Feng Shui is a process that affects your internal landscape just as much as it affects your physical environment. In order for your spirit to be nourished by the enhancements you make to your home, you must start the entire process by looking inward, and this is an important Feng Shui tip that most Feng Shui consultants like me would offer to all Feng Shui beginners. This in fact is the essence of spiritual Feng Shui which looks at the Feng Shui at a higher level than the other types of Feng Shui which mostly aim at improving at a niche level; be it your office, home or bedroom.
The Spiritual Feng Shui sees the whole concept of Feng Shui at the universal level, the level to which your soul belongs and relates. If you practice spiritual Feng Shui you can never think of improving your life at the expanse of harming your neighbor or your environment. The Feng Shui tips that are offered in the article not only aim to highlight the important points one has to remember before practicing it; it also introduces the Feng Shui beginners to the new horizons that the spiritual Feng Shui can open up for them.
Though the spiritual Feng Shui communicates to your environment, your home, your office through the bodily objects, it heals your soul — to know how it works it is important for you to remember the following Feng Shui tips. All these free Feng Shui tips have valuable advice contained in them so try to imbibe them before you start your practice.
There is nothing religious about the Spiritual Feng Shui. It talks about purifying your soul, not only the empty or occupied spaces in your house. The purified soul has the radiations that are reflected from you to have strong positive energies; in Feng Shui practice, these positive energies referred to as Chi, which is the universal energy and the guiding principle.
As one would never build a new home on a rotting foundation; likewise, it is essential to clear away the debris of negativity before you create your new Feng Shui space. Only then can your spirits soar with true energy and vitality.
As you come to recognize the importance of cleansing your old attitude and beginning anew, what ever Feng Shui enhancements that you use for a Feng Shui home design seem to be working for you.
Here are some free Feng Shui tips for everyone:
Look deep into yourself and don’t be afraid to do so! That is the only way to develop and change in a beneficial way. Be honest with yourself – you deserve truth and awareness.
Open your palms, close your eyes and reach your arms up and out, as though you are waiting to be picked up or embraced. (This is necessary for unifying your soul with the universe).
Imagine the energy radiating from your heart, your lungs, your palms and that the energy is touching everything in its path.
Beam the energy away from you, sending it into the farthest corners of the universe.
Repeat this mantra: “I am open to positive change in any form it takes.”
Before you start feng shui decorating with various Feng Shui elements, my sincere Feng Shui advice to all the Feng Shui beginners is to strictly follow the spiritual Feng Shui tips.
May be as your Feng Shui study goes deeper and deeper you would not mind spending some money for buying e books on Feng Shui, but the absolutely free Feng Shui tips that you just now have are the like the foundation stones for the spiritual Feng Shui practice. Remember that these free Feng Shui tips are going to help you a great deal in your long Feng Shui journey.
Once you are positive about accepting changes in your life the Feng Shui is there to help you in what ever you do; remember that Feng Shui is about focusing intentions, rather than just coasting on auto-pilot. Feng Shui is about getting you back into the driver’s seat of your life, it is about accepting responsibility for yourself and your actions not only in this materialist world but also the metaphysical or spiritual world.
Over the years, I have put forth the view that Classical Feng Shui is a scientific practice. Now, I have espoused that view of Feng Shui all over the world, when I teach Feng Shui, BaZi and Mian Xiang at seminars. So I was very pleasantly surprised to find out that my comments had created a buzzing debate over the question of what creature Feng Shui is – is it scientific practice? Pseudo-science? Or purely belief? Hence, I thought I would address this issue in more depth and explore the scientific side of Classical Feng Shui.
You have to Believe in Feng Shui, so it’s not science.
Wait a minute – you also have to believe in your doctor, before you go and see him or her. You also have to believe in your lawyer before you appoint him to defend you in a case. Does that mean that the entire body of medical science is not valid if you don’t believe your doctor’s diagnosis? Of course not.
When people exhort that Feng Shui is not a science or not scientific, the problem is, people may not understand what science is to begin with. The word ‘science’ comes from the Latin word scientia, which means knowledge. According to Wikipedia, science can be defined simply as “any systematic field of study or the knowledge gained from it”. So, how does Feng Shui measure up against this definition?
There is no doubt that Classical Feng Shui is a systematic field of study: by systematic I mean it has basic models, basic principles, empirical evidence and most importantly, documented observation. It is not made up. It is not this today, that tomorrow. It is not without logical explanation.
