This book gives a sketch of the life path of a person under different headings. Most of the time, it presents a vivid picture of animals and plants to convey an idea. Sometimes, human beings are also included in the picture. Therefore, when you read this book, read it like appreciation of fine art. Inject life into art and appreciate the beauty. Be inspired to use your imagination with no confinement to what you see directly in the picture.
Master Ghost Valley might have developed a system to enable him to draw the picture of life based on the year and hour stems (and branches). Unfortunately, the system is not disclosed in the book. However, a lot of people have read the book and was impressed with the content. The reading touches the heart of the reader. I am one of them. That is why Foon and I decided to have it translated and offered it in English. Later on it may also be available in other languages. It is our wish that some readers may even be able to discover the theory behind the reading.
There are concerns about whether the readings from this book may be contradictory to readings using the Four Pillars of Destiny. For example, according to the book, life may be difficult in earlier years but enjoyable in old age while according to Four Pillars, the person may be doing well in ealier years and encounter failure in late years.
Since the book is based on the year and the hour, it is likely that the year is the body (Ti 體) while the hour the application (Yong 用). The person may come from a poor family and therefore has a difficult start. But he can do well by his talent and effort. There is no contradiction. In old age, the person may enjoy a deserved retirement according to the book. According to Four Pillars, he may have to suffer from failure in his career at a later stage in life. But it is not necessary that he cannot enjoy a peaceful life thereafter. There is also no contradiction. As a matter of fact, the two systems together provide more guidance to a person how to live a worthy life.
My friend Danny Van den Berghe suggests that the accuracy of the readings to be tested using a scientific method. Judging from the nature of the reading, it is not possible as most of the time it presents a picture like
"Mandarin ducks snooze cozily together,
Amongst blossoms, it’s a beautiful picture.
At night time lots of other birds gather around.
Yet you are still afraid of the rain and wind."
How do you design a scientific test to verify the accuracy?
Life reading is an art. The value is in how it touches the hearts of people and how to benefit from the guidance given. In other words, how to add colours to the picture to make it more beautiful is the way to receive a life reading.