The history of the development of feng shui can be traced back for more than five thousand years. Feng shui has grown and adapted with the changing needs, desires and circumstances of humanity from both rural to urban environments.
The science originated in rural China when farmers studied their landscape, seasons, weather and many other factors to try to understand the environment that they lived in. They learned how the rivers changed course and their rates of flow, when the sun was high or low and the quality of its heat and which areas of land were saturated, fertile or parched and why.
Noticing the timing and quality of how the different energies all flowed together was complicated and scientific. It involved learning what the heavens and earth were doing and how the humans could successfully fit into the patterns. Their finely tuned expertise was purely observational, practical and common sense. This knowledge helped them to build their homes in the best positions, facing the most beneficial directions. They grew their crops in locations where they were most likely to have high yields. They survived well in their very harsh environments, building successful communities and prospering. Cities grew where the energies of meandering rivers, deep estuaries, protective mountains and flat lands combined in the most productive ways.
The Imperial rulers of China became interested in feng shui as they realised that it was a powerful science. Men that were skilled in the many styles of Feng Shui including Ba Chop, Sam Hap, Sam Yuan and Yuen Hom methods became Feng Shui Masters who served their Imperial ruler. These highly skills Masters protected their empire by choosing the best land for the ruler’s palace, the best burial sites for their ancestry and the most opportune times for their ruler to act in order to succeed. This ensured that the ruler continued to reign powerfully and that he kept control and protected his people.
The knowledge that Great Great Grand Master Chan Hay Yee’s had of feng shui came directly through the many changing Chinese Dynasties, dating back to the time of the Imperial courts in China. His student, Great Grand Master Chue Yuen became a Taoist Master and developed Chue Yuen Style Feng Shui. He then chose Grand Master Chan Kun Wah as his student, to pass on his accumulated knowledge using the same traditional methods of tuition as had been applied for centuries. Grand Master Chan Kun Wah in his time chose to break from tradition, a very radical move for many Masters to understand, and open an Imperial Feng Shui School in Scotland. Instead of teaching only one person and risk that knowledge being lost over time he was directed to teach many people. This choice, he believes, will ensure the survival of very vital and profound knowledge that can assist humanity in a more harmonious future.
Since the first Imperial School of Feng Shui and Chinese Horoscopes opened in 1996 Grand Master Chan has directly taught many students the Imperial Yuen Hom Style of Feng Shui. As students of Grand Master Chan Kun Wah we have learned some of the many secrets for interpreting nature. Our ultimate aims are to help people and develop feng shui in our modern societies as rural Chinese farmers did in the past.
In the modern societies of today the focus it on living and working in crowded, urban environments where the pace of life is quick. How do we know if our environments are beneficial to us or whether we are being exhausted or harmed by their effects?
Grand Master Chan Kun Wah’s students of Imperial Yuen Hom Style Feng Shui consult properties and environments daily using the same tools as past Yuen Hom Masters did. They use their six senses to see, hear, touch, taste, smell and intuit the surroundings for evidence. They also use their knowledge of the symbolic representation of shapes, colours and directions of to assess and interpret the interplay of the elements in a particular area. They use compasses called Lo-pans to accurately measure the direction of the energy. Almanacs of recorded information and secret Yuen Hom Style methods are used to gain a cleared understanding of the quality of the energy in a specific place. Finally, all this information is collated and the result is that the consultant can diagnose the energy problem, how it may be affecting the client and most importantly, how to fix the problem to benefit the client.