Now, those of you who have followed my past few videos you’d know that I refer very often to this term called fast food feng shui. What I mean by fast food feng shui is.. it’s almost like when you go into a fast food joint, you order your combo all the while thinking you’re putting, ordering something and putting food in your body.But is it really food? You know, with the recent exposes with regards to what goes in our burgers and chicken fingers and things like that, are we really putting nutrients into our body?
So fast food feng shui is very much similar to that. It’s simpler, easier feng shui to practice, and they’re made to make you think that you’re doing feng shui but it’s actually not. Where classical feng shui is concerned, the best description of feng shui especially how it was done classically is the examination of the external and the internal environment, and with an added layer of the time dimension. That is how the Masters did it before. So… especially if you want to apply a more modern version of feng shui, it doesn’t mean that you need to put a three-legged toad or a sailing ship or the 5 element pagoda or lucky coins. Or even the Happy Buddha, the Laughing Buddha. You don’t need to put all these items in your space in order to do feng shui.
Now, to be absolutely transparent with you, these fast food feng shui or what’s also known as symbolic feng shui is how I got started as well. And… results were hit and miss and it wasn’t until I got myself fully certified in classical feng shui that I realized, “You know what? If a person wants to feng shui their space from top to bottom, it doesn’t need to involve Asian-looking objects at all”.
And definitely that is a concern that some of my clients have because my clients come from all different backgrounds. All different religion in fact and most of the time they don’t want their friends and family to come into the house and know that they’ve fengshui-ed, start looking at them weird after that.
Especially my retail, commercial as well as corporate clients, they can’t have these symbolic feng shui items lying around their space because it would be hard to explain to people why they’re there in the first place. Because, as much as feng shui is mainstream nowadays, not everyone is still open to the idea.
And… especially as the businessperson you don’t necessarily want people to know what you’re doing to give yourself that competitive advantage as well. It’s nice to have some secrets up your sleeves.
So I’m just going to show to you some of the feng shui items that are very, very popular.
I have a couple of them just lying around. So…. you know, fishes. This is the arowana fish. Very very popular. Of course, in Asian culture, fish is always a symbol of wealth, a symbol of abundance, of having more than you need. Because in Mandarin, fish is called ‘yu’. And especially in Chinese New Year, you would hear very often people would wish each other “nian nian you yu” and direct translation it means every year you have ‘fish’, but remember fish means more than you need. So they’re really wishing each other, every year wishing you every year you have more than you need. So that became, translated into feng shui, it’s become a symbol of always having more than you need. But really, classical feng shui, you don’t need this to tap into the wealth energies.
And the same thing for this one too. This is a heavy little guy. Solid metal, probably about… even though it’s small it’s probably at least two pounds in terms of its weight.
So this is two fishes with a little gate here. I don’t know if you can see it, there’s this gate. And this is… this is, in symbolic feng shui, it’s usually used for someone who wants to progress in their career or for students who want to pass their exams. Because as myths have it, these fishes, when they… cos’ they swim upriver right? They face the challenges head on and they’re strong enough, if they’re strong enough to leap over this little gate, then the fishes turn into dragons. ‘Cheng long’. So that’s considered a progress, it’s considered success. So again in symbolic feng shui this is used very very often for career as well as academic progression.
And… ships. Sailing ships, especially. So these, you know, there’s… You’ve probably read that if you have your sailing ship sailing a certain direction that meant you’re bringing in good wealth energies specifically with you. So that’s another symbolic feng shui that’s very very common that you see a lot.
As well as…. Let me see what else I have here. There’s this little wu lu ( wu lou ). Again it’s painted in gold and symbolically wu lu is known as a feng shui item to boost health. Because back in China this is what they use in order to carry medicine, this is actually a gourd. Not this one but in olden China, they use the gourd as a bottle, really, and then they put the medicine in there. Which is why now in terms of symbolic feng shui if you want to boost your health, this is usually what’s recommended to boost it up.
