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Which Feng Shui books to follow

There are literally hundreds of Feng Shui books on the market. Some blend truths and myths but many have only a distant connection to the essential core of Feng Shui. There are also books that refer to different schools of Feng Shui with conflicting thoughts, making it difficult for people to discern the validity of information.

So many Feng Shui books and teachings differ from each other, how to know which one to follow?

It is challenging to sift gold from sand. Even among the 800 or so volumes of Feng Shui classics in Chinese, many mix the core concepts of Feng Shui with customs, traditions, folklore, and even superstitions that do not necessarily contain universal value.

Indeed, finding the source of information that resonates with common sense and is universally applicable is a challenge for those interested in Feng Shui.

True Feng Shui knowledge follows natural principles and resonates with common sense. If those concepts presented resonate with you right away, most likely they are valid concepts.

Truth has power. If something is valid and truthful, you can feel it.

However, it is important to keep an open mind, free from preconceived ideas. Test the concepts in real life before you accept them as global truth.

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Dr Hsu Feng Shui Talk
#40: Is Orientation the Fifth Feature?

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.

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#36: Looking at a Building is Like Looking at a Person

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.

Geometrical Forms Fengshui

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.

Fengshui House Pixabay

Image: Pixabay

Korea House from Archdaily

Image: Archdaily

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.

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Feng Shui Can Change

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#35: Feng Shui Can Change

In the 90’s of the last century, I was invited to participate in a conference about water (Water Symposium). Some 50 experts and researchers were invited from around the world, and the discussion was based around, “What is good water?”, and “The Energy of Water”.

Each presenter was allowed forty minutes to present. My theme was Form Energy. Actually, this had nothing to do with water, but the organizer insisted that my topic was new and exciting, and wanted me to share it with the other scientists and researchers.

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#33: Does a Front Door of a House Have to Face South?

In Seattle, an American architect friend complained to me.
“This Feng Shui is really killing me!”
“What’s the matter?” I asked.
He explained that a client from Hong Kong had commissioned him to design a house – and insisted that, for the sake of good Feng Shui, the door had to face south. But on that particular piece of land it made no sense to have the main door facing south.
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#30: Men Need Space, Women Need Time

Among human relationships, the most important are those between man and woman – no matter whether between lovers, husband and wife, or friends.

We have talked about how Feng Shui affects human relationships. But the relationships between husband and wife living under one roof is only a small aspect of man-woman relationships.
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Fengshui of bedroom

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#27: Feng Shui of the Bedroom

A newlywed niece asked me about bedroom design. How should the bedroom be arranged to be supportive for her new family? She said there was so much information on the internet that she was confused about what to do.

She was right to be concerned. The bedroom is one of the most important three features of Feng Shui. It affects health, relationships, emotions, and child-bearing.
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