A Paradigm of Change

Change appears to be the only constant nowadays. Ever wonder at some point of your life whether you should make the career switch, commit to a relationship or take that investment plunge? As Spencer Johnson puts it "Enjoy change" and you would emerge from the journey a richer person.

I believe that an understanding of self is instrumental to the change process. To this end, BaZi which is an ancient Chinese art, offers a powerful means of analyzing the various elements under an individual's "zodiac" sign. On the other hand, feng shui, another ancient Chinese art, allows us to influence the surrounding or environment we are in to create a harmonious interplay of Qi (energy). This would in turn lead to a state of physical and mental well-being. Inherent in the principles of feng shui is the balancing of opposites or the Yin 阴 (negative qi) against the Yang 阳 (positive qi).

Contrary to the common dismissal that palm reading, face reading, Bazi or Feng Shui are mere superstitions, many of these principles are in fact based on empirical observations. Consider feng shui for example. Looking around, the workings of our day to day revolve around the fundamentals of opposing elements. Based on the law of physics, a car moves forward because its fuel emission generates sufficient energy to overcome the weight of the car and its resistance. Emotionally, we've all experienced moments of happiness and sadness. Nutritionally, if the energy from the food we eat exceeds the energy we use up in our physical activities, we gain weight. Biologically, male and female hormones coexist in both men and women but in varying levels.

Taking this argument a little further, there is no reason why we can't dress, furnish nor make major life changes to better integrate the elements we are born with.