NEVER underestimate the power of location. Being in the right place and facing a good direction can encourage (or create) positive effect by determining the flow of energy. Energy, or Qi, can be used to help activate or hinder an endeavor at that point.
We should view Feng Shui as a tool to modify the standard of our destiny, and to influence our lives at a deep meaning level.
As Jumpa Lundrup notes in “Feng Shui: Seeing is Believing”:
The Chinese have studied the subtle environmental influences that surround us for thousands of years. Over that time they have developed a highly sophisticated system that deals with these subtle energies in such a way that good fortune is encouraged to ripen, and bad fortune is avoided. The good news for Westerners, whose belief systems seem to have little in common with Chinese culture, is that you do not have to believe in it for it to work!
Even just changing the direction in which you sit, eat, and sleep can dramatically change your world. It works. And, as you will see, using Feng Shui is empowering!
Many Westerners are skeptical about the energetic power of Feng Shui, thinking of it as a superstition or something rooted in an ancient faith. If you are among those skeptics, that is okay—Feng Shui works whether you believe in it or not. However, I would encourage you to reconsider your stance. Try to view it as a strategy, a tool, or even a science aimed at making your life better by creating a comfortable and powerful environment.
Recognize, too, that Feng Shui is not just about influencing your personal energy. China’s Forbidden City was built according to Feng Shui guidelines that would promise a hundred years of success for its inhabitants. In Japan, people were forbidden to construct any residence with the same orientation as the palace of the emperor of Kyoto. The belief in the power of Feng Shui is evident. Similarly, it is a tool used by Apple, Google, Facebook, and many other impactful companies to shape their professional environments and possibly propel their success.
I have always felt that the valuable knowledge of Feng Shui should not be kept a secret. Its benefits should be shared by one and all. Feng Shui is by far one of the most effective tools for promoting greater balance between the environment, people, time and space.
Our environments affects us!
The American dream sits on the foundations of hard work and a good idea, but in the East, they believe there is a third element: Feng Shui. This ancient Chinese philosophy is more than just moving furniture around a room. Feng Shui involves balancing the five Chinese elements: earth, fire, water, metal, and wood, in harmony with location and life.
Let’s be clear: energetic flow will not do the work for you. With good Feng Shui, health can improve, opportunities to make money can increase, and career prospects can improve—but the individual must still seize these opportunities through his or her efforts.
Feng Shui is a study of the living environment, which includes our earth, the landscape, the sea, the rivers, and the houses in which man take shelter. From the broader perspective, the “Feng” covers the wind, air, gas, clouds, storm, typhoon, electromagnetic energy fields and rays and radiation. It also includes the earth’s natural features, like mountains, hills, rocks and buildings that affect its flow. On the other hand, the “Shui” includes rivers, lakes, waterfalls, streams, ponds, pools of water, rain, swamp, roads, streets, snow and ice. It also includes the plants and other living things that water nourishes.
The foundational belief is that Man is a member of the universe and, thus, it is highly influential in our daily lives. The universe speaks through our environment, and we are intimately affected by the forces of nature shaping our destiny.
A man’s Home is his castle, as the old saying goes.
Feng Shui is about harnessing the Qi, or natural energy of your living environment to help you achieve your goals in life. It is an about making your environment, whether your home or your office, into a space that will support your goals. But it is not the only factor you must consider.
The Chinese have a saying: “First destiny, second luck, third Feng Shui, fourth virtues, fifth education”. Although Feng Shui can be a powerful force in shaping our lives, it is not a cure for all ills. Luck plays a significant role and karma is almost as important. Our virtues and behavior determine how we interact with others. And our education gives us the knowledge and capability to take action. Therefore Feng Shui is one part of the complete package.
Feng Shui is not stagnant either. It is set apart from other philosophical systems by its built-in capacity for change. Most systems evolved from similar principles, namely the understanding that the natural world is imbued with a spirit of deity, the recognition or worship of which would give people some benefit in their lives. But Feng Shui is not a religion; it is a philosophy that can be used in any culture and alongside any belief system.
