In our next in the series with Sarah from The Feng Shui Agency she discusses some common myths about Feng Shui.
Time and time again, I find myself allaying the concerns of students and clients as they tell me how Feng Shui books baffle them and leave them feeling unsure about how to apply Feng Shui correctly.
Feng Shui is like any other profession – it cannot be learned via self-help books, so the advice in books is too general and can even cause undue worry and anxiety. Here I offer some perspective on common myths and bad advice found in books:
Myth No.1 – I need to use trinkets in my house or business to have good Feng Shui
There are many websites making lots of money from selling cheap mass produced so-called Feng Shui ‘cures’ which range from small statues to salt cures and various crystals. Whilst the providers of these items are no doubt well-meaning, they are generally not fully trained in classical Feng Shui, so they only know part of the whole picture. They are emphasising the use of Human chi – i.e. using symbols to activate our mind and associations with the objects. Authentic Feng Shui is much more powerful and taps into the energies of Heaven (cosmic chi) and Earth (environment) which are both more powerful than Human chi. Only very occasionally do I ask clients to use symbols or statues, and in the case of Muslim clients we provide alternative remedies that do not involve the use of any statue. Basically, good Feng Shui should be felt but not seen, so you don’t need to fill your home or business with trinkets, mirrors and windchimes at every turn in order to achieve good Feng Shui.
Myth No. 2 – Bathrooms in SE will cause financial problems
Water holds energy so flushing it away means you are flushing energy away, so it is not ideal to have a bathroom in the SE sector, because this direction is the general wealth position. However, it depends on what other influences are in the SE as to whether it is detrimental or not. It could actually be draining away sickness energy, in which case it is lucky. Also consider that many affluent people have ensuite bathrooms in almost every direction of their properties, and it doesn’t affect them. Once again, generalisations are insufficient to provide an accurate diagnosis, so don’t worry unnecessarily.
Myth No. 3 – A bed facing the door is inviting disaster
This is one of the most common causes of concern for some students and clients – they have read that if the footboard of bed is directly in line with a door it means disaster and end of life. This is wholly inaccurate and whilst it is not the preferred position for a bed, it is sometimes unavoidable, so you should try to have a good high footboard or small bookcase at end of bed to prevent energy going towards the door. There is no reason for it to cause disaster or end of life. This myth stems from the tradition in China of lining up coffins with the front door so that they could remove them easily from the house.
Myth No. 4 – Bagua Mirrors can deflect bad energy
Hmm, how can a tiny mirror significantly reflect or deflect anything at all, whether energetically or physically? Again, this is largely only an intention based cure which is largely ineffective and the Trigram symbols used on these mirrors are usually incorrectly arranged for the purpose anyway. Avoid.
Myth No. 5 – A green handbag or purse will augment my wealth
Firstly, the shape and state of your handbag has very little, if anything at all to do with your finances and secondly the colour green is not the colour of wealth. It could be a totally unsupportive colour for someone and very supportive for another. Supportive colours for clothes and accessories depend on your Ba Zi Chinese horoscope element and the form of your birth chart. Evidently, if your handbag is a mess of clutter and your purse is dog eared and full of old receipts then, like a cluttered desk, it might frustrate you in time wasted looking for items etc, but this is nothing to do with authentic Feng Shui.
Myth No. 6 – A money toad placed in view of front door will increase my wealth
Again, if you are investing too much chi in trinkets then you are not addressing the core issue, which could be that the natural form of your house is useless for storage of wealth or you have an addictive personality and overspend on credit cards for example. Placing a trinket in your hallway is not make or break. If it helps you feel more positive then go for it, but my advice would be to save your money and invest in a proper consultation to address the underlying reason for your financial situation.
Myth No. 7 – Feng Shui is New Age
Nothing could be further from the truth – authentic Feng Shui can be traced as far back as 5000 years and is an ancient art whose importance is slowly but surely being fully acknowledged in modern times and subjected to the scrutiny of Western logic.
Myth No. 8 – Feng Shui is Mumbo Jumbo
Yes, in the case of the ill trained consultant who goes around instilling fear in people with enigmatic frowns and sighs and bases their conclusions on simplistic training. However, a well trained consultant is almost disappointingly down to earth for those people who might expect a Feng Shui consultant to pad around barefoot waving crystals…Chue style Feng Shui has proven logic and proven systems to assess and improve certain situations.
Myth No. 9 – Feng Shui is a religion
No. Feng Shui is not a religion and is not dependent on a religion or a belief system. It can incorporate aspects of Taoism and Buddhism but is not dependent on either in order to have positive effects. It can be used in households of any denomination.
Myth No. 10 – Feng Shui works only in China
To suggest that Feng Shui works in China or with Chinese people simply because it is imbedded in their cultural beliefs is inaccurate. Feng Shui is the study of universal energy patterns and natural law. It just so happens to have been very well developed in China, even though there are some Western comparisons such as Sacred Geometry, Earth Dowsing and Astrology.
About the author:
Master Sarah McAllister BA FSSA is an established Feng Shui practitioner of 12 years standing and a teacher of Chue style Feng Shui. She is also founder director of the London based Feng Shui Agency, and is an active member of the International Research Committee of the Chue Foundation, an international non-profit Feng Shui research organisation. Her business clients range from sole traders to FTSE listed multinationals and property developers, and she takes on a wide variety of residential work from studio flats to penthouse suites and new builds.
If you’d like to become fully informed about authentic Feng Shui, Master Sarah McAllister regularly holds Introduction and full practitioner training courses – her next Introduction Course is 18/19th September 2010 at Regent’s College, Regent’s Park, London from 10am to 5pm. http://www.fengshuiagency.com/courses/feng-shui-introduction-course/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org