How do scientists arrive at scientific conclusions? They conduct experiments, observe the outcomes, repeat those experiments if necessary to ensure a consistent outcome and then document their observations. Feng Shui has basic models and principles: the Five Elements, Yin and Yang, the He Tu, the Lo Shu, the principle of Cosmic Trinity are examples of principles at the core of Feng Shui and many Chinese Metaphysical practices. What about empirical evidence? This has been accumulating since the Tang Dynasty! Ancient classics contain not only descriptions of landform and the principles of Qi, but drawings of mountains and water.
New books and new theories on Feng Shui, adjusted to the modern world that we live in, are constantly published and written in Hong Kong and Taiwan. The study, and the body of knowledge, is constantly growing, not unlike scientific practices like medicine and engineering.
In any science, a critical component is observation. Feng Shui is a component of Physiognomy, which is one of the Chinese Five Arts. It is known as a science of observation of the environment. Many of the principles in Feng Shui are the result of observation by practitioners since the Tang Dynasty, which are then documented into classics like Qing Nang Jing (Green Satchel), Ru Di Yan (Entering Earth Eye) and Zi Bai Jue (Purple White Verse). Some of the classics that form the basis of Feng Shui study are not original classics that propound new ideas, but weed out the observations that did not pan out and the ones that did. Feng Shui until the early 1900s was exclusively for Imperial use only. So the research was often carried out from one generation to another, without breakage or pause. This enabled observation of what worked and what didn’t, over the span of several hundred years.
Today, whilst not all Feng Shui masters can claim affiliation to lineages, those that do, document their cases extensively and thoroughly, so that the body of knowledge collected during their lifetime, can be passed on to the next generation of the lineage, so that they may continue to observe the outcomes, and grow the body of knowledge.
Science is not just physics, chemistry and biology. That is an extremely narrow minded perception of science. Science encompasses amongst other things, social sciences like anthropology and sociology, earth sciences like geography (traditionally perceived as an ‘arts’ subject in Malaysia) and applied sciences such as engineering, computer science and psychology.
You can’t touch it, you can’t see it, how do you measure it?
Many people also point out that it is hard to accept Feng Shui as a science because it is not possible to measure Qi. Again, that is a flawed perception.
Before Michael Faraday (1831-79), electricity and magnetic forces couldn’t be measured. Does that mean that until Faraday’s time, electricity and magnetic forces did not exist? Electron microscopes helped pioneer the field of virology or the study of viruses. But does that mean before that, viruses did not exist? Quasars and blackholes cannot yet be actually measured but no one disbelieves Stephen Hawking when he talks about the wormholes in the universe, even if no one has actually seen one to know how it works, except on Star Trek.
The two questions I seem to get asked by new people the most are “What is Feng Shui?” and “How can Feng Shui benefit me?” After more than 17 years of working with Feng Shui you’d think I could spit out an answer to those two questions like a tape recording, but in fact I stumble around for an answer as much now as I did the first time I was asked. The reason is there’s no single, simple, answer; it depends a lot on how much the other person understands about Feng Shui. You have to give a little more explanation to a person who has just heard the term Feng Shui for the first time vs. somebody who has read an article or maybe even a book on the subject and still has some questions. So lets proceed with the first question, “What is Feng Shui?” assuming you are the person hearing about Feng Shui for the very first time.
Feng Shui is an environmental science, it is not a religion, and it is not a cult. Feng Shui is 30 centuries old, yes, that’s 3000 years, a thousand years before Christ, 1000 BC, originating in ancient China and has at least 9 know schools, or disciplines, that are being practiced today around the world. Feng Shui is a tool that you can use to bring balance and harmony into your life, it is not magic or voodoo or witchcraft. Feng Shui has evolved from eons of observation of the environment and how it relates to your life or life events. It connects the intentions you have to your surroundings and hence to your higher power. It allows you a better control over your life through your environment and helps you to achieve balance and happiness.
Feng Shui is relatively easy to understand and easy to apply, it is not mysterious or restricted or unavailable. Feng Shui is more spiritual in nature than intellectual or physical, although both physical and intellectual “cures” are used to connect you to the power behind Feng Shui. Feng Shui is not tied to a religion or really even to a culture; it is connected to universal principals and the laws of cause and effect that govern the universe. Feng Shui is not affiliated to any religious philosophy but relies on the same principles that underlie all of the great religions of the world. It allows us to connect to our inner self and to the higher power that governs us all. It allows you to manifest the intentions you have for your life. Using your higher power can be as personal to you as you want it to be. Feng Shui does not care what your convictions are, only what your intentions are, and in this sense Feng Shui it is a very equal-opportunity, opportunity.
