Chapter 2C: A matter of belief
Geomancy provides us with access to a weird world in which the boundaries between real and imaginary, inside and outside, become somewhat blurred - and in that things have not only to be seen to be believed, but sometimes have to be believed to be seen.
- perhaps the hardest aspect of working with geomancy is learning to identify the boundary between reality however weird it may be and mere wishful thinking: and belief plays an important part in this
- as with all forms of divination, geomancy can sometimes succeed simply because people believe or hope that it will: this can lead to the mistaken assumption that geomancy is only about belief, which it certainly isnt
- everything we deal with in geomancy is real: the difficulty is that the boundary between real and imaginary is rarely what it seems at first sight, because belief itself is part of what defines reality with the result that sometimes have not only to be seen to be believed, but also have to be believed to be seen
Chapter 2D: A matter of skill
For working in the real world, pre-packaged systems and methods of geomancy will never be enough: to learn the skills involved in managing 'the ten thousand things', we need to understand the mechanics of each problem - basic principles of geomancy such as safety and security, energy and flow, pattern and relationship, time and space - and become aware of our own approaches to the issues.
- geomancy is a skill but what exactly is meant by skill?
- in practice, every skill appears as a system of methods for working on the world but the methods themselves arise from the way we approach the underlying principles, with our own judgement, our own awareness, our own experience, and (where relevant) our own dexterity
- since every context is different, and every person is different, the correct solution for any context depends on a skilled interpretation of who, what, when, where and why; predefined and prepackaged systems are useful, but can never provide more than basic guidelines