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Feng Shui Articles 9                                            by Kerby Kuek  

Let a thousand schools bloom

Friday, December 03, 2010

In the second part of my response to the issue of uniting the various Fung Shui schools in Hong Kong under one umbrella body, I will look at the difficulties of any attempt to do so.

As I have indicated in the first part, the motive for any such move is unclear as only a few practitioners would profit. 

Chinese metaphysics can be covered under five categories: mountains, medical, life reading, facial and predictive tools. They should go hand in hand. 

In Fung Shui alone, there are more than eight schools of thought, each with their own mission, ideology, unique strategies and tactics.  

It is well nigh impossible to unify the schools due to their differing histories, cultures, standards and organizations.  

Traditional Fung Shui methodologies were passed on from generation to generation for two main reasons. In ancient times Fung Shui tools were meant exclusively for the use of imperial rulers - ordinary people were prohibited from learning and possessing such tools and knowledge in any form. Often, such knowledge was taught orally and was treated as a closely guarded secret.  

Secondly, since such a powerful tool could be used to discern the future, responsible masters would not have public classes but instead taught it in private to only a select few.  

Fung Shui is a natural science, like Taoism, which should be allowed to mature over time. This is the eternal Tao. In years to come, more and more secrets will surface to help not only the individual but countries as well. Generally, a good Fung Shui, or life reading, master is always found through word of mouth. Therefore an umbrella organization, as has been proposed, is unwarranted and unnecessary. 

Thought of the week: Liberate your mind and you liberate your world. 


Complexity clouds proposals

Friday, November 26, 2010 

Recently I have been interviewed by many prominent reporters, including one from The New York Times, asking my opinion on the formation of the Fung Shui Association.

The recent commotion created in the industry following the Nina Wang case and malpractices by certain Taoist sects of Mao Shan related to tax evasion, molestation, sex seduction and other cases has put Fung Shui in the limelight.  

This is a typical example of one bad apple ruining the whole basket.  

It is common sense to say that if these are civil or criminal cases, we ought to call the police. 

Society has authority figures to settle such cases and we do not need an association to govern Chinese metaphysics. Indeed, who has the right to govern our biggest Chinese heritage, namely Chinese metaphysics? 

The rationale behind the formation of such an association is simply commercial; specifically to promote those in the association and help them harness the rapidly growing market in the mainland. Of course, the organization is charging handsomely for membership. 

Who is running the association? The current standing of the personnel running such an organization is questionable. How and why they set the industry standard is in doubt. 

Those who study and learn the craft will know that to understand Chinese metaphysics is a complex issue - let alone the complexity involved in setting standards to govern it.  

To my knowledge, there are eight traditional Fung Shui schools. They are not on good terms with each other because of conflicting methodologies as well as differing basic beliefs. As such, to set standards for the industry is impossible.  

From the eastern Han to the Song era, the variation of different techniques and schools was obvious. It varied from era to era and dynasty to dynasty in accordance with time and space.  

This is clearly a time and space issue in which certain techniques must be working in certain periods of time and not in other times.  

Such complex issues would lead us to wonder how they are going to run the organization if basic questions - such as who is qualified to set the standards, and who is going to set the requirements for member entry - cannot be answered.  

In my view, until these questions and uncertainties are addressed, the current proposals are merely hype for some to ride for more publicity and self promotion. 

Quote of the week: Real true generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out.


Watch your mouth

Friday, November 19, 2010

Steady mouth, content heart is essential (穩口心藏)

Knowing when to open and shut your mouth is an important aspect of learning the traditional metaphysics. 

Ancient values such as filial piety and respect are deeply rooted in the Chinese communities. The more you know, the more you will find out what you lack; the only constant thing is learning and never be off your guard. 

Passing on knowledge via oral teaching (口授心傳) 

Traditional teaching was based on passing the real essence of knowledge through face-to-face oral teaching.  

This was done to explain the crux of the message and its application. 

Books are the tools to understand the surface or meanings, and often oral teaching will be able to make use of bilateral communication in a broader and in-depth manner.  

In ancient texts, words have hidden knowledge, and one should read between the lines, which carry metaphors that can only be explained by the author. That is why when learning metaphors of any art, face-to-face oral teaching is critical. 

A term that is often widely misused 

One phrase that people often apply to all of Fung Shui is "gathering the wind and harnessing the energy." However, this phrase from an ancient text is meant purely for yin Fung Shui application (as in a graveyard).  

In the old days, the graveyard was an extremely important place and was believed to have impact on living beings.  

A good yin Fung Shui will ensure the younger generations live with good health and prosperity. In searching for such a site, the basic yet difficult theory of "gathering the wind and harnessing the energy" will apply. 

The rationale for such a theory is that the ancient Chinese believed in the science of chemical reaction. 

