December 8, 2014
Tilting the door by a few degrees is one of the major criticisms leveled at some practitioners of the Xuna Kong Da Gua (XKDG) School of Feng Shui. Not only it is practically impossible to do so accurately, one wonders if the theory has overtaken the practice and the Essence (Ti) of the system is cut off from it Function (Yong). An orally transmitted secret from XKDG, which I have translated below, may give us a clue how to handle this difficulty.
An oral transmission from Xuan Kong Da Gua
The square and circular arrangement is an aperture to peep into the Heaven’s Heart.
The subtle aspects are the principles,
The gross aspects are the images.
Essence and Function have the same source,
(We) Cannot see the gaps between them.
They hold the reasons for fortune and misfortune, transient and lastingness,
The way to advance and to retreat, to remember and to forget,
Understand their meanings and (you) can interpret their numbers,
With the Qi of the time cycles built into them,
(You) Need to keep this in mind.
Make use of the large (gross),
Be frugal with the small (subtle),
(So) Nowhere it cannot penetrate,
(And) Nothing it cannot fit.
In essence what this secret transmission says is to take care and make use of the gross and the physical aspects of a situation first, then concern with the subtle and the theoretical to find an integration between the two, which means tilting the door, based on some numerical calculations of minute degrees, should be like an icing on the cake, it is not the cake itself.
The Chinese are not so concerned with what is conceptual and what is quantifiably accurate, they are more concerned with efficacy – what the method can do to help them achieve what they want.
So instead of spending a lot of money tilting the door by less than one degree or just a couple of degrees, ask ourselves first, what is the big picture here? What are we trying to achieve? Perhaps tilting our mind-set by a few degree is much cheaper and more efficacious than physically tilting a door!
In the beginning of 2015, we will have a couple of Master-Course on XKDG School of Feng Shui, one in Berlin, a 4-days course from 20-23 February 2015, will look at the theory and the practice of the system and some of the difficulties we will encounter, and the other in Zurich, a two days course the week after, from 28 February to 1st March 2015, will look at XKDG Date Selection and how to use it to be timely. For further information please refer to our ECOFS website: http://www.fengshui-college.org/ Under Course and Workshop for ECOFS Berlin and for Switzerland.