With that said lets give a little more explanation of the structure of Feng Shui. Feng Shui cures are applied in nine “life event” categories, and uses your physical surrounds to gain control and achieve your intentions or goals in these categories. Your physical surroundings are most commonly your house, but you can Feng Shui a room, a desk, a work area, even your garden. The nine categories are organized in a certain pattern or map known as a Bagua and include Health, Prosperity, Knowledge, and six others. Each category or Bagua area has definite supportive and destructive symbols associated with it such as colors, shapes and the elements. The Feng Shui Practitioner uses these symbols in conjunction with the Bagua Map to balance a person’s environment thereby balancing their lives. The key to accomplishing this is to understand the relationships of the nine Bagua areas and properly apply the Feng Shui cures to clarify you intentions. In a sense, Feng Shui could be described as the ultimate goal-setting tool, with some extra bonuses attached.
So that’s kind of the tip of the iceberg so to speak of the Feng Shui world. There are numerous details and processes and practices that go along with these concepts. The new person can easily become overwhelmed when they first start to explore Feng Shui. But with a little patience and some good instruction it begins to clear up and become useful fairly rapidly. I have been associated with Feng Shui over 17 years now. I was initially expose to it at a two hour adult education seminar and since then have read many books and articles, communicated with countless other practitioners, achieved a Masters Rating and used Feng Shui as a source of income for about the last 15 years.
I initially used the techniques for myself and then shared the knowledge with some friends and family and then transitioned into becoming a Feng Shui Practitioner and Instructor. I now devote a good deal of my time to training new people to become Practitioners and Obtain a Feng Shui Masters Certificate so they can use their Feng Shui skills to help others and develop an income. You can find out more about Feng Shui and how it can benefit you on my website. Order the Free Report on what you should know before becoming a Feng Shui Master.
This week, I want to focus on a very practical issue when it comes to engaging the services of a Feng Shui consultant, which is: What should you ask them? Asking questions is a very important part of the process when it comes to selecting a consultant. Due to the reputation the profession has, which traditionally has been a very informal sort of business, people can be a little hesitant to ask questions – not sure if their questions may be perceived as insulting.
Feng Shui has grown more modern as a profession, and is becoming more like any other service industry, and so you should approach the business of getting a consultation (or a BaZi Destiny Analysis) in the same way you would approach any other professional services like finding a doctor, a dentist, an accountant, or someone to fix your pipes. So here are some of the questions you should ask your prospective Feng Shui consultant, before you make a decision to engage him!
Question #1: How much do you charge?
Gone are the days when you slipped your Feng Shui master a red packet with cash. Most Feng Shui consultants by the way, take cheques or even credit cards these days and I don’t think there is any significance in the amount they charge – a Feng Shui Master who charges 888.88 isn’t necessarily any better than the one who goes for round numbers. During your initial inquiry, do not be shy about asking how much a consultation costs. A professional Feng Shui consultant will be upfront about their fees.
You should also not be hesitant to ask why the fee is high (or low for that matter!). In general, you should expect fees to vary based on the size of the property in question (for example, a factory audit will cost more than a small office audit, a semi-detached house audit may be less expensive than an audit for a bungalow), and the complexity of the audit may also be a factor.
Question #2: What does your service include?
A good consultant will usually check the client’s BaZi before embarking on recommendations for the property. But that does not mean that a thorough BaZi consultation is part of the service. So you should ask if a BaZi consultation is included in the price, or if it is separately charged. Also, you should ask if the price of a property audit includes date selection specially tailored to your BaZi and your property, not just a selection of generic date from the Almanac. This is quite important, especially if renovations will be required to improve or correct the Feng Shui of the property. Selecting a good date to undertake renovations is essential to ensure that the Qi is properly activated. If the property in question is being built, you may want to ask if the consultant includes a selection of date for moving-in.
Question #3: Will there be follow-up sessions or a report?
You should also ask if the service and price includes follow-up sessions to discuss the audit and recommendations with the consultant or a member of their staff, and if you will be given a written report with recommendations. Now, if a consultant does not provide follow-up sessions or a written report, that does not mean you should not engage them or that they are any less professional. If you are comfortable with a less formal approach, that’s fine. But what you don’t want is to find out that you have to pay again just to get the report or to have a follow-up session to know how you should proceed after the property is audited.
