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The Charmed One: Feng Shui expert Marites Allen explains why one lucky charm is not enough

January 15, 2010

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Blurb: Feng Shui expert Marites Allen explains to Mira Gloria why one lucky charm is not enough.


When you arrange an interview with Marites Allen, feng shui expert and president of The World of Feng Shui (WOFS) boutique chain in Manila, it has to be on her terms. It has to be scheduled on a particular date, at a particular time, and, when the venue has been determined (usually in her house or in any WOFS store), it has to be facing a certain direction. Sometimes, the outfit she will wear for the interview is also planned: her look is not complete without her chosen color for the day and the complementing accessories that go with it.
Do not mistake her as a detail-obsessed celebrity. This is just how Allen’s world works—according to Feng Shui. “Every hour, every day, every month or year—we could be in conflict with any of the 12 animal signs. It’s better to be prepared at all times,” she told HighLife during an interview at her home in Greenhills (at 10 in the morning, in the lanai, facing north).
It is not paranoia that has driven Allen to practice Feng Shui for more than 15 years. Instead, it was the idea that bringing harmony to certain spaces can invite all the positive energies into one’s life. So far, Allen believes Feng Shui has brought her a lot of positive things, and she has a successful business to prove it. Having acquired the local franchise of the World of Feng Shui store chain in 2004, she has grown the Feng Shui specialty boutique to six branches: five in Metro Manila and one in Cebu. She has also become known as the Feng Shui consultant for celebrities and business owners. In 2007, she landed her first television hosting stint, The Marites Allen Show, which focused on giving Feng Shui tips.
When HighLife asked, “Are these all because of Feng Shui?” Allen said that Feng Shui luck is just one third of a person’s fate (the other two being mankind luck or hard work, and heaven’s luck or destiny). But since we asked, she said she believes her luck comes from her silver charm bracelet, which contains all kinds of dzi beads.

Have you always believed in lucky charms?
Absolutely! These are not only lucky charms but also symbols of good fortune and protection. I think all people around the world believe in luck. In my business where the operative word is “luck”, I never take chances and I ensure that I never go out without my lucky charms.

When did you start collecting charm bracelets?
Many years ago. Even before my Feng Shui career, I was always fascinated with lucky charms. My mother used to tell me that keeping charms would give us good luck. Charms can either enhance your good luck or protect you from bad luck. Making it a part of my daily outfit completes my overall daily activities. I personally wear them as an accessory as well.

They say that the charms represent important events in one's life. Is this true in your case?
I believe so. I actually have various charm bracelets, the different types of dzi beads, and I decided to create smaller versions of these so I can wear them in one go.
My favorite of all the dzi [beads] is the nine-eyed dzi. I never leave without it. Having to wear, it has been said, purifies negative karma, erases obstacles to success, and it is also for instant money luck. I wear it as a pendant on my necklace, as a bracelet or I wear it together with all my other customized dzi bracelets. Over the years, it has already proven its luck to me in many ways. Six years ago, I got a call from ASTRO TV station in Malaysia to guest on a particular TV show. A year ago, I believe it has saved us from a flight that could have led into a devastating airline crash in El Nido. I was also wearing it when our trip from Beijing to Manila was stalled for nearly 10 hours at the airport because of a heavy typhoon. The pilot was about to take off and, luckily, he listened to the plea of the passengers not to go through the stormy flight. On another note, while on a holiday in Macau last March with friends, I was trying my luck in one of the slot machines and from my 25 cents play at the Venetian Casino, I won a US$2,000 jackpot! Not bad.

Do you have to wear all of them every day to be lucky?
Yes, if I could. Otherwise, I am never without my nine-eyed dzi and the 15-eyed dzi. On a daily basis, I wear the nine-, 15-eyed, and the Ruyi Dzi bead bracelets together. The 15-eyed dzi imparts the wearer all of heaven’s blessings. It means it will be smooth sailing all the way as one embarks on endeavors and projects. The Ruyi dzi, on the other hand, denotes authority: it imbues its owner with all the qualities of an authoritative and excellent leader.

How do these charm accessories actually relate to a person's destiny? Say if a person is destined to be rich, does he or she still need to have these accessories?
The lucky symbols of good fortune and protection work together with one’s destiny. For example, one of my daughters—she is six years old—her destiny chart suggests that water is supposed to be her unfavorable element, and taking her to a beach resort really freaks me out because it could be harmful for her. I always have visions of her drowning and although she really loves the beach, we always ensure that she somehow wears her lucky charm for protection.

Do you always consult Feng Shui in every decision that you make?
Yes, definitely. In most of my important decisions in life, be it in business, personal or professional in nature, I have to be guided by Feng Shui. There is nothing to lose, I have everything to gain.

CREDITS: Outfit by Rajo Laurel
Hair & Make Up by : RICO of James Cooper Saloon
Jewelleries by HIYAS

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