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1st October 2010
Symbolism in Feng Shui
Are symbolic cures or enhancers effective in feng shui?
In recent years, many feng shui practitioners have been taught that symbolic feng shui cures, remedy or enhancers are not effective and are classified as "New Age"; and therefore not considered as part of authentic classical feng shui discipline. They claim that these cures or enhancers are not documented in classical feng shui texts and therefore their usage and application are considered somewhat religious or sometimes even superstitious. These modern teachers also tried to be scientific by explaining that these symbolic objects are just plain ordinary objects and they do not give out Qi or energies. They can only serve the purpose of decorating the house and by giving us a positive feeling. They say that by placing them in any particular location or sector of the house or office will not help you in getting more wealth, having good relationship or avoid evil sha from outside.
They are wrong.
These teachers and practitioners forget that they are dealing with metaphysics, in particular Chinese metaphysics. It is something beyond physics. There are many unknowns in this world and feng shui is just one of the disciplines in Chinese metaphysics that could not explain the many unknown energies that exist around us. The classical ancient feng shui texts are not the only bible that we must study and follow blindly. It may defies our logic and contradict the ancient theories but somehow these symbolic objects do work. They may not necessarily be religious objects but just ordinary objects designed for specific purpose. They work beyond our 3 dimensional world - the world that we can see, hear, smell, feel and measure. They work with energies from our 4th or even 5th dimensions which we have not fully understood yet.
So the next time you see a master recommending to place an object to fix a house feng shui, do not dismiss him too quickly. Wait and see if this object brings the desired results before drawing conclusions.
By Cyril Quah
"The Feng Shui Connoisseur"
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