Feng Shui Myths
It is not true that Feng Shui is a religion. It's very unfortunate that in order to make Feng Shui popular and to sell a lot of commercial books that some people have portrayed Feng Shui as a religion or superstitious practice by selling Feng Shui "cures". Applying authentic Feng Shui principles to your home or business does not compromise anyone's religious beliefs, nor does anyone have to strongly believe in Feng Shui for it to work.
Frequently asked questions
Q: Is practicing feng shui against my religion?
A: Authentic traditional feng shui is not a religion. Unfortunately there are some people who use their own religious beliefs and superstitions and sell it under the name of "feng shui". It is important to differentiate between traditional feng shui and information disguised as feng shui.
Q: Will a money-frog really bring money?
A: Do your wishes come true when you wish on a shooting star? Does a rabbit's foot or a four leafed clover really bring you luck? And if it does, would you call it feng shui?
Q: Can I learn feng shui from a book?
A: If the book is good, you can learn and practice basic feng shui principles. Just as you could learn basic health knowledge from medical books but when you are sick, you still consult a good doctor. If you are interested in learning this art yourself, find a good traditional teacher to learn from. A good teacher is worth more than a thousand books.
Q: There are many schools of feng shui - how do I know which one is right?
A: There is only one authentic school of feng shui and that is the traditional one. (Also called classical feng shui.) This school is like a tree with branches. One branch is called the Form School, another is called the Eight House School and another is called The Flying Star School. One branch does not make a tree. All the aforementioned is important and each part has a function in an audit. A competent practitioner will know all of them and know how to use them in order to make an accurate assessment.
Q: Must I modify compass directions if I live in the Southern Hemisphere?
A: No. The local climate may differ in various parts of the world, but the directions remain the same. When we talk about water, wood, fire, earth and metal and assign directions to them, we are not talking about literal objects or a local seasonal climate. We are talking about the CHARACTERISTICS of water, wood, fire, earth and metal that prevail over time. Read Master Joseph Yu's "Feng Shui for the Southern Hemisphere" article.
Q: Will Feng Shui make me rich?
A: If it is not in your destiny to be rich, no. It can improve your circumstances, but money should not be the focus at the expense of health and relationships when practising feng shui. It is overall harmony and balance that should be sought.
Q: I don't want to learn feng shui - how do I find a good feng shui practitioner?
A: By asking the correct questions. Where or from whom did they learn? Are they practicing traditional feng shui? How much experience have they had? What do their clients say about their work? You have a right to ask questions and don't be afraid to ask why if you feel uncomfortable or uncertain about the changes they recommend you make. Also avoid practitioners that use scare tactics to frighten their clients into parting with their money.
Q: Must I believe in feng shui for it to work?
A: No. Positive thinking is a good thing but it is not called Feng Shui. Feng Shui works even if you don't believe it will.
Q: Can I use a bagua mirror to ward off "poison arrows?"
A: No. This is pure superstition