Traditional Feng Shui verses New Age Feng Shui – Master Jacek Kryg

In the modern world, Feng Shui can be divided into two streams: authentic Chinese Feng Shui represented by the Chinese masters and their disciples and New Age Feng Shui represented by many students of not very well known teachers.

Understanding traditional Chinese Feng Shui requires many years of study with a master who usually teaches how to use a luo pan (compass) and how to put in practice sometimes very complicated ancient techniques. Meanwhile, the Feng Shui of a New Age has solutions for immediate use without the need of learning the essence of this science. Original Feng Shui was founded around five thousand years ago, whilst the New Age Feng Shui about twenty years ago. Choose the one you think is more credible, but don’t take everything as ancient truth.

Let’s start with easy or ‘New Age Feng Shui’.  Please note that all recommendations are derived from books written by students of the late Master Lin Yun, who had his school in the United States.

How to create Chi in your home to maintain health, wealth and harmony:

• Hang a large mirror on the ceiling above the bed
• Put under the mattress three Chinese flutes, to strengthen and purify the chi
• Ten days before an important meeting put under the mattress a red flag, on which there are signs of the zodiac
• Peel the orange peel spiral in ten pieces and then tear each piece into ten smaller pieces and sprinkle them in the room. The smell of orange peel will enhance your home chi
• Visualize light and love and say Mantra of Six Words of Truth

How to strengthen your business:

• Light incense and blow the smoke over the phone, cash desk, credit card machine and cashier; these actions strengthen with Three Secrets
• Set up an aquarium with fish in your home, office or shop in the area corresponding to well-being
• Plant deciduous trees on the left side of the house. Make sure they are in one line and not too close to doors or windows
• Install a mirror in the kitchen so that it reflects the burners (representing success and happiness)
• Place a small round mirror under your pillow to be more creative
• Place the desk to the left of the front door of your office, in the farthest corner. This will help you to make good decisions
• Hang bells on the right hand side of the desk
• Hang a mirror on both sides of the desk to be more active and creative
• Hang a small bell on a red thread just inside the door of the office to strengthen your vision in business
• Hang wind chimes in the center of the conference room as this will expand the company’s vision
• Put an extra light in the hall to strengthen co-operation
• Imagine the faces of the five people who can help you in your business. Repeat this visualization three times a day for three to nine days
• Collect some water from nine companies that prosper. Set this container on the left side and in the farthest corner of the main entrance to your business to improve finances • Move retailers as close as possible to the main door
• Hang a mirror reflecting water, as this will multiply income
• With joy and without any negative comments, welcome nine new people every day for twenty- seven days, as this will speed up development of the company
• Install two light sources in the region of helpful people as this will provide you with customers
• Above the main entrance or inside the main office, hang a flute to enhance the dynamic development of the company

How to take care of your personal development:

• Move twenty-seven objects in your room which were not touched in the last year
• In difficult moments imagine that you are breathing in moonlight
• To eliminate stress, hang two mirrors facing each other so you can easily pass between them
• Mental and physical health will improve by placing your bed or desk so that you can see the main door from them
• Large desks help to strengthen the spirit of creativity
• Intellect will be assisted by the placement of books that are visible from the front door
• Flowers in the bedroom, office or kitchen will improve well-being
• Improve your personal magnetism by placing your desk so that your back is against the wall and you are facing towards the door
• A chair with a large base supports brightness of thinking
• You will be more creative and efficient  if you cannot see the bathroom door from the main entrance
• To improve clarity of thought hang a crystal ball behind the curtain

How to improve your relationship with your partner: 

• Buy a small plant with pink flowers and place it in your bedroom. Strengthen the action with Three Secrets and for sustained harmony repeat this every week
• Remove heavy furniture from the master bedroom
• Display objects in pairs in the master bedroom; such as two hearts, two flowers or two mandarin ducks. Do not place individual items such as single images or photographs, as this can badly affect your relationship
• Hanging an round mirror in the bedroom will bring greater love and understanding with your partner
• To attract your loved one wrap a picture of you and her/him in red panties and place it under the bed
• If your marriage has entered a difficult period then buy a meter of red ribbon and cut it up into four equal parts. Stick these to a Bagua mirror in the position of the Chien, Kan, Sun and Chen Trigrams.  The mirror must be hung in the master bedroom and the gluing of the ribbons should be strengthened by the Three Secrets

