Master Lo was born to a couple who moved from Guandong to Hong Kong and was the only son in a family of four. Subsequently he was educated in an English school in Hong Kong, choosing a social science degree specialising in economics while at university.
Initially, Master Lo’s interest in Feng Shui was borne out of a curiosity for anything connected with Chinese metaphysics some 20 plus years ago. He has since spent much of his time studying the Classics as well as private tuition with the ‘old masters’ of Hong Kong. However, things changed when he met Master Suen, an expert from mainland China who had a good understanding of metaphysics and theory. Master Suen emphasised the importance of logic and guided Master Lo to apply this logic to his practice of Feng Shui.
His research and personal perseverance in Feng Shui has earned him his reputation as a Feng Shui master who predicts accurately. His professionalism and expertise has led to his increasing popularity and has put him on a global lecture circuit to countries like Germany, Switzerland, London, America and Australia where he also conducts courses.
We caught up with him in Perth, and had a chat to him about using Feng Shui for prosperity.Q You’ve come to WA four times to run your ‘practitioner training programme’ and students from all around Australia have attended. All in all - what are your observations regarding the practice and teaching of Feng Shui in Australia? A I’ve taught in many countries around the world and today there are many different styles of Feng Shui being prescribed. I’ve found that Australians seem to be genuinely interested in the authentic and classical styles of Feng Shui. The atmosphere is healthier here than in other countries. Q[/dropcap Do you notice any difference in attitude between people from the East and West when discussing prosperity? A I think that both the East and West look at prosperity in terms of money, however Feng Shui does not only look at prosperity. It is also about human harmony. Most people seem to equate Feng Shui with prosperity and this is a misunderstanding due to many people emphasising the use of Feng Shui to make money. In actual fact, the reverse is true as the greater emphasis in traditional Feng Shui is on harmony. More emphasis is placed on human harmony which includes peaceful relationships, good health, stability, authority and power. If you do not have money you just go without. If you don’t have human harmony then it can kill you. It can create accidents and misfortune. Therefore there are two main concerns in Feng Shui, human harmony and prosperity. In both the East and West - people need harmony as well as prosperity. Q In a large office complex, when no-one else believes in Feng Shui, is it possible for just one person to apply the principles to his or her own office situation and have it actually improve the wealth and human harmony? A In Feng Shui we have a terminology called the ‘Tai Chi’ which means the centre. So, irrespective of where you put the centre you will receive a circle of energy. Therefore, if you can identify your area in the office you can then try to improve it. Of course the power of a small ‘Tai Chi’ is not as great as the influence of the whole office. Even if others around you, don’t wish to practice, you can still use the principles of Feng Shui and make the best use of your own space to create harmony and prosperity. Actually, in Feng Shui we believe the same 3 prosperity positions apply to the whole building, the whole floor, your personal space, down to your particular desk. You just need to know which areas are your prosperous positions. Which is the best way to enter your seat, the good corner to activate or keep quiet or, which is the negative energy area you need to place your ‘cure’ object. In this way you can use Feng Shui to achieve your personal goals. QHow far can Feng Shui take you on the path to prosperity? A There are no quantitative measurements. We cannot say how much more money Feng Shui can make for you. If Feng Shui has been used correctly it most definitely has a positive effect on you. However, the degree of impact varies with different environments under divergent kinds of influences. The Chinese say that Destiny comes first, luck second, third Feng Shui. Therefore, there are more variables affecting the degree of your success than Feng Shui. We cannot purely isolate the effect of Feng Shui from other factors. Consequently, it is difficult to measure the degree - yet - we see positive results.
If you’re wanting to minimise misfortune - we believe Feng Shui helps reduce the intensity. If you use Feng Shui to advance your money prospects and make you a billionaire we believe that your own destiny provides some constraints. If your destiny shows that you are not that type of person then Feng Shui can not make you a billionaire. So, if you were born with the qualities of an artist - Feng Shui can help you to be a good artist but you can not use Feng Shui to change you from an artist to a strong commercial banker.Q Would you be able to give me some examples that you have come across where people have been able to improve their prosperity in line with their destiny? A Usually when people engage a Feng Shui consultant they are wanting some help to solve their problems or are wanting every advantage they can obtain. They look for something to help them improve their quality of life. So, if you put everything in your home and office in the right position then I have observed that people can enjoy harmony and comfort. A particular example is someone wanting to get married now and are wanting a good husband. Many of my clients have achieved this kind of target. Q What would you suggest are a couple of the most important guidelines for someone to use in order to improve their prosperity? A Feng Shui assesses the energies existing in your environment and how they’re affecting you. Therefore, you have to find out, through the use of accurate measurements and calculations, where your prosperous energy is located. We then activate this by using the areas appropriately i.e. for passive or active functions. In this way you can make the best use of the good energy and minimise the negative. Different buildings have varying energetic distributions so we have to measure correctly. It is not prudent to believe in generalities if you are serious about Feng Shui. Energies change from home to home and it also varies with time. So at different times you will have divergent energies. No generalisations at all - you need to know what energies are prevailing at a given point in time. Q Are there any tips for someone setting up their office? A The most important thing when assessing a commercial building for prosperity are entrance and windows. So, when I choose an office, I prefer to have more windows. When you have more windows, you have more chance of receiving strong prosperous energy. Water (prosperous) energy is considered to be active, so if the office is totally enclosed by solid walls it is very hard to receive this active and prosperous water energy. Q Are there better positions for your desk? A The placement of furniture is related to the ‘form school’ of Feng Shui. Your desk should be placed so that your back is against a solid wall. In the case of the bosses desk we ensure the side is also attached to a wall - in this way making it look more secure. Putting the desk in the middle of the room can promote insecurity. Another point is to place the desk so that it is not directly opposite the entrance. The principle is a comfortable, natural and secure type of placement that is sufficiently supported by the environment. Q Do you think that a person has to believe in Feng Shui to have it work for them? A Actually, Feng Shui about the environment, So, whether you believe or not is irrelevant, you are still under the influence of that particular environment. For example, if you don’t believe in gravity because you can’t see it - you will still fall from heights if you don’t have anything to hold you up. So I think it affects everyone irrespective of their belief. Q Do you think that if someone ‘believes’ the impact of Feng Shui is stronger? A I’m exploring this at the moment. We can not rule out mental power - so - if you have faith that something will be successful then the chance of success is stronger. Therefore there is some power in faith, however Feng Shui is an objective skill, so it is not a matter of belief. Consequently mental power plays a part but it is not significant. We still have to look at the environment, homes and offices, objectively taking measurements and calculations. We still have to try our best to make an accurate analysis to achieve the desired results.
Juliana is one of the leading Feng Shui consultants in Australia. She has spent considerable time in the study and practice of Feng Shui and consults to both corporate and individuals. Juliana started training in Australia but soon realised that this ancient art and science of placement was more complex than any of the schools, books and seminars indicated. Aware that Feng Shui was a potent tool and could affect people for better or worse Juliana was determined to travel to Hong Kong to be authentically and traditionally trained by a Chinese Feng Shui Master. Finally, Juliana met world-renowned author and Master, Raymond Lo who agreed to train her on a private basis. Juliana is one of only 5 students throughout the world to have studied extensively with Master Lo. Juliana now runs her own consultancy the ‘Feng Shui Centre’ and contributes to public discussions on Feng Shui including seminars, talk back radio and local Television.