Once Feng Shui started becoming popularized in the West, almost immediately it became commercialized into an “easy” form that removed the customized aspect. A site is divided into “corners” that represent “love,” “money,” etc. This is a watered-down third generation catch-all in which the effectiveness of Feng Shui has been lost.
Most importantly this type of Feng Shui practitioner does not use Chinese Zodiac Five Elements profile and Destiny Reading that provide unique solutions for the client. This omission can result in a negative outcome. For instance: Red is an auspicious color generally, however if a client has too much Fire Element to begin with, surrounding them with red in their environment is figuratively pouring gasoline on a fire. In this situation the negative effects of fire would be increased, resulting in more arguments and strife in the environment – obviously not a good outcome!
How can a person find a Feng Shui practitioner that is right for them?
- Research the background of the practitioner – have they gone through a solid, authentic training taught by a credible Feng Shui Master who practices the authentic form of Chinese Feng Shui? More importantly, the consultant should have a good track record over many years – and the Master must have a good track record and be credible in his authenticity and integrity.
- To ensure that the endorsements of the Feng Shui practitioner are credible verify to be sure they are not fabrications by checking referrals, or press/media archives in the case of high-profile projects.
- Make sure the practitioner creates a Five Elements and Destiny Profile of each client and studies the Earth Element (Solar and Chi) variation of each location.
The authentic form of Feng Shui has a 5,000-year history, with solidly documented written theory and practice dating back over 3,200 years. A Feng Shui practitioner who has been trained appropriately by a Feng Shui master has knowledge and experience of these texts, especially if he or she reads Chinese, as most of these texts have not been translated. It’s not just a question of authenticity for its own sake: incorrect prescriptions can result in a worse outcome than doing nothing. So if you are looking for a Feng Shui practitioner please do your homework first – you owe it to yourself.
Finally, Feng Shui is more than just decluttering or interior design (both of which have merit on their own, of course). The authentic form of Feng Shui by a real master will heighten your awareness in a way that complements the Feng Shui balancing. This is a holistic and comprehensive approach to adjusting all the energy factors in your life. A real consultant can also guide you to create better relationships with people in your life. Knowledge is power, and having the right Master empowers you with practical approaches to smooth your path.