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.
October 13, 2011
Compass methods of all sorts used correlative thinking, which can be very open-ended without considering the physical world and human behaviour. Life is very complex, there is no one single law or causal relationship that can explain everything.
The numbers and patterns are there for us for us to contemplate with what we can observe in the physical environment and what we can find in human needs for each particular thing-events.
Don’t just rely on the compass calculations or a cycle of time to come to terms with our world in a particular space-time. Wealth cannot be explained away simply by a set of numbers, nor can the stock market be understood by following the moon-phase alone.
Below is a typical Feng Shui expert’s advice, attacking other methods and promoting his particular own, but missed the most important aspect of Feng Shui and that is to observe the physical form and configuration of a site and the functional needs of the occupants before looking at the intangible “stars” using correlative thinking with numbers and symbols. In fact the external form is not his first consideration, it is the Gua Qi from his Xuan Kong Da Gua calculations. In reality, the best Qi is not the intangible “Compass” Qi, which is meaningless without taking into considering the Earth and Human Qi at the same time.
“When I design a new house from the scratch, the external form is my first consideration, what direction and compass orientation can give the client the best energy based on Xuan Kong Da Gua, then I will look into the water supply point and sewage exit to get the Jiu Xing water method’s 5 ghost carry money after I know the design of the house shape.
Be careful with feng shui professionals who only rely on the Flying Stars system.”
The 10,000 things come together by the interaction of the San Cai Qi of Heaven, Earth and Human, so please look wider and beyond the numbers and different cycles of time (the so-called “Heaven Luck”), when we want to understand the Feng Shui of a situation.
Also books, whoever wrote them, are good, but they cannot give us the full answers by the nature of the limitation of written words. Only constant practice can give us the skills we need and that is why there is no point in talking to someone who has no experience in doing Feng Shui about the effectiveness of Feng Shui, which lasted for thousands of years, not by a set of numbers, but by its usefulness.
May 23, 2011
I am here in Krakow the last two days (22-23/05/2011) teaching an introductory workshop on Xuan Kong Da Gua Date Selection and realized that there is no published table in English to correlate the 60 Jiazi of of the four pillars of time to the 64 Da Gua (Hexagrams) to obtain the Gua Qi and Gua Yun numbers needed to select a suitable date, so I made one up for my students and would like to share it with anyone looking for a table of this kind. Please feel free to download this table for your own use.