Once a secret technique used by the Chinese emperors, Feng Shui has become widespread and acknowledged even in the Western world. When Mao Tse-tung rose to power in mainland China, most Feng Shui masters flew away from China, as the new political climate was not necessarily auspicious to the use of such traditions. This became a blessing in disguise for Feng Shui, as other part of Asia became more exposed to its principles: Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan and Honk Kong all became important Feng Shui hubs.

At the same time, Feng Shui principles started to penetrate western countries. Blending nicely with ecological movements and New Age considerations, Feng Shui became a new “hyped” art of living for westerners and asian expatriates. Feng Shui at a distance, Feng Shui paints, Intuitve Feng Shui, Feng Shui burgers and sushi, you name it, everything became Feng Shui in our lives when the hype took the world by storm in the eighties and nineties. Unfortunately Feng Shui also became very watered-down in the process, and a lot of people turned themselves into “masters” overnight.

That was not the first hiccup in the history of the Chinese metaphysics. Important teachings were lost several times, and then rediscovered. However, the situation that arose in the 20th century was quite unique. Feng Shui suddenly moved from its highly specialized and secretive tradition to a tool used by everyone, a home-enhancement technique to bring magic in empty lives.

What westerners lacked to understand what the spiritual connection of Feng Shui with a bigger picture that is Taoism and the Chinese religion. The ties with destiny and karma were totally emasculated in the western approach, as they were probably deemed too demanding and difficult to market. Feng Shui then became a quick-rich scheme, and a marketing branding for any New Age products. Expression like “space clearing” and “clear the cluster” became epitome of the westernized Feng Shui, while they were never part of the traditional approach in the first place. I cannot help but smile when thinking of a Chinese Emperor being told by his Feng Shui master to “clear his clutter”!
When looking at the History and development of Feng Shui, it is obvious that the DIY approach does not work.

Likewise, the lack of foundation and traditional learning cannot provide consistent results. The old Chinese way was for a novice to follow his master for years, and to learn from the pearls of wisdom he was willing to slowly deliver. Masters were hold in very high respect and their reputation was based on their credentials and results. This is a far cry from the state of Feng Shui in modern societies; fortunately more and more people, disappointed by the lack of results they have experienced, understand that we have to go back to the basics and hire masters with credentials.
One word can summarize it all, and this word is lineage. An authentic Feng Shui master must have learned through a known and historical lineage that can prove consistency in results and direct transmission of techniques.

This is where the Chinese world differs from the western one. In western society, the emphasis is put more and more on youth, speed, and glamour. Even if modern day China, and Asia as a continent, tend to adopt this approach more and more, the Chinese culture also understand the importance of history and the legacy of the past. Besides the cult toward the ancestors, wisdom brought by age and experience is still valued and hold in high regards in the Chinese world. Feng Shui as a technique can be marketed, and used for business purpose, but results can only be achieve through age-old techniques learned from a lineage.

It is also important to reintegrates Feng Shui back to where it belongs, in the concept of 3 lucks: Heaven, Earth and Human. This more spiritual dimension is something we will explore in another article.

Author's Bio: 

Laurent Langlais is an accredited Feng Shui, Chinese astrology and Date selection consultant. Trained by a Chinese lineage in Asia, he has helped countless business and home owners to improve their lives and change their luck for good. He is based in London UK and Vancouver BC, Canada and consults internationally.

"There is no wrong Feng Shui, only places that need to be tailored to your needs to bring success".