While Feng Shui has become more widely accepted, practiced and applied over the past few years, a lot of the information surrounding it is still shrouded in a sense of mysticism and orientalism. The various schools of Feng Shui can be confusing for newcomers and so many of them are easily drawn into misinterpretations of Feng Shui that are deliberately used to make money through the selling of trinkets and “auspicious objects”.
Many practices and applications that are considered to be a part of Feng Shui are actually a collection of myths helped along by the power of suggestion and self-fulfilling prophecies. They are half-truths, old-wives tales and superstitions passed off as the real deal, used to scare people into taking a million and one steps to prevent or negate their unfavorable circumstances. Of course, often these steps involve the purchase of Asian-looking trinkets that will “focus” energies, or the rearrangement of furniture and it is not uncommon to hear of people getting paranoid over a painting or statue they have at home just because a “Feng Shui expert” claimed the object was exuding negative Qi!
Feng Shui is however not about religion, cultures, ghost or deities. It is a metaphysical science involving the study and understanding of environmental influences. And Qi is a natural phenomenon of the living environment, rarely “generated” by man-made objects like statues and paintings. Classical Feng Shui has nothing to do with the placement of objects, pictures or any other decor you may have in the house. It has to do with direction and location – the two most crucial factors in determining the quality of the Feng Shui of your property. After all the fuss about taking care of the inside of the home, it can come as a surprise to many people that Feng Shui actually prioritizes what is on the outside.
The first thing you must do when it comes to Feng Shui is to inspect the surroundings of your property and from there gauge the sort of Qi that it is receiving. Look for external environmental factors or landforms (Luan Tou) that govern the main Qi of the area. The most important landforms in Feng Shui are the mountains and the rivers. Mountains are often referred to in ancient Feng Shui texts as “Dragons” and as Yin features they “give birth” to Qi. Water is the mountain’s Yang counterpart and collects the Qi. Evaluating the Feng Shui of a property involves looking at these landforms to see how they affect the movement and collection of Qi through the property. After that has been assessed, your attention should turn to the main door of the property where the Qi enters. This is followed by the kitchen and the stove, and then the bedroom and the bed. To a minor extent, you can then take into consideration the other parts of your property where you tend to spend a lot of time. Once you have the location of all these rooms set, you can figure out a good combination that will be adequate in terms of producing desirable Feng Shui.
As for your interior design, furniture and wall colors? Don’t worry, and feel free to go with your personal tastes or interior design aesthetics instead of focusing on what is auspicious or has “positive auras”. Any influence your decorations, color choices and furniture placement has on you is more likely to psychological than anything that can be attributed to Feng Shui. Therefore it’s highly recommended that you just go with what suits you best. For Feng Shui, focus your attentions on the outside.
Many people are attracted to placement Feng Shui because it offers a quick fix, and for many, the aura of mysticism cultivated around it is enough for them to believe in it. While it may help in the short term through a psychological boost, it can quickly turn into a frustrating reliance. No superstition or religious belief is required for Feng Shui, instead it is about adjusting one’s living environment for better behavior and positive thinking. Feng Shui is about making your life easier, not harder.
Dato’ Joey Yap is the leading Feng Shui, BaZi and Face Reading consultant in Asia. He is an international speaker, bestselling author of over 160 books and master trainer in Chinese Metaphysics. He is also the Chief Consultant of Joey Yap Consulting Group and founder of the Mastery Academy of Chinese Metaphysics. Joey Yap Research International & Mastery Academy of Chinese Metaphysics 19-3, The Boulevard, Mid Valley City, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Tel: (603) 2284 8080 | Fax: (603) 2284 1218 Website: www.masteryacademy.com / www.joeyyap.com
This article was first published in the iProperty.com Malaysia May 2016 Magazine. Get your copy from selected news stands or view the magazine online for free at www.iproperty.com.my/magazine. Better yet, order a discounted subscription by putting in your details in the form below!