As a Feng Shui Expert, the main concern of my Classical Feng Shui practice involves identifying how to harness Qi in our environment.
You’ve heard me talk about Qi (pronounced Chee) many times before, but why?
What is Qi and why is it so important?
Essentially, Qi is the heart and core of Feng Shui.
Qi is basic life energy. Qi or life force energy cannot be seen or heard. However, its influence is felt in every aspect of our lives. It is the invisible force that shapes, nurtures and governs all living beings. Qi permeates all things and brings life to all beings.
In classical Feng Shui, Qi refers to the natural energies found in the environment, which arise from the fusion of Yin and Yang (Mountain and Water).
The written Chinese language symbol (or kanji) for Qi is made up of two parts. The top section is the image of clouds rising, while the lower part is a rice grain. The idea being expressed is that of a subtle but sensible force that provides nourishment.
How does Feng Shui manifest?
Before we can apply Feng Shui theories and applications to design and architecture, we must understand its inner dynamics.
The first thing we all need to understand is that everything is made up of not just physical matter but energy. In ancient Chinese philosophy, matter and energy are interchangeable. Qi is a form of energy that permeates the material universe. Qi is what animates, what distinguishes the living from the dead.
The last Prime Minister of the Sung Dynasty wrote, “Righteous Qi fills up heaven and earth. Down on earth, it takes the form of rivers and mountains. Up in the sky, it takes the form of suns and stars.”
Good energy, when transformed into matter becomes winding rivers and lustrous mountains on earth, radiant sun and glittering stars in the sky.
In the same way then, evil energy will take the form of rugged rocks, torrential rivers, and erupting volcanoes. Throughout history and still today, comets and meteors are seen as signs from heaven, omens of ill energy taking form.
Good-looking objects have the power of absorbing good energy from the universe. They are also capable of transmitting good energy to fill a house.
Evil looking objects can transmit harmful energy to create chaos and turmoil.
The man who lived in this house died choking on a peach pit.. coincidence? Not in my world.
How Qi affects you and your world?
Describing the ways that Qi manifests as good or evil is similar to saying that our state of mind is affected by what we see, hear and feel. This will, in turn, influence our action. Action produces results. Feng Shui principles are based on logic and scientific principles.
Qi manifests itself in the body; it flows through the acupuncture meridians. Where it is congested or blocked, so illness or disease follows. Martial artists have learned to concentrate qi in various parts of their body so it can be felt, enabling the practitioner to do superhuman things.
Plants and animals need Qi. Good Qi brings fertile land. The falling of rain (brings fertility), the filling of streams irrigates the rice paddies, the ascension/evaporation of water vapour, lets water rejoin the Dragons in the clouds to cause more rain to fall. Qi is dispersed by the Wind and gathers by the boundaries of Water.
Good Qi is thought to bring male children, precious to the Chinese family.
Where Qi has gone stagnant, life energy has dried up. Qi can be visualized almost as a curling vapour rising off the morning pond. The idea of vapour is reflected in the translation of cosmic breath.
Is Feng Shui real?
In my 20+ years of practice and study of Feng Shui, I have met many people who say they don’t believe in energy or Qi or Feng Shui.
Yet, from my perspective, if we accept invisible forces of radio waves, microwaves, cell phones, etc., it is not difficult to imagine the invisible form of energy known as Qi.
And just like these other invisible forms of energy, Qi can be appreciated by its effects but cannot be seen.
In my blog next week, I’ll share more about the different types of Qi (yes, there are more than one)