Some Feng Shui tips and secrets
Are there any Feng Shui tips for home you can share?
Ah! Here we go! By now, if you have read the other sections of this website, you get that Feng Shui is neither the quick-rich scheme nor the New Age home decorating technique that some westerners have tried to make of it.
It is therefore not possible to do a Feng Shui consultation at a distance or through a software.This is not accurate, and not professional. One must see the premises to diagnose them and work out a solution. Would you trust a doctor that make a diagnosis without seeing you?So this is the first house Feng Shui tip !
You will find plenty of Feng Shui advice for homes and businesses inside this website. However I am willing to share with you some more advice:
• External before internal: the influence of your surrounding is what Feng Shui is about, first and foremost. You must therefore check to see if your external environment is good, supportive, and prosperous before even thinking about internal setup. Too many modern Mc Feng Shui schools promise to deliver happiness and good life ever after by focusing on internal arrangement and most often only on symbolic level! This is nonsense. The origins of Feng Shui are based on landscape, mountains, rivers, forests etc and the impact they have in our lives. If you discard it, we are not talking about Feng Shui anymore…
• Pay attention to the Four Celestial Animals formation. Once again don’t assume you can overwrite everything with a good internal setup. A lacking Tiger or Dragon side WILL have an impact on the household! For example, I know very well a household where the Tiger side is too high and too close of the house. I can assure you that the wife in this household is nervous, bossy, and quarrelsome. This is because the natural balance is upset here – the Tiger side relates to the woman and should not be overwhelming in a household (don’t mind the slight misogyny of this principle – this has to be understand more on the Yin and Yang natural balance to achieve!)
• Try to have less Water exits than more! Having 3 bathrooms and 6 toilets might be seen as a great convenience for some people, but there is a high chance that with so many Water exits some will screw your Feng Shui setup. Water exits have a great influence on the quality of the Chi circulating in a house. On the plus side you might have at least a proper Water exit when you have so many – but that mean that you’ll have to use this one to the exclusion of the other ones; therefore the other bathrooms or toilets are a waste of space!
• Try to conceive your place with Feng Shui Feng shui is a very powerful tool to convert any space into a more suitable one for your occupancy, and to bring “good luck”. However if you can call me when you are about to conceive the space then it is even better – we can then tailor your whole house to your own chart(s) and create an amazing living space that will support the life of your whole family!
• Pay attention to the main door and entrance The concept of Ming Tang is an important one. The obsession with clutter in modern Mc Feng Shui is ridiculous; however I concede that you must welcome the Chi where it enters. A bright hall to let the Chi gather and circulate in your house is very auspicious.
• MAKE the changes! The placebo effect exists in everything. Some people just go to see their doctor and they already feel better. This is great; however when it comes to Feng Shui, I coming to your place is not enough. You must make the changes I have recommended afterward, otherwise you won’t see the benefits of it – neither will you see the effects. You will therefore have wasted your money and not improved your life. Before taking a Feng Shui consultation, make sure that you are willing to make the changes afterward.
• Don’t be obsessed with Feng Shui Once your Feng Shui consultation is done, and that you have made the changes, there is no need to become obsessed with it. Your space is a living space, not a museum. Covering your wall with Chinese symbols and decorations will only look tacky if this is not your culture – and this is disrespectful to Chinese anyway. Respect the basic rules and you’ll see the benefits out of it.
• Forget what you’ve learned and be cautious when learning through books…I speak from experience. Books might be useful to gain a basic knowledge of some concepts – the Bagua, the Yin and Yang etc. However no book whatsoever will give you the keys to efficiently do a proper Feng shui audit. There is no DIY when it comes to Feng Shui!
There is a very simple reason for that. All genuine masters will not give trade secrets in books. If they would do so, they would not be respectful to the great amount of sacred knowledge they have dearly gathered. Moreover they would quickly run out of business! Feng Shui is esoteric knowledge. That means you come to it through a spiritual affinity; and you need to find a genuine master. You need to follow this master for a while and learn the hard way. This is what I did.
Besides, you must make sure that the knowledge you learn are genuine. Most peple do not have the insight to know who is genuine or not. This is not harsh but just a fact: I’ve been there myself. So keep in mind that the ONLY guaranty of true knowledge and result comes through a lineage. If the consultant has an historical lineage behind him, then he is genuine. If not, he or she is unreliable. Without lineage for guidance there is no way to be sure of the knowledge and the results…
Here is one last piece of food for thoughts. Some Asian masters purposively give false information in their books! This is a way to test the prospective student, and to confuse the non-initiated. This is also a way to protect the real knowledge. This is one of the Chinese way. Think about it then next time you rush yourself to buy the latest book promising to give you the key to the Kingdom…
What if I want to learn proper Feng Shui?
After reading my last chapter, you might think I discourage people from learning real Feng shui. Not at all! By all means, if you feel a connection and have a true calling, do it! However I just want to point to you that this is not easy: you need time, dedication, and money.
