A face in the rock

September 7, 2009

As I am looking through these photos, I realized how in Feng Shui we use different means to get ourselves engaged with the environment through observation, I guess that is why Feng Shui is classified in the classics as a part of Xiang-Shu 相術, or the Art of Observation.

In Xing-Shi Pai (Form School), there is the Five Formulae for the Landscape model (Dili Wujuw 地理五訣), namely the Long 龍 (Dragon), Sha 砂 (Sands), Xue 穴 (The FS Spot), Shui 水 (Water) and Xiang 向 (Facing), to give us a guide line to assess the natural environment and there is also the technique of He-Xiang 喝象 or “calling out the image” to get us connect to what we saw with analogy, and with practice we developed an ability to “read” our landscape with “Ganying” 感應 or “mutual resonance”.

These photos showed how we tend to zero onto something we are familiar with and thus made us connected to what we are observing. Out of this vast and beautiful landscape in the south of France, we saw above all, a face in the rock.

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4 Responses to “A face in the rock”

  1. margotmarrakesh Says:

    In the first picture, I see a giant standing with arms upstretched, but do see the face in the interesting profile pictures you’ve presented.

    I’m happy to have found your excellent Feng Shui blog today, and am linking to my own Feng Shui blog!

    Best regards,
    Margot, the Wood Sheep
    Travels of a Wood Sheep in the World of Feng Shui
    http://www.woodsheep.wordpress.com

  2. howardchoy Says:

    Welcome Margot,

    We see all sorts of things in nature in the way we want to see them, so it can be very subjective and that is why the Chinese say not only to observe, that is to “xiang” 相, but to “xiang” 想 or to contemplate as well.

    To contemplate is written the same as to observe but with an extra “heart” radical below, meaning that we need to think with our heart/mind about what we have just saw, because the eyes can be deceiving.

    Interesting that you saw a giant standing with arms up-stretched, whereas I saw a face with a towering intellect (Mayan/HomerSimpson-like), so you see, sometimes what we saw tells us more about what we thought than what we saw!

  3. Sanjay Dua Says:

    Hi Howard,

    Ineresting figureheads indeed!

    Would these particular mountains not be associated with the Chastity Star (Fire Element), and the 5-Yellow (Earth) Emperor Star?

    Is “calling out the image” purely an aid to remembering a certain mountain formation, or does it also lend to its auspiciousness or inauspiciousness?

    Thanks,
    Sanjay

  4. howardchoy Says:

    Hi Sanjay,

    This range of mountain ended up in a spectacular Fire shape as showed in my photos and is liken to a dragon running on fire, suitable for using it as an Ancestral Mountain (Zushan 祖山) but difficult to establish a Xue (FS Spot 穴), unless there is water.

    Since Feng Shui depends on correlative thinking, we also correlate whether something is desirable or not to Ji-Xiong 吉凶, which gets translated to mean auspicious or harmful (i.e. inauspicious), and sometimes even lucky or unlucky.

    We need to be aware that correlative thinking is not the same as rational thinking, we use correlative thinking in Feng Shui to compare/comprehend and not to judge/predict prematurely, pushing it too far or too literally will make Feng Shui sound superstitious, and that is one of the big problems we face with Feng Shui these days because most people who use Feng Shui cannot tell the difference between the two ways of thinking.

    Howard


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