It is my pleasure to announce that I have appointed Taras Lytvyn as a Supervisor of Blue Mountain Institute.
How did Blue Mountain Institute get its name?
Blue Mountain is one of the 10 most sacred centers of Taoism. It is in Sichuan province. There are many temples on the Blue Mountain. One of top Taoist temples is also there. I’ve been there many times, I have a kind of special connection. So, I used the name Blue Mountain.
Chinese name of the mountain actually is Qingcheng. Qing (青) means green as well as blue. Cheng (城) – city, or temple. Because it is all green. So, I translated it as Blue Mountain, because the word Qingcheng does not make sense on the West.
I had many deep experiences on the Blue Mountain. About one of them I wrote in my book The Medicine Box, in the last few chapters. In that times there were no tourists on the Mountain. But now it is very busy.
I had many trips and experiences there. Once I decided I should go to Blue Mountain and learn something, what time this teaching should be spread to the West. So, me and professor Chung, my very good friend. He is a psychic, he can do automatic writing.
We wanted to find a hermit, find a master on the mountain. But we didn’t find a master. But we did learn something. Very interesting experience.
When we were leaving the mountain I thought “Gosh, I did not learn anything! We did not see a hermit.” There are many Taoism temples there and many Taoists. But when we asked there, they answered “We do not have such a person”.
Later when we went to Shanghai we visited some temples, and from my experience in Shanghai I realized that I did learn something. It is not like verbal or written learning.
After visiting Blue Mountain I decided to give the name Blue Mountain to our institute. The Institute was established in 1989. Even today there are a lot of Taoist master on the Blue Mountain.
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.
The Monkey year, as predicted, has been very eventful, and it is now coming to an end. Although the remnants of the Monkey energy are tapering off as the New Year approaches, some of it will continue to remain through the transition.
Feng Shui: Crimea, Ukraine – Mastery Program
Is feng shui an ancient wisdom of environmental design? Is feng shui a Chinese cultural tradition or simply, a new-age phenomenon? Another important question is: Does feng shui have universal value?
Most people define feng shui based on their own exposure and understanding to the subject, whether they obtain it from books, the internet, feng shui teachers or through a school. Due to the vast variety of information on the subject, it is inevitable that the difference of opinions on feng shui surface. Even in China, throughout its long history, there has never been a shortage of debates between the pro and anti feng shui camps. Therefore, it is not surprising, that the same debate and arguments continue today in the West.
First, it is crucial to establish a common base defining the term feng shui. Only then, can we begin to have a meaningful discussion on feng shui. If there is no common agreement on the term, there is no basis for an argument.
I define the essence of feng shui as “the philosophy, science and art of environment design”. I strongly encourage all, to read the page “What is feng shui?” on the Blue Mountain Feng Shui Website. The basis of this blog is to share feng shui knowledge and further our understanding. Those who do not and cannot see feng shui as a universal concept might need to expand their knowledge of feng shui or open their hearts to widen their vision.
In this tough economic climate, it is a good opportunity to step back and re-evaluate our living situation and our lives in general. To help guide us, it makes good sense to start with the feng shui principles. But where do we start? Trying to implement the information taught by Master Hsu is not as easy as imagined. In a sense it’s like reading a self-help book. You read it and think you comprehend it, but changing your habits is never simple.
However, there are simple things we can start with in feng shui. I am working on my front yard. Is the path to my entrance clear without obstruction? Are we protected from the energy of the road? Does it look presentable? Do I need to prune a few trees, pull some weeds or trim the hedge? Stepping back and taking a fresh look at something you observe everyday may spark some new vision. Spring is here. Planting some cheerful flowers to greet everyone in the neighborhood is only a small step, but one that will bring a smile everyday.