Master LAM, Kam-Chuen

 
 

As Feng Shui is introduced to the Western nations, it grew into a trend.  However, the packaging and marketing of the art had led to confusing regards and incorrect perspectives for the art.  In some places, it is called Chinese geomancy though it have no similarities with the Islamic technique.  In others, it is depicted as an old Eastern interior design system!  Feng Shui practitioners from the East are unable to recognize their own art in these formats!

 

In truth, it is an art whose principles are unique to China.  Here, we shall rectify the public misconception of the art.

 

In Chinese beliefs, the course of our lives is governed by the following five aspects in descending order of significance: Life, Fortune, Feng Shui, Deed and Study.  At the top of the list is Life, this refers to one's fate or destiny which is predetermined at birth.  Fortune is the passing luck and misfortunes, which one experiences now and again during their lifetime, like the weather.  Deed is an aspect of the Karma, the virtue one accumulates by performing good deeds.  Lastly, Study - the refinement and wisdom in a person's mind through their education.

 

Here, the importance of Feng Shui is clearly illustrated.  The first two items on the list are external and predetermined.  They are of a universal design that can only be predicted and foretold but not altered.  They fall within the province of divinations.  Of the remaining elements, which are all within our own grasp and power to control, Feng Shui thus stands supreme.

 

The art is regarded in the East as a form of occult practise and is classed towards palmistry and face-reading because it is a reading of the space itself.  However, unlike palmistry where the marks on the hand are unalterable and permanently yours, lands and buildings are amendable.  Unlike other occult practise, it is also a science corresponding to many of today's geographical, space and design theories.  Therefore, the public respect for Feng Shui in the East is different from for other occult practises.


The services of Feng Shui had not always been the privilege of everyone.  Originally, the function of the art is for a far more grandeur purpose - to choose the location for a capital, a city, a monastery etc.  The scale is of a nation, a province or a community rather than of a household.  In another word, only royalties have the privilege of consulting Feng Shui.  The art determines the future prosperity of the nation.

 

Another aspect of Feng Shui is upon cemeteries and graves.  Thus, the art had always been treated in a serious and respectful manner by the Chinese communities wherever.

 

The aspect of this art, which deals with graves, tombs and the dead in general, is known as Yin Feng Shui.  The aspect, which deals with spaces for the living, is known as Yang Feng Shui.

The Correct Perspective of Feng Shui