Fengshui Four Features Metaphor Shantung Hsu

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#19: The Metaphors of the Four Features

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As we have said, everything has three aspects: matter, Chi energy, and information. In previous posting, we discussed the quantity and quality of the Four Features, and the effects of those features on human life.

The Four Features themselves are not only physical features but also metaphors for human living.

Since form defines energy and manifests information, each of the Four Features has a certain latent intention and has a specific purpose.

Mountains, being static and stable, provide the power for stability and support. The metaphor is Support.

Guardian Hills provide protection for the Energy Spot. Its metaphor is Protection.

Energy Spot, where the Chi-Energy collects, is the nourishing ground where activities occur. It is a metaphor for Growth.

Water, which flows towards lower places, confines and shapes the energy flow, providing an open field for vision and expansion, its metaphor is Expansion.

Fengshui Land Feature Metaphor

Diagram: Metaphor of the Four Features

These Four Features, when interpreted as a metaphorical model, also provide the qualities required for any successful human endeavor. For example, a successful business venture will require the following: the financial support of a bank or investors, and the beneficial government policies (Mountain-Support), the legal protection to safeguard against any mistake in operations (Guardian Hills-Protection), a good place for growth (Energy Spot-Growth), and a vast territory for expansion (Water-Expansion).

The Four Features Model can also be applied to illustrate a holistic family model. The parents are the Mountain providing support, the grandparents are the Guardian Hills always there for protection, the children are the Energy Spot and to develop, they need to have freedom and space to grow – Water.

In fact, the Four Features Model constitutes a truly universal model. When based on the understanding of Yin-Yang interaction, it can be applied to any aspect of life, be it individual or social.

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