Question #4: What kind of Feng Shui do you practice?
You should know what kind of methodology the consultant uses and be comfortable with this approach. Are they Classical Feng Shui consultants or more New Age in their approach? If they are Classical Feng Shui consultants, then they will probably be using a combination of the following techniques: San Yuan, San He, Xuan Kong or Ba Zhai.
Question #5: Will I be required to buy products?
You should be on the look out for conflicts of interest when the answer to this question is ‘yes’ and the practitioner is a Classical Feng Shui practitioner. When you are required to buy products or encouraged to buy products to place in various sectors of your home or office, in order to improve the Qi and these items are not included in the service (see Question #1), a conflict of interest is quite possible.
Feng Shui is a way of life by which you can organize your living and working areas to bring about prosperity to your wealth and business, successful work and career or achieving long lasting relationship.
Whenever there is good feng shui bedroom furnishing, auspicious and balanced chi will always be present to bring balance into the physical bodies of individuals thereby promoting good health and a general absence of illnesses and disease.
To decorate your feng shui bedroom furnishing using feng shui principles, it is important to alter only one or two areas at a time as enhancing all areas at once will cause chi confusion.
Listed below are various feng shui bedroom furnishing you can utilize to attract and improve specific areas of your life.
For those who are single
If your main focus is on relationships, love or marriage, be sure to sleep with your head pointing to your ‘Nien Yen’ or romance direction. This is the best direction to sleep in order to enhance the love sector in your life.
It is also possible to actually activate the marriage corner, thereby vastly improving your marriage prospect. One of the feng shui bedroom furnishing is done by hanging the red Chinese marriage mystical knot in the South-West corner or hanging a picture depicting double happiness Chinese characters.
You can also energize your peach blossom luck by displaying a pair of mandarin ducks. A pair of mandarin ducks is part of feng shui bedroom furnishing that symbolize happiness and fulfillment for lovers. You must never display a solo mandarin duck unless you wish to remain as a single forever.
For those who are married
If your love life need a quick boost, you can use the placement of feng shui bedroom furnishing to produce the romantic results you desire. For example, you can hang painting of peonies which symbolize a happy love life and marriage luck.
Another feng shui bedroom furnishing you can adopt is the double happiness symbol. It has always been cherished as one of the most powerful symbol of conjugal harmony. You can drape your wall with a picture of the double happiness symbol or wear a double happiness tassel close by your side to produce excellent chi of your marital bliss.
The double carp is also an excellent feng shui bedroom furnishing energizer for marriage luck. These auspicious carp symbolize abundant good fortune and marital bliss. Display a pair of auspicious carp in the living room to enjoy happy unions and family harmony.
If carving out a successful career is your main focus, you can utilize one of the feng shui bedroom furnishing by placing a phoenix figurine in your home or office.
The phoenix is one of the four celestial creatures of feng shui and is the king of all the winged creatures. This majestic bird is synchronous with good fortune and associated with opportunity career luck.
Feng shui bedroom furnishing such as plum blossoms pictures or ornaments are also good for career and success.
If you are looking to gain prosperity luck and wealth, carry three or eight antique Chinese gold coins which are often tied with a red cord. You can also display the antique Chinese gold coins as feng shui bedroom furnishing at home or in the office, facing your ‘Sheng Chi’ direction.
Another feng shui bedroom furnishing is to place a figurine of a frog by your main entrance discreetly beside a green plant. This signifies arrival of wealth.
In feng shui, the deer is a very popular symbol associated with speed,endurance and a long life. The Chinese word for deer is ‘lu’ which sound similar to a Chinese word that means continuous income and prosperity.
Therefore it is extremely auspicious to use a figurine or painting of a deer as feng shui bedroom furnishing in your office and home. The deer symbolise your wish for your family to enjoy a long life of ease and growing prosperity.
‘Wu Lou’ for Health
The ‘wu lou’ or the bottle gourd is an extremely powerful symbol of longevity. The bottle gourd signifies good fortune and an abundance of blessings and it is often quoted to contain the elixir of immortality in the Chinese folklore.
The shape of the bottle gourd is also a representation of heaven and earth; the top half represent heaven and the bottom half signify earth. It is immensely beneficial for those who are ill to use bottle gourd as feng shui bedroom furnishing and place it by the bedside.
Another feng shui bedroom furnishing is by using the tortoise. It is the only one of the four celestial creatures that actually exists today. The tortoise is not merely a symbol of longevity,it is also a symbol of protection and support.