taught and practiced by Master Macy L. Lu
Founder and chairperson of the Greater Washington area Feng Shui
is Feng Shui?
is the ancient Chinese practice of re-arranging one’s environment
for the purpose of improving the quality of one’s life. "Feng" is
wind and "Shui" is water in the Chinese language.
numerous books and articles have been published and yet it has remained
a mystery to the majority of the American public. As increasingly
more businesses are springing up, Feng Shui seems to be in demand
to satisfy business owners. These may include office building locations,
real estate purchases, residential locations and the like. The community
at-large is beginning to take a more than curious look at this practice,
in the purchase or sale of commercial and residential properties.
there is no deity involved in the study of Feng Shui, there is a
definite order in the world, as we know it. By organizing and arranging
what we can control, we are able to seek quality in our lives. By
proper placement in one’s physical surroundings and proper placement
in all aspects of life, one creates perfect balance with nature,
thereby bringing great blessings and good luck. (Back
Feng Shui can be manipulated to our advantage, then good deeds and
diligence follow easily. Feng Shui strives to create perfect harmony
between heaven, human beings and earth. If focuses on the forces
of Yin (moon, or shadow) and Yang (sun, or light). To achieve harmony,
there must be enough light and shadow and no too much of either
one. Shadow can mean the earth, female, passivity, quietness, nurturing
and germination. Light can mean masculinity, firmness, active, positive
action and growth. Too much of either one will not produce the desired
growth and development. These two forces play equal importance in
our lives. The above can be explained in this "Bagua"
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solid line represents the male part and the broken line represents
the female part. The various combinations of the eigth portions
of the hexagram indicate the change in one’s life. We all have male
and female (Yin and Yang) within ourselves. Too much of either one
is not a good sign. We have Chi (energy flow) within our body and
within our residence. We can control what we eat and do in order
to control the flow of energy within ourselves.
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Similarly, we can arrange our furniture and the landscaping in our
yards in order to achieve harmony. The balance of Yin and Yang.
This is for the purpose of not allowing one to take over the other.
Just as acupuncture is a healing method for the body, Feng Shui
is a healing method for the house. To achieve the correct balance,
it is helpful to know one’s exact date of birth in order to work
with the residential location or business location. Using this information,
it is possible to discover the balance of Yin and Yang since each
birth-date brings a different gua.
The theories of Yin and Yang and the five elements have a long and
continuous history in Chinese civilization. The Chinese classic
on medicine, Huang di nei jin, says that Yin and Yang is the way
of heaven and earth. This means that everything can be divided into
the two mutually opposing and independent elements of yin and yang.
The five elements are, in order, water, fire, wood, metal/gold (having
the same written character, the meanings are inseparable), and earth.
The five elements represent the five different kinds of matter with
which people constantly come in contact. However, it is the essence
of the elements, rather than the elements themselves, which, in
combination, cause things to occur. In the wrong combination, they
are mutually destructive. Combinations of the elements can cause
great happiness or distress in one’s life.
Other examples of occurrences of five, which restate the five elements,
are: North, South, East, West and center, Green, Yellow, Red, White
and Black. Notes of the musical scale on the Chinese zither Five
viscera of the human body Five flavors Five grains Five metals Five
atmospheric elements. Wind and water are important considerations
in architectural planning. This conforms to the Chinese quasi-science
of geomancy. The name of Feng Shui is directly derived from these
two forces. Feng Shui can be effectively used for residences, commercial
buildings and offices, shopping centers and stores, restaurants,
hotels, factories and burial sites. Good Feng Shui enriches prosperity,
business relationships, good fortune, opportunities, health, love
There are five factors that govern and determine the quality of
our lives: Destiny (this is predetermined) Fate (a change occurs
every ten years) Feng Shui (environment of the natural world) Good
deeds (charity and contribution to fellow mankind) Education (diligence
as produced by work) The first two factors are not within our control
since these are determined according to when we are born (year,
month, day and time). The last three are within our reach for control