Although I have explained the origin of Feng Shui and how it got its name, this does not even come close to explaining why we need it. What is the point of Feng Shui and why would Feng Shui Masters have been so revered? And was there a problem that their observations solved?
To start, it is helpful to describe Feng Shui simply as the observation of the process of drawing the stillness of nature into our hearts. However in order for us to make this definition, we must first acknowledge a fundamental difference between man and nature. This difference is crucial to the correct understanding, so much so that it even found expression in the very name by which the tradition became known. For the name Feng Shui expresses a dialectic of Yin and Yang in which Feng – meaning wind, represents nature and is described as Yang, whilst Shui – meaning water, represents man and is described as Yin.
We need nature
The reason the great Masters took pains to describe a vision of man at peace with nature is that we need nature. I don’t mean in the sense that we need fresh water and shelter from the storm, I mean in a spiritual sense. This need is related to soul’s journey as it leaps from birth to birth to its final rest.
I invite you to consider that the chief concern of Feng Shui Masters was the completion of this journey. And further, if you will, that the process of drawing the stillness of nature into our hearts – in the manner described by Feng Shui – is required for soul to complete this journey.
This statement requires explanation on two fronts. The first is what is House of Li’s working description of the spiritual journey, and second, how does the stillness of nature manifest change in the body? The answers to the questions are offered here in the form of verse. For, as you will know if you have read my Guide to Talking to Trees, my ‘hearing’ is processed in such a way that words often arrange themselves on a page in the form of poetry.
The spiritual journey
The universe in all its powers sends arrows of light and love.
These light forms are brilliant, clear
But to earth they must fall.
In their descent they gather dust and take on human form.
This light it feeds and clothes itself and has become dark.
These light forms are heaven sent
Do not follow nature’s ways.
They do not hear the stars, the seasons, the tides that rise and fall.
Deaf to the ways of nature they cannot feel its call.
Man can never be one.
For one is the path complete, it is the soul at rest
One is the journey’s end.
Man must leap from birth to birth until his soul may rest.
This rest it is the moment when the dark returns to light
This describes how the stillness of nature, once drawn into our hearts, brings about the circumstances for our final rest. Perhaps I will have the opportunity to expand on this in the future, but for now I turn to the second part of the inquiry: how does the stillness of nature manifest change in the body?
How the stillness of nature manifests change in the body
This poem describes the process of how the stillness of nature manifests change in the body:
Nature’s breath is soul’s embrace
It stills the heart of man
Takes the mind to higher place
Before his life began.
Returns the man to a form of light
And shed his darker self
Be the stillness, pray as one
And step into the light.
This verse may not serve as a technical description of the changes that manifest in the body, but it does serve to describe the process taking place. However there is one glaring how and why question: what aspect of man – here called heart – is being changed by the stillness of nature?
The aspect of man being changed by the stillness of nature
The answer to this is qi (pronounced chee).
Qi is energy within,
Qi is the tie that binds
Qi is from where we begin,
It is what we must release.
Qi is not light or heat or space or time,
It exists to create the form of man.
It lives in man alone – not stone nor house nor water
For it is our very being.
Qi has an order, given by heaven
It obeys the wishes of the stars
Qi permits no change, is not generated, is not created
For no man can alter what heaven has given
Qi cannot be dealt or improved, cannot be named or ciphered
Qi is the essence of who we are,
It describes what it is to be human
What was the problem they were trying to overcome?
However, to get back to the question of whether or not the Masters were trying to solve a problem, the ultimate question must surely be: is the process of soul achieving final rest difficult? In answer, I offer this:
It is so hard to become light. One must journey endlessly through life, past birth and past death again to reach your final rest. Feng Shui is path to final rest, it opens the door to live as light. It frees the soul and cuts the ties so soul may be at peace.
In this way Feng Shui can be described as a series of observations about the existence of a time and space, beyond that which our senses perceive, which is our soul’s final rest. As described here, the whole point about Feng Shui is that achieving final rest is difficult and that getting to this point requires the process of drawing nature into your heart. The Li tradition contributes to this process by highlighting the role of the ancestors in making this come about.
Whilst none of this negates the contribution the practice of Feng Shui may offer to those who wish to attain peaceful and harmonious living, the upshot of all this is that the practical aspects of Feng Shui must be considered strictly within this broader context. For Feng Shui is a philosophical platform in which form and function are inextricably linked to the process of living and dying.
I think this article has gone some way towards explaining the point of Feng Shui and why ancient Masters were so revered. You may have noticed that what is offered on this site is strikingly different to other theories. Since my perspective also differs from that of my Melbourne teacher, I feel the need to explain that what is written on this site and in my book are teachings received through the gift of clairaudience. Why these teachings differ to other Feng Shui styles is a matter for historians; it is simply my task to offer you Li, a Feng Shui for everyone.
Wishing you Health and Happiness,