How to improve your health via transcendental methods:

• Relieve back pain by placing a bowl of raw rice and nine pieces of chalk under your bed. This should be strengthened by the Three secrets
• Treatment of heart disease is supported by the placement of nine ice cubes and a spoon of camphor on a white plate. This should be placed under your bed at the level of the heart of the sleeping person. These activities should be strengthened by the Three Secrets
• In the room of a sick person, either before or after surgery, it is recommended to put nine small plants between the bed and the door. This action should be strengthened by the Three Secrets and accompanied by a visualization of a successful operation and good health
• Better health can be achieved by placing a plant or hanging a wind chime in the central part of your bedroom. This can be strengthened by the Three Secrets

Similar methods (called transcendental) are designed to solve many other problems, including legal issues. The degree of complexity depends on the purpose sought to be achieved. The way they work is unknown to me, so I refer you to many popular books of the American BHS (Black Hat Sect) School.

The founder of this school (the late Master Lin Yun), also developed a method to prevent Chi from escaping via the bathroom and other rooms. These are very nice methods but the question remains; should we name them Feng Shui? Perhaps significant results in what I call ‘easy Feng Shui’ can be achieved by using the magic of tantric (Master represented Tantric Buddhism). Another question is whether we are able to take advantage of this entire system, or just its simplified form. I think that this question can be asked representatives of each of the esoteric science.

Named by me ‘difficult Feng Shui’, this is primarily so because it requires constant work on our self and also ongoing study of old formulas developed by generations of Chinese people. Who knows if this was not the main reason for seeking shortcuts and simple solutions by Western practitioners?

Let us consider then whether we can learn these extremely effective techniques (developed by the ancient Chinese) in one or two seminars or after reading one or more books on the subject? How long do we need to study and practice in order to become a good practitioner? How much do we need to carry out experiments and case studies so that we support our innate abilities and natural talent with extensive work? Do we really need to study the paranormal (which today includes Feng Shui) as something light, easy and fun? Is the use of Feng Shui something that has been given to us by Nature and without much effort from our side?

Upon reflection I think we can say for sure that Feng Shui should be studied, just like any other science. However this can still present challenges because Feng Shui is not necessarily about patterns, but about CHANGES – li chi and the flow of time. In Feng Shui it is not so much about hypothesis or creation, but rather about reading what you find in the environment and then skillfully utilizing this information to improve our well-being.

Difficult Feng Shui is present on the plates of the two scientific tools which are the San He (Three Harmonies) compass and San Yuan (Three Periods) compass. Techniques and methods which are not present on these compasses are difficult to find in the ancient texts, so they cannot be classified as authentic Feng Shui.

Feng Shui masters believe that these other techniques are ‘inventions’ of the New Age and as we know, New Age is very roomy. So let us focus now on some of the difficult techniques of authentic Chinese Feng Shui and try to answer the question, “Which Feng Shui is more reliable, difficult or easy?”

In true Chinese Feng Shui there is not any activity taken or even advice given without first using the luo pan or Chinese compass. Mastering the ability to use this tool is considered most important and I assure you it is not easy.

Taking accurate measurements is at least half of the battle in improving our environment. Wrong data readings or co-ordinates of a tested house can be compared to a bad diagnosis or misdiagnosis of a disease and can lead to the wrong usage of a cure or remedy. Therefore difficult Feng Shui requires constant work with the luo pan, on which are marked not only geographical directions but also 24 mountains, 120 bags of gold, 60 Dragons, 72 Dragons on the Heaven, Earth and Man ring, to mention only some values. Always however, the most important are the 24 mountains, as they allow the identification of dormant forces in the environment.

Measuring the environment with the luo pan is not the only pre-action step that the student of Feng Shui should master. The next step is then to apply the values ​​obtained in order to create good Feng Shui and not for the sake of a study, but for a concrete person.