It is believed that the bones of the dead, at some point in time, will react with the earth below to form and radiate energy that will have an impact on living beings. A good site will provide positive impact and vice versa. Such a term is used for ying Fung Shui only.  

For yang Fung Shui, especially in house location, sunlight and good air circulation are important. Without them, we will feel lethargic, uneasy and depressed. 

It is common sense that these two factors will affect our thinking and consequently our behavior. Too much darkness or poor ventilation will result in poor behavior and such characteristics. 

Note that good air circulation is crucial in yang Fung Shui because we need to breathe in clean air and have light breezes flowing by us.  

The notion of "gathering the wind and harnessing the energy" did not, does not and will not apply in yang Fung Shui. Such interpretation is due to a lack of in-depth understanding of the ancient terminology. 

Thought of the week: One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it's worth watching.


Brace for impact

Friday, November 12, 2010 

While the year of the Golden Tiger was full of natural disasters, the year 2011 - of the Golden Rabbit - will be one of man-made disasters.

Read on to find out more and buckle up for a roller coaster of a year, as well as find suggestions to help reduce disastrous impacts. 

Main events that will possibly occur: 

Shortage of food causes hike in food prices, triggering nationwide alarm. 

Arguments, disagreements, animosity and tensions among citizens and nations. Demonstrations. Sabotage. 

Spread in never-before-seen diseases. 

"Post 80s" people are more aggressive than ever before. 

Brawling at Legislative Council meetings, just like in Taiwan. 

Henry Tang elected chief executive. 

Massive changes in government Cabinet. 

Spate of resignations by key government personnel. 

Interest rate hikes everywhere, causing high volatility in the stock and property markets. 

Economic figures are good both for both the mainland and Hong Kong. 

Property prices drop 15 to 25 percent. 

Hong Kong stock market peaks at 28,000. 

Tensions in the South China Sea could exacerbate.

 What can we do? 

Return to Dao and realize that humans are constantly assaulting Mother Nature, destroying our lovely Earth. Be green and gentle toward our mother. 

Hold positive dialogues with the "post-80s" generation. Government must not only be clean and proactive, but also be SEEN to be clean and proactive. 

Be alert toward the source of diseases and take serious action if they hit. 

Accept the fact that full democracy would have its disadvantages. 

Hong Kong is a small place. A focus on the economy is ideal as all our people ask is to be able to live simple lives with a decent place to live and work.  

Learn when to keep one's mouth shut. 

Be thrifty; cut wastage and reuse whatever one can. 

Live with passion!


Right times for your body

Friday, November 05, 2010 

Best time for lunch

Goat 1pm-3pm: small intestine at work 

The function of the small intestine is to absorb the food after it is processed in the spleen. It then transforms and distributes it to all the organs. If your face is red and your chest is having difficulty breathing in this period, it means the heart is malfunctioning.  

The heart and small intestine work closely. It is believed that a healthy lunch is required to alleviate our hunger and at the same time satisfy our desire for taste. This is the time our taste functions at its fullest. 

Best time to build strong memory

Monkey 3pm-5pm: bladder at work 

The bladder system is directly related to the brain via the bloodstream. It is believed that in order to have a good memory, things that we learn in the morning should be restudied during this period to strengthen our memorizing ability. The bladder and kidney are interrelated organs. The function of both is to determine the smooth flow of urine and bowel movement. 

To determine your alertness level

Rooster 5pm-7pm: kidney at work 

The kidney is the most important organ, according to the ancient Chinese. It determines a person's activity level due to its storage and transformation ability. The transformation acts as a catalyst for the normal functioning of other organs. The storage determines the level of activity one can handle in a day. 

Best time to relax

Dog 7pm-9pm: heart system at work 

The whole heart system ranges from the surrounding bloodstream to 7.5 centimeters below the armpit. It runs through the middle path of our hand down to the middle finger. Should our middle finger feel numb, there is a high possibility that our heart is having a problem. The pressure point in front of our chest will determine the level of our happiness as it is the control center of our emotions. This critical point is in the center of our chest between the nipples. Massage this area gently to relieve depression as well. 

Best time to have sex

Boar 9pm-11pm: San Xiao Ching at work 

This is the time to relax and prepare to sleep. But before we sleep, this is also the best time for couples to make love. It is believed to be the right time since the previous period sets the tone. 

San Xiao Ching is divided into three parts. The first governs the heart and lungs, the middle governs the spleen and stomach and the last governs the liver and kidney. The whole system includes tissues, tendons and the bloodstream surrounding them. 

Quote of the week: intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.

(features in Hong Kong Standard Newspaper every Friday) 


Kerby Kuek has published three books on fung shui. He specializes in yin and yang fung shui, I-Ching, life analysis and astrology.  

Website: www.misterfengshui.com

E-mail address of Mr. Kerby Kuek : Kerbykuek@gmail.com


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