Ten Common Misconceptions about Feng Shui

Fung What?  Sounds like something I’d find in my tennis shoe!  Feng Shui (pronounced “Fung Schway”) has risen in popularity in the U.S. over the last decade but did you know it was formulated over 6,000 years ago in ancient China? And that is was routinely used for Chinese emperors and royalty to situate their fortresses to best protect them from the elements and from warring neighbors? 

People in China, Japan, and other Eastern countries routinely practice Feng Shui.  In the U.S., a westernized version has become popular because of its simplicity.   Factually, it’s a watered-down version of traditional Feng Shui principles created to be easy and quick for us westerners to use.  Take a look at the following common misconceptions about Feng Shui and see if anything surprises you.  (This information and more easy-to-understand information can be found in Complete Idiot’s Guide to Feng Shui).

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1. You should never sleep directly in line with your bedroom door, in the corpse position as some books call it.

A.  True   B.   False

B.  It depends on your unique, individual energy.  There are few “shoulds” in Feng Shui and a lot of  “it depends”.  There are many things to take into consideration. 


 2.  What instruments are used by a traditional Feng Shui practitioner

A.   A smudge stick     B.   Crystals    C.   Compass

C.  A compass.  Traditional Feng Shui, the original system from China, needs to have exact compass measurements in order to effectively prescribe remedies.  In fact, the foundation of Feng Shui is based on observing directions and how it correlates with energy.


3. You’re practicing good Feng Shui when you:

A. Open the window to let fresh air in   B.  Hang a mirror in a small room.   C. Hang a wind chime in your entrance.

A.  Open the window.  Fresh air is the best Feng Shui remedy.  The other things have little or no impact either way.


Level Lot4. Which sort of house promotes a more healthful well-being?

A.  A house made of bricks.   B.  A house built on a level lot.   C. A house built on a hilltop.

B. A house built on a level lot.  This type of house can capture energy and circulate it.  It’s also good for helping you keep money.


5.  Placing mirrors and windchimes in correct locations is essential to Feng Shui

A.   True      B. False

B. False.  Remember mirrors and wind chimes are relatively new inventions and that they weren’t around when Feng Shui began over 6000 years ago.  Much of what has been written about Feng Shui and mirrors and wind chimes is exaggerated or not accurate at all.


6-  Feng Shui can help you.

A.   Find love and romance    B. Have a wonderfully decorated house    C. Increase your earning potential.    D.  Gain fame and respect.

All of the above.  Through using the principles of Feng Shui, your home will feel more comfortable and will be able to maximize your potential in all of these areas.


7.  The object of Feng Shui is to activate your fame, marriage, children, helpful people, career, knowledge, family, and wealth qi sectors in your home.

A.      True    B.    False

B.  False.  This is not Traditional Feng Shui.  This type of system is used in Western Feng Shui.


8.     Putting a water fountain in your home is good Feng Shui.

A.   True     B. False

B.    It depends… putting flowing water in your home can improve an environment in numerous ways but incorrectly placed water can also contribute to gossip, arguments, legal problems and robbery.


9.  Feng Shui has been used by:

A.  Trump Towers, New York City    B.  MGM Grand Hotel and Mirage Resorts in Las Vegas   C.   Coca Cola headquarters in Atlanta.

 All of the above.


10.  Feng Shui involves superstition, philosophy, or religion.

A.      True    B.    False

False.  Feng Shui is the study of time and space.  Feng Shui seeks to harmonize nature’s forces within your living or working space and the surrounding environment.

3 responses to “Ten Common Misconceptions about Feng Shui

  1. Make sure your cures are in place BEFORE you place or move things.

  2. What are your credentials and where are they from, please. Thank you.

  3. Please check out http://www.astro-fengshui.com.
    I’ve also responded to your email you sent me privately, with more information about my background. Hope it answers what you were looking for. Thanks for taking the time to read this.

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