Therefore you should also consider the place of this person in the Bagua theory and in the system of the earlier or later Heaven. You need to know their Chinese zodiac sign, what are their hidden attributes and do they belong to the East or West Life Group? Even more so, what are their favorable elements and what is their position within the family or company hierarchy?

It should be stressed once again that in the beginning there is no creation of any kind of Feng Shui. Rather there is only the will to assist a person, or a particular group of people. Of course the difficulty increases with the amount of people who occupy the home or office, so should we avoid anyone in the process of taking Feng Shui actions? With precise details of the site and knowing who is going to use the place, we must use the luo pan to find the formula that can best take advantage of the values of the environment and for all the people who live or work there.

Fortunately we have a choice of many techniques; from quite complex to very subtle. These techniques can utilize the facing or sitting of the house and can concentrate on surrounding mountains (in cities this may be buildings) or on rivers and water flows (in the cities this may be roads). There are also techniques that appeal to both the flows of water and the surrounding mountains, so let us review some of them.

Eight Killing Forces 

This technique is based on the facing direction of a house and states that if the front of the house faces a certain geographical direction (one of 24 mountains – 15° each) then the presence of a mountain or landform in this sector actually brings a destructive force that cannot be addressed with any remedy.

We cannot use a remedy in this case because man is not strong enough to argue with the negative impact of a nearby mountain, building, river or highway. Contrary to what some say, Feng Shui has no set of universal remedies which solve all problems. Instead you can say that traditional or ‘difficult Feng Shui’ is humble and does not recommend for a house to be built facing a certain direction and within sight of a mountain or tall building. Understanding the environment, this type of Feng Shui then never occurs against energies as overcoming them is more or less just an illusion.

Eight Roads of Destruction

This technique also applies to the facing direction of a house and takes into account any water flow. In ancient texts we find descriptions claiming that if water affects a plot with a specific directional flow in front of a house, then we must not face this house (particularly the main door), toward specific 24 mountains or 15 degrees on the Chinese compass.

If you do not remain faithful to this principle, the water (which is a symbol of prosperity) will contribute to the occupant’s failure, instead of bringing them good fortune. Once again the external effect of such a watercourse on a house cannot be destroyed or even minimized inside a house with even the strongest of remedies. In this case you must demonstrate a sound understanding of the formula before you buy any piece of land on which to build a house which will bring happiness and success.

 Earth’s balance of Yin and Yang

This technique also refers to the facing of a house and takes into account both the presence of nearby hills (in the city this may be tall buildings) and the impact of outgoing water flow from the property.

The principle of what appears here is not especially complicated. As we now know the main ring of any compass is divided into 24 mountains, each of them being either Yin or Yang (on the Chinese compass this is shown as black or red/gold). To remain faithful to this principle (which allows us to build a house which will remain in harmony with the surroundings), we must have all the compass data of the house, nearby mountains, buildings and any water flows. When all of these values ​​are the same and the Yin and Yang are in balance, then the external environment will not bring any harm and we can then take care of arranging the house. It should be added that so called ‘difficult Feng Shui’ takes into account the external environment surrounding a house, even when there is no possibility of further development.

Chinese masters warn that even the best internal arrangement of rooms is not able to balance the effects of unfavorable external water flow. Let us remember that when Feng Shui was created it was based on the selection of a favorable piece of land for man to live, rather than the creation of any 21st century values that man may desire.

Peach Blossom Sha Roads

Unlike Chi energy, Sha energy is unfavorable and must be avoided. This technique does not allow us to build a house which faces a certain fifteen degree sector on the luo pan when nearby water flow is going out in another fifteen degree sector. If the house breaches this formula then its occupants are more likely to be exposed to scandals, particularly of a sexual or erotic nature. Thus this technique allows us to ensure the happiness of a family, which in Ancient China has always been an important value.

I would like to emphasize once more that for the Chinese, so called ‘defense Feng Shui’ has always been and continues to be more important than let us say ‘offensive Feng Shui’. In this regard Feng Shui is very similar to everyday life in that first we check to see if something poses a threat to our personal well-being (such as extreme temperature) and then we dress in the proper way and go for a walk.

