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Feng Shui consultation—must not or must have?

March 30, 2006

By Marites Allen

By now, many of you readers may already know me through national media and through our World of Feng Shui boutiques. I am therefore very thankful to the Standard Today for giving us this opportunity to write one of the first Philippine feng shui columns ever. It is such a realization of sharing to the general public the importance of practicing feng Shui—not only on the so-called Upper Class society but to all classes in life. Feng shui can be practiced by anyone, anywhere no matter what his or her circumstances in life are.

Some of the most frequent questions I get are “how do I know what to expect from a feng shui consultation?” and “how do I know if the consultant is a real feng shui expert or just pretending to be one?” This, I believe would make an excellent topic for my very first article with the My Money section of this paper. One may also ask, “what exactly does a feng shui consultation involve, do we need one, how do you get one, and should I expect?”

Finding the real one

Oftentimes, one of the most troubling dilemmas is to try to find out if the person you just hired to do a feng shui audit of your property is “for real”. It is very simple and practically the same way as you would look for a reliable doctor, lawyer or architect. You have to check their qualifications.

You can perhaps ask for their resume, question them on their expertise of the subject, ask what schools of feng shui they apply with their analysis, their overall level of experience, affiliation and references—just like you would when looking for any other service provider.

You may also shop around from the various feng shui consultants or organizations in your area and ensure that you feel comfortable with the person you are about to entrust the feng shui of your property to. For references, you may also ask or talk to people who have had consultations done.

Have an open mind and a willing heart in telling the feng shui consultant the reasons why you need a feng shui audit. Try to assess and feel confident that the consultant can handle your case. It’s practically like choosing a very good surgeon or lawyer, you can also sometimes give yourself a real break in seeking a second or third opinion before you finally say “yes” to the one of them.

Always remember that there are some feng shui consultants who are inexperienced and may not be able to handle a very complex case—you should be able to tell this right from the start. Also, some feng shui consultants can be an expert over auditing houses but are not so good at handling condominiums or apartments. Some can also be expert in auditing graveyards but they won’t be able to do houses. These, my friends, are some of the pointers that can help you.

Specialists in feng shui

Just like any other profession, consultants can be very good at one thing. There are people who are very good in singing but can’t dance. Some are very good public speakers but cant do on stage acting. The same thing with feng shui—some consultants are very good at solving love or romance issues (i.e. a husband running away with that other sweet young thing!), and some are very good in re-aligning doors to a perfect location to achieve the so-called wealth and prosperity at home.

On the contrary, I always believe that if you feel that you don’t really have a problem and if things are going well in your life, then maybe you don’t need a feng shui consultation. Do a feng shui consultation specifically if you feel that there is an aspect of your life you would like to improve and not because your neighbor is doing it or not because you have known that a celebrity is very fond of it or it is the in thing nowadays!

First impressions last

“The book is not to be judged by its cover” so they say, so be careful that the feng shui consultant who looks like a character of a certain makeover show, is well qualified. Great feng shui consultants do not necessarily need to have long beard in a flowing robe and carry a crystal ball.

Another thing that you have to be wary of as well is instant advise of “enhancing” or “activating” every sector of your home with some specific item, especially coupled with the “convenience” of the feng shui specialist having these items right in the trunk of his or her car! In case you have this experience, do not easily fall for it. If by any chance you also happen to meet feng shui practitioners claiming that they have “created billionaires” out of so-called “good fortune”, ask yourself why is it that are they are doing a feng shui consultation for you? Why doesn’t it make them rich as well? This is a very valid claim and I would encourage you to please challenge this type of person as well.

Expectations

Firstly, there are two types of feng shui consultation, an “on site” and an “off site” consultation. An on site consultation is performed at the location of the property and includes the physical inspection of the external and internal layout of your home. On the other hand, an off site consultation is where the client just sends the floor plan and bearings of the property to the feng shui consultant. I rarely do off site consultations, as I believe that having an on site consultation is the most accurate way of doing a feng shui consultation.

For an on site project, the actual bearings of the property are obtained by using the “Lou Pan”. From this, we then precisely determine the facing and sitting direction of the property, record the actual degrees we read, i.e. NE 45 degrees and also take down notes (against the floor plan) of everything that we feel needs to be enhanced. This firstly involves the inspection of the external environment of the property prior to taking a look at the internal layout of the home. It is important to note that the “chi” originates from your external environment, it is not manifested inside your home. This is a very important assessment that the consultant needs to verify so that he or she would be able to determine how to harness it to the benefit of your home.

For internal calculations, the consultant would normally use the Eight Mansions, Flying Stars or Annual Stars schools of feng shui, in achieving the accurate diagnostic result for your property. Other than the ones mentioned, you should feel free to ask the consultant of the other classical systems of feng shui analysis that he or she practices. After taking the relevant measurements and directions, a Natal Chart of your home will be created. There will be some calculations done, including the nine-grid chart, which is full of confusing numbers (stars).

On or before the on site visit, a genuine feng shui consultant must have already gathered the date and time of birth of the residents living in the house or if its at the office, the birth data of key personnel. Having the time of birth is the key in practically providing the right prescription to the client. This is another form of analysis which is used in calculating your Four Pillars or Destiny Chart. In short, Feng Shui is the remedy and Destiny Analysis is the method used to diagnose the patients—the residents of the property.

Preparation

Some people have that fear of bringing in a feng shui consultant because they may be told to complete massive renovations or purchase things that they might not need. Usually, there are many alternatives to try first before relocating walls, digging things up or banging away at the doors. I always explain to my clients that usually after the “diagnostic” part of the consultation, we should try to use a simple prescription first prior to the complicated ones. This is the same thing as seeing your doctor, he may initially put you on a certain medication, if it does not work, move on to a stronger medicine and then if it still does not work, only then perhaps do a comprehensive check up of whether surgery is an option.

This then all depends on the skill and experience of the feng shui consultant that you have commissioned. Many feng shui remedies may actually only involve movements of your office table, changing sleeping directions, positioning water features or paintings or strategically placing some auspicious symbols of good fortune. A thorough consultation should always be done in various stages, firstly you meet up with the consultant to discuss your scope of work, followed by an inspection of your property. This is then followed by some analysis by the consultant and at a later time, you meet to receive a comprehensive report and discuss the findings. This normally takes about two weeks in total, although consultations can be performed more rapidly if needed. Don’t be surprised if you forget what your consultant told you during the consultation. This is why most professional feng shui consultants today prepare proper reports and maintain documentation. You can even engage your consultant to work hand-in-hand with your interior designer or architects, saving you the hassle of being the go-between and the inherent risks of miscommunication.

I hope this has helped answer your questions and provided you with a guideline on feng shui consultations to set your mid at ease. For your other questions, please feel free to email me at philippines@worldoffengshui.com. You may also submit your written questions to any of our boutiques at G/F Podium or SM City Cebu.

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