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Klang Valley Feng Shui Series: Article 2: Living Star ( English )
 

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Friday August 24, 2007

Energy in the environment

Properties from a Feng Shui Perspective 

By David Koh 

Part 2:  

Living Energy  

There beneficial energies along a river and the buildings have managed to tap into it to make it a harmonious living space

Thousands of years ago, sages and scholars already recognised the presence of energy surrounding us and attempted to categorise it. It is ironic that their work has been relegated to "superstitious" beliefs.  

Try describing electricity to someone who lived 150 years ago. Back in the days of gas lamps, it was unheard of.  

Tell him how it creates light, warmth, heat, makes objects move, power up little boxes called "television" and "computers" and you may be branded a wizard or charlatan. 

Yet, electricity is considered nothing out of the ordinary today. Stranger still, no one actually knows what electricity is or how it looks. We only see its effects.  

We accept the scientific theory that at the atomic level, there are electrons that orbit a nucleus of protons and neutrons. These electrons move along conductors to give "electricity".  

How unbelievable does that sound compared to feng shui? 

We accept electricity as fact due to the consistent and predictable results. The same goes for magnetism, flight, automobiles, computers and the list goes on.  

In contrast, little is done to confirm or debunk feng shui as a science. 

It is possible that it was way ahead of its time. There were no scientific methods or technology thousands of years ago. Literacy and knowledge were restricted to the elite few. This is a time-tested way to stay in power, practised to this very day. 

Superstition 

Over time, the practice of feng shui was hijacked and corrupted with superstition and cultural elements. It even got segregated by race: feng shui "belongs" to the Chinese; Vastu Shastra is an Indian "belief"; Tajul muluk and Tiang seriis an ancient Malay "superstition". Should we also say nuclear physics belongs to Americans, or astronomy is a European "belief" and mathematics is an ancient Arabic practice? 

If you plan to invest in a piece of property or buy a home to live in, does it make sense to ensure that your investment will be profitable or that your home will be conducive to your health, harmony and prosperity?  

If you buy a piece of investment property at a premium and service a very high loan, wouldn�t you worry if the property does not appreciate in value or even drops?  

You can blame the economy, the government or everybody else but you are still stuck! What if geomantic principles played a role in this? Would it make sense to test this out? 

According to our understanding of geomancy science, there are three types of energy: 

 

* cosmic energy (from the heavens, meaning stars, planets, etc.)  

* human energy  

* earth energy 

The interaction of these energies can create either a harmonious or discordant living space. 

All living creatures seek to live in harmonious spaces. Thus, we gravitate towards places that have such beneficial vibes, so to speak. 

Backlash 

Unfortunately, mankind today has the ability to reshape the world. Instead of adapting to the environment, we impose our will and change the environment to suit our whims and greed.  

Nature has a way of fighting back, in both dramatic and subtle ways. Look at landslides, sinkholes, floods or the failure of an entire property development project due to poor demand or low occupancy. 

Could the past incidences of abandoned housing projects be a sign of this discordance with nature? Could the development of "ghost towns" be due to this, too? It would be interesting to see what a geomancy audit would reveal. 

Energy moves from a high potential to a lower potential. (Through an amazing coincidence so does electricity! We call it voltage. Heat does the same.)  

Starting from mountain ranges, earth energy flows from the tip downwards and sideways. Its form and velocity are altered by the terrain: its composition and mineral content, rigidity and so forth. 

As the ancient texts by the Chinese sage Guo Pu stated, this energy is affected by wind and water. Thus, rivers stop and deflect it. The energy then travels sideways or backwards. Water has a different rigidity to solid ground and thus does not transfer the energy across. 

Imagine holding the end of a 12-inch ruler to your ear and tapping the ruler on the other end. You can hear very loud and clearly the tapping sound. The energy moved rapidly through the rigid form of the ruler. Hold the ruler further from your ear and the tapping sound dramatically drops in audibility. Air is a different rigidity and the energy does not transfer as readily. 

In valleys, rivers tend to meander and make winding shapes. When earth energy reaches this natural barrier it will either pool and collect or be dissipated, depending on the curvature of the river. If the river embraces the land (we call it the "concave side"), the energy pools. On the opposite side, the energy dissipates.  

On which side is the grass greener 

We can see the effects on the fertility of the soil. Vegetation on the concave side is typically greener and lush compared to the convex side. Geologists may argue that the soil fertility is due to the deposit of nutrients and minerals from upstream on the concave side but is that all there is to it? 

Villages usually have their humble beginnings along rivers. This makes sense as rivers are important as a source of irrigation and transportation. As villages grow into towns and cities over time, you will notice an interesting trait: the concave side is more prosperous and better developed. And these cities have all moved away from agriculture into business and commerce! 

It only makes sense that somehow, there are beneficial energies here and the buildings have managed to tap into it to make it a harmonious living space. 

There is a caveat, though. You can lead a horse to water but you cannot make it drink. Even if a piece of property sits on the right side of the river, it still must open its mouth to "swallow" the energy. The entrance of the building should ideally face the river. 

Unfortunately, many of our buildings put their rear end to the good part instead. Over the next few weeks, we will examine more closely various properties in the Klang Valley and test this theory. 

*This series on feng shui and real estate properties appear courtesy of the Malaysia Institute of Geomancy Sciences (MINGS). David Koh is the founder of MINGS and has been a feng shui master and teacher for the past 35 years. 

 

 
 
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