1. Classical Chinese Feng Shui is not applicable in the modern western world.
The truth is that the dynamics of nature and the relationship between man and earth have changed much less than culture has changed. In practice, Feng Shui is as effective in the middle of a cosmopolitan 21st century city as in a remote and mountainous part of China. Of course, some details of the practice change but the fundamental principles do not.
2. Feng Shui is about moving your furniture.
The truth is that Feng Shui is about understanding and analysing the total “energy map” of the house and site. Therefore, the most important time to have a Feng Shui consultation is BEFORE you buy a house. It is about considering structural and landscaping features to enable the building to channel as much of the natural energies as possible. The benefits of good room usage, furniture placement and colours of decor can be significant. However, they are less important than landscape considerations, building structure and orientation.
3. Feng Shui is an intuitive skill.
Feng Shui is based upon complex and specific calculations of planetary movement, detailed understanding of the patterns of energy of the Earth and highly specific mapping between the symbolism of the environment and the human body.
All of this takes many years of serious study. Only the merest ‘tasters’ of it have so far been published in western language books. A strong intuition is certainly required, in addition to high levels of technical training. However, it cannot be done by intuition alone.
4. Feng Shui can be learned over a few weekends.
To reach even a basic level of proficiency takes several years of serious study of materials from an authentic source. To reach a high level of skill takes many years of dedicated study and practice.
5. Feng Shui is about positioning symbolic cures and charms around your home.
Symbolic cures and charms are occasionally used. However, in general, serious Feng Shui remedies consist of:
- Exterior features – alterations to fences, hedges and gates, positioning of water, ponds and fountains or ‘chi’ building structures. Even a degree or two of difference in the angle of a front door can change the energy of a building.
- Room usage – some rooms have energy suited to studying, some to sleeping and some rooms should be avoided! Use of colours and natural materials to balance energies. Use of meticulously chosen times, which imbue alterations with the appropriate energy of that moment.
Good Feng Shui practice in the West should be invisible to your guests. It should not leave your home looking like a Chinatown gift shop!
6. In today’s world, Feng Shui is primarily about dowsing and using modern technology to combat electromagnetic stress.
Although many such techniques are valuable and effective in their own right, they are complimentary to Feng Shui. The core of real Feng Shui is to understand how the energies of the earth and the cosmos change over time and how to use building design to harness and regulate these energies. This provides benefits far deeper and more powerful than simply screening the harmful energies from electrical equipment.