What you need to know about ShengJi
Many people are fascinated by FengShui and what it can do for our lives. One of the many practices in Fengshui to change luck is to do a Shengji for the client to help him/her to transform his life.
I had written a FAQ about Shengji to enlighten those who are fascinated by this practice.
Q: What is Shengji?
A: Shengji is factually a Yin Zhai Fengshui method that originated from Daoist practices, and it utilizes the body materials such as hair, nails and blood of the person, to simulate a “death burial”.
It employs the essential principles of Landform to find a good Dragon and good Xue that had formed a certain ‘formation’, and theories and principles of LiQi Fengshui to get the correct setting for the Shengji.
In Daoism, it is believed that we have 三魂七魄 (San Hun Qi Po), loosely translated:
三魂is the “three immortal souls” that represents the spirit and intellect;
七魄 is “seven mortal forms” that represents carnal life and desires.
This三魂七魄 (San Hun Qi Po) must be taken care of properly and given the best living conditions for the betterment of the person. Thus in Fengshui, we need to have at a minimum, good home environment for the person to live comfortably and happily so as to have the opportunity to be successful in life.
Shengji is a method of Fengshui practice to link the Qi of heaven, earth and man, called Tian Di Ren San Cai 天地人三才，to create an effect for the benefit of the person doing the Shengji.
Q: What or where is the origin of Shengji?
A: It was said that Shengji is a Daoist Fengshui innovation. There is a record in the classic 鬼谷子无字天书 (Gui GuZi’s wordless book of heaven), where there is mention of a Zhang Liang, a Daoist practitioner who found a place to meditate and practice Daoist Alchemy, and achieved Sainthood. This place had good landform with a powerful dragon and a powerful Xue. Thereafter, was born the Fengshui theory and practice of utilizing good landform for burial, Shengji and other purposes.
Q: What are the potential effects of doing a Shengji?
A: Shengji can help in many ways. Primarily it is to help enhance the goodness and the dispell the badness of life. There are many different aspect of life whereby Shengji can help. The main three categories are:
- Power and authority, business, career, finance, name and fame
- Health, overcoming illness, gaining good health and long life
- Marriage, family relationship, public relationship, etc.
Q: Can Shengji alter a person’s life fate?
A: In Fengshui, it is said that the good effects can at best give an uplift of 30% of the person’s life. There is a tradirional Chinese belief that the person’s life is made up of 5 important aspects. The saying is 一命二运三风水四集功德五读书:
- Life fate
- Luck periods
- Accumulated merits
From the above saying, it looks like Fengshui only makes up 25% to 30% of a person’s life. Many ancient masters postulated that Fengshui can at best enhance up to 30% of a person’s life. Whatever degree of enhancement a Shengji can do depends on many factors. One whether there is Real Dragon and Real Xue or whether the date selected to do the Shengji is suitable and powerful enough to complement the person’s life fate and the Xue spot.
Q: How many types of Shengji are there?
A: The are two main categories of Shengji — Burial Shengji and non-Burial Shengji.
- Burial Shengji requires land to bury the urn that holds your body materials.
It can be a shared burial Shengji where there are many lots of Shengji holes or it can be a plot of single burial or even a family burial plot where its size probably can hold three, four or five coffins. This requires the use of YinZhai Fengshui method to find a Good Dragon and Good Xue for the burial.
- Non-burial Shengji is essentially evolved from a Daoist method that is called 本命炉 (life censer) whereby a person’s body materials, talisman, and other essential materials are placed in a cloth bag and then inserted into an incense censer that is placed in the family altar in front of Deities that are being worshipped by the family. This method does not need land to bury, but it needs a place in the house to put the Shengji urn. This requires Yang Zhai Fengshui method to find an auspicious spot in the house to place the urn.
Q: Can a person do many Shengji? And why?
A: Yes can do. There are many types of Shengji according to the landform formation. For example, if there is a wealth formation in the landform and the Dragon and Xue are both suitable for Burial Shengji, then this Shengji is deemed as a Wealth Shengji.
A person can do Shengji for wealth, health, curing sickness, extending life span, power and authority, career and promotion. As long as there is a need, one can do a Shengji.
Q: Can non-Burial Shengji do all these?
A: There is a limitation to the effects of non-Burial Shengji due to the fact that it is not buried on a land with good Dragon and good Xue. However, there can still be certain effects of the aforementioned effects. The important part is the house Fengshui when doing non-burial Shengji. If the house Fengshui is good, the chance of getting better effects is high.
Q: Who are the people who need to do Shengji?
A: Generally if you are not sick you would not go to see a doctor. Probably you would have kept your health by exercising regularly and taking health supplements. Similarly, if you have no major problems to overcome, such as terminal illness, failed business, facing demotion or facing the sack or being jobless, you would not need to make any planned moves to overcome these. Planned moves include doing Shengji to help you overcome these adversities.
Therefore, here are a few examples of people who should do Shengji:
- People who have a lingering or terminal illness need to do Shengji as a solution to overcome the illness.
- People looking for enhancement in life such as seeking a promotion or a career jump, or business people who want to go up one level higher in his business standing in the community.
- Singers and artistes who want to increase their fan base and become more popular, and eventually earn more money.
- Military or policemen who wish to seek promotion to higher positions of authority and increase their power base.
- Politicians who are seeking for stability and progress in their political career.
- Students, especially university students who are facing their final examination before graduation.
Q: Can a new born child do Shengji?
