I have just returned from exotic Hong Kong where I was a featured guest speaker at the “4th International Feng Shui Conference on Scientific Feng Shui and Built Environment” sponsored by the Department of Building and Construction of the City University of Hong Kong and the Asian Institute of Intelligent Buildings. It was a wonderful experience, kind of like going back to the “mother ship” of Feng Shui. But mostly it gave me the opportunity to discuss various current new researches in the field of Feng Shui that my colleagues and I have completed at top universities around the globe– from Australia, to Taiwan, to China, to Japan, to Germany, and of course, by yours truly at UCLA Extension in the United States.
Topics spanned from “Feng Shui in Traditional Sinology” to “Environmental Harmony,” with translations from some of the most compelling classics and statistical research on the natural environment perception, which showed Feng Shui having a significant emotional and psychological effect on the interviewees.
My talk was entitled “Fundamentals of Xuan Kong Effects on an Occupant’s Health” and in it I shared a series of case studies that I have been observing over the years regarding the effects of Xuan Kong (also commonly known as “Flying Stars“) and how it affects individuals on both a health and financial level. I then invited my colleagues to do some observations on specific buildings that I have forecasted to reveal significant problems with in the coming year. I look forward to sharing the results with them and you) at the next conference…
During the conference we were all also treated to a special visit with the development company who created (amongst many other projects) the well-known IFC (International Financial Center) of Hong Kong-- the tallest office building in the city, designed by Cesar Pelli and built in 1997. (Note: This is the tallest building you can see in the picture at the top of this newsletter). We were offered a detailed explanation of its design process and also an in-depth tour of the building, including the roof top view of the city.
This picture I have included just below the head image should give you an overall idea of how precious (and limited) the building space is in Hong Kong and how important it is for each building to be constructed with the best Feng Shui principles.
This experience was also a great opportunity to share and compare notes about the typical Feng Shui practice in Hong Kong, for I learned it is very common in fact to do what this developer did for the IFC building (and for all their development projects), to utilize the expertise of a Feng Shui Master both during the development project and then again to review the space after construction-- exactly in the same way that I have been doing it here in the U.S. and Europe for years! It is always good to know that you have lots in common with the best… (And I did take an “impromptu analysis” of the Feng Shui of the IFC and I can tell you its designed with some of the best Feng Shui I have ever seen.)
Lastly, I decided to treat myself to a new compass, so I went to visit a specialized compass manufacture in the old part of town and see what I found just below.
(Actually, the new one I acquired for on-site visits is not as big as these, but they do make a nice “show and tell” here…)
Overall it was a great conference and trip and I look forward to sharing what happens again next time I visit Hong Kong with you. But for now, let us look at what the new “Year of The Ox” has in store for you…