Have we ever consider the place of Chinese metaphysics in the modern world? Why do people place so much faith in science and regard metaphysics as a poorer cousin? But it is a futile exercise to define and analyse Chinese metaphysics using the same lens as western empirical science. Western science is derived based on measurable results and consistent laws using physical measuring tools digital or otherwise. The last point is important. Chinese metaphysics is neither random or haphazard. There is a defined set of principles and rules which are supposed to produce consistent readings and results that are limited only by the skill and knowledge of the practitioner. What it is unable to do is to be measured by physical measurable tools. How do we measure qi flow and how do we measure success? Chinese metaphysics is not a science in the western sense of the word. However, it is a scientific study with pre-defined methodologies and theories that have been known to produce consistent results if accurately and diligently applied. Before the advent of modern history and the Enlightenment period, the mass majority of human beings lived accordingly to the principles of nature, alternative healing etc some of which produce positive results while others were debunked as myths and superstitious. Modern science has been unable to give a definite answer to the many mysteries of the world. Perhaps with more research and sophisticated instruments, we can then raise the world of Chinese metaphysics on a higher pedestal.
Before that, do consider the following:
a) Chinese metaphysics has already acknowledge the rotation of the sun way before it was confirmed by science. In Bazi, every summer is different and this is denoted by the strength of the energy and the phases they go through.
b) In San He Fengshui, the concave side of the river is generally more habitable. From geography, we now know that these places are usually more fertile with better nutrients in the soil for agriculture.
c) In Fengshui, we talk about tapping on the energies of the land, the vibrations and Na Yin is about the rhythmic musical notes of ancient Chinese instruments.We now have complex instruments that can capture vibrations and magnetic fields.
d) In Fengshui, it is said that the energy is dispersed by the wind and gather at the rivers. We now know that wind not only helps plants to propagate, they also carry smells, bacteria/illness and the monsoon affect the tides as well. Since time immemorial, civilisations have began their nation building on the banks of major rivers
e) Moving underground water and movement and living near electrical transformers are generally regarded as negative from a Fengshui perspective. We now know about the harmful effects of long-term exposure to radiation and an overly damp environment can cause sickness. Consider the examples quoted in an unnamed German study on such matters i.e. https://bit.ly/2lzh706
f) Science has confirmed that the earth is round. The ancient Chinese already have a saying 天方地园 which is derived from their perspective observing the universe.
g) The basics of Tai Ji stipulated that within the Yang, there is the Yin and vice versa. Science has now observed that there are male and female hormones in all of us.
h) The taiji shows that the movement of the qi is anticlockwise and that qi flows from high to low. Science has confirmed that the earth’s rotation is anti-clockwise and qi like water, flows from higher ground to lower ground.
i) In Bazi, we account for the strength of the elements and their energies through the 12 Growth Phases. We now know that even within the same season, there are variations in terms of climate change.
j) Have we ever wondered why the Chinese like to say “Males on the left; females on the right?” Is it due to social convention or is it a reflection of the landform (refer to previous article about Four Celestial animals). Why is ancient China sometimes being referred to as 中土 (Middle Earth which incidentally refers to the lands created by J. R. R. Tolkien). Is it because of the Bagua and the “earth” months in between each seasonal change? Why does the ancient Chinese divide the seasons into 24 energy phases? We now know that even within the same season, there are variations in terms of climate change.
k) Established personality tests like the MBTI has at least 16 personality types comprising a mix of 8 different profiles. It is one of the many established and accepted personality profiling systems used by many corporate human resource departments and training institutes. In #chinesemetapysics, a Bazi (Eight Characters) reading is akin to some sort of Chinese Destiny #profilingtest and pretty much does the same thing. It is also an attempt to understand one’s personality and complex nature. For one, it has many more combinations. 10 Day Stems multiply by 2 (Yin/Yang) multiply by 10 types multiply by 5 different structures. You get at least 1000 different combinations. When we take into account the differences in timing, geographical locations (nope; not everyone born on the same year/day/date/time are the same) the strength of the elements and the 4 seasons, there are at least 10000+ different personality combinations.