If you’ve read multiple Feng Shui articles online, I’m 100% confident that you’ve heard of a Feng Shui tip along the lines of:
- Place a crystal in the center, Northeast, Northwest, West, or Southwest for good Feng Shui.
- Place the Chinese Coin in the wealth area of your home as a money cure
- Place a three-legged money frog at your wealth area or front door
These are very popular Feng Shui practices. For those that follow these tips, some say they work, and some say don’t. What is going on here?
In this article, you will find out why I think Feng Shui products don’t work, at least not the way you think.
But I go further, let me first clarify what I mean by Feng Shui products. They are typically those items that are sold with the promise to improve Feng Shui of an area. You can find a list of them in this previous article of mine.
Think about it. Do you really think placing a three-legged toad at your wealth corner will bring you money? If so, wouldn’t everyone be rich by now? The three-legged toad is just a symbol of wealth. It does not actually bring us money.
What about Feng Shui crystals and Chinese Five Emperor Coins? Do you think its presence will really bring you better Feng Shui in general?
Those tips make Feng Shui sound like magic. The items are being promoted as a quick fix for those who doesn’t understand Feng Shui, overpromising and under-delivering. Sadly, it’s also a way for some Feng Shui practitioners to make more money from their clients.
However, I’m sure some of you think that placing some Feng Shui items has helped improved your home’s Feng Shui.
“But wait… My Feng Shui product worked wonders for me!”
For those of you who are adamant about the efficacy of the Feng Shui products you purchased and placed, or have “witnessed” its results, let me introduce a concept to you.
The concept is called confirmation bias. In short, it is:
“Confirmation bias, also called confirmatory bias or myside bias, is the tendency to search for, interpret, favor, and recall information in a way that confirms one’s preexisting beliefs or hypotheses… People display this bias when they gather or remember information selectively, or when they interpret it in a biased way.” – Source: Wikipedia
I’m sure we’ve all encountered someone who behaves similar to the following:
I have a more in-depth explanation and examples about confirmation bias in this article about why you shouldn’t listen to free astrology predictions.
Confirmation bias is also the same reason why some people feel that Feng Shui products bring real results. To see why they don’t work, you need to first understand how Feng Shui works.
How Feng Shui Really Works
At its very base, Feng Shui evaluates two elements: Form and Qi.
The Form, also known as “Luan Tou” and the Form School of Feng Shui, deals with what can be seen by the naked eye, like a T-junction, triangular houses, or an electric post or street light. There are little disputes about this practice. However, there are some conditions on how certain Forms actually manifest their Feng Shui effects which many practitioners don’t mention (or don’t know).
The Qi, also known as “Li Qi” or the Compass School of Feng Shui, deals with what CANNOT be seen by the naked eye. It uses the Luo Pan compass to measure the orientation of the house. There are MANY different practices here, such as Eight Mansions, Xuan Kong Flying Stars, and Western Feng Shui Bagua.
At its essence, Feng Shui for the home as about how the person is utilizing the Qi of nature in three forms: air, sunlight, and water. Qi flow can be altered with wall placement, door and window location, and how they’re opened. The direction where the Qi comes from from should also be measured using the compass because it determines whether the Qi is auspicious or not. That means internal and external layouts of the house need to be reviewed.
For instance, imagine the Qi flow (in the form of natural air) of a T-junction. If the incoming air is fast and strong, do you think placing a Bagua mirror at the top of your front door can negate the effects of the incoming air? (Side note: sometimes the house at end of T-junction can bring good Feng Shui and wealth.)
Using the same concept, do you think placing a small item somewhere can alter the flow of Qi or negate a Form? A wall does, but definitely not a small item.
Do you now see why Feng Shui products don’t work the way you think?
Are Feng Shui Items Absolutely Useless?
No, they’re not useless.
I explained the concept above to a friend of mine who thinks Feng Shui crystals work. He said that crystals have the ability to change the Qi and magnetic field of the area surrounding it.
I agreed with him. However, I think crystals’ effect on Qi is different from the Qi energy that Feng Shui is referring to. In other words, crystals and Feng Shui deal with two different kinds of energy.
Feng Shui is about Forms and Compass. A crystal may absorb negative energy or purify the energy field of an area, but it doesn’t belong in the realm of Feng Shui. Crystals are a modern fad and was not used as a Feng Shui item or cure in ancient times. If you’d like to learn more about this topic, read this in-depth article about Feng Shui crystals.
