June 14, 2015
Many students at the beginning of their study are worried and put-off by the initial perception that there are lots of confusions, inconsistencies as well as disagreements between the different Compass schools, but they tend to forget that there is, in essence, only one Form school feng shui and this Yin Yang contrast is part of the working of feng shui.
Our mind, when observing reality, can come up with many different theories and explanation for the same experience, but what we can see is essential the same and the ancient Chinese realized this, so they want us to let go of our “monkey mind” and meditate on the situation in order to avoid the pitfalls and to take best advantage of the situation.
The way it is done in feng shui is to use correlative thinking to come up with a set of numerical pattern language, like a Bazhai or a Flying Star chart, and in the process of analysing the numbers, something enlightening would come through just when we think it is very complicated, not unlike using mathematics as a form of meditation or a silent contemplation with an image of a Hexagram casted with the Yijibng. The Chinese called these methods “Shu Shu” 術數 or the Art of Numbers.
The trick is not to worry which Compass school is correct or which Compass school is authentic, but to adopt one that appeals to you and use it to help you go through the process of “thinking without thinking” or “mind without mind”, and in the process get rid of your extraneous theories and explanations about what you can see and see it as it is, for what it can do to help your clients to live in harmony with their environment the best way possible, which is the ultimate aim of good fengf shui.
The problem with most beginners is they don’t understand this idea of “Wuxin” 無心 or “Without Heart/Mind”, instead they become “Youxin” 有心 (too much mindfulness) and saw too much and think too much and come up with too many worries and fears that are not really there. But with time and experience, they can master the Art of Numbers and learn to see the form and configurations of the environment in its true light to help their future clients. It takes time and patience to master the art of feng shui.