The literal translation of Feng Shui is wind and water. The unseen forces are attributed to the ‘Wind’ and the energy of the physical to ‘Water’. Feng Shui looks toward using both the seen and unseen energies or as it is also known, chi, to our benefit. When directed in the right ways, this chi can improve every aspect of our lives, and even avert disasters.
Some Feng Shui practices are simple and can easily be implemented by the layperson. For example, avoid having sharp edges pointing at your bed, your front door and at your desk whilst working. Even the seemingly popular practice of placing a symbol in the flooring with sharp points is considered to be negative. Don’t sit in your office with your back against a window or door - the flow of energy directed to your back may be too strong. Another example is to not have any blockages at the entrance of your home or office. Blockages can come in many forms such as a large bush or tree and even another building that is too close for comfort. Other Feng Shui advice is more abstract, taking into consideration magnetic fields, the period a building was constructed and the placement of planets. When practiced authentically, Feng Shui masters can tell you where the ‘wealth’ and ‘harmony’ sectors (there are usually more than one of each) are located in your home and how your office Feng Shui can affect your business and career. True masters are even able to tell you about the quality of your relationships and any potential pitfalls.
In Singapore, Feng Shui experts are often consulted before buildings are constructed, as well as afterwards. The Grand Hyatt Singapore, located just off the heart of bustling Orchard Road, provides a famous example of the powers of Feng Shui. Business was not as prosperous as desired so the Grand Hyatt at the advice of a renowned monk, Hon Chun had the entrance doors of the hotel rebuilt so that instead of being parallel to the main road they were slanted at an auspicious angle. The reason for this was to draw in the more prosperous energy quickly. From that point forward the hotel has thrived.
Another local Feng Shui icon is the Suntec City’s 'Fountain of Wealth'. Boasting the distinction of being the world’s largest fountain, the fountain of wealth brings good fortune to the five towers as the water flows inward and stimulates its current prosperous energy. However, with the beginning of a New Age some shops around the fountain area may find that they are not as prosperous as before.
When The Merlion was moved to its new home next to One Fullerton a Feng Shui consultant selected its new orientation and an auspicious date for resettlement.
Feng Shui can make an enormous difference to our lives and it’s wonderful to see that the West is now also embracing this ancient Eastern wisdom.