This week, I will be sharing with you a little more about how Qi Men Dun Jia is deployed in modern times and how it is utilised by some of todayâs Feng Shui consultants.
Qi Men is essentially a system that breaks down the essence of time. The Qi Men system computes the energy present in the environment during each year, month, day and hour and represents it in the form of a Qi Men chart, which comprises of 10 Heavenly Stems, 9 Stars Doors and 8 Doors. The goal is to pinpoint not just the most timely moment in time in which to undertake an action, but to also undertake that action from the correct location and direction to produce a specific outcome. It is this emphasis on location and direction that gives Qi Men its association and connection to Feng Shui.
Knowing when to do something, and which direction to approach the action and selecting the appropriate action based on outcome, is the epitome of âdoing the right thing at the right timeâ. Those of you who have read my book on The Art of Date Selection will appreciate that âdoing the right thing at the right timeâ is very much the basis of Date Selection. The Chinese of course, must always go one step further â with Qi Men that is not just âdo the right thing at the right timeâ, but âdo the right thing at the right time, that produces the right outcomeâ! Which is why one of Qi Men Dun Jiaâs primary usages in modern Feng Shui consulting practice is for Time Selection.
The Golden Moment
What is Time Selection and how is it different from Date Selection? Time Selection essentially refers to finding the right point in time to undertake an activity or endeavour. Now, conventional Date Selection methods, utilising the Dong Gong and 12 Day Officer systems, incorporate Time Selection as well. But conventional Date Selection only involves the hour, once the date is verified as auspicious and favourable for that activity.
Pure Time Selection, which is what Qi Men Dun Jia is utilised for, ignores the date. Qi Menâs techniques enable us to find a real âgolden momentâ â an hour in a day, coupled with a specific direction, and a specific action, that can successfully be undertaken, irrespective of whether or not it is a good day, based on conventional Date Selection methods. In short, it could be the worst day of the year, but with Qi Men, it is possible to pinpoint one specific hour, and one specific direction, that will enable a particular action to succeed.
Time Selection in the modern context can be utilised for many activities. Relationship-related activities such as business meetings, negotiations or personal relationship matters such as a proposal are within the scope of Qi Men Dun Jia Time Selection. It is also used for wealth-related activities such as collecting debts or making payments for investment purposes or even something as straightforward as applying for a loan. Qi Men can also be applied to more conventional activities like sitting for an exam or submitting a thesis, or for career-related activities like applying for a promotion or raise, seeking a job or succeeding in an interview. Given its war strategy origins, it is also very useful for those in the political arena, wherein timing oneâs actions is essential.
In some of the instances above, the Qi Men Dun Jia practitioner will first plot the Qi Men charts for the relevant hours in the day. So for example, the person wants to attend a job interview to be held in the afternoon. The Qi Men practitioner will then plot all the Qi Men charts for the afternoon. The person will then be told what time they must depart for the interview, and preferably which direction they should approach the building.
Qi Men Dun Jia is generally considered a specialized field in Chinese Metaphysics and understandably, not many Feng Shui practitioners include Qi Men in their repertoire of skills. For the modern day Feng Shui Consultants who are trained in Qi Men, they usually use it as a supplementary technique to Feng Shui, for example, in Date Selection where Qi Men technique can be used to help clients to refine the selection of a suitable date in which to move into a property, or to commence renovations.
Changing the course of history?
In Hong Kong and Taiwan, many books on Qi Men Dun Jia are focused on the use of Qi Men for less than kosher activities like committing bank robberies or evading escape or criminal activity. People tend to forget that these books are usually written âafter the factâ and unfortunately, it tends to contribute to the belief that Qi Men is an âoccultâ or deviationist technique and school. Such is the scary reputation of Qi Men that some masters have conveniently used this as a âjustificationâ for not teaching Qi Men to their students!
The secretive and mysterious nature of Qi Men is more likely due to the effectiveness of Qi Men, rather than its ability to be used for less than legitimate activities. Since it was such a handy and useful technique, the ancient Imperial families naturally wanted to keep it to themselves. Outsiders assumed that this was because it was deviationist (rather than just too good a secret to share) and so thatâs how Qi Men got its deviationist tag.
Theoretically, Qi Men can be used to change the course of history. I want to emphasise the word âtheoreticallyâ. Yes, a person, pursued by a mob of 10,000 people braying for his blood, could probably try to use the Escape Door (one of the 8 Mystical Doors) of the hour. But, when youâre running for your life, who has time to plot a Qi Men chart (and it does take a good 15 minutes!) and then run in the right direction? Youâre just too busy running!
Just like theoretically, Qi Men can be used to help you find a parking lot in an over-crowded mall. By the time youâve plotted the chart for the hour and figured out where to drive, you probably would have found a parking lot! So the idea of Qi Men for use in deviationist activities is sound in theory, but honestly, not possible to undertake in reality.
Qi Men and Feng Shui: The Difference?
There is a great deal of overlap between Qi Men and Feng Shui when we look at the purpose of these fields. Both are focused on the use of time and space to help a person achieve their goals. Both Qi Men and Feng Shui focus on direction and location, and have predictive aspects that enable users to ascertain the outcome of specific actions. The difference is very much in the quality of the outcomes (Qi Men is more specific) and also, the time needed to produce outcomes.
One advantage Qi Men has is that it generally produces quicker results â it can be almost immediate at times, depending on the circumstances. Feng Shui usually requires a few weeks or a few months before positive outcomes or desired outcomes can be seen. However, because it was developed for battle-field situations where the facts and circumstances are constantly changing, Qi Men is less suited for achieving stable and continuous results. Stable and continuous results are what we usually prefer for business owners or home owners because typically they are interested in long-term outcomes. Itâs also a little bit impractical to tell clients to keep changing the door that they use or the time they have to leave their house to go to work every morning!
Qi Men is suited to situations where movement is involved such as travel or a specific personal action. It is not restricted by physical environmental considerations, unlike some Feng Shui charts. Qi Men is not dependant on external land Forms. But if the activity or endeavour doesnât really involve that much movement or travel, or is a long-term effort, then probably Qi Men is not the best technique to deploy.
Feng Shui requires a tie in with the residents based on their Gua or their BaZi. In this respect, some set-ups may only favour one or two members of a family or individuals in a company. Qi Men is less dependant on Gua or BaZi and can be used to find a suitable time and direction for every member of the family or every key man in a organization, to undertake a specific task.
While itâs good to appreciate differences between Feng Shui and Qi Men, itâs important to recognise that these differences donât denote superiority or inferiority. It simply indicates to us that in some specific circumstances, Qi Men is the better method, and in others, classical Feng Shui techniques may better serve the clientâs needs.