Roots of Wisdom
Jenny T. Liu, M.A.
The following is taken from Grand
Master Chi-Jen Liu’s book, “Feng Shui
Chi Art.” The book is filled
with insightful teachings about chi, full-color photos of paintings, art
statements, and poetry. In the following excerpt, Grand Master Liu shares his
dream that inspired the Chi Art pictured here, “Tunnel of Love Between East and
In a vivid dream, I find my-self at the
end of a tunnel that is framed with dripstones and vines. Before me is a
magnificent view of green mountains with peach trees, jungle foliage, and flat
rocks lining a smooth broad river
In this dream, my beloved wife and I stroll hand-in-hand, enjoying this
ideal world — the hard-earned fruit of our labor. But this world is more than colorful fantasy — it is filled with symbolism and reveals the journey I started fifty years ago
to share Eastern culture with the West.
For the past fifty years, I have been digging a tunnel, symbolically speaking, to connect two
cultures. The tunnel represents the communication of Eastern philosophy I have
brought to the West. It is reinforced with dense tree roots that have worked their way into the rocks and soil, making it stable and
permanent. This symbolizes that my work has made a foundation in the West. I
have strengthened the walls of this communication tunnel with the roots of
wisdom and love for my culture.
Dripstones represent heaven
coming to Earth because they descend
from above. The eight dripstones
symbolize Heaven Town, from which divine blessings of fortune come
down to earth. Dripstones also symbolize
achievement and wealth.
In my dream, the dripstones look like
the beards of ancient sages. Feeling
like a young child again, I
swing from the roots and vines, serenading my wife with songs of love. In the
distance, six jade mountains symbolize strength and eloquence because they are
solid, shiny, and smooth. The peach trees symbolize longevity. The clear wide
river is shaped by a curving wall of jade rocks. Flowing with love, it sustains
the mountains and jungle.
One jade-lined river, six jade mountains, and eight dripstones create
the 1-6-8 pattern. In Chinese, this pattern is pronounced as yi lu fa, which can be translated as “smooth road to prosperity.”
In the dream, and depicted in
this painting, my wife and I ride
the red boat of love. We enter the river from the East and glide to the West,
poignantly reflecting on our journey together. I am reminded that I spent my entire life digging this tunnel. Sharing my knowledge of feng shui has been my mission for a happier world.
Now, I have reached the goal I always dreamed of. Today, feng shui is widely acknowledged and appreciated by Western
scholars, leaders, and professors. I feel no regret in my life, for I see the
result of my work every day and feel truly accomplished.
With this painting, I hope others will see how rewarding it is to
cultivate wisdom and be inspired
to create good karma. We have to share our knowledge with others to create more
love and understanding between all humans. We are a global family, regardless
of what culture you come from, and we can help each other reach our goals.
Master Jenny Liu holds a BA in Environmental
Design from UC Berkeley and an MA in Architecture from UCLA. She is an expert
in feng shui who shares her knowledge through seminars, periodicals, and the
For more information please see Liu-FengShui.com, or call Jenny at (626) 272-4901.