Those who embrace Feng Shui feel the need to take action to improve their lives. Using Feng Shui correctly, however, is a skill. It is more science than art. It adheres to laws rather than desire. And its principles cannot be instantly applied, nor adapted only to suit the circumstances of a place or an individual.
At its core, Feng Shui is a study of Yin and Yang, creating harmony and balance between “Feng” (wind) and “Shui” (water). Patterns were compiled and later turned into formulas that led to the rise of the many existing systems of Feng Shui.
Now, there is one massive misconception I want to address here: Feng Shui is not just about the placement of objects. It is more accurate to say, as Joey Yap does, “Feng Shui is an art of assessing the qualities of Qi that converge at or affect a certain location in our environment and to ascertain its potential and shortcomings.” As the influence of Qi in any given environment is governed by certain patterns calculable by formulae, we can assess the potential of Qi in reference to time and location.
Classical Feng Shui has nothing to do with items or pictures or any other décor you may have in the house. It has to do with direction and location—the two most crucial factors in determining the quality of Feng Shui of your property.
“The universe is very mysterious. There’s so much energy to pick up, but most people don’t know how,” said long time ago Tin Sun, one of the most respected Feng Shui Master in New York.
Let’s dive into a deeper understanding of our most important tool in Feng Shui: Qi. Energy is the core of the practice—indeed, it is the whole point of Feng Shui. Find the Qi and collect it. That is the very essence of Feng Shui.
I am often asked, “But what is Qi?” It is the natural energy found in the environment. One thing to remember about Qi is that we are interested in what is natural, not man-made. However, because Feng Shui is fluid and can easily accommodate change, it has evolved to take into account how structures like skyscrapers and highways may affect a property. But evolution should never be taken to the extreme. Today, there is often a belief that anything under the sun affects your Qi. It simply isn’t true. Real Qi is natural, not man-made. Real Qi emanates from the mountains and water on our planet, not something you buy or have built in your backyard.
When it comes to classical Feng Shui, the primary concern is “Where is the Qi?” “What kind of Qi do I have in the area?” and, of course, “How can I bring it to the property, retain it and distribute it throughout the space?” The Feng Shui consultant’s job is to evaluate the landform in the area, find out what Qi is present and then design or make use of formulas and the property, to tap, collect and distribute the Qi. It is what Feng Shui consultants mean when they talk about “harnessing Qi in the environment.”
When the Qi flows naturally, the occupants of the space are healthier, more vibrant and perform better, thus contributing to their wealth and ability to capitalize on opportunities. When beneficial Qi is clogged, or when Qi does not reach a property or is forced through, then the well-being of the occupants is affected, which in turn affects their capability to function at their best. When people are unhappy or sick or negative minded, they don’t perform at their optimum and don’t see the opportunities coming their way.
We all search for happiness, and yet it can be elusive. There is no shortage of problems in our lives, and we are often too busy or preoccupied to find a lasting solution for them. In the whirlwind of day-to-day living, it can be tough (even impossible) to quiet our minds. Our attention is constantly pulled to other things. Small wonder then that the powerful but subtle energies that influence our lives pass unnoticed.
Feng Shui Today: The Tycoon’s Favorite Tool
Today, Feng Shui is not only widely used by business persons, celebrities, politicians and high ranking officers from Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, Singapore, Malaysia and other Asian countries; it has also gained popularity in Europe, USA, Australia and South America.
Many Billionaires are believed to have employed professional Feng Shui consultants to help them to choose the right property for their businesses and homes. For examples, Bill Gates, the richest men in the world, is a fan of Feng Shui. His home is said to sit in an ideal position in the hills in agreement with Feng Shui principles. His home has a mountain behind it to offer protection and support, and Lake Washington sits in front. This placement is in line with the Feng Shui principle for harmonizing his home with great environmental Qi.
