I have NO IDEA how to use this compass!
A reader who was watching a few of my You Tube videos sent me a very provocative and awesome question about the KINDS of feng shui out there for you to use:
“I was just wondering what your thoughts are on flying stars and also Bagua versus Compass readings. ” She had explained, “I did a compass reading on our home and have been following the flying stars for 2012, however it’s made me scared to use certain areas of the house because they have “bad energy” there this year. Also, when applying the Bagua school of thought it’s the opposite to the compass reading I did. Enter total confusion!”
Ok! What a big question with a simple (or not so simple) answer:
Feng Shui based on Tantric Buddhism (BTB, Black Sect) is not what I do, not at all. Even historically in the lineage of Buddhism it is a provisional (lesser) teaching and it has morphed into superstitious stuff that is not useful and has no real power except to freak people out (sound familiar?!), or if it does have “powre” its totally against my personal beliuefs and integrity to endorse it. Although I was trained in Pyramid School Feng Shui to “accept” and” never discredit” any other forms of feng shui, my personal beliefs and strong Buddhist practice lead me to be unable to say that any of it in any sense where the mystical is involved is a good thing. It would be like me telling you that apples and oranges are the same, just because they are both fruit.
And when I hear people living in fear because of the superstition they heard about BTB/ Flying Star/ Compass School (all diffenent so please don’t think I’m grouping them all into one!) and the numbers in their home (Flying Star) or the direction of a door they can’t move happens to face (Compass School), it re-doubles my sentiment. ”Bad luck” should never be used- ever- as a phrase in anyones language in my very forceful opinion on this subject, though the auspicious and inauspicious are regular lingo in certain other schools.
Also, I am not wishing to start a debate. I do what I do and I bring it to you daily because its beautiful, helpful to many and very pragmatic. I also apply the balancing tools of feng shui to other aspects of life and in a sense you can say I diverge from the beaten path a bit, and not in the vein of controversey but to help you guys embrace a totally artistic and grounded life that works for you, specifically.
If you wish to use these other forms of feng shui, that is totally your choice! Its not what I do. I’m not a spiritual leader, teacher or even a life coach in a true sense. My job, purpose and mission is to help people have a more fulfilling experience on their personal space and their life overall, devoid of fears and grounded in a strong sense of self and style!
So, feel free to hang out in any area of your home that you wish, if you want my opinion! No bad fortune will befall you based on a set of numbers!
Now, the bagua (one version above) is sometimes overused, which is unnecessary and leads to a home with no aesthetic unity. This can become more problematic than good. (imagine if the color scheme of your house looked like the above, for example. thats a hot mess!) That said, it is an excellent diagnostic tool because there is biological and psychological support to the bagua as it was created to support human survival back in the day…(see more on the bagua HERE
Now, I ask you this: what parts of your home (flying star aside) bug you? And what parts of your life are lagging or problematic? If you check the bagua and see where this correlates to your life, you can adjust from there where the bagua is concerned!
There’s much more to Pyramid School feng shui that factors into your personal experience of your space: your connectedness to your environment, your elemental nature, your background, yin and yang, electronics, nature, your home biology… It’s vast. And in consults I apply tools as needed to adjust people’s experience of space to be holistic and, as such, more optimal for them.
So, if you ask me, I’d wipe the slate clean in terms of confusion and start simple! If you have real problems/a rut to tackle and ever want to do a consult, you know where to find me! An e book is coming soon— oh its is a labor of love!- to lay out the basics in a way you can apply generallybut poewrfully and personally if you don’t need specific targeted help right now!
If you have a feng shui question that you’d like answered, please join me on Facebook or Tumblr to join the forums of question-askers! I do my best to answer every single general (and sometimes specific) question I receive!
And, if you are ready to design your dream life, you can always work with me one-on-one online or in-person to make the big moves!
Always, I love hearing from you! xoxo Dana