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Using Feng Shui to Reach Higher Ground

Every individual and culture is deeply influenced by the structures they inhabit to live and work in. A history of the world which tracks the effects of indigenous architecture design - from the individual dwelling to community and nation planning - and all these influences over time would describe most of the scope of human experiences

The use of techniques to create and sustain culture with a highly organized system of design in accordance with subtle principles of energy and manifestation is nearly universal. Europe, Egypt, India, China, Native America, etc. all have well-developed methods based on natural principle for using building design, siting, and city planning to support the goals of that particular culture. 

America as a nation is rare in that it does not have a system  developed here, although use of sacred geometry is apparent in government buildings and how they are sited. This knowledge of energetic design has its roots in Europe and in antiquity before that. Sacred Geometry is called “sacred” because it is an outer expression of perfection, or as close as the physical realm can come to perfection.

Physical forms literally emanate energies from the type of geometrical attributes they have. Use of natural principles to harness the power of place, form and timing have been crucial for bringing cultures to a higher ground of quality of life and cultural longevity

The same principles that apply to the macrocosm of a city or nation also apply to the microcosm of the individual and their personal dwelling places.

Compass School Feng Shui, also known as Flying Star, is one such system and it works by measuring the magnetic compass orientation of a building and the year it was built to determine the set of very specific energies that are located within and around a building. This method is based on the I Ching, the “Book of Changes”. These energies are related to form but were originally generated by the combination of orientation in the earth’s magnetic field, and the ambient energies present in that cycle of time. The physical form of the building interacts with these subtle energies, but the same set of subtle energies would be inside of any building built in that time period even though they would have different architecture.

A building has nine areas inside of it: the center plus the eight compass directions of North, Northeast, East, Southeast, South, Southwest, West and Northwest. Just as an individual has a specific constitution with various strengths, weaknesses, and tendencies, a building also has an energetic constitution with strengths, weaknesses and tendencies. (The attached floor plan has two directional zones because the original building had a large structure attached to it in a later time period.)

Each one of those nine compass zones has within it a unique combination of two fixed energies generated at the time of construction when the roof went on and the building became a closed form. There are nine of these energies or “stars”. These fixed energies combine with an annual “time star” that migrates yearly from direction to direction, totaling three energies that interact with each other in any given direction.  It’s similar to having two people with individual traits, like your Uncle Henry and cousin Dave, who spend time for a year with your grandmother Eleanor

The following year Eleanor moves on to another direction with two other permanent residents in that area, and a new person moves in with Henry and Dave. Some of these archetypal energies are inherently more beneficial, and some are more difficult. The three subtle energy personalities have an influence through their interaction with us on how we feel when we’re in that part of a building, on events and also behaviors and health.

One of the fixed energies influences “people and health” and that is called the “mountain star”. The other fixed energy influences “career and finance” and is called the “water star”. The “time star” exerts its own influence on both the mountain and water stars separately. (To learn more about this system I recommend The Idiot’s Guide to Feng Shui, by Elizabeth Moran and Joseph Yu.)

In addition to the Flying Star constitution of a building, there are also several other factors with significant energetic influence on a property:

The following year Eleanor moves on to another direction with two other permanent residents in that area, and a new person moves in with Henry and Dave. Some of these archetypal energies are inherently more beneficial, and some are more difficult. The three subtle energy personalities have an influence through their interaction with us on how we feel when we’re in that part of a building, on events and also behaviors and health.

One of the fixed energies influences “people and health” and that is called the “mountain star”. The other fixed energy influences “career and finance” and is called the “water star”. The “time star” exerts its own influence on both the mountain and water stars separately. (To learn more about this system I recommend The Idiot’s Guide to Feng Shui, by Elizabeth Moran and Joseph Yu.)

In addition to the Flying Star constitution of a building, there are also several other factors with significant energetic influence on a property:

Each one of these factor must be balanced because they are all very important for well-being.

Some buildings and the property around them are inherently more vital and more balanced. Overall it’s like a bell curve: very few properties are exceptionally good, very few are extremely difficult, and most buildings are somewhere in the middle. In this, it is exactly like human beings:  regardless of the assets we start out with we all have to work at staying in balance and at bringing out the best in ourselves. It’s a life-long task. A building has its own bell curve of potential based on how it is balanced and maintained: the more it is taken care of harmoniously, the better the materials used and decor, cleaning products, water quality, and so forth, the more the best of that potential is realized.

Compass School Feng Shui identifies and locates the beneficial and more difficult energies that exist in every building and uses Five Element Remdies (among other techniques) to balance and bring forth the high side of a building’s possibilities.

Using the Five Element Remedies is one of the most effective of all feng shui techniques available. The subtle energies are categorized as “fire, earth, metal, water and wood”. Because their subtle properties are closest to these natural phenomena we can materially identify and relate to as the physical components of life forms. Using physical objects such as plants (wood) or candles (fire) provide subtle energies that interact with the subtle energies inherently present in a physical place. The Five Elements are essentially what helps Uncle Henry, Cousin Dave, and Grandma Eleanor to bring out their stellar qualities and relate happily to each other because they are composed of the same elements themselves.

