February 27, 2015

The Real Feng Shui: 5 Myths Debunked.

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In working with clients on a daily basis, I often get the same questions.

There’s a lot of misinformation about Feng Shui. If you ever hear anything outlandish or far fetched, it’s not real Feng Shui—it’s either Chinese superstition or a Westernized/Americanized take on Feng Shui.

Here’s the thing with real Feng Shui: if you practice it the correct, Chinese way, you will get results. It’s not about having tchotchkes like Buddha’s, toads with coins in them, mandarin ducks, etc. in your house. By all means, if you like that sort of thing then do it.

But that’s not what’s going to bring in the money, good relationships and thriving health. It’s all about, direction, location and orientation of the building or house.

Also we consider people’s energy by using their birthdays, the landscaping of the building, as well as basic interior forms that may or may not benefit occupants—such as staircase, toilet, door, kitchen, stove, bedroom, etc. locations.

If we practice yoga, in India, the way it was meant to be practiced, we will see there is no such thing as core power yoga or Bikram yoga. Americans made that up. It’s the same thing with Feng Shui. Americans made up a Westernized version and this is why there is so much confusion on the topic.

Here are some of the common Feng Shui myths debunked:

1. You can sleep with your headboard underneath a window.

Just make sure that there is a window treatment and curtain in place so that the draft from the window doesn’t affect your sleep.

2. You can sleep with your headboard angled to a corner, if it’s a good personal direction for you.

Just make sure you have a plant or room divider behind your headboard so that the energy (which is densest in corners) doesn’t negatively affect your sleep.

3. The staircase can face the front door. 

However, you need at least 10 feet of clearance from the door to the staircase. The direction of the staircase isn’t as important as the amount of space and clearance, near the front door. This allows the energy to flow freely in your home, hence, benefitting you with money, relationships and health.

4. Track lighting and fans in the ceiling aren’t detrimental.

Having a solid beam going across the entire ceiling, especially if it’s a 10ft. ceiling or lower can cause health issues. It’s best to cover beams with either sheet rock or billowing fabric to soften how the energy comes down.

5. Not all water features are good in a house or business.

Water features like pools, ponds, fountains, lakes, etc. are good if they’re placed well. This is based on the direction the home faces and when they moved in. If they are well placed can bring incredible amounts of money luck. Poorly placed water features can cause health, relationship and money issues. Small water features like table fountains or a cat drinking fountain will do nothing in lieu of money energy. You will literally wait 100 years for the money to come if it does at all.




Top 10 Feng Shui Myths Debunked 




Author: Jennifer Bonetto

Editor: Renee Picard

Image: Emily May/Flickr 

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Ali Mar 31, 2015 10:36am

Bikram Choudhury (who was born in Calcutta, India) created Bikram Yoga to rehabilitate his own knee injury under his guru Bishnu Gosh, who is the brother of Paramhansa Yogananda. Bikram himself brought the Bikram Method to Tokyo and then the US in the 1970s. It was not created by Americans nor even in America.

Laurie Mar 31, 2015 3:31am

Wow, where to begin?. This whole article is one big contradiction ( worse, a lame attempt at humblebragging) A true master does not put down others to make his/her point(s) credible. That’s unevolved thinking. Energy is energy ~ period. When dogma sets in and Masters start telling us what’s bad and then people start believing them, it becomes fear based practice instead of joy-filled understanding. When ‘professionals’ start making negative comments like the ones made in this article, I’m out. I dont care who you studied with, how many HG shows you have been on, or which lineage you plopped yourself in, this is dogmatic at best. In this common, modern age, I think many have come to understand the basic principles of nature, and that we have an opportunity to enhance our lives where we place our intentions, when we focus on alignment with positive ideas, and flow, and how to apply the principles of good fortune in notions of harmonizing our lives, dreams, goals within our living spaces (and by the way, this is a Global way of thinking as energy alignment concepts exist in every ancient culture, incuding Native American Culture which focuses on nature, the 4 directions, and the mystery of Univeresal energy forces. Its all about energy alignment, common sense, trusting your own intuition and listening/trusting yourself, which brings the whole concept back to VERY COOL. . Superstition in everything is just that- dogmatic slather. That is what needs to be debunked. Here is the Merriam Webster dictionary definition: a belief or way of behaving that is based on fear of the unknown and faith in magic or luck : a belief that certain events or things will bring good or bad luck.
I hope the writer considers taking a more positive approach in sharing her experience on ‘debunking myths of feng shui’ by speaking about losing the dogma and focusing on the art and beauty of harmonizing our personal spaces through ‘the art’ of Feng Shui, instead of bashing anything or anyone else’s way of bringing balance and harmony into the world. Not cool.

Katie Mar 1, 2015 8:07am

Bikram yoga wasn’t made up by Americans. It was designed by Bikram Choudhury, born in Calcutta, 3 times winner of the National Indian Yoga championships. He may have created and copyrighted the style in the US, but it wasn’t “made up by Americans.”

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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.

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