What I Find Interesting About FengnShui

We are reading about feng shui in Professor Shao’s traditional Chinese culture class, and as I read there are various aspects that I find particularly interesting.

The first aspect of feng shui I find interesting is the spread of feng shui from Asia to the West, specifically the United States. For example, Levi Stadium, home to the San Francisco 49ers, the Smurfit Stone Building, the two Prudential Plaza, the Carbide & Carbon Building, and a few other buildings in Chicago all utilisze feng shui. Even if cities do not have specific buildings that incorporate feng shui principles, most cities still have feng shui consultants. These consultants help enhance and improve the feng shui in one’s home or business.

The second aspect are the many schools of feng shui. You have: Landscape Feng Shui, Black Sect Tantric Feng Shui, Eight Directions Feng Shui,  the Pa Kua, Lo Shu theory, Flying Star Feng Shui, and these are just the schools I have learned about, there are many more. Although each school shares many of the basic principles, there are still enough differences to separate them. However, in my opinion, when there are too many different options, it becomes hard to remember or even know which school is the “real” or “best” school to follow. Everyone thinks their school of feng shui is the best, and is the one people should practice. This can lead to conflict between the different schools. Too many schools of feng shui also make it hard to pick a school that best suits a person’s lifestyle, especially if that person is new to feng shui.

Finally, in relation to my last topic, the one type of feng shui I find most interesting is the feng shui of scents. According to Dennis Fairchild, from one of our readings, different scents can also influence one’s life just as placement of furniture does in traditional feng shui. For example, Fairchild writes that basil is said to promote individuality, luck with solo work, and personal ventures. In addition to Basil, Fairchild also mentions the usefulness of bergamot, chamomile, cinnamon and cloves, eucalyptus, frankincense, jasmine, juniper, lavender, lemon, orange, peppermint and spearmint, pine, thyme, and rose. I never thought that smells could also be incorporated into feng shui practices, which is why I find this type of feng shui the most interesting out of all the schools.

Before taking this class I only had a basic understanding of feng shui, and could not even give a clear and concise definition of feng shui. However, since taking this class I have a new appreciation for feng shui and all of it’s various schools. I have also been enjoying this class more than I thought I would.