Balancing a building through all the possible techniques and improvements has many similarities to balancing the body. Chinese medicine nourishes, stimulates or sedates different subtle energies in the body using herbs and acupuncture: the meridians and acupuncture points are vessels and access points for the different internal five element dynamics, and herbs deliver subtle energies as well as gross nutrients.

Because all life is comprised of these same interactive building blocks of subtle energies when a building is in harmony it has a harmonious resonance, and through resonance we experience that harmony directly in our own subtle bodies which are composed of these very same subtle building blocks. Through resonance we are supported to be in greater harmony ourselves. A building is a resonant sound-box just like a piano or cello: feng shui techniques are like tuning the instrument so it can create beautiful sound inside and out. 

If a building is in a chaotic state of relative disorder we will feel that as well. When a person is in greater internal harmony than where they live, they will sense this through the resonance and seek to bring greater harmony to their home, just like tuning the instrument that is out of tune.

If a building is not corrected there will be a constant drain of personal energy to compensate for an environment that is inharmonious.  Just as we bring a property into a harmonious tuning or out of it, the building we’re in is also bringing us into or out of tune. When out of tune, one’s energy is subsequently not available for other things such as maintaining a deeper state of health, family, work, creativity, etc.

 Some individuals seem to have a gift for tuning into the resonance and spontaneously using furnishings, plants, art objects, etc. that interact in a balancing way with the subtle energies. Most of us are not so highly attuned in that way and our choices are more random. This can sometimes balance the environment but often will aggravate something in the background energy that isn’t copacetic to start with or may reduce the availability of an energy that is more beneficial and that we actually need more of.

Greater attunement can come through practice and feeling the greater harmony, but here’s the catch: most of us are already accustomed to a degree of background disharmony in our surroundings. Because this is much more common than not, we take a level of background tension or dullness for granted and may not even realize how much better it could be. The main reason we don’t notice this background disharmony is that we experience it within ourselves as anxiety, or dullness, tension, lack of focus, irritability, and so forth, and assume that our internally felt experience is only coming from within ourselves. If a person feels exactly the same no matter where they are then it’s likely that the disharmony is coming from within, but if the experience changes when you leave a place, or go from one room or one building to another, or changes in intensity or what we notice (headache, muscle tension, aches, lack of coordination, etc.), then the internal experience is a response to the external environment. Subtle energies, electrical, magnetic and radio field energies are only subtle in that we can’t see them, but otherwise they are not subtle at all. Human and other living beings are exquisitely sensitive.

The features of the energetic archetypes in a directional area of a building are also quite specific and detailed. For example:  potential for very specific types of successes and who is likely to experience them (relating to a person’s age and gender), where conversations will be harmonious and where they may include conflict, very particular types of health issues, legal problems, social activity, romance or loneliness, etc. are all part of the energetic potential of a place.

Here is an example. One detail I have always found fascinating is that starting in 1944 there was a 20 year period where a lot of homes incorporated a combination of mountain and water stars that were especially hard for couples, and had an influence of promoting being single. The divorce rate in the US also went up rapidly in that particular period.

Is this a bad thing? In one way perhaps, but the ability to step out of an inharmonious marriage would have benefitted many people in early periods if the culture had allowed it without shame or some other penalty. The influence was clearly there from the feng shui dynamics in homes, but as with everything else, assigning a meaning of “good” or “bad” to any particular energy is a limited perspective.

A professional Compass School practitioner uses an objective assessment of a home or workplace and reveals the subtle energies that are literally built into a particular building. The assessment also provides a specific plan for bringing forward all the good qualities of a place, while diminishing anything problematic. An individual’s experience within a building is also taken into account because it should reflect the subtle and physical features of the place in quality.

Even though the nature of an environment has a huge influence on all of us, let’s not be fatalistic about these effects one way or the other. Travel back to the bell curve viewpoint: every place has a higher potential, a way it can be brought to a higher ground of experience.

 The people I’ve worked with who have a clarity of vision about intentions for their own quality of life, and who balance and improve their homes and workplaces in an educated and loving manner are the ones who have gotten the most gain. It’s a participatory venture, whether one is landscaping a garden or designing a city. The key is the “quality” of experience one desires. This is the thing to remember because every place has flaws relative to an ideal. This is not really about manifesting absolute perfection because there is no such thing as unchanging perfection in the physical plane. It’s about creating momentum in the direction of higher quality, and the transformational inner experiences we have in the process.  We’re always listening to the pure notes and tuning the instrument

Knowledge of principles together with the intuitive involvement of the individual is key.

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Next, Part II will show a detailed example of one home and how the feng shui attributes of that home have manifested.