I am delighted to
welcome Ced Jackson FSSA, former executive committee member of the Feng
Shui Society, whose experience working with energy spans three decades.
Taught dowsing by his father, a marine engineer in Yorkshire, Ced was
soon able to develop an ‘energetic' approach to living environments, and
he is now a member of the British Society of Dowers and former executive
committee member of their Earth Energies group. Ced incorporates dowsing
as an essential part of his energy work.
Another area of major interest for Ced is to bring about an
improvement in people's health, and for this he calls upon his other
areas of expertise, such as Geopathic Stress, Spirit Release and design
issues, to name but a few.
So, without further ado, I allow Ced to continue the story...
1. Your career began by working with deprived communities in
London; can you tell us something of this time and the problems faced by
these communities at that time?
In the early 1970's most of the remaining Victorian areas of our
cities were threatened with redevelopment. Urban clearance seemed
unstoppable, but two groups mounted a resistance. The first consisted of
long-term residents of the areas who did not want to move, and the
second was made up of wealthier incomers who appreciated the advantages
the areas offered.
It was at this point that I realised that something was seriously
adrift. Perfectly ~ or at least potentially perfectly ~ reasonable areas
were being demolished, and what was being erected in their place was
often much worse. This made me reflect on what makes a place good to
live in, and also the fact that poor people have little control over the
forces that shape their lives.
This experience triggered an enduring interest in how different
environments enhance or diminish the quality of life.
2. You subsequently achieved a diploma in urban and regional
planning and at this time you also discovered the writings of Ernest
John Eitel, a German missionary in 19th century China who studied the
tradition and philosophical roots of Feng Shui. How much influence did
Eitel's work have on the way you then chose to develop and use your
Eitel is really interesting. He was an outsider looking in on a
different culture, just like us! Eitel was the first person to expose me
to the notion of putting relatively small things ~ such as the design of
a house ~ in the context of life, the universe and everything.
When I read Eitel's book it was the only one in print on Feng Shui.
It led to me to a study of the I Ching and the realisation that the
Ching lies at the heart of so much of Chinese wisdom, which I explored
via Joseph Needham's many volumed ‘Science and Civilisation in China'.
Needham was an outstanding Cambridge academic and his work is extremely
For me the really interesting thing was that here your had a
philosophy, a notion of the forces underlying the universe, yet those
same principles could be successfully applied to many parts of our
lives, and the homes we live in.
3. Dowsing, taught to you by your father, is a skill you
bring to your work. How important a role does this play in
Dowsing is vital. It is a bridge between the mundane and the unseen
worlds. It is also a way of validating our experience. There is a huge
amount of theory within Feng Shui ~ you only have to look at Stephen
Skinner's excellent book on the compass ~ but dowsing can also tell you
if you are heading in the right direction, or not.
It's interesting that the first chapter in the recently published
Book of English Magic is about dowsing. Like Feng Shui, dowsing is a
kind of magic that marries intention, knowledge of the forces in play,
and action in the external world, to bring about the desired result.
Dowsing is also helpful at a basic level in identifying Geopathic
stress, detrimental energy lines, and letting you know whether your
interventions are having a beneficial effect.
4. Do you have an example of how dowsing has made an
extraordinary difference to a situation?
Better quality of sleep. Without good quality sleep your defences are
compromised, you're more vulnerable to infection, leading to pressure on
the immune system and poor health.
Besides using dowsing to ‘unearth' information, dowsing can also be
used as a form of intervention. I learnt a lot from the American dowser
Joey Korn, who uses a combination of dowsing and prayer (or what you
might call focussed intent). Joey helped me to develop my healing
skills, and my first success was with someone who had been afflicted
with neck pain for many years.
Dowsing ~ and interventions based on dowsing ~ has brought more
benefits to my clients than many other actions.
5. People's health is a major interest for you; one aspect
being electromagnetic energy fields (EMF's). With the increasing number
of cell phone towers, cables and other such equipment dotting the
landscape, do you believe EMF's are becoming more of a problem for many
people's personal well being?
