The Bright Mirror of Eight Houses
January 12, 2009
Woke up this morning and the first thing on my mind was Manu’s question last night while we were having dinner (I am teaching the Bazhai module for Manu Butterworth’s Golden Gate School of Feng Shui in Marin County near San Francisco right now).
“Why in the Bazhai Mingjing system we work with the Ming Gua of a person first and not with the Zhai Gua of a house”
I thought about the answer I gave him, “There is a house and there is a person living in the house. A house is inert whereas a person has a will and a consciousness. When the house Gua Qi is not supportive and a person cannot change the orientation nor the “three requirements” (the door, the bed and the stove), then what is left is the human awareness and the will to make the changes for the better through the Gua Qi of a person, a house is not capable of doing this on its own.
“What if the Wuxing “jiehua” (“cures”) of the person clashed with that of the house? What is good for the person may be bad for the house.”
My answer was, “These are two different layers of Gua Qi, one for the person and one for the house, if an E4 (W4) person is not able to live in an E4 (W4) house, then one can make it better through the will and the consciousness of a person via the Ming Gua. But at the same time, one should and must improve the environment of the house, so the potential negative influence of the Gua Qi of the house will not be able to express itself.
There is always the interplay between the “mind” of a person and the “body” of a house, when the body cannot be changed, then a person can adjust his or her mind set to make the difference through mutual resonance between a person and his or her environment, that is how Feng Shui works through the Gua Qi or the Qi of the Trigrams.
Gua Qi is formless and intangible but one can connect to its symbolic and correlative meaning through understanding and awareness, then use them to connect to the objects in the environment and use them as symbolic remainders of our needs and prioritie , thus one goes from the form to the formless and back to the form again to complete the Feng Shui process.”
From the classic “Bazhai Mingjing” (The Bright Mirror of Eight Houses”), “A house has a sitting and facing direction, a person’s life can be East or West, if one is concerned only with the sitting mountain and not with the Ming, it is most harmful. If one is concerned with the Ming and not with the facing mountain, then it is less harmful.”