A few questions and answers sent to us personally on how we use Feng Shui in our home on a daily basis?
Written by Josephine Hanna
I thought this questions and answers section on Feng Shui questions may interest you as these are questions sent to us personally from interviews we had done in the past and it gives you some insight into our personal life and how we use Feng Shui day to day, I hope you enjoy it.
Q: Do you use Feng Shui in your life every single day?
A: No, well when I say no, obviously we talk, live and breathe Feng Shui daily because of our business, but we do not practice it in our home daily. Our home is like thousands of others; it is not completely clutter free all the time and it does not look like a Chinese restaurant with six foot Toad Gods in every corner. My office desk is sometimes such a mess and my kitchen occasionally looks like a monkey’s tea party has just taken place.
A home with children and a demanding job will never look perfect and good Feng Shui is all about balance. Obviously every year we set up the annual cures and enhancers and follow the monthly flying stars but only ever refer to the Feng Shui when we are planning something important or when something happens in our life that is unexpected like the boys arguing more (when they were younger) or illness comes into the house, when this happens 80% of the time can be explained by energies (Xuan Kong flying stars) that are moving round the home and this is where we would normally avoid the area or place a cure.
The time we pay particular attention to Feng Shui is when we make changes to the home, if we were choosing new colours for a room, buying new furniture, new carpets, fitting a new kitchen, choosing a painting or picture for a room, even the shape of a new side gate or the colour of a new doormat. The most important time is when we have major work done in the garden.
Last year we had around 40 trees cut back at the front of our house, it took 2 weeks to decide how much could be taken back, not that it took us this long to work it out, it was a case of double and triple checking on our Feng Shui Software Chinese Ruler section as Feng Shui is mainly about outside environment. My view has always been if it isn’t broken don’t fix it so cutting the trees back is extremely important as it affects the land formations around your home, cutting a tree back too low is like removing a mountain and that can be very good or very bad.
At some point in the week and month I always find an overwhelming urge to blitz the house from top to bottom and it feels absolutely fantastic, believe it or not Michael is the same; he has a thing about drains and clean bathrooms (I know pretty weird) when he cleans he really does clean, its great I just sit back and let him get on with it.
The point I am trying to make is, yes, clutter can have an effect but it does not mean you have to be clutter free 24 hours of the day, cleanliness is far more important. I have read books that tell you that you must live with absolutely no clutter in your home at any time, nonsense, if you have children and they leave their toys scattered all over the place this is good Feng Shui, good energy providing they are not there for days on end gathering dust. If like me writing this article, you have resource books all over your desk, do not worry about it, the secret is to simply tidy up at the end of the day and do not get stressed when it gets messed again. Most of the time my desk is clear and not like the desk below.
Is my home clean? Yes spotless, behind radiators, bookcases and every nook and cranny you can think of; this is far more important. How far do we take cleanliness? When I had a new kitchen installed a few years ago, part of the contract with the fitters was for them to come in on a Friday to rip the old one out and return Monday to fit the new one, this gave us a whole weekend to clean and paint behind the old cupboards, obsessive? I do not think so, every part of your home regardless if you can see it or not stores old energy. This old stagnant energy needs to be freshened up and this is why every now and again we have major clean ups in our home and offices including our Cures and Enhancers, this is far more important than having clutter, clutter is normally things like books, toys, papers etc; all these things are moving round the home at all times and does not get time to store negative energy, dirt and dust is stagnant energy and needs clearing.
I have just thought of something you may be able to relate to, have you ever noticed how you feel when you are spring cleaning? Some people get very stressed this is normally because they are releasing a lot of negative energy from their home and this negative energy affects them causing stress and arguments, I don’t know about you but I love the feeling of going back to what you have cleaned or de-cluttered (about 10 times) and standing there admiring my work.
Keep a diary of all changes you make in the house, if you install a new water feature, erect a fence, cut down a tree, move furniture, knock down a wall, repaint a room, change floor colours (carpets, rugs etc), replace a main door, install a new indoor pot plant, move bed positions, change your desk location, in fact any change you make in the home.
Why keep a diary? If you notice changes in your life good or bad you can easily identify what may have caused it by checking when you moved or changed the inside of your home. This is very important with the annual cures and enhancers kit or even just placing a Wu Lou. You would be amazed at how many emails we have received from readers saying how things changed for them once they placed the annual cures kit or how their luck or health improved when hanging six Chinese coins tied in a row with red ribbon and/or a Wu Lou.
One thing we do use daily is our Tong Shu software (almanac etc); I could not function without it.
A little story: This year like most years Michael has flown all over the world on consultations and it is very hard to select good days for travel and also select auspicious days to work for the client. Two weeks ago he had to go to Sarajevo in Bosnia, he could not select the dates that also fitted in with the client so he chose the best day to do the consultation which meant he flew on an inauspicious day. I have to say Michael is one of these people that would fall into cow muck and comes up smelling of roses, he is one of those people that when he arrives at a car park there will be someone just leaving and he gets the best space.
His luck was not so good this time, because he had selected a bad day to travel what should have been a 4.5 hour journey ended up taking 15 hours with missed connection flights and a host of other problems. Sometimes you forget how accurate and powerful Feng Shui can be and it is little lessons like this that remind us. So we use the Tong Shu software for all important dates like signing contracts, installing new kitchens, travel, starting new projects, teaching, consultations. I think you will get the idea of how important this is to us.