To my knowledge the real masters are in Asia, and some of them teach in English. However the fact that a teacher is Asian is not enough to guaranty the validity of his teaching- you also have to make sure he belongs to an historical lineage of Feng Shui. This is the only way to learn proper Feng Shui. After numerous mistake and encounter with “fake” masters, it took me a five year process to learn Feng shui, Chinese astrology and Chinese oracles properly. dTo o so I had to save money, fly to Asia and I even decided to settle in Malaysia for a while.This is what you sign for. I don’t discourage anybody but please you must be aware that we are talking about a demanding and costly body of knowledge.
So if you just want to learn a bit to do your own audit and friends’ houses, I would advise you to reconsider and call a real expert. You don't "learn a bit of medicine" and then perform a friendly surgery on your friends. Whatever you might learn through books or online courses will mostly be bogus, and certainly not allow you to do your own place properly. You might have an interest in medicine but I’m sure you understand learning it to do it yourself is not easy and fast– this is the same with Feng Shui.
If nevertheless you feel this esoteric calling, please contact me and I will put you in relation with my master, Master Ham. He belongs to the Han Wu San Yuan lineage, 71 generations of direct Feng Shui masters and 2500 years old of history! And, luckily, he teaches in English. If you want to become a professional in that field I cannot recommend higher any other master.
Do you have any Feng shui remedy to share?
Ha! Feng shui remedies! Can you see the smile on my face? The truth is, if the audit of your place has been properly done, and if you have made the changes afterward, you don’t need endless remedies. Actually, the following remedies (list not exhaustive):
- Ba Gua mirrors
- Three legged toads
- Hung Bao
- 3, 5, 6 or 25 metal rod or wood rod windchimes
- Red envelopes
- Chinese animals amulets
- Mystic knot
- Wu lou
- Wealth vases
- Knotted gold or brass coins
- Chinese coins
- Dzi beads
- Gold arowana
- Fu dog
- Pairs of Pi Xie
- Chi lins
- Pi Hsieh or Chinese coins swords
Are very, very dispensable. If they make you feel you good, then buy them – if you have extra cash to spend that is. However if you expect them to correct a wrong Feng Shui setup, good luck… Some Feng Shui websites and so-called “experts” specialise in such marketing. Their websites have more fancy gizmos to sell than a warehouse in Chinatown! A well-known Asian lady is specialized in such type of “Feng Shui”. You should know that she is not respected by genuine Feng Shui masters, especially in the Asian word.
This is actually extremely disrespectful of Feng Shui to think that such commercial items mass-produced are the key to harmony and to a better life. Do you really think that Kanyu techniques, developed since Neolithic China, can be reduced to a bunch of three legged toad and Chinese coins placed in a corner? If so I wonder why real masters have bothered to learn from their lineage for years…
This is not to say there is no placebo effect. You might feel better with such items, even think you stroke more luck for a while. However don’t be mistaken on the reality of their effects.
This is not to say either that symbolism has no room in Feng Shui. Symbolism is used in all Feng Shui schools: the trigrams for example are a symbolic representation. Some symbols carry energy and a certain type of Chi. However they are not enough to correct the whole setup of a place – only change in the physical structure, colours, layout etc. can achieve this. This is after all very logical. Reiki, using energetic symbols, might have a positive effect on your body. But hey, if I break my leg, I prefer to go right away to the emergency and get a plaster; I don’t rush myself for a reiki session! Why should it be different in Feng Shui? If your house is “broken”, or need fixing, go for the real treatment that addresses the issue, not for wishful thinking or feel-good items! Invest your money in REAL Feng shui, not bogus marketing, and you will be rewarded by real results and a better understanding of this meta-science.
Do you have nevertheless any Feng shui hints for me?
I wish to give you some hints to choose a real Feng Shui consultant – if you are going to invest your money, house and put your life in someone else’s hands, it might be useful to know what you are signing for! Before hiring someone I suggest you ask yourself those questions:
- From which master has the expert learned from? Is the master Chinese?
- From which CHINESE LINEAGE has he learned from? If he/she cannot name his lineage, you have no warranty on the authenticity of the knowledge
- Which school of Feng Shui does he/she practice? Black hat sect, 3 doors, Bons Feng Shui, symbolic Feng Shui are all modern days, neo Feng Shui, not historical ones. Know what you are buying.
- Does he/she uses a real Luo Pan, a western compass or no compass at all? I’m sure you have guessed that someone who doesn’t use a genuine Luo Pan is to be regarded with suspicion when it comes to Feng Shui
- Does he/she analyze your natal chart (Bazi) with the audit? Are the recommendations based on your chart?
- Does he/she has a lot of commercial items to sell on top of the consultation?
- Does he/she relies a lot on “cure” and annual enhancement?
- Does he/she analyze the external environment before the internal one?
- Does he/she offers consultation at a distance or through your own software? If so this is not traditional Feng Shui, as classical Feng Shui is all about location. I am just saying.
- Does he/she uses your house plan?
- Does he/she has clients testimonials, case study, feedback?
- Does he/she stick to one method from A to Z?
- Can he/she explains to logic behind the process, or is it all a “mystery”?
Here are few of the questions I hope you will ask yourself before hiring anyone. Remember that the most important question that obliterates all the other one is: has he/she learned from an historical, referenced Chinese lineage of Feng Shui?