Bourton gets its energy from the River Windrush according to Dr Oon
A new study by a Feng Shui consultant claims that a Cotswold village is continuing to flourish because of the way a river runs through it.
Research by Dr Michael Oon claims that the River Windrush flows through Bourton-on-the-Water in a way that is perfect for supplying energy to the village.
Michael Oon, from Surrey, is trained in the practise of Traditional Feng Shui, which he says "is the Chinese Management System of Land in the Built Environment".
He was previously a forensic scientist with the Metropolitan Police (Scotland Yard).
Dr Oon recently visited Bourton and came away with his new theory.
He takes up the story:
Why the interest in Bourton-on-the-Water?
When I was a schoolboy in Singapore, I read my father's book on the British isles.
What fascinated me was the chapter on Bourton-on-the-Water. A small village in Gloucestershire which has a river flowing through the centre with five small bridges.
But, the focus of the feature article was the model village (1/9 scale).
The photographs showed a disproportionate ratio; man being larger than the buildings. Ever since, I have held an interest in the "Venice of the Coswolds".
Since my first visit in the 1970s and subsequent visits, including this one, the village is extremely busy with tourists.
This time, with my knowledge of Feng Shui for towns and cities, I wanted to know why there is this continual prosperity.
Water is associated with prosperity of towns and cities.
Dr Michael Oon is trained in the practise of Traditional Feng Shui
• The prosperity of seaside towns changes with time, for example. Blackpool, Brighton, Bournemouth or Sandbanks.
• Perhaps, it could be the the direction of the flow of water in rivers. These rules are called "Dragon Gate".
• Or, possibly other reasons.
The River Windrush, which flows through Bourton village centre, is spanned by several attractive footbridges.
Around the river is the village green (lawns) and surrounded by buildings of the village.
Feng Shui Analysis
The river flows from the north west to the south east; the water releases the energy to the village.
The village buildings surrounding the lawns act as a barrier to the dispersal of the energy. The energy is therefore confined to this area as their outflow is restricted by five small exits where the energy can leak out. These exits are roads to the village.
Energy is carried by the water in the river flow. This water continually releases this energy but particularly more so at a river bend.
In other words, the village is getting a continuous supply of energy from the river flowing into the village. This energy is prevented from leaving the confines of the village because of the restrictions of five small exits.
The net result is a cumulative supply of energy within the village. With energy comes life (the main tenet of Chinese Philosophy).
Thereby, the continued prosperity of the village of Bourton-on-the water.
There are other towns where the river flows through the centre but the energy is not held and allowed to leak out.