“positively the only feng shui master in Singapore who adopt an objective approach and scientific methodology to update classical feng shui principles”
“What is Feng Shui?” obviously not about placing Feng Shui items all over the house and make it look like a Chinese restaurant. It is how we harness energy from our physical environment, both visible & invisible to our advantage.
Master Chan learned Feng Shui in 1994 through the hard way because of his newly bought home, out of interest and soon developed into a professional career. Unlike conventional means of learning through grand masters of Feng Shui, he started as a staunch non-believer of Feng Shui. This is because during 90’s Singapore, the promoted feng shui information is overly dramatic and filled with strong religious overtones.
Feng Shui is a life-long learning journey
Disbelieved that feng shui is ambiguous & questionable, he remain undeterred, curious and started reading on the subject. He applied his new found learning of feng shui principles on his new home and realized that it actually works! Motivated by positive results, he wanted to know more by studying the original Chinese classics. He expanded his new found learning by using his friends as test subjects.
In order to justify that Feng Shui exist, he tested every Feng Shui principle to see whether it works. Unlike others who embraced Feng Shui teachings as the “only truth” due to lineage or passed down by parents; he challenged every principle, experiment on it, verify and validate until proven correct. It was a time consuming, tedious process stretching over 10 years. This is because even the most obvious and fundamental principle of Feng Shui was tested. His attitude to learn is to leave no stone unturned.
He told me that even today he is still learning about Feng Shui and Birth Profiling because there are things he does not fully understand. Those days he was not taught by any masters, it was sheer passion and interest through self-study. As time progresses, he give non-monetary feng shui advice for his friends, relatives and people around him. He would review within a month to check on the feng shui recommendations. This non-monetary trial and error service was funded by his own business.
Proven that Feng Shui does help
During this trial and error stage, he realised that feng shui does help people to resolve problems and felt motivated to continue. He recalled one of the early cases he did for his relative in Indonesia. Business was bad in 1997, he advised him to relocate the entrance and remove the signboard that faces the retail shop among other things. Within a week his relative called to thank him that business was doing well again. Another case was his friend is having trouble to tie the wedding knot. After changing the bed position, he was happily married after 1 year. Yet another case was his colleague sick home. He placed some feng shui remedies at the main door, re-position the stove and swap the bedrooms. Within a month the family’s health is back to normal.
Feng shui only 25% help
Feeling very passionate that feng shui can alleviate the misfortunes of people, he seeks out famous grand masters of feng shui from Hong Kong and Taiwan to further his learning. His innovative, result-driven and unbias approach in feng shui make him popular in Singapore and overseas. His style of feng shui were widely published in local and foreign media. In 2011, his clients encouraged him to setup this website to educate the true value of home and office feng shui without exaggeration. Like what he always said, “feng shui only provides 25%” help, the rest is up to your own effort.
Authentic feng shui applications, you need to practice and test it
Feng shui is not a subject that one can master through books, attend on-line courses or learn from “lineage-claim” masters. The main reason is because there are so many diverse feng shui schools having different explanations on the same principle. Just to name one “Xuan Kong flying star玄空” already consist of 6 different institutions 无常, 中州, 沈氏, 孔氏 and diverse grand masters蒋大鸿、章仲山、華湛恩 孔昭苏, 沈竹礽 interpreting differently. If you study hard enough, you will realised that each school has it’s own merits and limitations. The best way to learn is to “test” it, validate and integrate into your own style. Just like swimming one must have enough years of practice and hands-on experiences.
There are no short-cuts, those days i have tried numerous cures for the same problem just to validate which is the most practical and effective solution!
Till today, more than 20 years and i am still learning. Some of the older theories tested with sufficient samples were questionable. It is disrespectful to reveal which schools of feng shui or bazi teachings does not work any more. For those who does not know me well, may feel that it is arrogant to challenge feng shui or bazi principles. However i view it as part of learning process.
Misrepresented, incomplete feng shui teachings
Across so many years of history, who can guarantee the teachings of feng shui passed down are complete and does not lose fragments of information or purposely distorted. You will be surprised to know that during the reign of Qing dynasty, the emperors purposely commissioned feng shui masters to publish misleading Feng Shui theories so that the Manchu people were unable to learn from these wise teachings. Unfortunately, the concept was backfired and filtered back to China. It resurfaced today as authentic feng shui classics and some Singapore Feng Shui masters adopted the wrong theories without cross-examing with comparative authors or tested it themselves.
Luckily during my course of study i met up with one kind HK master that taught me how to decipher the true and false teachings. He told me to be open-minded, read all branches of feng shui, verify and validate until you can see the true teachings 门派不争,去伪求真.
open door ceremony, bank money on Spring – no place in today’s Feng Shui
In today’s ever-changing environment certain feng shui principles need adaptations. Those days there were no 60 storey skyscrapers, rampant constructions, expressways, MRTs, escalators, elevators etc to speed up earth’s energy-cycle (地气 地运).
Household stuff like the stove was located outside the house & charcoal was used. There were no induction cooker, no smart phones, computers, bluetooth, GPS. Today we are exposed to so much negative electromagnetic radiation. Nature environment and wildlife balance have been toppled over by roads, buildings etc thereby messing up with the climate.
Personally i feel that today’s feng shui masters need to focus on better alternatives to solve increasingly “new” negative energies and sicknesses. Not all the illnesses are due to feng shui, some are due to bazi flaws. I have a client that is so stressful that couldn’t sleep for more than 6 months. When i evaluated her birth profile and sensed of such problem, i revealed her stressor and provide some advice. To me i use some psychological tips by understanding her bazi birth profile. Issues like divorce or illnesses like cancer were not found during the time when feng shui or bazi originated. The sad thing about today’s feng shui is instead of moving forward, some feng shui masters are still educating consumers on concepts like BTO key-collection ceremony, rolling of pineapples, bank in money on Spring commencement, wear red on lunar new year day… that are without basis to feng shui teachings!
It is work in progress for me to solve today’s problems from multiple perspective instead of relying on feng shui methods alone. One should consider integration with psyschology, environmental study or biology or social studies to provide fresh alternatives.
Planet Earth is still a square
In conclusion, if my feng shui technique & solution remained unchanged since started 20 years ago then it only means i am lazy, stagnant and non-progressive. Feng Shui like any learning subject should be an endless process 学无止境. The principles i used are guided by authentic Feng Shui principles but with modern adaptations and inspirations. If we do not continue to experiment, to try new angles, to adapt and validate our solutions then our intellect will lag behind, thinking that planet Earth is still a square!
Master Chan 曾师傅