Frequently Asked Questions
These FAQ’s are intended to help to clear up common problems and misconceptions, as well as provide a better understanding of traditional Chinese Feng Shui; the way Feng Shui has been practiced for thousands of years.
To me, Feng Shui is a support system for our lives. When our lives have support through our environment, it is then much easier for us to achieve the things we want in life like well-being, abundance, love and happiness.
Feng Shui, translated from Chinese, literally means ‘wind’ and ‘water’ . It is an ancient Chinese study of the natural environment that allows us to create harmony and balance within any environment, so our lives are supported.
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Anytime. You can consult when you feel that something needs extra support because something isn’t going right for you. If things are chaotic and you cannot seem to figure out how to get your life stabilized, that may be a sign that it’s a good time. On the other hand, when things are good and you want to reach for bigger things, you can use that time to protect what you have now and give yourself a boost to expand.
Feng Shui, if you’re not familiar, has many different branches and lineages. I studied directly in a classical lineage under a master of the art, which means it strives to remain pure to the original intention.
I am honored to be part of the Wu Chang lineage via Grandmaster Yap Cheng Hai [may he rest in blessings and peace]. I practice classical Feng Shui, which includes both Form and Compass School. In my practice I use advanced formulas in Xuan Kong Da Gua, Chinese Astrology/Four Pillars of Destiny, Auspicious Date Selection, and divination with Qi Men Dun Jia & I Ching. My work is centered around energetics; not aesthetics. I help you identify energetic alignment and suitable timing.
For a Residential Feng Shui consultation, you will need to provide proper to-scale floor plans, field map or parcelling map, your birthday information including location of birth and the time of birth. If you have any information about the history of the home and its occupants, that’s good, too. In the case of designing your dream home, you will also need to provide a field map or parcelling map.
For Business/Commercial Feng Shui consultations, we may need the birthday information for key staff. If large projects such as malls, shopping centers, headquarters, factories, hotels etc. are to be consulted, we also need to look at a site analysis (such as traffic flow, communal requirements, urban city planning, etc.) and those projects may have additional requirements.
You might have one as part of your mortgage documents. Sometimes, a city or county recorder will have a floor plan on file for you to request. More recently, it’s just as easy to hire someone to come and make a floor plan of your home as it is now. You can hire someone to do a ‘real estate measuring service’ by contacting a professional in your local area. These days such a service is relatively inexpensive and you get something we can use for years to come. If you ever sell your property, you can include it in the sale listing to help make your listing more attractive to potential buyers, too.
Feng Shui is not a one-time event. Energy is constantly moving. We are constantly growing. Therefore, in addition to an initial Feng Shui consultation, I recommend an Annual Update to add any fine tuning to keep you in supportive, nurturing energy. Missing an annual update can result in unfortunate and unwanted challenges.
Feng Shui can help support all kinds of sized spaces from studio apartments and large, single-family homes to offices and businesses of all sizes.
As a classical Feng Shui practitioner, I use a luo pan (compass) to determine the energy layout of the surrounding land, and how it interacts with a building. Then, analyze its resultant effects on the occupants. Calculations are done according to the basic principles, then remedies are prescribed where necessary in order to balance the energy to have a positive effect.
Since the work I do centers around your energetic alignment, the look and feel of the space should be appealing to you. True and honest Feng Shui does not ask you to buy a bunch of over-priced trinkets or ‘Oriental’ objects that supposedly have positive Qi. Let me be clear that so called “remedies” such as money toads, dragons, tortoises, Buddhas, wind chimes, Chinese coins and the vast array of decorative items sold in the marketplace as being part of Feng Shui are not used in traditional or classical Feng Shui practice.
There’s no reason for your home to look like a Chinese antique store when you are done. Think about some of the major users of Feng Shui world wide; none of those spaces has a look or feel that is out of sync with modern design.
The answer to this question is ‘it depends’. The first factor is which Feng Shui systems, methods, and/or formulas are being employed to assist in reaching your goal. Some methods work very quickly while some methods take time to accumulate Qi. The second ‘it depends’ factor is that efficacy and speed to outcomes are directly proportional to how compliant and attentive the client is to doing their part. That is, successful results largely depend on a client’s commitment to making the recommended adjustments.
The first is to come with a problem you want to solve. It’s not so meaningful to say, “Come tell me what’s wrong with my house.” That’s akin to going to the doctor and saying, “Tell me what I need to take to fix me” but not having a specific issue to heal. The more specific you can be, the more likely the results will be satisfying to you because we can tailor the approach to what you wish to work on now. It’s okay to focus on small steps initially. For example, perhaps you want to increase your income. What percentage do you want to increase your business’ income in the next year? Doubling your income may be out of reach. However, an up to 20% increase may be more attainable for your business. Perhaps you want your children to do well in school. Perhaps you want more opportunities for advancement at work. Perhaps you are single and want more opportunities to meet eligible partners. You see, where this is going, right?
Secondly, it is encouraged that you remain open to suggestions and willing to work with the recommendations, even if it may seem awkward or inconvenient at times. Some of the methods and systems use ancient, time-tested applications that feel a bit strange in our modern world. That’s okay, go with it.
Classical Feng Shui provides real solutions to real problems. If you hire someone who focuses on interior design, the space may be aesthetically pleasing but it may not actually do much to solve the problem -. If you hire someone with training rooted in ancient, time-tested systems & methods, you increase your opportunity for success and greater healing. Later, you can add decor that suits you.
The purpose of a Discovery Session is to take time to get to know each other a bit. First I listen to what’s going on for you in your life, then assess your needs and, knowing my background and expertise, I can decide which of my services I would recommend in your situation. Sometimes, in a Discovery Session, the potential client learns that the work I do is not what they expected or are willing to engage. If we agree that there is a good fit, we can talk about how to proceed.
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