Form School Feng Shui

The true foundation of traditional Feng Shui is the ability to read the flow of wind and water across the landscape. In modern cities, a Feng Shui practitioner can have difficulty obtaining an accurate compass reading, so the ability to observe and correct landforms and Chi flow is essential.

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Learning the principles of Feng Shui Forms is an excellent way to improve your life. This ancient Chinese practice of reading the landscape flow is truly the basis of all Feng Shui. The power of this art form can be found in its ability to bring balance and harmony into your life while also creating a sense of well-being. If you want to know a bit more about Feng Shui Form, then read on.

See a full list of additional Resources at the end of the article.

Everyone knows that Feng Shui Means Wind and Water

Form School teaches that Feng Shui is not just about wind and water but also the form of the landscape that creates the flow of Wind and Water.

All of these components are naturally present, all we wish to do is create a balanced environment where Chi is carried through the Forms and is allowed to accumulate in areas that naturally attract water. Chi must also be allowed to exit otherwise the water will become stagnant.

The first key element is “Wind.” For a home, this represents air movement throughout your house, hopefully creating internal balance. The second element is “Water.” This represents regions where the air flow accumulates and holds within your house. If this area has a way for air to continue after being held for a short period, then you are able to build on the internal balance you have created with “Wind”.

The third key element is “Landscape”, which although originally related to the hills and valleys surround a building, we can now relate to how your structure supports the first two elements mentioned above. If you have a well-designed foundation for your home or office, it can easily support the other two elements.

A fourth element that is sometimes spoken of is “Fire”. This represents your own life force as catalyst for the first three elements Wind, Water and Landscape. It is your responsibility to keep everything running smoothly like a well-oiled machine. If any of the initial three components are out of balance, you can expect negative consequences in the fourth. Conversely, if you neglect your responsibilities for maintaining your property and allow stagnation, then this will also bring negative outcomes.

The Four Form School Animals

Quite simply, these animal represent directions in relation to the building –

a) Red Phoenix = front, like it to be lower but not too low. Should accumulate “Water”.
b) Black Tortoise = back, like it to be higher but not too high. Emits “Mountain Form” Chi.
c) Green Dragon = left (when you are facing towards Red Phoenix), like it to be higher but not higher than the Black Tortoise.
d) White Tiger = right, (when you are facing towards Red Phoenix), like it to be lower but not lower than the Red Phoenix.

A simple way to look at the four Form School animals is which has the biggest Form. Below is a summary, though I can say without a doubt that there is a lot more to Form School and balance between the directions is what we are seeking.

  • Green Dragon is achievement through planning and wisdom.
  • White Tiger is achievement through action and determination.
  • Red Phoenix is achievement through collaboration with others.
  • Black Tortoise is achievement through stability and consistency.

''Lung Mei" Dragon's Breath And "Lung Chi" Dragon Veins

Buildings Gather the External Dragon’s Breath and The Doors and Hallways Encourage Chi Flow Along the Dragon Veins Internally.

Forget the symbology and think of hills and valleys when you look across the landscape. Sometimes there are many hills and therefore many Lung Mei and Chi, sometimes the landscape is flat and featureless, so there is only the wind, or Dragon’s Breath. In Form school, these are important concepts to understand. This refers to how energy flows throughout your environment.

The Lung Mei is a path of energy that generally moves from the front to the back of your building, therefore representing how people will move through your home or office daily. The Lung Mei is also known as the “Dragon’s Breath” because it can be likened to an actual dragon who breathes energy in and out of your home or office. The best way to describe how Chi works within a building is that all doors and hallways become veins carrying life force (Chi) throughout your environment.

By knowing the flow of your Lung Mei (Dragon’s Breath), you can determine which areas will be more active than others. Lung Chi is like a dragon who flows in and out of buildings, constantly bringing in fresh Chi, distributed throughout the building through its doors and hallways. This is why it’s important to place the main desk and workstation in a location that receives Chi flow from the Lung Chi (Dragon Veins) via the Lung Mei (Dragon Breath).

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Form School Feng Shui Can Be Applied by Assessing Doors, Windows and Hallways

In Form School, knowing which direction your main entrance faces is not necessary. Lung Mei flows from front to back, while the Lung Chi flows from top to bottom. If you want to make your home or office more vibrant and active, then it’s essential that the flow of Chi is moving through all areas of your building and accumulating in the areas that are used for important activities such as sleeping, cooking and working.

This knowledge about the structure and the flow of Chi can be applied within a house/office by opening or closing doors, windows, even hallways to either allow air flow, slow it down or stop it entirely depending on the overall Floor Plan and your goals for work and family.

Why Study & Use Form School Feng Shui?

Form school is a unique way of looking at ways energy flows. By understanding the Dragon Breath and Dragon Veins, you can ensure that your home or office has enough Chi flow for all occupants to thrive.

This is only the tip of the learning iceberg for Form School. You can extend your knowledge by learning about Poison Arrows, water mouths/exits and Dragon’s Lairs. There are also ways to analyze external roads and buildings using Form School teachings in conjunction with Compass Schools such as 8 Mansions, Flying Stars and San He Di Li.

Resources

Here is a list of books, websites, services, courses that we recommend. 

A Ch’ing (Qing) dynasty classic of Landform feng shui, with positioning for every on of the 24 Mountain configurations. Also yin feng shui. This book contains authentic Mountain Dragon formulas predominantly used in yin feng shui practice. The text shows a separate formula for each of the 24 Mountains. It is translated from the Ch’ing Dynasty Chinese with illustrations and tracing the original woodblock Chinese text.

By internationally acclaimed author Dr. Stephen Skinner.

A key text on the Water Dragon by a Ch’ing (Qing) dynasty feng shui Master. Practical formulas for each of the 24 Mountains designed for wealth. Water Dragon formulas show how water should be organised outside a house to provide the maximum benefit. They are usually associated with creating and increasing wealth. This text comes from a collection of key feng shui texts collected during the reign of the Emperor Ch’ien Lung (Qianlong), by Chang Ping Lin a feng shui master from Fukien in the early 18th century. This text is from an authentic source, which has never previously been available in English. Its formulas are clear and easy to apply, provided you have a lo p’an. Not a beginners book.

By internationally acclaimed author Dr. Stephen Skinner.

Walking the Dragons is a collection of all the key highlights and experiences of annual excursion trips to China to study the landform formations of Yin Houses (tombs and burial places), as well as mountains, temples, castles, and villages. It is a guided tour through the classical landform Feng Shui of ancient China, an enchanting collection of deeply-researched yet entertaining essays rich in historical detail. The book highlights China’s extensive, vibrant history with astute observations on the Feng Shui of important sites and places.

By iconic Feng Shui author Joey Yap.

Joey Yap has deftly captured the intriguing and culturally rich world that is Taiwan and places it under the Feng Shui microscope. From the tombs of historical icons to the spectacular temples and monasteries. Written as an easy-to-read travelogue, this book offers you an in-depth and insightful look into Taiwan.
Join Joey and his students as they explore Taiwan and study the roles of Feng Shui in the prominent resting places of Taiwan’s political icons, the famous Dog Temple and Cheng De Golden Temple in Tai Chung, and the magnificent Buddhist monasteries located high on the mountains of Taiwan.

By iconic Feng Shui author Joey Yap.

Do You Have Resources to Share?

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