Absolutely. Our bodies have an electromagnetic aspect, but it is very
small and gentle. Human beings have never before been exposed to the
volume of electricity that surrounds us, and some of the forms in which
electricity is present are less than two hundred years old.
In addition, electro-magnetic and other waves bombard us daily. There
is no rest from them. Telecom masts surround us. The Church of England
is making money by installing mobile phone masts in church towers. This
is appalling, and shows no understanding of sacred space or vibrational
Observing the stresses on people's health ~ and the resulting
debilitating diseases such as chronic fatigue syndrome ~ has led me to
an involvement in direct forms of health intervention. So, besides using
Feng Shui and Dowsing, in appropriate circumstances I also apply what is
often called energy or vibrational healing.
I have joined and am training with The Healing Trust, formerly the
National Federation of Spiritual Healers. For me, this is a logical
development of the skills I acquired from Joey Korn. In my view healing
could be described as the true purpose of a feng shui consultation,
whether it is the healing of someone's body or their environment.
6. Will you share with us something of your work as a
practitioner with the Spirit Release Foundation?
Many people ~ far more than you might expect ~ believe that they are
subject to interference or deliberate attack from the spirits of people
who have died.
It is of course impossible to say one way or the other if this is
objectively ‘true', but that is how many people experience it. I have
found that certain interventions can improve the client's welfare and
experience regarding this.
The process used to be called Exorcism, now mostly described as
Spirit Release, or Deliverance. The Church of England ditched the term
Exorcism and adopted Deliverance not long after the release of the film
of ‘The Exorcist'. All C of E Dioceses now have a Deliverance Minister
who specialises ~ amongst their other duties ~ in Deliverance.
I trained in this field with the Spirit Release Foundation ~ itself
made up of healers and psychiatrists ~ and if it is appropriate I
incorporate this work into my consultations. I have written elsewhere on
the link between dowsing and spirit release, and if you want an
interesting and relevant literary introduction, look at the well
informed novels of Phil Rickman, concerning the doings of the
Herefordshire Deliverance Minister, Merrily Watkins. I'd suggest you
start with ‘Midwinter of the Spirit'.
7. Do you find clients are becoming more open to the idea of
other realities and concepts, such as the presence of predecessor energy
in a property?
Yes. It's very interesting how many people have experiences of ghosts
or something similar. Some people link this to their family history,
others to a property.
Usually people have not heard of predecessor energy, but relate to it
strongly when it is mentioned.
People are interested in other realities ~ what the dowser Hamish
Miller refers to as ‘upstairs', or ‘the management' ~ and Feng Shui can
provide a very gentle way of dipping your feet in the ocean.
8. Have you ever experienced a real (Feng Shui) challenge to
your skills? If so, how did you deal with the situation?
We are alternative therapy practitioners. Like all such labourers, we
sometimes get clients who have already tried everything else, and they
wouldn't have come to us if they'd previously been successful.
Some clients have a multitude of serious problems: Ill health, no
money, no friends, and no sense of a way forward. Their situation is
dire, and it's hard to find the magic bullet. In such cases what you can
do is...everything you know. If you engage, the path will be shown. If
we build it, they will come.
Sometimes it takes a while before a client's core issues emerge. We
need to develop our listening skills to ensure that we are in the right
9. Do you have a particular aspect of your Feng Shui work
that you consider a favourite? Why is this?
Bringing an improvement to the quality of a person's health and
well-being. It is wonderful when you see joy re-surfacing in a client,
and it makes all the years of study worthwhile.
10. Do you become involved with both homes and businesses
when using your Feng Shui skills?
Absolutely. Both homes and businesses are concerned with what might
be called the microenvironments of human interaction and experience.
That is also what Feng Shui is about.
Fascinating work is being undertaken in the study of
psycho-geography, microenvironments and psychology, from both a
commercial and developmental perspective.
We are only at the beginning of all this. We have yet to absorb the
benefits ~ already available to us ~ of the centuries of learning within
Chinese intellectual history. In a few years time the study of Feng Shui
will require the commitment of an Open University undergraduate course.
Wedding this to our modern knowledge of psychology, developmental
therapy, health, and environmental impact will form the basis of our
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