Is Feng shui effective? The truth will be revealed to you in this article when we discuss the various arguments given by researchers as well as Feng Shui practitioners.
Advocates of Feng Shui believe that proper placement of your objects and the effective use of Feng Shui tools will bring about harmony with the environment. When this “harmony” is achieved, there will be a proper flow of positive energy (Chi) and excellent fortune will befall you. Whereas, non-believers criticize it as plain superstition and some even relate it with sorcery.
In this modern age, some entrepreneurs have modified the concept of Feng Shui to accommodate the western culture. Let us look at the Black Sect Tantric Buddhist (BTB Feng Shui). Thomas Lin Yun Rinpoche, who is a Taiwanese residing in U.S, founded the church in the early 1980s.
The practice of Feng Shui by the church does not match documentary or archaeological evidence. It relies on mathematical methods and a metaphorical approach to Feng Shui. The practice of BTB is more like an evolution of Feng Shui. Thomas Lin came up with a BTB Bagua that consisted of 8 sectors, which represent the 8 different sectors of life.
The initial 8 points of the Bagua represents the compass point. These entrepreneurs are starting to industrialize Feng Shui as we see more Feng Shui films and advertisements of Feng Shui products on public television.
Another example of Feng Shui being incorporated into modern business is the ‘Sheng Dao’. Harrison G. Kyng invented it in the late 1980s. It incorporates the thought of the 5 Element Theory of Feng Shui into medical uses. He incorporated this theory to allow better recuperation of patients at the nursing homes. Among his other inventions, he invented a compass that includes many new age concepts as well as the Feng Shui concept of harmonic.
The 2 examples listed above show us how modern people incorporate the concepts of Feng Shui into their daily life, even though their thoughts were not purely based on the practice of Feng Shui. Now, let us look at some criticisms of the practice of Feng Shui.
Modern Christians oppose the practice of Feng Shui. They do not agree that harmony and balance of the environment can be adjusted through the use of nonphysical forces such as the so-called positive energy flow (Qi). The practice of such techniques is deemed more likely to be sorcery than a theory.
Also, a television program called “bullshit!” featured some of the U.S Feng Shui practitioners in action. The practitioners were being criticized by Penn & Teller, the host of the show at that time, for giving inconsistent and contradictory advices.
There have been several criticisms laid on Feng Shui. Some refuse to acknowledge the study of Feng Shui and regard it as plain superstition. But, there have been cases whereby entrepreneurs incorporate the concept of Feng Shui into business ventures and it turned out to be very successful.
So, is Feng Shui effective? Personally, I truly believe that it is. There are many things that we cannot clarify, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. In time, I believe that irrefutable evidence will surface in support of Feng Shui. But till that day comes, we can all still delight in the benefits of Feng Shui today!