What do you know about mirror placement in feng shui?
At this present state, many people still wrongly believed that the ancients of Chinese Metaphysics like Feng Shui, Yi Jing, etc. had no notion of science. Guo Pu 郭璞, author of “Book of Burial” 葬书, one of China’s foremost commentators on ancient texts, also mention that the effects of Feng Shui must have been appeared as a logical scientific causes and not without any clear reason. Nowadays, there are enough scientific evidence to show that Feng Shui effects have scientific basis and its explanations.
Yin Yang 隐陽 is the concept of duality which apparently looklike an opposite but actually these duality are complementary forming the wholeness. These duality is represented by the picture here which is called Taiji 太極 (Supreme Ultimate). As you can see from the picture here, within the white part, there are black dot, and within the black part, there are white dot. The shape itself also is not divided in a straight line, but rather of a merging shape of white and black within each other. They are related and connected to each other. Taiji is considered as the basic foundation of the Universe.
Taiji emerged from Wuji 無極 (Without Ultimate) which means a state of nothingness. Wuji is represented by a black circle which correspond to the boundless movement because we didn’t know where it started. Wuji itself actually does not mean emptiness because within Wuji contains infinity.
In the state of Wuji, there will be no difference between right or wrong, no difference between day and night, no difference between happiness and suffering, no difference between above and below, no difference between man and woman. It is a state of a meaningless world.
Then the appearance of Taiji brings changes, we started to differentiate between man and woman, day and night, happiness and suffering, black and white, good and evil, true and false, then all kinds of meaning begin to appear. The same concept can be found in the Bible. Adam and Eve living in Paradise, everyday living in the same way and same manner, until the day when Eve picked the apple and tasted it, then we started to realized there are difference between good and evil, and everything seems started to happen as it is now.
Shao Yong (1011 – 1077), a Song dynasty philosopher and cosmologist, describe Taiji as:
The Supreme Ultimate is the One
It produces the Two
Without engaging in activity
The Two in their wonderful changes
And transformations constitute the spirit
Spirit engenders number
Number engenders form
And form engender concrete things.
In modern world, the concept of Yin and Yang inspired the Binary Digit system in the computer, which is the foundation of all computer data information. All the information is represented by a multiple combination of zero and one (yin and yang). Multiple combination of zero and one can also include all information on everything in the universe. That is why, they called Taiji as the foundation of our Universe. This duality of Taiji lies the origins of many branches of classical Chinese science and philosophy, as well as the primary guideline in traditional Chinese medicine and different forms of Chinese martial arts.
In western cosmology, we know the Big Bang theory, which can be compared to the concept of Taiji in eastern cosmology. The Big Bang theory try to explain what happened at the beginning of the universe. According to the theory, our universe sprang into existence as “singularity” around 13.7 billion years ago. The universe is created in a big explosion according to the Big Bang theory. Before the explosion, all matters were pulled up within a black hole then suddenly the “singularity” object expanded, and the density and the temperature suddenly fell which causes various kinds of gases were released. These gases eventually condensed into matter, planets and stars. In Chinese philosophy, after Taiji emerged, then comes up the concept of Five Basic Elements which are Water, Wood, Fire, Earth and Metal.
When we compare the Big Bang theory with the concept of Taiji, it seems that our concept of Taiji has more advantage than the Big Bang. Why? Because in western theory, everything has to come from something. If we probe back to the singularity, what the singularity was created, we cannot get the answer clearly, but in the concept of Taiji we can get the answer on how Taiji come out from emptiness. It is very simple, Taiji is positive and negative, the total value will cancel out each other, so the total amount still will be zero, nothing.
Most of you probably have ever heard the “Feng Shui” term. There are some who mentioned it as “Hong Shui”, which is basically the same meaning with Feng Shui. In the past decade, the practice of Feng Shui has gained recognition in the Western world because of the benefit in prosperity and health they felt after applying this art.
Feng Shui is an art in Chinese metaphysics that studies the influence of the environment on human fortune. Feng Shui can also be regarded as a lesson about the environment, which includes our earth, landscape, ocean, river, and the house where the man lived in it. Humans are considered as part of the universe so that the power of the natural environment will affect humans and fate.
Reflection of Chinese culture is almost dominated by Feng Shui, for example, most of the palaces and important buildings in China (such as the Forbidden City in Beijing) are constructed with Feng Shui consideration. Chinese culture also believes that if we bury our ancestors in a place with good Feng Shui, it will provide prosperity for all the descendants of the deceased.
The term Feng Shui is first believed to be found in an ancient Chinese book entitled “ Book of Burial ” (Zang Shu 葬書) written by an expert named Guo Pu 郭璞 (276-324). The book discussed the influence of energy on topography and he described that “The energy of the Dragon will be dispersed by the wind and will stop at the boundary of water.” From this description, the term Feng (風-wind) which represents the direction and Shui (水-water) which symbolizes wealth were taken. The Dragon in here refers to the mountain or the landscape.
The energy term mentioned in this context is not very clear, but in general this term refers to a vital force of nature and abstract moving on a landscape which can affecting the human life. This energy is known as Qi氣in Chinese. In some other languages the word Qi is often paired with the pneuma to the Greeks, prana to the Hindus, ankh to the Egyptians, ruah to the Hebrews, tane to the Hawaiians, arunquiltha to the Australian Aborigine and ki to the Japanese.
The energy of the Dragon will be dispersed by wind, so in order for the energy not to be dispersed, it should be well protected against strong wind. If the Dragon is moving, then energy will also move with the Dragon, so if the Dragon stops then the energy will stay. We can only use the energy when it stops. The “boundary of water” in here means an open place or water.
We cannot find the Qi definition or translation in the English dictionary that can describe about what qi like. Qi is sometimes translated as “energy” in English. We use the Qi term better than translated as energy because it is not actually the equivalent of that fit. Although Qi is without any shape, can not be seen and its existence cannot be proven scientifically using quantitative measurement and somewhat abstract to westerners, but in the eastern culture of China, Qi is considered as the basic forming of the entire life material in this universe (holistic life force). The Qi is always all around us and governs our health, wealth, and happiness. Physical deterioration is the destruction of Qi and death is the total lost of the Qi.
Albert Einstein quotes “Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.” This quotes can be precisely describing the Qi.
Feng Shui master uses this qi settings which properly fit with the existing environment so that it can offer positive effect for all residents of the building. The Chinese divided qi into three forms of qi, heaven qi (Tian Qi 天氣), earth qi (Di Qi 地氣) and human qi (Ren Qi 人氣).
Heaven Qi (Tian Qi 天氣) comes from the sun, moon, planets and stars. Earth Qi (Di Qi 地氣) comes from the forces of earth like mountains, deserts, rivers, plains, etc. Mountain force governs our health and relationship, while water force governs our wealth. The magnetic field of our mother nature is also a component of Earth Qi. Human Qi (Ren Qi 人氣) is build up when you first inhaled your first breath when you were born. The Qi that within yourself will determine how compatible you with the others and to your environment like your house. You will learn about this notion later on in my other articles.
Qi is always moving. It can moves slowly, quickly, up, down, in or out. The ancient Chinese have discovered how to manipulate this qi in order to to achieve harmony in living. When it is in balance, then our healthy and wealthy being is also within balance state.