All truth has to be validated with reality. If we look at history, we can see how the Four Features Model reflects the success or failure of cities, organizations, companies, schools, or even people, based on the Feng Shui of the place.
Now let’s take a look at an example on a larger scale at one of the most renowned universities in the United States: the University of California at Berkeley.
This is a good example of how a successful university correlates to good Feng Shui.
The following map shows the Four Features of this university.
As can be seen on the map, the 1232 acres of campus leans on the Berkeley Hills and face toward the San Francisco Bay. With a solid Mountain at the back and facing peaceful Water in the front, the University’s location already fits a basic good Feng Shui model.
The cities of Oakland and Richmond act as the two Guardian Hills on either side, like two arms expanding outward to protect the body. Oakland at the left is the Blue Dragon, and Richmond on the right is the White Tiger. These two are comparable in size and friendly to each other, making them ideal Guardian Hills.
The San Francisco Bay is contained by the I-80 and I-580 Bridges. The magnificent Golden Gate Bridge further “locks” the Water. With its ideal Four Features Model, it is not surprising that UC Berkeley has produced many Nobel Prize laureates and is viewed as one of the world’s premier universities.
We have shown in the previous examples how the Four Features Model can be applied to many different scales. This model, using the Mountain, Guardian Hills, Energy Spot, and Water, needs to have good quality, balanced quantity, and ideal coordination to provide good Chi-Energy.
Yet the basic concept actually is quite simple.
There is a Feng Shui saying:
“Something to lean on at back, embracing arms on both sides; a space opening in front: this is already a good Feng Shui structure. If you truly understand this, you already have a full grasp of Feng Shui.”
The Four Features Model is a powerful and practical tool. It is very useful to understand and work with Feng Shui at any scale, large or small -whether a city, house, room, or even a painting. One can simply rely on this Four Features Model for analysis and design.