A: Can. As long as the child had crossed 100 days, it can have a ShengJi done for it. Can only use its hairs and nails (if any), and must not draw blood. For babies or children below 7 years old, you must know what are the traditional cultural taboos to observe. Only when the child is past 7 years old, then only can draw blood.
Q: Can a pregnant woman do Shengji?
A: Cannot. When she is still pregnant there are two entities in her body. Thus she cannot do Shengji when she is pregnant. She can only do Shengji at least three months after giving birth.
Q: Can a person suffering from perennial illness or about to die do Shengji?
A: Yes can! In fact it is highly recommended for the person to find a good master to do Shengji so that he/she can have a chance to overcome the sickness and possibly extend his/her life span. However, it still depends on the availability of real Dragon and real Xue for the effects to happen. As for non-burial Shengji, there is still potential for overcoming the illness.
Q: Do we need to keep our Shengji a secret?
A: Yes, it must be kept a secret. You should not go round telling others that you had done a Shengji and especially taboo is telling others where it is. There are many famous people, from actors, actresses, business tycoons to politicians who had done Shengji, who kept it a secret. Only the Fengshui master who did it knows where it is.
One important point to note is that enemies or adversaries who are intending to harm you, and know where a Shengji is, can harm you by destroying the Fengshui of the Shengji.
Q: Is it easy to find a Real Dragon Real Xue spot for doing Shengji?
A: Not really easy. In metaphysics, we all understand that a person’s life fate is the highest authority over that person’s destiny. Whether he becomes rich or poor, it is all written in his astrology. Whether that person can have a smooth sailing life or a life like a roller coaster is also written in his astrology.
Therefore, finding a landform with a Real Dragon Real Xue is also highly dependable on that person’s destiny and fate. A person may have lots of money, but if his life does not warrant him to have a Real Dragon Real Xue Shengji even if there are a lot of good Xue in his country, he would not be able to get one. This is the design of Heaven on Man.
In spite of this statement, please remember that there are options of less powerful Dragon and Xue that could give a certain percentage of enhancing of the ShengJi.
It is up to your fate to find and meet a good Fengshui Master to do the job for you.
There are many landforms all over the world that have potentially strong Dragons and possibly good Xue spots for burial. All it takes is heaven’s will and a good Fengshui master to find such good spots.
Generally if a Xue spot has an incoming dragon, Qing Long, Baihu, and the front Ming Tang is wide open with an Anshan, and a good water exit, this is already a good landform. Is the formation suitable for the person’s Shengji requirement will depend on the assessment of the Fengshui master.
Q: If I do a burial Shengji, can I reuse the Shengji spot for my burial after I die?
A: yes you can. There are certain provisions though.
- The main provision is that your burial Shengji is done on a burial lot. In some countries, burial must be done in gazette places. You cannot just bury anywhere you like. Therefore if it is a real burial lot of land, you can reuse it for your burial after you pass away. This is commonly practiced in Chinese society.
- The second provision is that your burial Shengji is done on a burial lot solely occupied by you and that it can hold a coffin. Logically if you did your Shengji on a shared plot that holds many other Shengji urns, it would not be practical for you to reuse that spot, even if you decide to go for cremation and have your ashes kept in an urn. Furthermore, the company or the Fengshui master who owns the Shengji lots is doing a commercial business, therefore they probably would not allow the reuse of the lot.
Q: For burial Shengji can we do just on any piece of land that has good landform?
A: The answer to this question needs to take into consideration several factors:
- You have to see if your country has a law to gazette special areas for burial. The private commercial areas are called memorials and public burial areas are called cemeteries. In this case if you are doing a set of Shengji complete with built up grave and tombstone, you would need to go to these gazetted areas for you Shengji.
- If you a nice piece of land with good and suitable landform, and you wish to skirt these government gazette areas, then you will have to do a grave with tombstone that is not so glaring.
- If your country has slack laws governing burial, like in Taiwan, you can buy any piece of land with good landform, and do your Shengji. There are many ways to build up the grave and tombstone that does not look much like a grave.
Q: In commercial memorials, are there many types of plots for Shengji?
A: Yes, there are many different types of plot for sale. The main thing to consider, other than landform suitability, is usually price points.
- There are big family plots and there are individual plots that can hold a coffin, and can be reused for real burial when the person passes away.
- There are specially designed plots just for Shengji. These plots are big enough only for burying an urn.
- There are mass Shengji plots that have rows upon rows of lots. These areas can hold up to hundreds of Shengji lots. These are the economical Shengji lots.
Q: Does mass Shengji plots have good effects?
A: This is a ‘hit and miss’ situation. If the plot is situated on a good landform that comes with the standard requirements, then it is a ‘hit’. If it does not have even 50% of the landform requirements, then it is a ‘miss’. My advice is not to go for mass Shengji plots if you do not see the necessary standard landform requirements.
Q: What is Tian Di Ren San Cai?
A: In Chinese Metaphysics, there are many ways to explain this. Here is a brief explanation pertaining to Fengshui. It is just enough to let you understand.
Tian 天means heaven;
Di 地means earth,
Ren 人means Man。
In Fengshui, there are a lot of talk about how doing Fengshui can gather the forces and energy Tian Di Ren to benefit a person.
The gist of this phrase is actually — ‘to harness the heavenly Qi and combine it with earth Qi in a manner that suits a person, so as to benefit him’.
Therefore in Fengshui we say that:
LiQi methods and Date selection is Heaven Qi (Tian Qi 天气), Landform is earth Qi (Di Qi 地气), and the person has Ren Qi (人气). If you get a good combination of the three, you have successfully gathered the San Cai 三才to benefit a person.