Feng Shui Compass School
The Ancient art of living in harmony which can affect your health, relationships, finances, and overall well being. Mallory discusses the ancient mystical movement of energy by the reorganization and cleansing of your surroundings on the key principles of movement, light, and order. A transformation in your fortunes could be accomplished as you revitalize your space!
- Everything is Alive, Connected, and Changing
- Yin and Yang Principles
- Pa Kua Compass
- Colour, Best Directions, Locations and Element
- Positive Energy – Universal CH’I
- 5 Earthly Elements
- Eight Remedies and Enrichments
- Interior Enlightenment and Seven Design Elements
Feng Shui Information
Feng Shui (pronounced ‘fung shway‘) is the ancient Chinese practice of placement and arrangement of space which is claimed to achieve harmony with the environment. Skeptics consider it to be nothing but superstition. The mystical movement of energy is a fact of life. Feng shui, meaning ‘wind and water’. is not a decorating style. Rather, it is a discipline whose guidelines are compatible with many different decorating styles. The source of the term is purported to come from the poem ‘The winds are wild/The sun is warm/The water is clear/The trees are lush’. For a place to have ‘good Feng Shui’ is for it to be in harmony with Nature, to have ‘bad feng shui’ is to be incongruous with Nature. People aren’t usually described as having good or bad feng shui themselves. It is believed that certain people by force of personality or visual appearance are able to add or subtract from the feng shui of their surroundings. Take a look around, the way you treat your environment is a direct reflection of how others treat you.
A Brief History of Feng Shui
Before the 20th century, very few written, authoritative Chinese texts describing feng shui existed. Knowledge primarily passed down through the oral tradition, but it was also believed to be intuitive and derivable from common sense and our feeling of what is natural. Eitel traces the origins of feng shui as a distinct belief system to Chu Hsi’s writings and commentaries from the Song dynasty (1126-1278). Chu Hsi’s thought greatly influenced Confucianism and became the foundation of feng shui. But, more broadly speaking, feng shui’s roots go back to the origins of Chinese philosophy and the Book of Changes, the I Ching. In the 19th century, the Chinese government regularly published almanacs containing all the charts, diagrams, and numerical data used in feng shui practice. At the same time, disputes over the proper application of feng shui were resolved in official courts of law. When rebellious groups arose, an initial governmental response was often to desecrate the graves of the rebels’ ancestors. Early English-speaking settlers in China in the mid-19th century reportedly ran into difficulties sparked by feng shui. Much like modern landowners having problems with building codes, these settlers had trouble in construction and renovation because their proposals did not conform to feng shui principles. Further, when unwanted foreigners tried to purchase land, they would be directed to spots with topographies causing very bad feng shui. This happened, for instance, to the English consul who, when demanding land, was ceded the island of Sha-meen on a mud flat on the Canton river. The houses were overrun by termites. Early Western commentators on feng shui were often skeptical and derogatory. A typical one in 1885 wrote ‘if any one wishes to see to what a howling wilderness of erratic dogmatism the human mind can arrive, when speculation usurps the place of science, and theories are reverenced equally with facts, let him endeavour to fathom even the elementary principles of that abyss of insane vagaries, the science of Feng-Shui.’ Others noted that, while naive as a science, it is more accurate than some Western mythologies. It is not science, philosophy, religion, it is a fact of life. Some scholars have noted that the general guidelines of feng shui have been followed across times and cultures using different language and with different justifications.
Feng Shui Doctrine
Qi (or Chi) Underlying the practical guidelines of feng shui is a general theory of Nature. Nature is generally held to be a discrete organism that breathes qi (a kind of life force or spiritual energy). The details about the metaphysics of what Nature is, what qi is and does, and what breath consists of vary and conflict. It is not generally understood as physical, but it is neither meant to be metaphorical nor fictionalistic (the latter being the view that even though an entity is fictional, it is useful to talk as if it really exists). It’s the virtual energy and force that flows all around. Feng Shui translates to English as Wind and Water. These are the two containers for Qi. Since life exists within either air or water, qi is said to be the life energy that flows within these two environments. The goal of feng shui guidelines is to orient dwellings, possessions, land and landscaping, etc., so as to be attuned with the flow of qi. Guidelines Some general rules are:
- When sitting at a desk or lying in bed, the entrance door should be in a clear line of sight, and you should have a view of as much of the room as possible.
- Straight lines and sharp corners are to be avoided, and especially should not point where people tend to sit, stand, or sleep.
- Avoid clutter.
- Your stairs should NEVER face the front door
- Roads to and from ancient towns were often curved and windy, an attempt to disorient and keep away evil spirits, who were believed to travel in straight lines.
- Some objects are believed to have the power of redirecting, reflecting, or shifting energy in a space. These include mirrors, crystals, windchimes, and pools of flowing or standing water
The Feng Shui Pa Kua The bagua (or pa kua) of the I Ching (Book of Changes) is an octagonal diagram that is used in feng shui analysis. Each direction on the octagon (north, northeast, etc.) is thought to have certain significant aspects, perhaps in part depending on the birthdate of the person using it. By mapping the bagua onto a home, village, cemetery, etc., information about correct orientation and placement can be gleaned. Wikipedia Feng Shui Information
Feng Shui Workshops
- Guest Speaker For Your Next Function!
- Professional Designer and Author of ‘Fun Schway Interiors’ and ‘Ancient Secrets for a Healthy Home.’
- Speaking engagements for both small/large groups. Numerous topics available from Colour to Curb Appeal.
- Lectures with Book Signing!
- Available for Speaking at your book club or special event.