As for other types of Feng Shui products, they are more of a symbolic cure. As Uncle Dixer mentioned:
“[Feng Shui] items are used to “jiehua” (transformation to change your luck/attitude, through knowledge and understanding). They are meant to be symbols that are connected to your hopes and desires, like a rooster is to connect you to your need for happiness (something to crow about) every time you see it.” -Uncle Dixer
If your attitude and emotions improve when you bought and place it somewhere, then the Feng Shui product has done its job. I believe positive attitude and emotion will definitely lead to a better life. However, you can’t really say that the item has changed the Feng Shui of the place.
What About Products to Cure Negative Flying Star Combinations?
Again, this is why I said Feng Shui products are not completely useless.
The products as cures for certain harmful Flying Stars combinations do have some effect. However, their effects are sometimes not as evident. The effects of those items are not as strong as one might think.
Further, the items used for Flying Stars cure do NOT need to be one of the popular Feng Shui products. For instance, a cure for the Five Yellow or Two Black star, by themselves, can be placing metallic objects. You don’t really need ancient coins or bronze bells and chimes to do the work.
Why Feng Shui Experts Recommend Using Feng Shui Products
If Feng Shui products doesn’t change the Feng Shui of an area, why do Feng Shui experts keep recommending tips and solutions that involve them?
Here are some reasons that I can think of:
1. Because It Has Become a Common Practice
At this day and age, the use of Feng Shui items is so popular that it became a norm.
“Living at the end of a T-junction? Just place a Bagua mirror on top of your front door.”
“Want to gain more wealth? Place this three-legged money toad in your wealth area.”
Because the solution is extremely easy, the practice has been widely accepted. Sometimes, a Feng Shui master would seem unprofessional if he or she doesn’t recommend something along the lines of common belief. Thus, to go with the flow, some Feng Shui practitioners would recommend using Feng Shui products and reinforce this common misbelief.
But do those practices bring actual results? I highly doubt it.
2. Because a Real Cure is Too Costly
Depending on the Feng Shui practice, some Feng Shui cures can be really costly.
For instance, if a Feng Shui audit reveals that your kitchen is in the wrong area (common in Eight Mansions practice), then the real cure is to relocate your kitchen. That can be a monumental task, especially if you live in a high-rise where the gas pipes and drainage are in a fixed area of the building.
In another instance, some practitioners might ask you to relocate the door of your master bedroom because that door faces your son’s door, which will cause the two of you to fight constantly. This is another costly Feng Shui fix that many lack the funds for.
The alternative for these costly Feng Shui cures is the use of Feng Shui products and items. They are the alternative solution, and they cheap and simple. Just don’t expect them to bring the results you desire.
3. Because It Eases the Client’s Mind
Like Uncle Dixer said, the act of placing the item is a symbolic cure. In other words, the symbolic cure helps ease the mind of the client. This will positively impact the life of the client because the client would no longer stress and worry about “bad” Feng Shui.
Constant stress can negatively impact our brain, heart, and immune system, to mention a few. Implementing a cure recommended by a trusted Feng Shui consultant can remove that stress and thus, remove those health risks to our bodies.
Further, implementing those symbolic cures can positively impact the client’s attitude and emotions. A Stanford study shows that a positive attitude literally makes your brain work better. Although the study focused largely on kids, there are many sayings that a positive attitude can lead to success and happiness, such as getting you hired and helping you to become a better manager.
However, keeping a positive attitude is easier said than done. In fact, I’ve encountered people who ended up in more despair after noticing that the Feng Shui items failed to work the way they expected. That is what I want to tell you here – do NOT expect your life to change by placing a Feng Shui product here and there.
4. Because Practitioners can Make More Money
It is not easy to get repeat Feng Shui business from one single client. For instance, if using Eight Mansions (and maybe Western Feng Shui), one Feng Shui audit would suffice.
For Flying Stars, you only need one audit for every phase based on time (and maybe every year, but it’s not really needed).
For other schools, you only need one in a lifetime or every twenty years (if you never move).
Thus, to increase profits, a practitioner would tend to sell you Feng Shui items that’s not really needed. I think that was the motive behind a Feng Shui scammer who duped a Queens woman into spending $1 million on antiques.
Feng Shui products do not improve Feng Shui. However, they are not completely useless because they can be used as a symbolic cure, which improves a person’s attitude and emotions that leads to a better life. However, that improvement can be short-lived if the symbolic cures don’t produce the expected results.
If you truly want Feng Shui to assist you, I suggest getting help from a professional. Not only do they produce the desired results you’re looking for, you’ll be able to reap those rewards in the long run.
What Feng Shui items have you bought and used? What were the results? Share your experience with us by commenting below!