“Master Chan 曾 positively the only feng shui master in Singapore who adopt an objective and scientific approach in feng shui applications & birth reading”
“What is Feng Shui?” obviously not placing feng shui items all over the house. It is how we harness earth’s resources to our advantage.
Master Chan (曾) learned Feng Shui in 1994 because of his newly bought home, out of interest and soon developed into a professional career. Unlike conventional means to learn feng shui from the grapevine, he started off as a staunch non-believer of feng shui. This is because during early 90’s Singapore in his opinion, there are no credible feng shui masters and most are scare tactics, dramatic, mythology-driven or religious.
Research – Question – Verify – Apply over 20 years
The number of schools in feng shui & bazi are limitless. It will take a minimum of 10 years to know the theories behind each principle. Another 10 years to achieve some level of mastery. Today most attend express courses only to learn the applications without understanding the “why”. Some popular schools are SanHe, SanYuan, XuanKong flying star, QiMenDunJia, Bazi, ZiWeiDuoShu, BaZhai, WuXing, DaGua and many others. Interestingly they hold similar & conflicting views which is a norm in traditional Chinese culture. Disbelieved that feng shui and bazi formulas contradicts, ambiguous & questionable, Master Chan remain undeterred, curious and started learning on the subject.
It is a tedious 3 step process. 1. Research – read relevant legitimate Chinese classics. 2. Question & verify it’s validity 3. Understand & apply. To say the learning process is challenging is an understatement because there are so many conflicting teachings. Take for an example determining the correct methodology for “home destiny宅命” took him more than 3 years to be conclusive.
Even the most basic feng shui principle is challenge
Unlike others who embraced feng shui teachings right from the start from their masters or lineage, he challenged, experiment, verify and validate every principle. He tested every principle, from the most basic to the most profund. His attitude to learn is to leave no stone unturned. He told me those days the feng shui advice for his friends, relatives and people around him were free. The condition is to give him feedback 1 month after the visit.
Feng Shui is REAL
He recalled one of the early cases for a relative in Indonesia. It was 1997, he relocated the main entrance and remove the signboard that faces the retail shop. Within a week his relative called to thank him that business was doing well again. Till today his relative did not dare to move a thing. Another of his friend is having trouble to tie the wedding knot. After relocating the bed, he was happily married 1 year later. Yet another case was curing his colleague sick home. The list goes on.
Feng shui is not magic
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 supplementary support, the rest is your own effort.
Integration of various feng shui grandmasters 风水大师: 杨，曾，廖，赖
Feng shui or Birth reading is not a subject that can learn from books or online courses. There are so many feng shui schools with different or even conflicting views. Knowledge passed down is donkey’s years ago. Just an example “Xuan Kong flying star formula” consist of different schools 无常, 中州, 沈氏, 孔氏. For those who wanted to learn, books written by these legitimate 风水大师 grandmasters of feng shui 杨筠松(救贫), 吴景鸾, 曾文辿, 廖金精, 赖布衣, 蒋大鸿, 章仲山, 華湛恩, 孔昭苏, 沈竹礽 not some self-proclaimed ones. There are no boundaries to learning 学无止境 and no one can claim they are the best. Each school has it’s own merits and demerits. The best way is to read widely, digest, process, evaluate, assimilate, experiment and make it your own.
There are no short-cuts to learn feng shui. Those days he tried numerous cures for the same problem just to validate the most practical and effective solution. It took him 20 years and he is still learning. Some older theories that he tested with sufficient samples were questionable at best. It is disrespectful to reveal which schools of feng shui or bazi teachings are irrelevant today.
Misrepresented, incomplete feng shui teachings
Across so many years of history, who can guarantee the teachings of feng shui passed down were complete or purposely distorted. Those days there are 2 main type of feng shui masters. One group of scholars or theorist and the other practitioners on the street. Those who write don’t do and those who do don’t have the time or flair to write. Thus theories are diverse and in opposition.
You will be surprised to know that during Qing dynasty, emperors purposely commissioned feng shui authors to publish misleading information so that the Manchu race were unable to learn these wise teachings. Unfortunately, the ploy backfired and filtered back to China. It resurfaced today as authentic feng shui classics. And some Singapore Feng Shui masters adopted these misguided theories without researching dynasties in Chinese history, reflecting and processing it .
In today’s rapidly-evolving environment 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).
No induction cooker, no smart phones, computers, bluetooth, GPS. Today we are exposed to so much negative EMF. Life style and habits have change with all the new tech toys. People walk blinding staring at their hand phone instead of looking out for traffic. Natural habitat and wildlife balance were challenged by urban development thereby messing the climate.
Everything advances except feng shui & chinese birth reading
The sad thing about today’s feng shui trend is masters are still living and promoting effects of Period 7 era (1984-2003). Sugar-coating benefits like key-collection ceremony, rolling of pineapples, bank in money on Spring commencement, wear red on CNY, 44 is death… without respect for feng shui teachings! The sad thing is people believed.
The thing is we need to open our eyes and mind and not always thinking about feng shui first. Take for example, i have a young couple approach me on child-bearing, the first thing i asked “have you tried a full medical check-up?”. Another client that couldn’t sleep for more than 6 months. When i evaluated her birth profile, i revealed her stressor and provide some advice. In this case, no placement of items is necessary, it is solely psychological issues.
It is work in progress for me to solve today’s problems from multiple dimensional point of view instead of relying on feng shui methods alone. One should consider integration with science, social studies, or any other studies to provide fresh alternatives.
Mobile apps can be dangerous
With advancement of technology, some masters uses feng shui & birth reading (bazi) mobile apps to analyse. From clients feedback when questioned, they are unable to explain the intricacies & hidden meanings of the chart nor understand how it was derived. Please do not get me wrong i used mobile apps too, it is faster. But one must have the foundation knowledge to interpret, analyse and not rely on findings from software. You may call me old-school but it does reduces the chances of software error if you learn formulas by heart. Today people demand instant results and quick fix but this should not come at the expense of accuracy. It takes me more than 10 years of learning before even dare to do this professionally. It is a person’s life that we talk about and we can’t undo and turn back the clock.
Planet Earth is a square
In conclusion, if feng shui technique & solution remained unchanged since I started 20 years ago then it only means i am lazy, stagnant and non-progressive. Feng Shui like any other learning subject should be a life-long learning process. If we choose not to upgrade our skills, view through new optics, adapt to environment, then our intellect will lag behind, thinking that planet Earth is still a square!
Master Chan feng shui & bazi