Feng Shui is the study of time and location. It is concerned primarily with how two key energetic forces known as Wind (ethereal, Yang Qi of the environment) and Water (denser, Yin Qi of the planet) move through a space and affect those living within it. If we can understand just how these two forces move then we can see how they govern the Qi of an area. These understandings can then be used to adjust this Qi so that it turns a space into a beneficial, and often healing, place.
There are many different schools of Feng Shui, some are based in cosmology, others in energetics and some still in superstition. As each region of Asia started to look at Feng Shui they developed their own way of working with the teachings; it was not until much later in the art’s development that many of these teachings merged with one another and now you often find practitioners working to the theories of several different schools at once.
The Feng Shui practiced by Damo Mitchell and taught within Lotus Nei Gong is based upon the Qi of the environment and its interaction with the three treasures of Jing, Qi and Shen within a person. On top of this, Ming and Xing (destiny and nature) are looked at in relation to the way in which the environment and a person are coming together. It is a relatively simple method in its theory and yet sometimes complex in its application. As much art as science, Feng Shui of this type is quick to learn but can take a long time to master.
Functions of Feng Shui
If you go to China or Taiwan and ask many people what Feng Shui is about they will often answer either ‘luck’ or ‘wealth’. Indeed, I have known people in Asia who had their whole house adjusted by a Feng Shui consultant just to maximise these two aspects of their life. In actual fact, ‘luck’ should really be ‘Ming’ and ‘wealth’ is just a very small part of Feng Shui which has been focused on to the detriment to its other, more important, aspects.
Feng Shui can be applied to any space to change the way in which Qi moves within it. This is generally to accomplish one of the following functions:
- To improve the ‘health’ of a space which in turn improves the health of a person living within it. Medical Feng Shui is sadly often overlooked in modern times which is a shame as this is one of its most beneficial aspects.
- To help with the way in which Shen establishes itself for the people living within a space. This essentially governs the way in which these people will interact with one another on a daily basis.
- To increase the effectiveness of a space for personal meditation of Qi cultivation. This is probably the most commonly used method of Feng Shui for members of the Lotus Nei Gong school. The more efficient our practice space, the more effective our practice! Whether this be a simple room in a house through a large temple, the principles are almost the same.
Feng Shui is taught on individual courses from time to time as well as in short sections on larger events and retreats.