Articles & papers – Feng Shui conference: Geomancy … a matter of belief

“Things not only have to be seen to be believed, but also have to be believed to be seen” (Stan Gooch)

  • Things may work – for a while – solely because we want them to do so, or because we’ve paid the issue some attention
  • Learning the boundary between reality and wishful thinking…

Geomancy is a magical process. And I mean that literally, not only in that it works in ways that often make no sense at all (though that’s no different from most of modern physics!), but more in that it works against entropy: we create support from what appears to be nothing, changing (if we get it right!) sickness into health, or gloom and struggle into comfort and rest.

The problem is that this isn’t just straight physics and physiology: there is a real magical process at work in geomancy. Much of the time things work only when we believe they will – or when our clients believe they will. And when we stop believing, or our clients fall back into expecting someone else to ‘fix’ their lives, entropy may return – sometimes with a jarring thump.

And the catch, as many of us know only too well, is we often do get miraculous-seeming results at the beginning… but only at the beginning… Yet this too is entirely normal: it’s what’s commonly called ‘Beginner’s Luck’. In the skills-labyrinth, it occurs at the very beginning of the path, where we succeed because we don’t know what we’re doing. It’s the ‘hook’ to get us started, but there’s a long way to go to get to the centre, and somehow we have to pass through that bleak ‘dark night of the soul’ before we can get there…

Geomancy is a magical process: a weird, contorted magical technology. But as a technology, it does have its own rules: so to get our geomancy to work, we need to learn those rules – and learn its weird boundaries between practical reality and mere wishful thinking!

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