Saturday, 23 May 2015

Bonsai and feng shui’s relation

I have been cultivating the bonsai trees personally for almost a year now. It is now one of my hobby besides collecting Yixing purple clay teapots, travelling and reading. In this past one year, the number of trees in my collection has grown tremendously too – from miniature trees to big trees, in various shapes and from various type of trees. And now my friends are wondering that bonsai trees must be good for feng shui and that is why they are so expensive. Knowing that I am a firm believer in feng shui only affirmed my friend’s believe that feng shui and bonsai must be related.

A cascading Juniperus chinensis with sharimiki
First of all, not everything that I like to do is feng shui related or it must be good for feng shui. Tea drinking and reading are never written in any feng shui book that they are good for feng shui. But, doing those activities at the auspicious sections of the house depending on the flying stars of the year will definitely be beneficial just the same as avoiding activities at sectors that are in conflict with the “Tai sui”, Five Yellow and Three Killings. Flying stars changes every year, which means that an auspicious room for this year may be inauspicious for next year. Therefore, it is important too, to invest in a Tong Shu(通胜)before Lap Chun (立春) to know which the auspicious sectors of the house are or which sector that should be left uninterrupted.

Second, there is a common misunderstanding that something that is expensive must be good and something that is cheap isn’t that good. There are good and bad from expensive and inexpensive items. Drugs are expensive but does that mean it is good? Chrysanthemum tea is cheap it is very nice to drink, its fragrant superb and beneficial for health, especially in reducing body heat. In recent years, feng shui have gone into mass market commercialization thus indirectly giving people the misconception that something related to good feng shui must be expensive for they bring luck and fortune.

To me, bonsai is an art and they are for pleasure. In June 2014, Sotheby’s Hong Kong showcased 16 bonsai trees ranging from the late 18th century to current for the price of RM8000.00 to RM333, 000.00. There is no exact price that you pay for an art because beauty lies in the eye of the beholder. If you do not like Picasso, you will think that it is crazy to pay a hundred of million dollars for one of his painting.
Informal upright Juniperus chinensis
Finally, there is no mention in any feng shui books about bonsai trees though they have been cultivated for thousands of years in China and they are so beloved by the imperial family, mandarins and the literati. This leave an open space for practitioners to interpret the trees based on their whim and logic with metaphysic. Some feng shui practitioners said they have no correlation with feng shui while others argues that bonsai symbolizes stunting growth energy thus they should be avoided. Or some agrees that although they do not represent normal tree that is supposed to be bringing growth energy, it is fine to have them as long as they are not located in the wealth sector of the garden so you wealth is not stunted! Duh!!

A cascading boxus sinicica 
So, what do I believe? I don’t believe its correlation with feng shui at all! I’m more interested in the logic of healthy trees, regardless they are bonsai or bamboo or lotus and to do pruning constantly so they do not overgrow to become mini jungle or create clutter that block the smooth flow of energy around the house. 

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