Feng Shui is perhaps not a new term for many, but how many understands the principle behind this ancient wisdom? It is one of the Five Arts of Chinese Metaphysics, classified as physiognomy (observation of appearances through principles, formulas and calculations) and this includes about the flow of energy including the energy that a name carries. We speak with Feng Shui Master Jet Lee, Founder and Principal of Yi Culture on why choosing a name for baby is such a popular and important practice for those who understand the rationale.
Why is choosing a good name important? Using metaphysics principles, the name of a person can affect one’s energy field. Some people regard Feng Shui as a superstition due to the many practices that most people relate to as mysterious due to a lack of understanding of the metaphoric expressions of “invisible forces” that bind the universe, earth, and humanity together, known as qi (气).
These forces include energy that we can’t see, such as the life force that flow in the human body via meridian channels known in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) as well as the energy field one has, also known as chakra (energy studies). Feng shui means wind (风) and water (水), reflecting a profound Chinese philosophical system that combines geographical understanding of how one interacts with the environment as well as the harmony of the trinity of heaven (luck), earth (environment) and man (personality). Below are 5 reasons why a good name is important.
- Helps to harness your child’s potential Name selection in Feng Shui refers to principles and strategies that we can use to enhance our potential and energy. Energy that is not harnessed is similar to a puddle of water, scattered and purposeless. In life, once we know how to direct our energy, it changes our energy field, like directing the flow of water for a purpose and a good name harnesses your child’s energy.
- Provides the basic energetic field of your child Name analysis and selection is part of Feng Shui and destiny analysis. A suitable name is important as it provides the basic energetic field of the person, a name with more water element typically signify how the person tends to be more ‘fluid’ (adaptable) and emotional versus a name with more metal element that is associated with ‘steely’ characteristics such as determination or even stubborn traits.
- Imprints positive energy and characteristics The name of a person can affect one’s energy field. This can be explained using the scientific theory of sound waves – when you call a person using a particular term, the sound waves transmitted carry the elements of the name. The sound vibrations are projected onto the person, thus, imprinting characteristics. For example, many budding stars were told to change there names to more glamorous one (or suit the media industry they are in) as these names are thought to be for them to get ahead. For example, you wouldn’t want your child to be called ‘loser’ etc as these repeated name-calling can have negative imprinting effects.
- Enhances innate positive element(s) Characters in names can help to enhance innate birth chart qualities but it is important to consult and seek advice from qualified practitioners so that you do not enhance the negative qualities or increase a predominant element that may cause an imbalance. And the best time to name the baby is after baby is born in order to factor in the birth chart.
- Prevents confusion A good name should be given right from the start of birth as a name change can cause confusion to the person, in terms of elemental changes. Unless the name is changed for the better (like in the cases of many celebrities), most practitioners would caution against a name change. For example, in the case of a true story, Kenneth (not his real name) is given a Chinese name that represents the great outdoors and precious jade. After her parent’s divorce, her mum changed her name to one that signifies literacy and poetic expression – causing Kenneth to face the dilemma of a constant struggle of choosing his outdoor or literary pursuits. Many consultants and practitioners advised him to change his name back to his original as it would better match his innate capabilities and potential.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of Singapore’s Child March Issue 173 with the headline ‘What’s In A Name’ with expert advice from Master Jet Lee, Founder and Principal of Yi Culture.
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