FENG SHUI: NEW DIMENSIONS IN DESIGN

By Marcia Montenegro (page 4 of 4)

First written in 2001

Conclusions and Questions

Following feng shui to any extended degree appears to be a tedious process resulting in restrictions on how to landscape, build and decorate. The rules and techniques vary from school to school and from source to source. Using feng shui is complex, especially if one wishes to calculate for more than one person living in the same home. It would be tempting to pay money for an expert, much as it is in astrology, whose degree of difficulty leads the layperson to consult a professional astrologer. In the systems of both astrology and feng shui, there are so many factors and options to include and consider that one can easily feel overwhelmed.

But there is a deeper reason to question applying feng shui to your life: feng shui is based on a worldview steeped in beliefs of luck, destiny, the chi or qi force, and in divinatory systems such as the I-Ching. For some people, such a system would be rejected as superstition or nonsense, for others, it might be appealing. At the very least, however, it must be burdensome to be limited by the idea that one area of the house is your "lucky" spot. It seems oppressive to follow a myriad of rules on where to put mirrors, how many chairs to have, or how to fix areas where the chi is supposedly blocked or stagnant. If one were to believe a certain area was the place of smooth flowing chi, for example, would not one interpret good things in the good areas as a result of the good chi? Do you really want to believe that a tank with goldfish will bring in money (Henwood, 50)? What will you do if your parents' graves end up in locations with bad feng shui? The mind is very suggestible, and feng shui seems a perfect method to put one in psychological bondage to the design of the home.

There is the question of the chi or qi. Exactly what is it? Yes, it's called the life force, but where did it come from and who is directing it? How does it have such a hold on our life that having a straight sidewalk to your front door could attract negative chi and bring in possible disaster? Henwood advises that since the back door represents "indirect opportunities," it would be good to have large glass doors there which will "invite the qi to bring peace and harmony into your home -- and then allow it to leave as it pleases," (40). How can a force bring peace and harmony? How can a force "leave as it pleases?" This implies a mind and will and choice. Does chi think? How does a force choose to leave? Chi would have to have a mind if it can prefer to leave rather than stay, but then it wouldn't be a force. So what is chi/qi if it's not a force? It is either a figment of legend and imagination, or a force with unknown attributes that can't choose anything, or a living entity that can bring you luck or disaster. One should ponder whether he/she can be comfortable with any of these options.

Christian Response

For a Christian, these views are at odds with the belief in a sovereign God. Luck is irrelevant in the Christian worldview. To believe in luck is to believe that one is favored or not favored by benevolent and/or malevolent forces or gods, rather than trusting the Father who adopted us as children through faith in Jesus Christ (Romans 8:15; Galatians 3:26, 4:4-7; Ephesians 1:5).

Principles of the I Ching, a divinatory tool, are used in feng shui. Feng shui itself is a form of divination based on Taoist philosophy used to determine which area of a home is positive/negative and/or how decor and furniture should be arranged. Divination is strongly forbidden in Deuteronomy 18: 10-12 and other passages such as 2 Kings 17:17, 21:6, and Acts 16:16-18 (some translations may use the term ?soothsaying' instead of ?divination').

Feng shui operates entirely on the belief in balancing yin and yang and in the belief of chi/qi. To seek harmony through a balance of yin and yang energies is at odds with trusting Christ, and with the peace we have through Christ. To accept chi, one must discard the Christian God who is a personal God, not an impersonal force. There is no Biblical evidence for a force permeating the universe. It is entirely inconsistent with Christianity to believe that harmony and balance result through the manipulation and channeling of a force based on the placement of objects, or through any other method. In fact, techniques to manipulate or channel such a force belong to the world of sorcery.

The Power of Christ

Whatever benefit one may believe lies in feng shui, ultimately it will not solve your serious hurts, problems, nor satisfy your spiritual longings. It cannot cleanse you nor introduce you to a living God. The power of feng shui, or any other system dealing with chi energy, pales in comparison to the power of Christ, who was given authority and power over all authorities, powers and dominions, both of heaven and of earth (Matthew 28:18; Ephesians 1:20, 21; Philippians 2:9-11; 1 Peter 3:22).

If you don't know that Jesus Christ is the Good Shepherd (John 10: 11, 14), the Living Bread (John 6:33, 51), the Messiah (John 4:25-26), the Door to pastures of eternal life (John 10:9), and the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 6:9), consider these words about and from Jesus:

For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ. John 1:17

For this is the will My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him, may have eternal life; and I Myself will raise him up on the last day. John 6:40

And Jesus came up and spoke to them saying, ?All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.? Matthew 28:18

Again the high priest was questioning Him, and saying to Him, ?Are You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?? And Jesus said, ?I am; and you shall see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.? Mark 14: 61, 62

Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him, and will dine with him, and he with Me. Revelation 3:20.

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Henwood, Belinda with Consultant Howard Choy. Feng Shui. Pownal, VT: Storey Books, undated.

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Linn, Denise. Feng Shui for the Soul. Carlsbad, CA: Hay House, 1999.

Singh, Ajay. "Luck Be A Stone Lion." Time Magazine, 3 July, 2000, 53.

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Washington Post, 1/13/01.

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www.fengshuihelp.com

www.fengshuisociety.org.uk

www.geomanceronline.com

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