measured and put into numbers.
What is beauty? What is the experience of beauty?
Philosophers, both in the East and West, have tried to address this subject: in the West, Plato and Kant, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche and Hegel; in the East, Lao Tzu, Confucius, Chuang Tzu, and more recently Cai Yanpei, Wang Guowei, and Zhu Guangqian.
We used to discuss what is beauty? – the subjective and objective sides of beauty, and the combination of both.
Regardless of the philosophy of the issue, we have to admit that pure art and architectural art are very different from each other. For one thing, architecture is a very complicated art form, because it has elements of many arts combined in it. But more important is how architecture relates to the public.
In earlier postings we mentioned the Four Features of Feng Shui, and that they apply at any scale, from the largest to the smallest.
Some readers have pointed out that many Feng Shui books talk about Five Features – and that the fifth is orientation.
In fact, that fifth feature came along much later, when people tried to apply astrological ideas to Feng Shui. This was the beginning of what we now call the Cosmological School.
To be in harmony with nature is a popular ideal, especially in light of the increasingly popular environmental movement.
In fact, when Blue Mountain Institute was founded, we used “In harmony with nature, in tune with the heart” as the motto of the Institute. But what is in harmony with nature? And how can this harmony be achieved?
In earlier postings, we’ve said that Natural Law was one of the main pillars of Feng Shui. Natural Law consists of the Yin-Yang theory and Five Element theory.
Even though the Five Element theory is concerned with dynamic transformation, the mechanisms of change, it is still associated with specific things: colors, forms, seasons, and so on. And Feng Shui is basically about form.
Feng Shui does involve some common household items. But these items are generally not a major concern in Feng Shui. Nevertheless, one of these items has become famous – or notorious: the mirror.