by Joani Nunez
One of the first Feng Shui theories that we encounter when working
with traditional Chinese or Compass School Feng Shui is the notion that the different
directions have a strong influence on our fate and well being. In fact, this is one of the
fundamental cornerstones in traditional Feng Shui, and an area that directly opposes the
Tibetan Buddhist Black Sect (TBBS) Feng Shui teaching that the directions are irrelevant
and a compass unnecessary to the practice of Feng Shui.
Having a great love and respect for both schools, and high regard for the teachers and masters from both traditions required me to find a way to reconcile these two positions. Master Lin Yuns Black Sect Feng Shui was the first school of Feng Shui popular here in the West. It is a modern form of Feng Shui created by Master Lin Yun himself over the past 30 years, drawing selectively from a few aspects of traditional Chinese Feng Shui, the I Ching, and, most predominantly, from Black Sect Tibetan Buddhism. It is highly mystical in its approach to, and application of, Feng Shui.
After many years of practicing TBBS Feng Shui, and achieving great results, the Classical Chinese Compass school began to call me. Here I discovered beginners mind again, having to completely let go of the concepts and years of training Id received in TBBS Feng Shui. First and foremost, I had to begin to work with a compass and the directions, period, no arguments! Even the simplest application of the ba-gua, the chart or grid that is overlaid on a space, is done according to the compass directions, and has nothing to do with placement of the front door.
Beyond the application of the ba-gua is the understanding that each space, based directionally on how it is sited, will have certain areas or rooms that are considered auspicious, or lucky, and other areas that are considered inauspicious, or unlucky. Each home or building, according to the direction its front and back door face, will fall into either an East House or a West House category.
Layered on top of this is the understanding that people also, depending on their birth dates, will fall into East or West life groups. Depending on which life group someone falls into, certain directions will be auspicious, and other directions inauspicious for that person. The deeper reasoning here is that Cosmic Chi existed in a particular pattern, explained by the Heavenly Stems and Earthly branches of Chinese astrology, at the time of birth.
As we enter into this physical, earthly realm, a kind of imprinting, or chi patterning takes place, resulting in an affinity for certain directions. Chinese astrology, unlike Western astrology, is not based on the planets, but on the 5 Elements; wood, fire, earth, metal, and water, just like Chinese acupuncture/medicine.
Compass School Feng Shui is thousands of years old. It is completely aligned with the Chinese systems of healing and astrology. I was intrigued, and soon after applying the principles in my own practice of Feng Shui, I was impressed.
If youd like to begin to explore Feng Shui with the directions, you may want to begin with the application of the ba-gua. Rather than using the TBBS ba-gua, with the front door falling into one of only three guas, or life stations, career, benefactors, or knowledge, get a compass, take your readings, and chart the different guas in this way. It may feel a bit more complicated, getting your measurements just right, but youll be pleased with the results. Once you have the different areas mapped out according to directions, play with activating them the same way you would in TBBS Feng Shui.
The directions and life stations are as follows:
|South||Fame and Reputation|
|Southwest||Marriage and Partnership|
|West||Creativity and Children|
|Northwest||Benefactors and Travel|
|Center/Heart of Chi||Health|
You may discover that you get quicker and more powerful results in
your relationship for example, by working with the Southwest corner or gua, rather than
the far back, right hand corner. Unless your house is sited with the front door exactly in
the north, the back right hand corner will not fall in the Southwest. Keep a journal and
write down your adjustments, as well as the reason for them, and record your results as
you begin to experience them.
In the following months, well explore in greater depth East and West group houses, East and West Life Group people, how to find whats best for you, and how to correct or balance the experience of living in a house that is opposite your life group.
And so, until next month, I wish you many blessings and great happiness. Please feel free to fax me at 713-861-9243, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call me at 713-861-0903 with your questions, feedback, or personal experience. I look forward to hearing from you soon!
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