Let’s ask, “How do you do a Qi connection for a bed, a XKDG way”? The reason to do so is to allow the person to recharge his or her energy during sleep. Just liked a hand phone with drained batteries during the day, it needs to be recharged to its maximum for the next day. How exactly do you go about it?
To answer this question, one has to identify, which part of the human body is the portal for Qi to come and go. It is also a gateway for the mortal soul to leave the body, when life expires. The Daoist’s approach is that to be reborn as human, it (soul) needs to leave the body through the DanTian (naval) meridian. To be reborn as animal, it needs to leave through the mouth. To be reborn as immortal, it needs to leave through the “third eye”. There are many definitions to this – “third eye”. It is not in the scope of this article.
Is the naval meridian, the mouth or the “third eye” be construed as the portal of Qi? We may not know exactly, but let’s look at the way coffin is position within a household during a funeral wake. The contemporary position would have been the feet of the deceased is placed facing the main door. The urban legends state that such position is to facilitate the soul to leave the house and go out from the main door. TVB (HK) even take such a little further by demonstrating that the soul actually sit up bend over, get its feet down and walk straight to the door, as though gravity still has its toll.
One FengShui master said that, to do so is to allow the Door Gods to grant entry visas for the deceased’s soul to be remained within the household during funeral wakes. Therefore, it is there due to traditional believes, some considered it cultural BS. Yet, when Yifengshui put such up in FB, none actually do a throughout study as to the way it is carried out traditionally… You will be surprised, how these ancient Chinese does it, with solid reasons going back to the point – portal of Qi.
This very position with legs facing the door is also called – the mortuary position and it is a greatest taboo in contemporary FengShui, bed placement techniques. It is assumed that all Yang house FengShui has its beginning in Yin house FengShui. So the bed is the coffin, by reference. A traditional coffin has a headboard and a footboard. A contemporary bed also has a headboard but the footboard is optional. A tombstone is erected close to the footboard of the coffin. As the tombstone is the only structure continually erected off from the internal of the grave, it is deemed to be an antenna to the outer world. Yet, no one ask where does this weird idea comes about? Do you see that sort of tombstone during Qin Dynasty?
Also, no one actually has an answer as to which door do you referred to when you say, it is a taboo to sleep with the feet facing the door? Main door to your house/apartment? Bed room door? Main door to your apartment block? Traditionally, the common households have their beds with one side placed abutted to the wall. It is neither the headboard nor the footboard. Only when a person die, the deceased is placed in the coffin facing the main door of the house. Very straight forward. In fact, they never had to equate a bed with a coffin.
I was told that in XKDG, they measure the Qi portal as the footboard. I thought it was a joke back in 2009, where I wrote an article in Yifengshui. It was advocated by the school of the late grandmaster. Later did I actually found out, other XKDG master has their ways to measure Qi portal. Some, the center of the bed, while others the headboard. Only recently, I was told, the junior master after learnt from the senior late grandmaster, also taught his students to measure the footboard. His reason is very novel as related by his student, “this is the entry point. In old days this was the coffin foot and the stone of the grave was placed at the foot of the coffin. The Qi connection point”. As a result you can have a tombstone alignment different from the coffin alignment via XKDG.
In contradiction, many older forms of FengShui method uses the headboard as the reference. It is connected to a meridian spot within the upper most of the head called – BaiHu meridian 百会. It is connected to the Hexagram Gou 姤 "Encounters" (hexagram #44). Qian above Xun, only a Yin Yao stacked below all the Yang Yao. It is the beginning of Yin when the Yang has reached its extreme. This is a pure Yin. Such meridian opens up during the night and allow Qi to flow unobstructed. Anything to do with coffin? Nothing whatsoever… Annie Pecheva has written a very good article about this meridian, yet how many actually relates it to FengShui application?
When such was discussed over in FB, many other novel ideas were up for grasp. Some suggested in QiGong you receive EarthQi via the foot and thus you stand firm and not easy to fall. Therefore you apply the same in XKDG. The idea is correct, unfortunately the understanding is entirely wrong! The foot and the head is to complete a Qi connection, liked a close circuit. Without it, Qi simply won’t flow.
Back to the same old question, where is the Qi portal? Is the naval meridian, the mouth or the “third eye”, the center of the bed, footboard or the headboard be construed as the portal of Qi? In XKDG, unfortunately none! Surprise ya?
Before we speak of XKDG, we must understand how it connects Qi. Is it a container of Qi or a vessel of Qi? Why a hexagram has a GuaQi element number yet a GuaYun element number, what it measures and how it is used? Is the GuaYun referred to the Parent SanBan Gua? Which parent SanBan Gua do you referred to? Early Heaven or Later Heaven? What sort of YinYang do you derived from the Hexagram? Why a Hexagram is annexed to a JiaZi? Why is it arranged in that manner? Do you use them to derive your NaYin, if it is the only code of Heaven besides its long lost cousin, NaJia? How do you use them in Qi connection?
Shall we talk about it?