All this information is available to you each month free of charge on our website so don’t go out rushing to buy the Tong Shu software unless you need the information in advance. If you follow this link below you will find more details.
Q: Do you use Feng Shui on your children?
A: No, yes, I mean ummmm, no not at all, well not really; seriously I have to admit yes. I did but indirectly when they were younger, they are now 26 & 24 and thankfully they use Feng Shui themselves. By indirectly I mean I used to place objects in certain parts of their rooms and apply monthly cures or make them avoid parts of the home that were afflicted. The sort of enhancers I had in their rooms was a Kwan Yin, crystal globe for study, happy Buddha and of course annual or monthly cures like 6 coins etc. They still have all the cures and enhancers and keep them nice and clean with a gentle reminder from me when visiting although you all know Daniel my youngest has worked for us around five years and has started to moan at us now for not practising what we preach!
Q: You must have many wind chimes around your home?
A: I only have one six-rod metal wind chime inside my home and one in the south made of crystals. I prefer wind chimes outside, as the sound is an important part of the cure and when the wind (chi) activates it this is more natural.
Again the books and websites tell you to hang wind chimes to negate the bad energy of a beam or a long corridor, hanging wind chimes in the wrong area can cause devastating effects. Be very careful with wind chimes, if you have many in your home take some down or even one at a time and make a note of when you did it and see what changes happen in your life. Obviously leave the six hollow metal rod wind chime in the northwest this year for the #5 yellow.
Q: How many Ba Gua mirrors do you have inside and outside your home?
A: We have one in the front and one in the back and absolutely none inside, again books, websites and even some Practitioners recommend placing a Ba Gua mirror indoors to make a bathroom door disappear or some other inauspicious object, this is so dangerous please take my word never hang a Ba Gua mirror indoors. If a Ba Gua mirror were so powerful it can make bathroom doors disappear I would have designed a belt by now with a Ba Gua as a buckle to make my waistline disappear.
Also note that you should renew a Ba Gua mirror every 12-18 months, they store so much negative energy, the ones we sell on our site are designed to fade with weathering within this time-scale Do not get tempted to buy one of those everlasting plastic, they cause many problems as they store years of negative energy. They are designed to deflect negative energy but at the same time they store a small amount of negative chi and as the months go by this builds up and this is why you should regularly change them.
Q: Can you honestly say Feng Shui has worked for you and do you believe in the products you sell?
A: Michael and I have been using Feng Shui for around 32 years and I can honestly say yes it has, have we had the perfect life? No, we have had a normal happy life with the ups and downs that come with it. We have two wonderful children, we both have the best jobs in the world, we have been happily married for 32 years this year and yes, there have been a few ups and downs but considering we work together I think that we have the near perfect marriage, Michael has his faults and I have none.
I have always said it and will repeat it again, Feng Shui does not give you a perfect life, and you will have good and bad days, weeks and even years. You will find many books and websites that make unbelievable promises on how Feng Shui can bring you untold riches and romance, yes on the whole but please expect the usual ups and downs that come with life.
The best way to look at Feng Shui is think of it as moving energies distributed at certain times of an hour, day, week, month or year, these energies (elements) will interact with other energies (elements) and cause good and bad outcomes, I need to explain that better here is an example:
Take my house, last month Sean my eldest sleeps in the north of his home and he has suffered all month with a constant sore throat, bad chest and sinus problem, normally he is never ill and if you remember last month we warned you of the north and the fact that the #2 annual is visited by #5 monthly, this is a recipe for disaster. We asked Sean if he would move to another room for the month, and like most 26 year old’s, said no, so we asked him to place a six rod wind chime outside his bedroom window, another set of six Chinese coins tied with ribbon, a Wu Lou, a heavy brass Dragon, so we could control these sickness stars with our vast experience. Obviously not, we hoped Sean would not suffer and did everything in our power to prevent it but look at it as part of life, you will never have a smooth ride all the time, however, without using the annual and monthly cures, Sean would have suffered a great deal more.
Nearly forgot to answer the second part of the question, do you believe in the products you sell? Absolutely, every single product on our site is something we would and do use in our home. Over the years we have never placed an item on our web site what I would call a gimmicky cure or enhancer, all our products are cures and enhancers that any traditional professional Practitioner would use; in fact, many of our products go to Practitioners and Masters from all over the world.
The biggest compliment any Feng Shui Practitioner can have is to have another qualified Practitioner ask their advice; we have many testimonials from other Practitioners that not only seek our advice but actually employ Michael to Feng Shui their own home or business and our academy teaches Feng Shui Practitioners with already years of experience from all over the world.
Q) What is the most important cure and enhancer you use in our home and business?
A) The most important Feng Shui aspect we follow religiously is placing every single annual cure and enhancers and come February 4th 2013 we shall be placing all of them without fail. The home will also be spotless from top to bottom and the gardens cleared of all dead leaves etc. Please take a balanced view of what I am trying to tell you, Feng Shui is not just about placing three legged Toads and everything painted lucky red, follow the basics of what I have told you here, invest in our Feng Shui software and also the Tong Shu software, you will not find better in my opinion and place all the annual cures and enhancers.
Check back regularly on this website, it is updated every single day with valuable content and whilst I have just recommended a few products that we sell, we always give you alternatives that wont cost you a single penny, we are a commercial business that needs to make money, but our primary focus is to give the best advice possible that will give you the the results you need without spending a fortune.
Are you really prepared for 2013?