Why statues and amulets don’t help in Feng Shui

A short while ago, I overheard someone saying that horseshoes must be hung up in the West and a small pot filled with money nex to the house’s entrance to stimulate wealth. She asked me if this was right. Well, if you know me a little, you know I react quite spontaneously. But I freeze instantly when I hear such a thing.

Truly? Have you really been given this advice? It took her at least a minute to cough up the first sound again. I asked her if she had improved her financial situation since that pot of money. Her answer was no.

Money frogs 

I still get the creeps from seeing that people keep on getting advice on placing money frogs, bells above the door and red wallets that supposedly are good Feng Shui!

Admittedly, I too started with this ‘New Age’ version of feng shui. Because I didn’t know any better. And because my by then Feng Shui ‘master’ told me that this was feng shui…

Chinese Restaurant

My minimalistic flat turned all of a sudden into a Chinese restaurant. Because I wanted more balance and flow in my life. Thus, I made a wealth vase, I bought myself a miniboat that I stuffed up with goldbars, coins and mini-cristals. An (ugly) moneyfrog was given a place next to the entrance, a Wu Lu accompanied me beside my bed so as to improve my health, six coins hung from a red cord were stuck at the inside of my bankdocument, six others were lying under my doormat, two pieces of rose quartz in the shape of a heart lay in my relationship corner and were accompanied by two mandarin ducks to attract good luck. The three Gods Fu Lu Shau were also given a place to bring me more luck and wealth.

And then….nothing happened. The only thing for sure was that I had more work dusting them all off. My flat wasn’t ‘m’ anymore, it had lost my style. And as a highly visually sensitive person I was annoyed by all these visual stimulae. I couldn’t find any rest anymore.

Classical Feng Shui

When my next Feng Shui master told me that I could throw them all away into the dustbin I felt deeply relieved. Instead, he taught me what real Feng Shui was.

He taught me how to recognize and create the Chi-flow, how to read the ‘landscape’ and to study all surrounding factors (such as streets, water, other buildings, lampposts, et cetera) and its effect on my life.

I learned how to analyze in what life-aspects my flat supported me and where not. I learned why some houses can make you happy and why others not. He talked about feng shui formulae and taught me how to read the Luo Pan (Chinese compass) – an essential tool for giving professional feng shui advice. And I learned a great deal more through my further studies in Malaysia, China, Taiwan, Hongkong and India.

More flow in my life

By understanding and using this knowledge, more flow came into my life. I felt a lot better, slept better, had more energy, I understood why some events came (or not) along in my life, I became more conscious, it became clear where I wanted to head to, the right teachers and mentors came in my path, I got more clients. In short, flow came into my life. And this without money pots or money frogs in my home!

Understand the influence of your environment on you

This is exactly what the classic, authentic Feng Shui is about: to understand your surroundings and its influence on you. Plus the creating of chi-flow in and around your house, so as to let more flow come into your life. None of the classic Feng Shui texts I have studied mentions any of those statues or lucky symbols…

Common sense

And think about it yourself: does a wealth vase bring more Chi-flow in your house? No. On the contrary. No Chi-flow in your house is no flow in your life. It is as simple as that. And this is what classical Feng Shui is about. I am not telling you you shouldn’t place any wealth vase in your home. If it feels good to you, go ahead. But don’t call this feng shui. I get the creeps from that, really.

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