Wholesome form reflects unity. “Form defines energy” is the fundamental concept of Form School Feng Shui. Wholesome form means there is an unity, not broken or fragmented form. Wholesome form provides wholesome energy.
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.
In an earlier article, we said that everything in the universe is composed of Chi. It has matter, Chi energy, and information (consciousness or thought). These three aspects exist together.
Chi energy can be recognized through form, that is, the material manifestation. Different forms manifest different Chi. When the form is wholesome, the Chi is wholesome.
Let’s look at the following drawings.
In the first row, the forms are wholesome: when we look at it, we feel comfortable.
In the second row, the forms are distorted rather than wholesome: it creates a less comfortable feeling.
This is also true in architecture. Let’s look at the following two buildings.
The first is pleasing to the eye; the second is strange.
These different forms manifest different Chi, and transmit different information. The impact on the people who live in these buildings is also different.
In China, there is a long tradition of face-reading practice and has amassed a great body of knowledge. In ancient times, the Emperor usually cultivated the skill of face-reading. The great Qin Dynasty general, Zhen Guofan even wrote a face-reading book called Bing Jian.
Face-reading basically looks at the form of the facial features and assesses their character and personality. It also reads if a person will be rich or poor, noble or ordinary and so on.
In the same way, we can look at the “personality” of a house or building. Basically, we try to personify that building, and look at it as though it were a human. It then becomes possible to gain a sense of the personality of the building – cocky or humble, friendly or hospital, melancholy or lively. Just by looking at the outside, one can get a sense of the inside. When the outside is not good, one can be sure that there are problems inside as well. It might not provide full information, but it can provide basic clues about its nature.
So: we can read a house as we read a face. The secret is to take the house as a person, and then we can recognize who it is that we are looking at.
Talks on Feng Shui with Dr. Hsu
17: Understanding the Four Features
Feng Shui study is the study of the quality, quantity, and the coordination, of the Four Features: Mountains, Water, Flat Land (Energy Spot), and Guardian Hills. Let’s discuss the quality and quantity of these features.
Talks on Feng Shui with Dr. Hsu
10: Feng Shui Masters – Can You See Chi?
In my last posting (No. 9), we mentioned that the two pillars of Feng Shui are natural law and Chi monism. To talk about Feng Shui, then, we have to talk about Chi.
In Feng Shui site selection, an auspicious place is one with abundant Chi. However, since Chi has no form or image, how can we tell whether a place has abundant Chi? Without objective criteria, one person can say that the Chi of a place is good, and another person can say that it is bad. How can we judge who is right?
Talks on Feng Shui with Dr. Hsu
9: What is Chi?
The two pillars of Feng Shui theory are natural law and chi monism. In Chinese, there are many terms that involve chi, like “chi si” (complexion), “chi li” (strength), “chi po” (spirits), and so on. In other words, the concept of chi is deeply embedded in the Chinese mind.
But what is chi? It cannot be touched, seen, or measured. Everyone seems to know it, but no one can put a finger on it.
In the Yin Yang theory, everything – every process, every transformation, and every object – has both a Yin and a Yang aspect. The Yin and Yang energy roles represent different qualities: Yang energy manifests outwardly, and tends to be aggressive, dynamic, initiating and expansive. Yin energy reflects inward, and tends to be subtle, responsive, unseen and withdrawing.
All successful companies have a good logo. And logos often evolve along with the changing and development of the company. Recently, Instagram has changed its logo.
The reasoning of changing its logo was said to accommodate the evolving of the Instagram community over the past five years, from a place to share filtered photos to so much more —a global community of interests sharing more than 80 million photos every day.
We often think of Feng Shui in terms of the environment, what is outside and around us. Even though we may be aware that Feng Shui applies to every level of manifestation, from the smallest to the largest, it is still easy to miss a very important application that is very close to home, each and every person.
Let’s think this through. The two pillars of Form School Feng Shui are Natural Laws and Chi. The basic model for Form School design and analysis is the Four Feature Model. In this model, the core features are called, Mountain, Guardian Hills, Energy Spot, and Water. These four features are metaphors for Support, Protection, Growth and Expansion. Any place w these four features manifest in an energetic and balanced way will have good energy that can nourish a good life.
These four features, when interpreted in terms of the qualities they represent, also indicate the qualities required for any successful human endeavor. For example, a successful business venture will require the following: financial support of a bank or investors as well as the beneficial government policy (Mountain), the legal protection to safeguard against any mistake in operations (Guardian Hills), a good place for growth (Energy Spot), and a vast territory for expansion (Water).
But these features don’t just apply to our activities. They apply to us, every person. In other words, they tell us something about what makes an ideal person. The Mountain is the physical body, the necessary support for all activities. The Energy spot is the heart: love and compassion are central to a good life. The Guardian Hills are work and achievements, which provide sustenance and support. A good heart without work and effective action is like a bird without wings. The Water feature is the goal and purpose of life, which allows for forward and outward expansion.
In other words, ideally a person has a loving and compassionate heart; maintains a strong and healthy body, works well and diligently, and lives a meaningful life following some guiding goal.
Feng Shui is a guide to finding a place that has good energy and nourishes one’s life. But it is also a guide to something even closer: how to become the person that will live that life.