Why Feng Shui Alone Often Does Not Work

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Feng Shui has spread almost all over the world over the past 25-30 years. Of course, by Feng Shui, I mean Classical Feng Shui aka Kan Yu, which studies the interactions of the forces between the Way of Heaven and the Way of Earth. Said another way, Feng Shui studies the quality of life through observations and analysis of one’s living environment. Feng Shui is a very complex science that is at least two thousand years old and that requires not just years of study and practice but also some knowledge of geography, architecture, mathematics, how to use a compass, how to draw, etc. This is the science part of it. The art part is actually more difficult as it requires the practitioner to unify all the elements together as well as how to “read” the land and its forms.

I want to reiterate that by Feng Shui, I NEVER mean the pseudo modern type of Feng Shui, like interior design, Black Hat, etc which is a few decades old, has no foundation whatsoever and, of course, does not work in a tangible and measurable way.

Nowadays there are so many organizations and teachers claiming to represent authentic Classical Feng Shui. Their students have spent a lot of time and money in gaining some of the ancient knowledge. Some of them are good at marketing, sales and self-promotion and are making a lot of money through their services.

Where is the problem, one may ask? “What do you have against people applying proven ancient methods?” Well, first of all, let me deal with the unspoken stuff. Few practitioners, in any profession, like to admit that, despite their years of training and practice, their method failed to work in some cases. Now, this degree of “failing to work” could range from only failing to work, to not just failing to work but giving additional negative results, and even the severity of these negative results varies. Thus, to get to the title of this article, why does Feng Shui by itself often not work? The answer is because Feng Shui, no matter how potentially powerful, depending on the knowledge and skills of the practitioner, is only part of the picture. Why then, these teachers and organizations do not teach the full picture to their students? Why are they charging thousands of dollars when, at least the more knowledgeable of them, know that Feng Shui cannot stand on its own? Could it be because their goal is not to give knowledge but to enrich themselves and increase their reputation? Ego titles like “Master”, “Grandmaster” etc have no place in the infinite field of Chinese Metaphysics.

What is the other part of the picture then, that those practitioners, some of them well-meaning but undereducated, ignore? Well, I will answer with a question: would you do the Feng Shui of a house/flat/property where no people live? The answer is, of course, no. Why? Because this is the second element of the picture, namely the people. In other words, Feng Shui, when ignoring the people, is very, very incomplete. The reasons for this point to the third element of the picture, namely one’s fate. Without taking into account that everyone has a different fate, Feng Shui, when used by itself, would not differentiate that people having pretty much the same Feng Shui (living in the same entrance, in a house next to each other, etc) will experience the influences of Heaven and Earth differently.

So to sum it up, without taking into account the Holy Trinity of Chinese Metaphysics, namely Heaven, Man and Earth (Feng Shui), even practising the most ancient types of Kan Yu WILL often lead to unsatisfactory and, in some cases, even detrimental results. If you read some of the available Chinese Classics, you will see that Feng Shui is never used by itself but always with one’s horoscope.

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Said another way, a Feng Shui practitioner MUST also incorporate Destiny readings (Four Pillars of Destiny, Zi Wei Dou Shu, etc) if they are to practise in the way these sciences were meant to be practised. Another reason for this is that by reading the client’s fate, the practitioner will know their character, their strong and weak spots. This is very important because it will show them to what extent the client really wants the change. After all, we practitioners are overwhelmingly called when people have problems. Well, some clients, even after paying and being told what changes they need to make, why, what the result will be and when they expect this, are still reluctant to go ahead with the changes. It could be due to laziness, apathy, arrogance. In other words, people having pretty much the same Feng Shui, but different horoscopes, will react differently to the advice given. As such, the practitioner must take that into account and word the message of the advice in a slightly different way.

Failure to incorporate Destiny readings often leads to after-the-fact-excuses/justifications for when the Feng Shu consultation not only does not bring beneficial results, but the health and fortune of the client and their family drastically worsens. Some of you at least, may have heard the famous excuse/justification told by some such greedy Feng Shui practitioners who charged thousands of dollars of more for some wealth activation formulas. When the client came back to them and asked why their life were turned upside down, the practitioners responded that the client’s destiny, as shown by their horoscope, could not take the wealth. In other words, the wealth activation formula strengthened the wealth so much that it backfired and client’s horoscope was weakened and could not take it. The ancient Chinese have a saying for this: “Too much wealth deteriorates the health”.

One last very important thing to keep in mind, and something that not many Four Pillars practitioners take under consideration, is that with Feng Shui dealing with the individual’s response to the environment, as shown by the 5 phases/elements, in some rare cases when the native’s horoscope has no useful elements or a highly conflicted chart, Feng Shui will not be able to help this native. What will help this native is beyond the scope of this article but is something I will be dealing with in my future posts.

In conclusion: whenever you hear someone who speaks of Feng Shui but ignores Astrology/Four Pillars/BaZi, ZWDS, my advice is to keep away from such practitioners because, intentionally or not, you are being deceived.

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