to tap that vital energy flow
Naomi Gunasekera meets Feng Shui expert Philip Ong
He is a man who has experimented
with colour, sleep, furniture, bamboo, fountains,
junctions and plants and lost his life savings in an attempt to
master the Chinese art of Feng Shui. Ten years later he is a master
of the age-old Chinese art of Feng Shui and runs his own Feng Shui
service at Coronation Shopping Plaza, Singapore. Master Philip Ong
of Imperial Geomancy Services, Singapore, was in Sri Lanka last
week to deliver a couple of introductory lectures on Feng Shui.
meaning wind and water, is an art that endeavours to strike a balance
between wind and water and thereby allows favourable energy (Chi)
It deals with
placing your furniture in line with your element or colouring your
home or office in line with your element and preparing yourself
for your up and down cycles through appropriate direction, orientation
an enthusiastic audience at Odel Unlimited in a heavily incensed
room decorated with Chinese bamboo, lanterns, bells and candles,
Master Ong shared his experiences as a Feng Shui practitioner who
counts a decade of service. "When I came into contact with
Feng Shui, it was in the form of a joke. Someone told me that according
to Feng Shui a husband may have to smell the wife's feet and the
wife the husband's if they didn't share the same position of sleep,"
he said, pointing out that the principles of Feng Shui developed
over 2000 - 3000 years ago had a logical basis.
the joke, he said that we are either easterly or westerly persons
when it comes to our position of sleep. "If you don't sleep
in the appropriate position you will never get proper sleep and
always twist and turn in your sleep. I know this because I carried
out a number of tests on my family. I used to position my son's
pillow to suit a westerly person because he is easterly and he would
always get up from the wrong side of the bed. Those who have problems
in getting proper sleep must find out their sleeping positions and
this well help them to a great extent."
As to whether
one is easterly or westerly can be determined by a small test.
A male must
take the year of his birth and deduct the last two digits of the
year from hundred and divide the outcome by nine or the closest
dividend of nine. Where the number is the closest dividend, the
difference between the number to be divided and the dividend must
be considered. If this number is 2, 5, 6, 7 or 8 the person is a
westerly and must place his head towards north-west, west, south-west
or north-east. And if the outcome is zero one must consider 9 as
Those who get
an outcome of either 1,3,4 or 9 are easterly and must place their
heads towards north, south, east or south-east. (If the year of
birth is taken as 1950, 100-50 = 50/9 = 45, 50-45 = 5, westerly).
the calculation is somewhat different but the numbers are the same.
A female must deduct four out of the last two digits of the year
of birth and divide the outcome by nine or the closest dividend
of nine and follow the same procedure as the men. (If the year of
birth is 1950, 50-4= 46/9 =45, 46-45 = 1, westerly)
Feng Shui focuses
on energy flow and as an art it directs people to have the most
appropriate energy flowing into their homes or businesses depending
on the element (Fire, Water, Earth, Wood, Metal) of the breadwinner
of the family or head of a business.
facing a junction will never prosper because there is too much energy
flowing in and out. If I happened to own a hotel at a junction,
I would have closed the front opening and created a side opening
and transformed it into a transport company." Master Ong pointed
out that a number of Orchard Street hotels facing junctions blocked
their entrances by way of screens and fountains in order to allow
favourable energy flow.
the principles of Feng Shui, you must never have cactus at your
main entrance because the Chi or energy flowing into your house
becomes spiteful when it comes into contact with the cactus and
you have pointed things facing your entrance; that causes your downfall.
You must also avoid taps that face windows or doors because the
money that comes in is caused to go out easily," said Master
Ong who feels that there is a growing demand for Feng Shui services
the world over.
30,000 Feng Shui practitioners offer their services over the worldwide
web and you must be able to distinguish bogus Feng Shui practitioners
from real practitioners because it is a big business today."
Feng Shui practitioner, according to Master Ong, will calculate
one's element (Fire, Water, Wood, Earth or Metal) based on the person's
date and time of birth and determine how best the energy flow (Chi)
could be utilised to bring prosperity.
An art of placement,
Feng Shui is used to analyze neutral environments in order to locate
sites with a favourable circulation of life energy. Feng Shui principles
are, therefore, applied to analyse and enhance urban and interior
building project in Singapore or its neighbouring countries is undertaken
without consideration of the Feng Shui of the site and building.
The owner of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank demanded Feng Shui
be applied in the design of its skyscraper headquarters. This influenced
everything from the form of the exposed structural system to the
placement of the lobby escalators and doors."
