The Feng Shui
Your Environment Shapes Your Health
It seems like most if not all cultures on Earth, at most if not all times before ours, knew something that we don't. They understood how their environment shaped their psychology and health.
By environment I mean more than the nature that surrounded these cultures. I mean the totality of the physical surroundings that they lived in. Buildings, landscapes, soundscapes, the kinds of people who were there and the things they did there, the history of the area, its probable future, everything.
Because the influence of the environment was so obvious to these cultures, they wanted to use its power to their advantage as much as possible. That way they could leverage this power to have the best lives they could.
These cultures applied amazing amounts of time, intelligence and creativity to this task. They learned over time that the best way to achieve their goal was through coming into right relationship with their environment. This wasn't easy, especially since they discovered that just as they perfected the right way to come into right relationship, it changed into something new.
The discovery of a continually renewing set of rules for right relationship with the environment sparked a massive and ongoing experiment in right living. This experiment went to such sophisticated levels over time that we can call it a science.
The Birth of Geomancy, Feng Shui and Why
I Want to Share What I Know With You
Geomancy is the science these cultures developed from observing and applying the properties they learned. They used this science to create the foundations of their societies and to improve constantly the quality of their lives.
Feng shui is the Chinese branch of geomancy. Please allow me to be the first to tell you that I'm not a master of feng shui. Those masters are very rare. But I do know some things that are interesting and unique. I believe those things are helpful. I want to share what I know with you and the rest of the Belvedere-Tiburon community. Why? Because I believe it will improve our quality of life.
Feng Shui Can Improve Your Quality of Life
Let's face it. We're domesticated. Most of us spend the majority of our time inside and around buildings. These structures reside within the context of our community. The community resides within the larger geophysical and climatic environment of the Tiburon Peninsula, the San Francisco Bay and so on.
All these nested environments form a group of contexts and flows of motion and energy. These flows affect our daily lives. Sometimes we're aware of them, like when the weather changes. Sometimes we're not aware of them, like when we have a 'bad' or 'good' day for no apparent reason.
Whether you're aware of these forces or not, they still influence you. They affect your moods, decisions and relationships. They create an ambient emotional tone that nudges you along on its course. Right about the time you get the hang of what the direction of that course is and how you can best work with it, it changes.
It's practical to have some basic knowledge of how these living patterns affect you and the people around you. At the very least, it can help you to harmonize your life so you can experience more enjoyment. If you get good enough at it, one day you may even be able to leverage these forces to your advantage.
How Does This Relate to Us Here in Belvedere-Tiburon?
The magic of Belvedere-Tiburon comes from its spectacular natural surroundings. Its charm comes from the power and character of a few individuals who shaped it to become what it is today. It's going to take people of exceptional character and power to preserve the magic and the charm of Belvedere-Tiburon and bring it to an even higher level than it is today.
Another way this transformation can happen is by introducing a set of principles to our community. The community can then apply these principles in a number of creative ways over time. As time moves on and we weave these principles into the fabric of what we're creating here in Belvedere-Tiburon, they can help us to shape a better future.
The purpose of these pages is to introduce these principles to our community.
We're shaping the Bel-Tib community over time. I hope these insights will help us guide Belvedere-Tiburon in many creative and positive directions.
How to get your feng shui to really work.
The Ghosts and Poltergeists of Belvedere-Tiburon
I encourage your feedback as this process continues.
John Mini, M.S.C.M./ L.Ac.