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.