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by Lydia Pawelak / published in Maison du 21e Siècle

One of the side effects of Feng Shui being "in" is that consultants are emerging out of nowhere, sometimes after only having read a few books, without being trained by an experienced Feng Shui master. This is giving Feng Shui a bad image.

I believe that a good consultant must have studied with one or more acknowledged Feng Shui masters, know the different schools of Feng Shui, have experience as an consultant with examples of satisfied clients. A good consultant must be able to help you in different situations: surveying land, advising you during the design phase of a project, remodeling proposals, making you gain a competitive edge in business, new community planning, helping you with house or office hunting, finding remedies for recurring illness, depression, financial loss, loneliness, stress...

I have done several consultations, where people were very disappointed after a consultation they had received in the past. When I enter these cases, I often am very frustrated when realizing that the basic principles of Feng Shui have completely been ignored by previous consultants.

I went to a store recently, and discovered to my astonishment that they had litterally filled the store with Feng Shui symbols to attract prosperty: a huge amount of Chinese coins, large buddhas of prosperty, bamboo flutes, chimes, mirrors, fountains and much more. What the previous consultant had failed to understand is that you can't attract prosperty just by adding symbols of prosperty if you don't have a good flow of energy within the store. Not only did the amount of Feng Shui symbols start blocking energy but when I looked at the back of the store, I discovered that the hallway and exit were completely blocked by empty boxes, right up to the ceiling. There was no passage, no light, just dark and dusty stagnant energy, and it had been that way for over a year; this dark hallway also happened to be in the prosperty sector according to the Pa Kua school of Feng Shui.


The key purpose of Feng Shui is to stimulate the flow of positive "chi" or the flow of energy. If "chi" flows well and accumulates, we have good Feng Shui; if it flows too quickly, or stagnates, we have poor Feng Shui.

At the centre of Feng is harmonizing the "chi" , and balancing the forces of Yin and Yang. This will lead to recognizing the four seasons, their five elements (water, wood, fire, earth and metal) and their eight trigrams in the I Ching, the Book of Changes. These eight directions also represent the eight aspirations in life: career, education, family, health, prosperity, marriage, children/creativity, and mentors.

A Feng Shui practitioner works with these principles to diagnose a space or building. Other than moving furniture or objects, Feng Shui cures include the addition of mirrors, crystals, lights, wind chimes, sound, plants, water, animals, and artwork. In case you are afraid your home will end up looking like a Chinese restaurant, modern Feng Shui includes cures which will not disrupt the creative style and design elements you want to maintain in your place.

Subtle changes -- like changing the position of your desk, your bed, or the dining room table --can have dramatic results.

Enhancing good Feng Shui helps increase the chances of:

- Greater profits for your business

- Finding the job you are looking for

- Attracting business opportunities

- Relieving daily stress

- Increasing the health of you and your family

- Finding a loving, faithful partner

- Attracting wealth and prosperity Feng Shui affects every aspect of our life, and the way it is applied can be both beneficial or detrimental. It is not a religion or a belief system.

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