Students in local schools are gearing up for important national exams coming up in the next few months, while those attending International Schools have just finished the summer holidays, so it’s time to hit the books. While everyone believes their child is a genius, can some knowledge of feng shui bring that genius to the fore, allowing him or her to shine in class and in exams? Why, sure it can!
|If your child’s
|His or her Study or “Fu Wei”
|1||North for both males & females|
|2||Southwest for both males & females|
|3||East for both males & females|
|4||Southeast for both males & females|
|5||Southwest for males; northeast for females|
|6||Northwest for both makes & females|
|7||West for both males & females|
|8||Northeast for both males & females|
|9||South for both males & females|
Tapping Personalized Study Orientations
The easiest way to make use of feng shui to help your child study better is to use the compass Kua formula. According to feng shui, each person has four lucky and four unlucky directions. Of the lucky directions, one is dedicated to personal achievement – and this is the direction your child should tap if striving to achieve top grades in their studies. This direction is called Fu Wei. Tapping into one’s Fu Wei direction can be done as easily at home, in the classroom or at college.
Once your child knows his or her personal Fu Wei direction, all you need is to get a compass so that he or she can always sit facing that direction, and sleep with head pointed to that direction. Successfully tapping the Fu Wei will ensure your child feels energized and highly motivated. It will also help him or her attract the attention of a teacher or mentor, and this can greatly help ease the path to success when it comes to doing well in school.
When to Tap the Fu Wei
The most important use of the Fu Wei direction is to try and let your child sleep with his or her head pointed towards this direction. He /she should also sit facing this direction when sitting at his/her regular work desk. An added bonus of course would be if this direction can also be tapped when sitting for an exam, attending class or attending interviews. IF the Fu Wei cannot be tapped, then try and make sure that the direction that gets tapped is one of your child’s other 3 lucky directions (and not an unlucky one).
Balance the Yin & Yang
The feng shui of your children’s bedroom will affect them more than you think. Always ensure you have a good balance of yin and yang. Growing kids need yang energy to thrive, but too much of it and you end up with a hyperactive youngster that is hard to control. Always try to balance out the yang with the yin. For your child’s bedroom or study room, pick a wall colour that is neutral such as white, cream or a pastel shade. You can add elements of bold yang like a bright cheery painting, but avoid overly bright colours for whole walls. Ample windows are important in a child’s bedroom to allow natural sunlight to flood in – children need natural sunlight to grow and it also pulls in the sheng chi from the outdoors inwards into the room.
Quartz crystals are powerful study luck energizers. Get one for your child – let them pick their own crystal, it should feel good to them as it has to resonate with their personal energy – then cleanse the crystal in rock salt water for 7 days and 7 nights. Let your child hold the crystal in the left hand while studying or revising, and in the exam, tell them to carry the crystal in their pocket. Teach them to charge up their crystal in pure sunlight on days that are bright and sunny. The crystal can also be re-energized with flowing spring water in a waterfall… so if there is a natural waterfall near you, or next time you go hiking or on holiday where you meet up with a waterfall, hold the crystal under the flowing water for a while to charge it up.
Wear the Education & Exam Luck Amulet
In Chinese culture, wearing gold jewellery is believed to bring lots of good luck, and when the piece of jewellery is fashioned into an auspicious symbol, the luck is multiplied. The perfect gift for a young person studying, about to enter big school, or going off to college or university is the Education and Exam amulet, which features the 4 implements required for successful study – these 4 implements, the scroll, chess set, musical instrument and brush represent everything you need for scholastic success. Let your child wear one as a pendant for excellent study luck.
Activate the Education Corner
Following Eight Aspirations feng shui, the education corner lies in the Northeast. Get a compass, stand in the middle of the room, and find the NE area of your child’s study room or bedroom. Activate this corner with a Crystal Globe, which should be twirled daily. The NE is a Big Earth corner, and twirling a globe which represents Big Earth will activate the energies of this sector to bring scholarly luck to anyone pursuing their studies.
|The Chinese View of Education
To the Chinese, scholastic success is of utmost importance. In ancient China, the only way for young men from humble backgrounds to get ahead in life was to pass the Imperial exams. Attaining a high level of scholarship was metaphorically linked to the lowly carp successfully crossing the Dragon Gate and transforming into a dazzling Dragon; thus the legend of the Dragon Gate, which accurately sums up the Chinese attitude towards education, which is one of deep respect. Till today, the most important thing to Chinese families throughout the world is that their children do well in their studies. Like their ancestors, they believe that the scholastic route is the best way of improving their status and lifestyle. Good exam grades and a high quality education have thus always been considered the universal key to success.
Take Note of Annual Updates
Do not let your child sit facing the Tai Sui, or with their back to the Three Killings, as this is sure to affect their ability to concentrate on their studies. Yearly afflictions overrule personalized Kua directions, so please take note of this.
Abacus & Brush Magic
The abacus and brush together will help enhance education luck for anyone pursuing their studies. The brush symbolizes creativity while the abacus symbolizes intelligent quantitative thought. Get these as an amulet hanging or keychain for your child to hang off their schoolbag.
Avoid Open Bookshelves
Bookshelves that are not concealed by cabinet doors can sometimes send out secret poison arrows to whoever is working in the room. Avoid this type of bookshelves in your child’s study room. It is much better to have cabinet doors to conceal the bookshelves. If you cannot, then try to have the edges of the books flush with the edge of the shelves so there is no “sharp edge”, or let your child sit so they do not have their back to such open shelves.
TEACH YOUR CHILD TO STUDY RIGHT
While feng shui can help remove some of the study and exam hurdles that every student is bound to face, remember that it cannot magically turn your child into a straight “A” student. Use of feng shui should be complemented by hard work as well as smart work. Teach your child how to study right so the hours of work put in do not get wasted. How? Here are some simple but effective ways:
1) The Input-Output Method – Avoid reading and re-reading everything to prep for a test. Ask your child to make notes while studying. When you re-write what you have read, and reorganize the knowledge such that it makes most sense to you, you trigger your retentive powers, but more importantly, your understanding of the knowledge. Once that knowledge clicks in your head, reproducing it in the exam hall becomes so much easier.
2) Use Colour Coding – The mind works best when you combine use of the different senses – and colour is an important aspect in this. Get your child a set of different highlighters for them to highlight different passages that they read. Use different colours for different themes. For example, use yellow for keywords, pink for symbolism, blue for characterization and so on. The mind recalls colour coded information much better than plain black and white test, so make use of colours!
3) Make Mind Maps – Another great way to organize information in the head is to make mind maps. These are diagrams used to structure, visualize and classify ideas and information. Everyone organizes information in a different way, so let your child work out what works best for him or her; but show him or her some common mind-mapping techniques first, then let him/her figure out the best way. Check out Tuny Buzan’s books on Mind Mapping.
4) Limit Social Networking Sites – While Facebook and mySpace may be fun summertime activities, keeping your child social and sane when it’s more difficult to meet up with school friends, during term time it can become every parent’s nightmare! Make a deal with your child, and only allow computer chat during certain hours in the day, or only after homework has been completed. Someone has to lay down some law, so make your child’s life easy by being prepared to play bad cop once in a while.
The following article is taken from the "Feng Shui World (September / October 2009)". To subscribe, please click here.