Three Harmony Doorways

Feng Shui techniques (even the most difficult) not only relate to the risks that lie hidden in our environment, but they also prescribe situations that bring happiness and success for the household.

This technique is also based on the facing of a house (especially on the direction of the main door) and says that if there is a nearby mountain then a smart fengshuisiensheng (Feng Shui consultant) will build the house using all the power that is present in that mountain. Again this refers to the 24 mountains ring, of which each sector is 15 degrees of the compass. For example if the mountain is located in the Rat sector then the house should face the Tiger sector (NE3), the Horse sector (S2) or the Dog sector (NW1). The simple premise of this technique says that if there is an elevation or high mountain in our environment, then we should take advantage of it.  In other words, do not waste the gifts of Heaven.

Five Ghosts Carry Treasure 

This technique takes into account the facing of the main door, water affecting the property and a mountain or tall building which is located within sight.  Once again if water flows towards the site from a specific direction and there is a mountain in a certain sector, then the house can be set up so that the occupants will gain treasure, success, wealth, health, fame and general life satisfaction. In fact it would be a great loss to the home’s occupants if they could not benefit from the opportunity created by Nature. After all we are a part of Nature, so why share in what it offers.

To summarize; the learning of traditional or ‘difficult Feng Shui’ takes many years. Many more years are then necessary in order to ensure that the events which develop can be verified and properly understood by us, as they were by the ancient Masters.  One of my teachers used to say, “Sorry for my Feng Shui, but I have only had forty years to study it”. Can we be as humble as he was?  I hope so.

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About The Author

Master Jacek Kryg

Master Jacek Kryg was born in Poland in the year of the Metal Tiger and is a scholar of cultural and religious studies, a philosopher, a doctoral student in sociology (Mickiewicz University in Poznań), a lecturer at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Warsaw School of Economics, Colleges of Psychotronic in Krakow, Lódź and Gorzów; specializing in issues related to the Chinese culture, especially Taoism. Jacek is an avid traveler throughout the Far East and a promoter of Chinese culture (first lectures in 1969) both within formal and informal organizations. Also the author of more than five hundred publications including the books Life as a Target, Philosophy and Mysticism of the East, Power of Symbols and Talismans from the East, Chinese Astrology and Instant Calm in Stress. Also the co-author of I Ching – The Book of Divination; translator and co translator of books and articles devoted to the East, including: Nina’s mind, Elements of feng shui, Elements of Tai chi, Krishnamurti talks with himself, The Book of Life, Art of spiritual healing, Feng shui, Feng shui Practical applications and Flying Star Feng Shui. For many years he was the managing editor of the eastern series (East for West, Meetings with the Master, Tibetan path to enlightenment) in REBIS Publishing House in Poznań. Translating the book Elements of Feng Shui, he first introduced feng shui to Polish readers. Many publications and magazines ask Jacek to consult books and articles related to the East. He participated in many national and international conferences on feng shui, mysticism and Eastern philosophy. He is the author of many radio and TV programs, some of them you can see on YouTube under the title “Matafizyka Chińska”. As a graduate of one of the most elite schools of feng shui (Grand Master Yap Cheng Hai Center of Excellence), most of his time is spent on consultations and lectures of feng shui in its most original form, with full regard to Chinese Astrology, the Four Pillars of Destiny and Yijing (Book of Changes). Jacek is also the founder and main tutor of School without Borders, which is devoted to the wide spectrum of Chinese culture, in which training at different levels has lready benefited over 1,000 students. His feng Shui practice leads him to consult at both home and abroad in countries such as Austria, Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and the Ukraine. As a feng shui advisor he works for many large reputable companies, small businesses, home owners and users of detached dwellings in blocks. Many organizations, state-owned companies, private, social and informal structures, as well as various interest groups, including unions, recommend his lectures to enhance knowledge borrowed from the East. From 2007 he has been a member of the Executive Committee of the International Feng Shui Association (IFSA) which is based in Singapore. In 2013 he was elected for another two years.

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