The Oneness of everything is actually that, one. The explicit differences are implicit to the unity in the diversity. With that in mind, and with the transactional relationship we have with our environment, we affect each other. The biological realm and the science behind it, tells us that the cell and the cell’s environment are transactive. There is no superior. There is no inferior. It is one system. To suggest control of the environment or control of the cell by either part, is to corrupt the truth of the relationship.
Feng Shui, in keeping with the general way the universe works, is not indifferent to these circumstances. Feng Shui concerns itself with the characterization of energy as being auspicious or inauspicious in regards to our external (outdoor) and internal (indoor) environments. The relationship is always modified by how the energy is allowed or directed to flow/not flow. Optimal conditions and awareness of circumstances can do much to levy that transaction as beneficent or maleficent. Health, well-being, and immediate feeling of relief from constant negative circumstances, are often cited as warranting Feng Shui interventions.
Beneficence is typically present when the “chi” or energy that is created by the dynamic of position/relationship, is positive “Sheng chi”. This means there are optimal relationships causing outcomes in the typically longterm, that ‘flow’ with the occupants of the land, building, or other particular physical space being examined/optimized.
“Sha chi” or negative “chi”, is the outcome of inattention to ‘flow’ and allowance of clutter and negative physical positioning, to go unchecked by ‘cures’ and/or other modifications to the physical environment.
A blaring real-world example I had encountered in my county job, was a home visit that I had to conduct. Upon entrance to the domicile, there, greeting me, was a nonfunctional toilet. This was not the Hawaiian vista I was looking for in an idyllic world. The cure, was simple and immediate. Remove the obnoxious clutter. To stay the ‘loaded message’, was to give both visitors and occupants, the consistent chant of hopelessness.
Specifically, there is an analogous and direct relationship with the clutter in our mind that boxes us in a tight corner as well as the physical blockages of our path, in our house. The stifling interference of our physical/mental objects vis-a-vis Feng Shui, is not different from the obfuscations we lay on ourselves mentally, both causing a separation and suffering that limits realization.
If we can unblock our mind of things that we ‘think’ we need, we will most probably let go of our counterparts of clutter in the physical world. The worst part of getting ‘stuck’, is that we are absolutely convinced of needing the stuff we have always carried (mentally). To suggest to ourselves that we do not need it anymore is to suggest blasphemy. We literally would rather die than give it up. That is stuck!
All thoughts will pass. All things are temporary in the ‘parade’. Holding on to the stuff requires resources to protect the ‘valuables’. To put in these items into long-term storage without a plan for utilization, is often a waste of resources. How many boxed up things that we did not handle, do we have stored away that we often don’t even remember? The storage fees we incur to our general welfare, are enormous. These lost pieces of junk do have an ongoing cost because they remain unresolved and undisposed of. Losing track of them is often because we just do not want to handle the icky stuff of our lives. Moreover, this costs us in daily lugging energy that doesn’t even register on our Fitbit. Wouldn’t it be nice to be free of all that hassle?
Samskaras are inborn desires and mental tendencies that show up with us at birth. Vasanas also occur in the same way, upon birth. But Vasanas have a negative aspect differentiating them from Samskaras, that is, by their malevolence. This long-term conditioning, that we may not be wholly familiar with because of it’s uncertain progeny, is among the most difficult to dissuade from our definition of who we think we are. However, even these belong to us as long as we continue to not see them as temporary and add-on. They do not have to define us and override us. It is this aspect that is most troubling because of the lack of access to the storage history.
“The past has no power to stop you from being present now. Only your grievance about the past can do that. What is grievance? The baggage of old thought and emotion.” ― Lao Tzu
Our storage history though, is not necessary to compile or remember because despite the heritage of time, these tendencies are still temporary. Our liberation is from them is determined in our continued belief in them. Being ‘stuck’ is not seeing the quality of the energy and it’s lack of permanence. If the quality is domineering and enslaving, then it cannot be the feather of the Ineffable energy. Wanting to see and wanting to let go, is another matter. Continued suffering can be a motivation to change because ‘holding’ these energies is costly on a daily basis.
“Empty your mind of all thoughts. Let your heart be at peace. Watch the turmoil of beings, but contemplate their return.
Each separate being in the universe returns to the common source. Returning to the source is serenity.
If you don’t realize the source, you stumble in confusion and sorrow. When you realize where you come from, you naturally become tolerant, disinterested, amused, kindhearted as a grandmother, dignified as a king. Immersed in the wonder of the Tao, you can deal with whatever life brings you, and when death comes, you are ready.” ― Lao Tzu
Creating space by Being and seeing the a-priori stream as our true Source on a continual moment-by-moment pattern of acknowledgement, is a direct investment in The Energy. When we increase our time in that space we come to a tipping point where the integrativeness of The Energy is preferred. The other junk of the mind, both unremembered and remembered, is then see as truly being dysfunctional as well as temporary phenomena. Like stagecoach dust, it becomes meaningless in it’s appearance.
This un-boxing of clutter of the baggage of the mind begs a comprehensive approach to Feng Shuiing our mind. The unchaining of the mind, especially the previous past, is facilitated by “Nishkama Karma”. Our attachments come to follow us because of our energies binding them. Once our minds stop mental attachment, we reduce our clutter. “Nishkama Karma” is in keeping with “Being” in that ‘permanence’ is seen clearly from ‘impermanence’. Whether we do ‘good’ or ‘bad’, means that neither is welcomed to stay in our house in terms of attachment. Welcoming either temporary phenomena requires room to store. Both detract from the flexibility to move out of our house when the ‘parade’ ends. When the ‘parade’ ends, ideally, there will be nothing to move. Energy will flow freely without the complications of ‘stuff’ and ‘stuckness’ being transferred to another location.
Feng Shuiing the mind can mean looking at our physical environment for clues as to areas that need cleaning and organization. And when we acknowledge these physical areas, then the mental aspects become more clear and then can be realigned with targeted integrative principles of Being. There is a direct relationship of cause and effect between what happens externally and internally. Moreover, the correction of aberrant fields of confusion and denial in the mind, have consequences that can follow us through one parade after another, until we unbox the clutter.
Attachment to the Source is only Being whom we really Are. It is not a pernicious attachment. It Is a connection that can have the ‘fullness’ of integrative living in the ‘parade’ and outside of the ‘parade’. There is nothing left to Feng Shui when we Are. Movement is effortless and natural. Be ‘That’ always.