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Feng Shui:   Myth or Truth

The next example is not so easy to label as common logic. . .

Singapore is another city that has had phenomenal financial growth. Its good fortune has been attributed to the persistent practice of Feng Shui by Singapore's Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew. When building the Mass Transit Railroad systems in the eighties, the construction caused a decline in the economy. During a Feng Shui consultation, Mr. Lee was told that Singapore's fortune could be improved by hanging up a Ba Gua, the eight-sided Feng Shui symbol. Since the government was not sold on the placement of such a Chinese symbol, Mr. Lee instead introduced a Ba Gua-shaped one dollar coin. When the economy still did not recover, he created road tax disks in the shape of the Ba Gua and the economy immediately improved. (And consequently, every car in Singapore began hanging this symbol in their windshield.)

Years later, Mr. Lee was told that a dragon placed looking over the mouth of Singapore River and the Merlion, Singapore's symbol, would ensure Singapore's good fortune. So on the top left-hand corner of the country's fifty dollar bill, Mr. Lee placed a scene of the Singapore River, harbor, and Merlion. In this way the dragon would be forever symbolically poised above the Merlion, thereby safeguarding its prosperity forever.

Feng Shui fact or fiction? Can the application of Feng Shui to the symbols of a problem area improve the physical reality?

Feng Shui and Buildings

Having been to the Tah Majal, one of world's greatest feats in architectural poetry, I never guessed that the architecture was actually an example of bad Feng Shui and may have destined the ruler to misfortune. Though beautifully balanced visually, the Taj Mahal's narrow reflecting pool and two pathways are said to create a powerful line of energy that converges on the heart of the building. Some Feng Shui experts claimed that this line of energy ultimately affected the health, stability, and long-term political power of the ruler. Indeed, years after the Taj was completed, the emperor Shah Jahan fell seriously ill, leading to a violent battle for succession among his sons. A year later he was deposed and imprisoned at the Agra Fort, from where he could look wistfully at the magnificent Taj. Here Shah Jahan died in captivity.

Feng Shui or Darwin's law of survival of the fittest? (Okay, those were iffy cases… they get tougher from here!)

Here is one of the more controversial examples of Feng Shui at work (or at least the belief in it). Several years ago the Bank of China built their new headquarters in Hong Kong. Rising high above the Hong Kong skyline, the building was designed with shiny glass and sharp corners and was shaped like a shiny meat cleaver blade. Nearby competitors and office workers immediately complained that the building was deliberately designed to focus cutting qi at them, but to no avail. This qi was said to cause passing energy to rush and swirl around, mixing with the qi of the people nearby and causing them to feel threatened and uncomfortable.

Hoping for relief, many then consulted with Feng Shui masters for protection against the angular energy of the structure (causing a brief boom in business for the Feng Shui industry). Local business people in the area soon recovered from the draining energies felt from the building, returning life back its original state of peace of prosperity.

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