I wrote this as a discussion topic in the Fivearts Forum because a lot of students are confused about the discrepancies in the working of different Liqi Pai (Comapss School) Feng Shui, others might find it interesting and would like to comment here as well:
Fivearts Forum, Liqi Pihttp://www.fivearts.net/index.php/topic,4070.0.html
This is a question asked by students of Feng Shui all the time, like what to do with the different ways of counting time (Two Eras and 8 Periods v Three Eras and Nine Periods), the different ways of allocating the Direct and Indirect Spirits, and the different Yin and Yang correlations and Wuxing correlations, etc. etc.
The answer can be found in an analogy to games we play in sport. Each game has its own set of rules and its own point scoring system, try to understand them clearly and then play the game according to the rules from the beginning to the end. If one wants to know which game is more enjoyable and more rewarding, one needs to finish playing one game before trying another.
Imagine the chaos one can create when half way through playing an English football game, then decided out of the blue, to change the game to American football and pick up the ball and run towards the goal posts!
Feng Shui methodologies are like intellectual games; each game has its own set of rules and its own way to evaluate the desirability of a situation, none of them are more right or more wrong than another, it is just an acceptance between one another of how each game should be handled, which philosophical interpretation and which correlation one should adopted and so forth.
Our task as Feng Shui students is learn these different rules from different schools of Feng Shui and then play the intellectual game according to thier set rules one at a time and don’t try to mix them up. After a while, an experienced player will know which game is more enjoyable and more rewarding and in what situation and then it can become an effective tool in helping others.
Some people, after a while for some reasons, might want to set up their own school with a new set of rules. All he or she has to do is to gather a group of followers, big enough so it can survive as a school, and then we will have a new game-play on the block. This is exactly what happened to 林雲 Lin Yun’s Three Door Bagua and 談養吾 Tan Yang-Wu’s Xuan Kong Liu Fa.
Another way to become a founder is to create a set of sub-rules with a main game, like 王亭之 中州玄空派 Wang Ting-Zhi’s Zhongzhou Xuankong Feixing Pai or 陳倍生妙派 Chen Bei-Sheng’s Mei Pai Da Gua. These can come under the guise or the banner of “secret transmissions”, “authentic teachings” and “direct lineage” etc.
As students, we need to see the scenery clearly and seek a path we can walk down to reach our goal, aim for the main path and not the side passages and get lost on our way.