And some of you guys are probably aware of this one as well. Maybe not as mainstream, or maybe it is, I have been out of the symbolic feng shui world for quite a while now but this definitely was something that was highly recommended when I first started out. So this is… especially if you’re familiar with Flying Star Feng Shui, the five element pagoda is usually what’s recommended to reduce the #5 Five Yellow energy which is the strongest negative energy when it comes to Flying Star Feng Shui, and that usually gives you challenges overall really, in terms of health, wealth, relationships. And also to reduce the #2 Illness Star which illness and stress. So usually in symbolic feng shui, this is what’s usually recommended to quell the Number 5 and theNumber 2.
Now, you’ve probably caught on that I call it symbolic feng shui very very often. It’s not wrong if you want to place it. I mean, a lot of the times when I go into my client’s space, they show me a whole bunch of stuff that they’ve already bought. If you already have it, I usually just help my clients incorporate that if they want, but if they don’t have it, most of the time the feng shui items that I recommend are actually things that they can get in regular home decorating stores, or even in Wal-Mart or a garden store.
So you don’t necessarily need feng shui items. So again, it’s really preferance. If you like these Asian-looking objects and you don’t mind people asking, by all means go ahead with that. But as part of my recommendations for my clients, I actually don’t have them, I don’t ask them to spend any money on these items. So a lot of the things just blend in to whatever interior, whatever decor that they already have in place.
Now, these are what I… I mean other people may have different opinions and I’m maybe putting myself out there and making a lot of people upset, but this is what I call fast food feng shui. You don’t just place a fish and think that you’re going to progress in your career. You don’t just place a ship thinking that the wealth energies is just going to sail into your space. Of course it’s easier for the mind to wrap around and to digest, but classically, in terms of how the feng shui masters used to do it decades and decades and hundreds of years and even thousands of years ago, this is not how it was done.
Now, I’m going to confuse you a little bit. Because I just spent all this time telling you that all these items here and the fish… and this fish… these are just a handful of examples that I have lying around here.
I just spent the last few minutes telling you that these are fast food feng shui. Which is not classical feng shui. Now I’m going to turn around and say ” you CAN actually use this for feng shui”. Have I stumped you? Probably. Why am I backtracking right now? The reason why I’m saying you CAN use this for feng shui is not because of the shape or what the animals are, it’s more in terms of the material. So where these items are concerned, this is actually like… I think it’s brass and it’s solid. It’s really heavy.
And all these other items, well they’re not solid metal, they ARE painted in metal colors like, well obviously for these guys they’re painted in gold. The reason why I’m not saying that you CAN actually use these for feng shui is because of their metal element. Especially if you want to remedy the Number 5 and the Number 2, what you need is to place more metal.
Now what that really means is, it can be a metal statue, it can be a cat statue for all you want. It could be a metal bookcase or you know, if your bedroom just happens to have the #5 or the #2 sitting in your bedroom, it could even be a metal bed. And that’s your feng shui remedy. That’s your feng shui item placement. You don’t need the wu lou, you don’t need the ship, you don’t need the galloping horse to be successful, you don’t need certain kinds of paintings. It’s not the symbol of it that makes it good feng shui, it’s actually the colour, the element, and maybe the shape of it that can help you boost certain energies in certain spaces.
So especially if your, you know, you’re new to feng shui and you’re not too sure about bringing in all these symbolic things into your space, or you’re going through Chinatown or whatever trying to get objects to ‘properly feng shui’ your place and you can’t find the things that are recommended for you, fear not. You really need to just figure out what kind of elements you need to place and then just do it that way. If you need more wood in a certain area look for let’s say a wood furniture or go for something that’s green.
Maybe green curtains and things like that.
If you need more fire then in terms of colour placements you use more reds and yellows and oranges if you need to boost up the fire element somewhere. So if you don’t have a feng shui store near you, or if you don’t want to have to order feng shui items online, let’s say, it doesn’t matter what it is that’s holding you back. I am here to let you know that all is not lost. It doesn’t mean that you can’t do feng shui. And in fact I would say as long as you have the correct element in the correct space, doing feng shui actually is easy peasy and again it’ll blend into your decor, you don’t have to worry about people asking you. Like “Uhm, what is this dragon doing here?” So I hope, I’m going to keep my video today fairly short so I hope that this video has been a value to you and if you haven’t subscribed to my Youtube channel, please subscribe so that you get notifications of my future videos. I will be coming up with a 2015 New Year updates very very soon so definitely keep your eye out on that.