Top 10 Feng Shui Myths Debunked.

Via Jennifer Bonetto
on Mar 4, 2012
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Feng Shui has surpassed the test of time, for the past 5,000 years.

When used properly it can enhance the human experience encompassing wealth, relationships and health. It is a common sense approach to living a life in harmony with your environment and by doing so, achieving your goals.

The practice is based on an actual science. It’s not a new age fad, religion, superstition or watered-down quick fix.

Business moguls like Donald Trump, Steve Wynn, Richard Branson, Bill Gates and companies like Chase Bank, Wells Fargo and Disney also use Classical Feng Shui. Can you picture Donald Trump hanging crystals or bamboo flutes in Trump Towers? No. That’s why most of what you read and see about Feng Shui is not accurate.

These are some of the most common myths you will read about or see:

  1. Having a table fountain will not bring you wealth. You’ll be waiting 50 years for the money to come. Large water features that are at least 4 ft. or higher can bring wealth when they’re located well. Some homes can have water in the front, back, sides or corners. It depends on when you moved in, how much remodeling you’ve done and the direction your home faces. Hire a professional before putting in a water feature because depending on where it’s located it can be beneficial (windfalls of money, raises, consistent increase in money year after year, etc.) or disastrous (unjust payouts to IRS, divorce, cancer, etc.).
  1. House numbers will not help you have better Feng Shui. In real Feng Shui the address has no effect on the overall energy of the home. However in China, for superstitious reasons, the Chinese avoid homes with the number 4. This is because in Chinese, the number four is similar to death. Much like we think “Friday the 13th” is unlucky, the Chinese believe homes with a number 4 in the address are unlucky too.
  1. Feng Shui plants will not bring creativity, birth or regeneration. Plants have no credence on how they will affect the energy in your home or business. Having a plant next to you while you sleep or work will help absorb any negative energy that you have accumulated. That is not Feng Shui, that is scientific.
  1. Feng Shui chachkis are just that: knick-knacks. Things like toads with coins in them, purple pillows, paintings, fu dogs, etc. will not change the energy in your home. These are inanimate objects that the Eastern world uses as symbols to represent protection, wealth and harmony. Westerners took these objects and coined them as Feng Shui.
  1. Feng Shui for cats and dogs is not real. It will do nothing in lieu of helping your pets. Feng Shui was developed with human energy in mind. If your home is properly Feng Shui’d your animals will certainly feel the effects of it.
  1. The Western Ba Gua is not part of authentic Feng Shui. This includes recognition/fame, helpful people, family/health, wealth/prosperity, career prospects, education, children and marriage prospects. It is not how it was meant to be used. I know this comes as a shock to most, but this is too simplistic. It assumes every single door faces the same way in a home and that every single person is exactly the same. From a common sense perspective, if  we all “activated” our recognition/fame corner, we would all be famous. We’re not all famous.
  1. Ba Gua mirrors should never be used indoors. Ba Gua mirrors were meant for outdoor use, only to help mitigate negative energy (sha chi). There are many more productive ways to change negative energy that is affecting the outside of a home or building.
  1.  Small crystals will not help your home have better Feng Shui.  If you want to really feel the effects of crystals, large crystal geodes at least 3 ft. or higher would have to be strategically placed in order to really change the energy in a home or business.  Small crystals are great for personal healing and use, but there’s no need to hang them in your home because it’s not big enough to impact the energy of a space.
  1. The five elements don’t need to be represented in every single room in your home. This is ridiculous, and also exhausting to try and execute. Elements in real Feng Shui represent characteristics of how energy behaves. It’s not meant to be literal.
  1. Bamboo flutes do nothing in terms of Feng Shui. They’re bamboo. It sounds good in theory, since bamboo is strong, that it can create strength and support. In my experience, no one has ever truly gained anything from their use.

This is a short list of some of the most common Feng Shui misconceptions. You’ll always find a lot of superstition interwoven into what people claim is Feng Shui. Bottom line, if it doesn’t make sense, it’s not common sense or it’s outlandish, it’s not Feng Shui.

Editor: Jennifer Cusano/Kate Bartolotta


About Jennifer Bonetto

Known as 'The Hollywood Feng Shui Master,' since 2008, Jennifer has been the soul behind Real Feng Shui SOULutions. She is a certified Master Practitioner, Certified Master Instructor, and a fellow for the American College of Classical Feng Shui. Currently, she is part of the 400 year old Wu Chang Pai mastery lineage of Grandmaster Yap Cheng Hai, of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She is featured on Season 3 of HGTV's show, Selling LA and on Aljazeera's documentary, China's Home Invasion. Jennifer received an MBA from Chapman University in Orange, CA. When she's not doing Feng Shui or interior design for her clients, you can also find her teaching and taking classes at Pure Barre, at a local yoga class, paddle boarding, traveling the world, spending time with her family and friends, and laughing a lot. Join us on Facebook: Follow us on twitter: @realfengshui


11 Responses to “Top 10 Feng Shui Myths Debunked.”

  1. A. Nuran says:

    “Based on actual science” my foot. Feng Shui is a random assortment of aesthetics, interior design, magic and superstition. You babble on about “energy”. Exactly what sort of energy are you talking about? What part of the EM spectrum? How is it measured? If it’s “vibrations” exactly what is vibrating? How do you know?

    The “science” here is the systematic separation of suckers from their money.

  2. Great article, Jennifer. Thank you for putting out the facts so clearly and concisely!

  3. Nandini says:

    Ever since I was a young girl I've enjoyed rearranging my room. Looking back, I feel it was a form of energy clearing/enhancing, etc…or possibly feng shui. This was before I knew of the practice. I feel and think it best to follow your intuition arranging furniture and other home-stuffs, if something feels right leave it, if not move it around till it does. And most importantly keep clutter to a minimum.
    My question is, do you know of any trusted web sites that explain classical feng shui?

  4. Jennifer says:

    Hi Nandini! If you go to my website, there's tons of information on classical feng shui. I have another blog on there too. Also, go to my and twitter: @realfengshui, I post tons of info there too.

  5. feng shui says:

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  8. Better Sleep says:

    I was just reading about this the other day, and you're right that there are various interpretations of feng shui when it comes to the home. I find the general rule of thumb is to organise your rooms to feel 'peaceful', or enduce a peaceful state, with possibly the most important room being the one you sleep in:

  9. Michael says:

    By 'energy' I can only assume you mean 'feelings'. This is utter nonsense.

  10. Osi Ro says:

    Energy = chi. In classical feng shui, "chi" is a form of energy that prevails in everything and everywhere and this is the basis of all analysis and feng shui studies. Chi is not about power energy or anything like that, it is not feelings either.

    To understand chi or enviromental energy you need to take classes with a master or grand master othervise will be difficult for people to understand these concepts.

    Just because you dont understand it or havent heard of it, it doesnt mean doesnt exist. Keep your egos under control people.

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  11. Stephanie says:

    How to deal with Deng shui in a work cubicle. I’m facing northeast and can’t Chang position