Secret forces of the mysterious

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 04 July, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 04 July, 2012, 12:00am

Some people believe that there is a hidden energy in the world. They believe that working with or against that energy can bring us good luck or bad luck. They might also believe that the energy will act as a gateway to hidden worlds.

The Chinese call this energy qi. In the West, it is thought to be some form of magnetic energy which forms into lines called ley lines.

Qi - May the force be with you

Fung shui is an ancient system of arranging buildings and other important objects in relation to natural energy. Before the compass was invented, fung shui masters would use the stars to decide where tombs or palaces should be built. In fact, the magnetic compass was invented for fung shui. It made it easier for masters to decide how buildings should be aligned.

Mostly this mystical alignment was just common sense. Houses would be placed where they would be sheltered from storms, get good sunlight, have a water source nearby, or be halfway up a hill so that enemies found it hard to attack.

Modern Chinese cities still use fung shui. Hong Kong even has special tours to show off its fung shui to tourists. Local legend tells of the battle of the banks: HSBC's strong square versus the cutting triangles of the Bank of China (BoC). Former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa refused to live in Government House because he believed the energy from the BoC building would bring him bad luck. In 2010, Hong Kong admitted spending billions of dollars to make sure its buildings had the right fung shui.

Ley lines

In 1921, a British man called Albert Watkins thought he had found the secret of the universe. He had worked out that many important old archaeological sites around the world were all connected along straight lines.

Ley lines are thought to be magnetic lines of power that are followed by migrating animals. Watkins believed that ancient people could sense the power and so built their pyramids and tombs along the lines.

The Nazca lines in Peru, the pyramids of Giza in Egypt, and the strange statues of Easter Island do indeed fall along one straight line. Other sites like Machu Picchu in Peru, Angkor Wat in Cambodia, and Cuzco in Peru are also close to it.

Many people who believe in the paranormal think that ley lines attract ghosts, UFOs and other mysterious supernatural beings.

But scientists have shown that any 'lines' connecting mystical sites are just accidental. It is the same with constellations of stars: we merely read patterns into haphazard arrangements.

People have a natural tendency to see patterns in nature. Just think of how easily everyone recognises a colon and a round bracket as a 'smiley face'.