Feng Shui Concepts
The Connection of Ancestry and Posterity
By Jenny Liu
Feng shui was originally used in the selection of burial grounds. This is true not only in Asian countries, but all over the world as archeological evidence reveals elaborate tombs and temples for the deceased. But, this process of a selective final resting place for the deceased was often only reserved for royalty. In many cultures, it is believed that there is an afterlife and for revered leaders, their well-being in the afterlife will affect the lineage of their progeny and welfare of the common mass.
In China, the practice of feng shui was a well kept secret, to be utilized only by the elite to maintain their power and position. Feng shui masters and astrologers were key advisors to the emperor in many aspects of governing the empire. Few people know that feng shui was a vital tool used throughout Chinese history allowing imperial families to maintain their power and reign over billions. One of these secrets was ensuring their ancestors were buried in a prime feng shui location. This creates a positive effect on their future generation.
Mao Zhe Dong is an epitome of this example. Mao Zhe Dong banished and destroyed much of the literature on feng shui and related practices during the Cultural Revolution. Yet, he studied feng shui avidly before he became a politician, and his fatherís burial site being in an ideal feng shui location is one of the key reasons he was able to hold a dictatorship of China for over forty years.
However, today, feng shui is no longer limited only to use by the elite. Anyone with the willingness to learn and who has the karma to find a good master, can benefit from feng shui.
Why it is important to have a burial ground in a positive feng shui environment?
As we all know, there is an undeniable connection between parent and child. A child is made of his/her parentsí blood, flesh and DNA. This similar frequency or energy is the bond between parent and child. When a person passes away, the blood and genetic code remains in the bone marrow. Just as we are affected by our environment when we are living, so does the environment of our final resting place similarly affect us. The earthís magnetic frequencies continue to affect the bonesí energy.
There have been many cases all over the world where certain graves have been dug up to have the bones cleaned and it is found that the hair and nails have continued to grow. The bones will absorb positive or negative energies of the earth environment and because even in death, parents are connected to their children through the energy frequency of their common blood, the childrenís well-being will be impacted by the placement of their parentsí remains. Thus, it is vital for ancestors to be buried in a compatible location and that their bodies be laid to rest in a positive orientation.
When a burial ground is not properly selected, it can have a variety of potentially negative or positive effects on the living and future family of the deceased. Depending on the different orientation and mountain configuration or land contour of a burial site, it can have different effects on the deceasedís progeny. For instance, certain mountain branches or ranges are associated with certain family members such as the eldest son, second daughter or youngest son and depending on the shape, condition and existence of these mountain forms in relation to the burial site, it will have varying effects on these family members. If one of these mountain branches is broken or has a negative condition, this will negatively affect the associated family member and their lineage.
Many of the problems we face today in our lives and in our society, is in part, due to the lack of knowledge of feng shui application to burial ground selection, a lack of land for burials and various religious rituals such as cremation that burns the body. When the bodily remains are destroyed, the blood and DNA frequencies are no longer intact and cannot be used to absorb positive earth energies to benefit posterity. This results in future generations being unstable in health, intelligence and thus adding a negative impact to humanity.
Selecting burial grounds
Feng shui in the western world today is still very much focused on buildings for the living. It is the few rare true feng shui masters who are still trained and have the knowledge to select auspicious burial grounds. Just as you will have a feng shui master come to help you select a house, you will have one come to the cemetery to help you select an auspicious final resting place.
Similar to the house, it is vital for the burial site to be located in an ideal mountain formation. Only the expert feng shui master will be able to detect these. Once the burial site is selected, the feng shui master will be able to tell you how to lay the coffin in the ground so the deceased may rest in an auspicious direction. Finally, a funeral date is selected.
In the feng shui philosophy where everything is made of energy or chi, there is
no separation between life and death. Energy is neither created nor destroyed;
it only changes form and phase. Death is not the end; it is only a
metamorphosis, the beginning of another life. Thus, when a loved one passes, it
is important to remember their energy continues to affect us, and it is
important to continue taking care of them through a positive resting place as
their well-being will directly affect us even when they are no longer here.
Jenny Liu holds a Bachelorsí Degree in Environmental Design from UC Berkeley and a Masters Degree in Architecture from . She is an expert in the 8,000-year-old Chinese philosophy of Feng Shui who also shares her knowledge through seminars, workshops, periodicals and the Internet. Awarded for her Masterís Thesis on Feng Shui, Ms. Liu is a fourth-generation practitioner with her own consulting firm. For more information, please see her website at or call her at .
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