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Master Chan 曾 positively the only feng shui master in Singapore who adopt an objective and scientific approach in feng shui & birth reading applications.
“What is Feng Shui?” obviously not spending an obscene amount of money to buy lucky charms or getting blessings from religious or spiritual leaders or Chinese customs.
Authentic feng shui are formulas and calculations to harness earth’s environmental resources to our advantage. Not some make-believe rituals without supporting teachings or superstitions or 开光 charms or religious/spiritual-related.
Staunch non-believer of feng shui & bazi
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 learning feng shui from the grapevine, he started off as a staunch non-believer of feng shui.
This is because during early 90s Singapore, in his opinion there are no credible feng shui masters that provides logic & reasoning to support their practice and most used scare tactics, drama, mythology, religion, spirituality trying to sell their “so-called blessed” feng shui unicorns or crystals.
Authentic Feng Shui teachings for all religion and all races
Earliest recorded “feng shui 风水” these 2 words came from 晋代郭璞 AD 276-324 葬经 burial book. Over thousand of years, teachings, principles have evolved with the masters practising it. Some masters are spiritual or even religious leaders. Feng shui methods used were integrated with their own personal experiences & beliefs with God. This got nothing to do with classic books on feng shui teachings. To use an analogy is like a Christain or Taoist physicist does not make physics religious.
集思广益 (ji si guang yi) Research – Question – Verify – Apply
The number of metaphysics schools are countless. Chan believed that it is only wise to read widely & deeply authentic traditional feng shui classics as well as today’s interpretations of some masters.
Diverse perspectives from various authors raise self-awareness, intellectual flexibility, and broad knowledge enables perception of the world through the eyes of others. Even if you get 1 fresh perspective from an entire book is worth the read for him. One can’t be arrogant to think that one can corner all the good ideas just by self-study alone. It takes many, many years of indepth study of various metaphysics and formulas, question, verify and make it your own.
Contradicting feng shui principles
Popular schools like SanHe, SanYuan, XuanKong, QiMenDunJia, Bazi, ZiWeiDuoShu, BaZhai, WuXing, DaGua and many others. Interestingly they hold similar and yet conflicting views which is normal. Disbelieved that feng shui and bazi formulas is ambiguous & questionable, Master Chan remain undeterred, curious and started his half a lifetime of 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, adapt & apply. To say the learning process is challenging is an understatement because there are so many controversial principles.
most basic feng shui principle is challenge
Unlike others who embraced feng shui teachings through 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 feng shui advice for his friends, relatives and people around him were free. The condition is to feedback after the visit.
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 and on.
Feng shui is not a miracle solution to life’s problems
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 is no magic, it only provides supplementary support, the rest is your own effort.
In Singapore there are many who claim that they are grandmasters of feng shui. In his opinion legitimate grandmasters 风水大师 of feng shui are those who have written formulas, teachings and principles passed down and used by many till today. To him these are the real deal 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 etc
There are no boundaries to learning and no one should claim that they are the best in the field. Each feng shui school has it’s own merits and demerits. The best way is to read widely, wisely, digest, process, evaluate, assimilate, experiment and integrate to make it your own.
Misrepresented misguided feng shui masters
Across so many years of history, who can guarantee that the teachings of feng shui are complete and not purposely distorted. Those days there are 2 main type of feng shui masters. A group of scholars or theorist and the other practitioners on the street. Those who write don’t do or do not have the time to do. Thus for the learners one have to sift through and find the “right” books to read.
You will be surprised to know that during Qing dynasty, emperors purposely commissioned scholars 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 Chinese history, culture, reflecting and processing it.
Ask for rationale behind the feng shui recommendations
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).
Kitchen and toilet were located outside the house. Today’s theories about kitchen & toilet are modern day versions so beware. Best thing is to ask the feng shui master his rationale to do so.
In the past there are no internet, smartphone, computers, bluetooth, wifi. Today we are exposed to so much negative EMF. Life style and habits have change with tech toys. People walk blinding staring at their handphone instead of looking out for traffic. Natural habitat and wildlife balance were challenged by urban development thereby messing the climate.
Best feng shui master in Singapore
No one actually. If one claim to be the best then he or she is arrogant & stagnant.
The sad thing about today’s masters is that they still living in Period 7 (1984-2003) where sugar-coating, dramatising of facts such as rolling of pineapples on key-collection, bank in money on Spring commencement, wear red on CNY, 44 is death… without respect for feng shui teachings! Most ignorant people believed and the authentic feng shui masters is having a hard time explaining.
The thing is we should not treat feng shui as the scapegoat when something goes wrong. Take for example, a young couple approach me on child-bearing, the first thing i asked “have you tried a full medical check-up?”. The answer is No. We are “environment” doctors not “biological” doctors although feng shui do have some formulas to increase the chances of child-bearing.
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 feng shui audit is necessary.
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 alternative solutions.
Feng shui and Bazi Mobile apps
Some masters are so proud that they use ios or android apps to impress. Using this does not mean that one is scientific. It merely makes our life easier. During 90s these apps were PC-based. Today it is freely available on phone. Master Chan experimented with these apps and find that most of the final analysis is not accurate. He even talk to some well known software engineers to come up with his own. But the usual answer is impossible for the final analysis to be accurate due to the huge number of variables. However he still uses these apps out of convenience to plot the charts but not the conclusion. He believed human brains are far superior to computers & AI in many ways.
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 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!
interview article in 1998 only published recently.