In 1994, The New York Times published an article how the Ancient Chinese Craft Shifts Building Designs in the U.S. The moment when East meets the West and Feng Shui becoming so popular in the design field, real estate and properties along the USA: “Driven by the influx of investors from Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and China, the use of Feng Shui has surfaced in the design and marketing of projects from mini-malls in Los Angeles to skyscrapers in Manhattan.” The moment coincides also with the statements made by Donald Trump when he admitted that he was using Feng Shui: “Even the $2.5 billion Riverside South project on the Upper West Side could include some elements of Feng Shui because of the entry of a group of Hong Kong investors as Donald J. Trump’s new partners in developing the site. “It’s just another element in which you can have the advantage over your competitors,” Mr. Trump said. “Asians are becoming a big part of our market and this is something we can’t ignore.” – New York Times, September 22, 1994
Trump reportedly even had Feng Shui principles applied to his Trump Tower building, having it positioned to face Central Park as the natural landscape could increase the flow of positive Qi to his skyscraper.
For more than two decades ago, a radiography about Feng Shui and its influences was published by Los Angeles Times too: “ …today, Feng Shui–the Chinese characters for wind and water, pronounced FUNG-shway–is making its way uptown. Way uptown. As in Donald Trump uptown. The architects, designers and real estate moguls in Manhattan’s skyscrapers are discovering Feng Shui, due in part to the enormous influence of Asian financiers. “He who has the dollars will make the decisions on how buildings are oriented and designed,” said Abe Wallach, vice president for the Trump Organization. And those who have the dollars for Donald Trump’s billion-dollar Riverside South project are from Hong Kong, where the use of Feng Shui is rampant. The first rule of real estate may one day read “Location, location, Feng Shui.” With Far Eastern investment growing, developers are being called to pay attention to the craft of Feng Shui, which aims at harmonizing the placement of man-made structures in nature.” – Los Angeles Times, November 6, 1994
The Guardian: Meet Donald Trump’s Feng Shui Master: “When Pun-Yin saw the Trump Int’l Hotel & Tower, the energy was so bad, she insisted that it had to be her way or the highway. She said, “By the time we went there and saw it, we said, ‘We’re not going to do this project with you unless you follow us completely.’”
Other billionaires or celebrities that are believed to have used Feng Shui include: Li Ka Shing, Jackie Chan, Eric Clapton, George Clooney, Richard Branson, Gillian Anderson, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Oprah Winfrey, Bill Clinton, Donna Karan, Ricky Martin, Sharon Stone, Steven Spielberg, Tommy Hilfiger—just to name a few.
In future articles, we will use many examples and case studies, but for now, let me demonstrate with an example.
Mr. Li Ka-Shing’s destiny is a typical example of a wealthy man. However those who were born at the same time as Mr. Li-Ka-Shing, and they have not achieved nearly as much success. In other words, there are other people with the same destiny as Mr. Li. Of the group, however, Mr. Li is the only property tycoon. What about the others? Why didn’t they become property tycoons like Mr. Li?
Destiny isn’t enough. Other factors came into play to bring about the great success of Mr. Li. Besides the influence of destiny and luck—which as I mentioned earlier in this article—is the power of Feng Shui. As Mr. Li was destined to become a wealthy man, he could still have become a multi-millionaire without the assistance of Feng Shui. With the support of good Feng Shui his wealth multiplied and, today, he is much more than just a multi-millionaire. He’s a billionaire. This story is a short analysis and one of the thousands of examples you’ll find on PowerOfInvisible.
Although good Feng Shui cannot change one’s destiny, it can help accelerate the good luck cycle, just as it did for Mr. Li. For instance, if a business’s outlet has its main entrance at the wrong location and direction or its cash register is located at the wrong location and direction, the wayward energy can cause his business not to meet its financial target. With the adjustment of the main entrance or cash register, the owner can improve his business and help improve his financial target.
One has to understand that Feng Shui is not magic; if a person does not have the capacity to be super rich, Feng Shui will not make him a billionaire. However, the use of Feng Shui will improve that person’s current situation faster!
This article is a small introduction to what Feng Shui is and what it is not. You will find many case studies, stories, and experiments on our blog. Then you have the ability to try it for yourself and decide whether it is a beneficial addition to your life or work.