These feng shui misconceptions seem to stay on forever for the past 20 years, since i started doing feng shui. Most of us are educated with M.A. MS or Phds yet appalling feng shui theories are springing up like mushrooms. Next time you hear something odd like you can’t install ceiling fan, please ask why? me also wanted to know.
Seriously do you believed the mere act of rolling pineapples into the house bring good luck on key collection day? Some masters even go to the extend of using your bazi to formulate 4D numbers to get you excited. While others told you to have a mirror beside your dining table to double your abundance. One could view it as raising your cholesterol level or over-indulgence of food. Sometimes it makes me wonder am i in some creative art industry?
1. Feng shui is religious or spiritual or superstitious
Most misrepresentations stem from individual feng shui master personal religious beliefs and their integration into feng shui applications. Don’t get me wrong i have nothing against any religion. In fact it is good to have a religion. For those who are skeptical, i don’t blame you because this is how i started in 1993 as a staunch non-believer of feng shui because 90’s Singapore fengshui messages were illogical & superstitious.
2. Tilting of Main Door 斜门 as a feng shui cure
There is a lot of drama clouding the concept of “tilted main door” to correct negative energy. One wonder, by manipulating the angle of the door direction will air & light (energy) travel at a different degree? According to my early day feng shui verifications, this only works temporarily about 1 – 2 month but permanently it doesn’t help.
My client was told by his ex-feng shui master because the main door faces a multi-storey carpark. Do you think by adjusting the door, the “assumed bad physical environment attributes” will go away? How about the fumes and noise? Main Door in feng shui is symbolic to the “mouth”. Having a crooked mouth is unattractive to start with and a sign of stroke. And to make things worse you are telling the whole world that your house is bad when you try to sell in future.
Feng shui misconception 3 – mirror reflection to double your abundance
One of my client was told that placing a mirror besides the dining table is symbolic to doubling of abundance. I told him why not place it beside your money safebox to double your money instead?
Feng shui misconception 4 – ritual & custom
Most people are confused with ritual and custom with feng shui. The easy way to differentiate is there are no mathematical system or logical reasoning to support it. Take for example queuing up on spring commencement day to bank in money. How does that make you richer? You take out your “own money” and deposit into your “own account”. Unless you take money from your wife and put it into your account perhaps that will make you richer but not without consequences.
5. Risks of self-help annual feng shui products
Placing annual self-help feng shui items from books without checking your home destiny is risky.
Take this house destiny for example, sitting West facing East. In 2014 auspicious flying star 9 is at North sector. If you follow the books to place plants to enhance fire star 9 then you are inviting trouble.
Based on House Destiny energy chart, North is 5 and 2 sickness combo. 5 and 2 are earth elements and represent misfortune or sickness. In feng shui 5-element theory, wood conquers earth, by challenging the earth element, you are activating the sickness energy.
6. Misconception of feng shui cleanising power
What sort of cleansing power you need? for “forms” or “qi”? or both? Most feng shui principles have built-in cures for bad energies. Take for an example 8 mansions feng shui, Tian Yi 天医 positive energy can counter Jue Ming 绝命 negative energy.
Legitimate feng shui remedies conform to 1 or more of the 5 methods i.e. 遮 hide、挡 block、化 dilute、斗 fight 、避 avoid. Any deviations is not authentic practice.
7. Feng shui Gua symbolism – South East is wealth sector omg
One misleading representation is to associate Gua as a static element. E.g. South-East zone is Wealth sector for every home in the world. Wow so simple. Some masters even advised their clients to install a water feature there and boom you get instant wealth like 3-in-1 coffee. If feng shui is that straightforward, multi-billionaires will spring up like mushrooms.
What this Gua symbolism conveniently ignore is the impact of “timing”. 20 years ago we don’t have smart phone. Energy change based on Xuan Kong flying star formula. Wealth creation is through personal effort and discipline “supplemented” by feng shui. Feng Shui by itself does not “create” wealth on it’s own.
8. Feng shui numbers 8 is lucky, 4 means death
Feng shui is not a “sound” check tool. 4 is not associated with death and 8 does not mean prosperity. 13 is not unlucky because of the movie Friday the 13th. “Numbers” in feng shui is use to symbolise certain things e.g. 6 is metal element NOT what it “sound-like”.
9. Feng shui get-rich-strike-4D
Some masters in their blog show testimonials of clients winning 4D and toto. Not sure they are promoting feng shui or gambling. One should be responsible to what they convey. Feng shui definitely does not promote an environment for punting. If the master is that good with feng shui 4D enhancement then why do he still work as a feng shui master?
10. Footboard of bed not to face door
Not sure how this theory come about, i was told by my client that he was advised that footboard of the bed should not face the door. Not sure why? Best way to place the bed is at the diagonal corner of the door. Feng shui call it the energy collection point 聚气位.
11. Feng shui guarantee results
Feng shui can guarantee improvements but not results. Professionals like doctors, lawyers…can’t guarantee saving life nor winning a case. Let alone feng shui is not an exact science. Feng shui masters are humans not God. Moreover there are so many factors that influence a person’s luck e.g. birth profile strengths & weaknesses, effort, luck pillars, personality, work experience, education, birth era and many others. Guess masters who promote that are “desperate” for business or get ahead of themselves.
12. Feng shui misconception on the colour red
i have consulted some feng shui done by other masters…not sure why their signature application is to put red door mat and hang red cloth at the main door that looks like “wedding” ceremony. Chinese culture associate “red” as the auspicious colour.
Red in feng shui represents “the most yang” 阳 energy and “black the most yin” 阴” energy. Red in the 5 element chain represent “fire”. Therefore please be mindful that your “red” item should not be at the sickness zones.
13. Feng Shui Water and Fire Confrontation
This is by far one of the most creative and exaggerate rule. i got a client that is so terrify that they do not dare to cook and order package dinners. Which is just as unhealthy violating why they see feng shui in the first place. The misconceptions is stove (burner) against water sink or fridge or washing machine, see full details here kitchen feng shui.
14. Luck transfer like cloning
Some clients feedback to me that their their ex-masters can do “luck transfer” to objects or even people. Not sure how it works but wonder why the masters themselves did not transform into billionaires like Mr Bill Gates or genuis like Steve Jobs.