When Feng Shui
is applied to a home or business many different features are examined
and analyzed. These include neighbourhoods, streets, sites, directions,
shapes of buildings, roofs, doors, windows, rooms, stairs, location
of stoves and other equipment, chimneys, drains, beams, columns,
lights, and many others. Feng Shui is used for the enhancement of
space conducive to the accumulation and flow of good Chi.
live and work in such an environment feel more energetic, creative,
and balanced, thereby increasing the potential for social and financial
success and personal harmony.
The Feng Shui
of a place also can be 'tuned' for specific uses by taking the Chi
of the owner and occupants into consideration. A house benefits
from calm, harmonious Chi, but a store requires more stimulating
Chi to promote sales.
Master Ong, having pointed objects facing your entrance causes trouble
and one can determine how best to use the Chi by doing a calculation
with his/her own element.
you to find co-relation factors that will bring you luck.
helps you to find your up and down cycles and make maximum use of
your vitality year. It helps you to determine your best sitting
position, colour, job or career based on your element enabling you
to reap better results by attuning your environment to meet the
Shui tips for romance
The south-west corner of your house is where love reigns and
you should pay special attention to it. It governs love, romance
and family happiness. So if you wish to improve your existing
relationship, place a family photo in the south west corner
of your home and make sure it is a happy photo or even a painting
of a family. If you wish to enhance romance, place a dragon
headed tortoise with a piece of red ribbon in his mouth.
Hanging a chandelier or crystal sphere or ball in the south-west
corner of your home is wonderful for activating the chi energy
that stimulates romance. This introduces fire into this segment,
which has earth as its presiding element to bring in love.
Soft or pastel colour lampshades with soft lighting in the
south-west creates an atmosphere of romance. Candles in all
shapes, sizes and colour are also suggestive of love. Apart
from giving your area a warm glow, it also enhances the entire
look of your home while promoting romance.
Pink sheets raise subtle yang energy, which enhances feelings
of love and romance in those who seek conjugal bliss in the
Shui tips for your home
There should be no shoes or slippers lying around outside
the main door of your house. Allow that space to be free and
clear. The chi rides with the wind and collects the smell
of shoes and slippers thus causing sickness.
There should be no television sets in your bedrooms. If you
cannot get rid of that habit, then cover it with a plastic
table cloth after watching.
There should be no mirrors opposite your bed or at the side
of your bed. Mirrors opposite the bed can attract a third
party to the relationship.
If you already have a fish tank in your house, be careful.
A fish tank placed correctly can bring about greater fortune
as you will tap on the "Divine Water Dragon's Den".
But if placed wrongly, it can cause you to have lawsuits,
bankruptcy, work pressure and problems.
In your kitchen, ensure that there is no refrigerator, washing
machine, washbasin or toilet opposite your stove because fire
and water clash causing family members to have disagreements.
Try not to allow children to sleep on mattresses on the floor
for it causes them to fall sick frequently because the chi
is not able to flow underneath the bed. Ideally, chi should
circulate around the mattress where children sleep to allow
them to be healthy.
Your bed should always have a solid wall behind it. This is
important if you wish to have a good rest. A solid wall simply
means that you can go into deeper sleep and therefore enables
you to have good rest.
Always open your bedroom windows at least once for 20 minutes
a day to allow fresh chi to come into your bedroom. If not,
you will sleep with stale chi every night. And if that happens,
you cannot expect your life to bring in more good fortune.
Shui tips for your business and office
Always sit with a solid wall behind your back to ensure that
you have support in your life. Never sit with a window behind
you. Always place the fax machine, telephone and computers
in the wealth area to increase business.
If you wish to be the leader in your industry, place a dragon
on the right hand side of your desk facing the window or the
If you own a shop, try and place the till in your wealth corner,
even your petty cash tin. Order books can also be placed here
with Chinese coins held together with red ribbon.
You should not have any cactus or sharp looking plants in
your office as these plants have sharp leaves that cause the
wind to pass through them thereby making the chi fierce and
Never have the main door of your office opening into your
table as the chi coming in will hit your face causing you
obstacles and problems. The chi from the main entrance of
your office should also not meet a wall inside the office
because it will have to turn on meeting the wall thereby slowing
down the business in return.
Do not place a paper cutter machine next to the main door.
The cutter machine is to cut papers. Therefore if located
here, it will promote backstabbing and fighting among staff.
Do not place an empty vase next to the main door, as the new
chi once it enters your office will be sucked into the vase
causing nothing to be left for the environment.
The figure of the three legged Toad God is used for attracting
wealth and abundance. Place this creature at your office entrance,
facing your office for luck and wealth. And always leave the
coin in its mouth.