By Jenny T. Liu
National Asian Pacific Month:


Last year on May 27, I was asked to speak at the National Asian Pacific American Day sponsored by the INS of the U.S. Department of Justice.  The event was limited to federal employees.  However, I would like to share my thoughts with the public:
" It is a great pleasure and honor for me to be here today to celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of my fellow Asian Pacific Islanders.  I have been invited here today to speak about feng shui and how it can help unite the world in peace and progress.
Feng shui is a fairly new concept in the U.S.  For me, it represents my heritage and my life.  It is a way of living in harmony with nature.  Today, I will highlight the key ideas of feng shui.
Feng shui is a Chinese philosophy that shows us how to create environments that let us live comfortably so we can excel in life.  Developed over 8,000 years of accumulated experience in observing nature and human nature, feng shui lets us understand how everything is connected and affects our well-being.
Based on the laws of nature, feng shui does not discriminate, because natural forces affect us all regardless of our nationality, gender or age.  If it rains, you shall get wet; if the earth quakes, you will move; if the sun does not shine, you shall be in darkness.  The power of nature reminds us we are human, we are one species sharing one Earth.

Nature celebrates variety and change.  The human race has been blessed with the greatest variety and ability to change.  Yet, we tend to let these differences separate us.  We should perceive our differences as a thing of beauty, of variety, as another wonderful flavor in life.  If we are afraid to taste a new flavor, we shall never be able to appreciate it for what it is.

Why should we let differences get in the way of our progress?  It may be human nature to fear the unknown, to fear what it does not understand.  Or perhaps, we are afraid to learn something new, because it may change our way of thinking, change who we are.  Should we fear change so much?

Let us look to nature which is never fearful of change.  Day shall never know night; one is completely opposite to the other, yet they know exactly when to give way to the other. There is no dispute as to who is right or wrong, who is better or worse. As the sun sets, the moon will rise and as the moon sets, the sun will rise. They are in perfect balance.

So change is simply a balance that is constantly occurring, but from our perception within a limited time frame, it may not seem that way.  Because we do not have the eyes to see into the past and future, we cannot see the big picture and perhaps be more willing to change.  By allowing for change within ourselves, we can move forward to attain a higher level of balance.  Balance requires our willingness to open our hearts and minds to change.  Like a scale, there is a give and take; you must remove or add in order to attain balance.

Feng shui is about seeing the big picture, of looking beyond the present, of creating a sustainable environment. An environment that provides for us today and tomorrow.  Everything we do today will affect tomorrow. The past affects the present, the present shall affect the future.

Let us learn from our past.  If we have been mistaken, we should learn not to make the same error twice.  If we have done well, we must ask how we can do even better next time.  We are here today in part to applaud and honor the courageous Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients of Asian Pacific descent and the 100th-442nd Nisei regiments for their selfless act of coming together for the common good of all, to fight for peace. Let us find power in unity.  No one better expresses this better than Maya Lin, a Chinese American architect who designed the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial at the age of 21. Ms. Lin's creation dignifies our heroes by uniting them as a whole.  She exemplifies the power of unity in numbers.  However, it is ironic that there must be war in order for there to be peace, that destruction inspires creation.

Let us unite for the common good of all.  Let us beget creation through creation, and peace through peace.  Time has healed the wounds of the past and it is now time to move forward and begin anew. Our experiences give us new knowledge. We have new means of finding information, of communicating and understanding others, even if they speak another language or are from a distant land.  With the technology of the modern world, we have very little reason to make the same mistakes.

Let us move forward with communication and understanding. It is important not to misguide people of feng shui especially during this new age when there is a great need for cultural exchange.  There are qualities and shortcomings in both eastern and western cultures, but the Earth is not cut in half, it is whole.  Like yin and yang, opposite but complements, one is incomplete without the other, so are the East and West. Together, they are able to achieve what they alone cannot. It is through global communication, understanding, and building multiple bridges that we attain world peace and harmony. We must merge the wisdom of the new and old, of the west and east.

This is a natural phenomena. In the last decade, there has been a balance that has already begun to occur.  The very closed and private ancient Eastern cultures have opened their doors and want very much to become like the Western world, while the Western world turns to Eastern philosophy for insight and new solutions to their problems. This exchange shall continue until a balance has been attained.

I believe we all have much to learn from nature.  Feng shui offers guidance through nature.  Nature never takes more than it can give.  Nature does not discriminate.  Nature thrives on change and is constantly evolving.  Feng shui can be considered an international philosophy to help us build environments that are conducive of love for humanity and progress.

I hope this message lingers in your mind and your actions echo its voice.  I speak not only for myself, but as part of our whole humanity.  I believe within each and everyone of us, we know this truth, this message, this common purpose of preserving and promoting man and womankind.  Today, I have had the opportunity to share with you who I am and what I stand for.  I hope that one day, I may have the good fortune to learn who you are and appreciate what you stand for.  I close with the blessing that all cultures may come together as One Earth and may America be the driving force to this new Union of World Peace.  I leave you with this- strong clear vision."

About the author: Jenny Liu holds a Bachelors Degree in Environmental Design from UC Berkeley and a Masters Degree in Architecture from UCLA.  She is an expert in the 5,000 year old Chinese philosophy of Feng Shui who also shares her knowledge through seminars, workshops, periodicals and the Internet .  Awarded for her Master's Thesis on Feng Shui, Ms. Liu is a fourth generation practitioner with her own consulting firm.  For more information, please see her website http://www.liu-fengshui.com/  or for the
library of her articles http://www.spiritweb.org/spirit/fengshui.html   If you have questions, you can also reach her at (626) 282-8536.


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