How To Spot A Fake Feng Shui Master
I found a good write up on this subject and added my comments in red below. Hopefully this can help you select a real master and avoid a fake one. Below is the translation :
How to Identify Feng Shui Charlatans and Fake Feng Shui Masters
The content contained in the article is for educational & awareness purposes only.
Most people cannot identify a real or fake feng shui masters, nor can they judge the competence level of any given feng shui master. This is a guide for the common folks on how to identify and discern a fake feng shui master from those who are truly learned & authentic . These methods are simple and mainly based on common sense.
1. Fake feng shui masters like to brag
They usually tell everyone that they are from the lineage of a deceased feng shui master that stretches back to over tens of generations. The well-known ancient Feng Shui masters have no more than 5 generations of feng shui lineage, and even the genetics order have changed completely after 5 generations. If you do hold a real lineage officially why do you need to move out the ancestral tablets of your masters? Moreover, even Yang Gong’s feng shui theory, with the passing of time, errors are gradually exposed. Ancestral theories cannot reach the pinnacle of any feng shui school’s practice, otherwise there will be no theoretical development and evolution.
My comment is that while this is sometimes true, be careful with the word Lineage because some are misusing it for personal gains when they do not actually have a lineage. Anyway, this is not some thing that you can easily ascertain. Some do have a lineage and lineage is important because it is prove of a working system. This is the reason why many likes to claim a lineage.Continue reading “How To Spot A Fake Feng Shui Master”
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When l first stepped into the world of Feng Shui when I started to learn from my first Master, I was told by many that there are lineages in some schools while some say it is not necessary to learning this art. Until today after many years, I still hear this strongly debated subject in forums.
So I have chosen to write about it and the reality today.
A little back ground information of what is being meant by having a Lineage. Lineage means you have an ancestry in certain knowledge. In feng shui, means you have masters or grand masters who transfer knowledge down from generations to generations.
Traditionally, Chinese only hand over knowledge to sons or indoor disciples and they in turn pass it down to their own children or in door disciples. Masters of those days believe that only the privilege or those with affinity can acquire this art. The reason is because the art can harm, turn the fortune or to distinguish one from the others.
But then what is an Indoor disciple? An Indoor disciple is a student who had undergone tea ceremony to admit and to formally express their willingness to follow rules of the lineage. Ancient Chinese people has this bondage with the master whom they treat like their father. In return, the master teaches the disciple the knowledge so they can be proficient in the art they are mastering. This is not exclusive to Feng Shui, it applies to being a cook to studying medicine or martial arts.
In parts of China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, this is being practiced. Here is a photo courtesy of Master Issac Chung during the tea ceremony with his Master Lui Hart Ming.
Looking Back At The Water Snake
2013 has been a very busy year for both CAFS and myself. On a personal capacity, there has been many audits and classes this year as I continue my journey with Master Leyau and CAFS.
The photos brings me many good memories and experience as I ending the year of Water Snake next month. Always that goes along is good company and food. It is not just the food per se but also the warmth that many students bring along. Master is also a very good cook.
The classes that churn out world class masters in the future. This year was a fruitful year in the sense we had managed to successfully completed several “difficult” subjects such as Zi Bai Jue (Purple White Script), San He Qi Men Dun Jia and Palmistry.
I also would like to express my heartfelt thanks to GM Leyau and same time wish a Happy Retirement…
To all Students, a Big Thank You for making this Year a memorable one. I wish you all great Success.
Lastly, I wish all readers a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Chicken Talking To Duck
Recently there are two schools arguing or perhaps I should say intellectually debating about who is right or wrong over a subject on flying star. Continue reading “Chicken Talking To Duck”
Master Francis Leyau Announcing His Retirement
To all my friends and students,
It was indeed 30 years ago that I came into this “River Lake” Jiang Hu 江湖. Had I known then what a Big wave and small wave might have trembled a headed of me,I would rather be a chef than a Feng Shui master.
Some of you may have noticed that a few years ago, I started working more hours, and I started taking fewer days off. Back then I was getting ready for retirement.
I do express my gratitude to all of you. Without you all I wouldn’t be where I am today. The students and work environment have helped me get to the top. …..Read On
My Open Letter To Sifu:
Knowing you is my biggest harvest in my journey into the world of Chinese Metaphysics. Perhaps everything or everyone has their own destiny and one of mine is to learn under you.
In the field of Feng Shui, you have guided me and open my horizon beyond my imagination. I always translate Russian to English and it always translate as Wizard Leyau. Perhaps it was how the Google translate it but for me it is the most appropriate word to describe you. Indeed, Sifu you are a Wizard of Feng Shui. For this simple reason, I always feel blessed no matter how bad is my day.
In life, you taught me and showed me how to make good food and I have enjoyed every moment of it. You are always generous with your wisdom.
After Class, the Heineken Times were fun and fill of laughters. Every minute worth remembering.
If I have regrets, it is because I have known you a little late. So much yet to learn from you.
To you Sifu I Salute; 一日为师终生为师
I have only this song to play…似水流年
Feng Shui Market
The course that the Feng Shui market has taken is really interesting. I find that many students are confused and could not get results after attending many courses from various schools. It made me wanting to find out possible reasons why despite the fact they know but why keeping the same direction.
Taking the automotive industry for example, Diamler Benz has invented the electric car as early as 1963 capable of 85km per day while Honda had already a solution for hybrid in the 70’s.
Helicopter Feng Shui
Once, I was invited to Feng Shui consultation for a friend’s newly bought apartment in Clementi Singapore. The wife is a Feng Shui Skeptic and he wasn’t a ardent believer too. Anyway, since it was a trend so he engaged me for this consultation.
At the ground floor, I told my client there is hill in front far away behind the building block. He said it can’t be. “How do you know? I cannot even see it”. So I said, if you are interested let’s take a lift up to 12th floor and let’s find out.
He agreed and we went up to 12th floor. Indeed there is a hill in front behind the building in front. He asked me how I know since I am not a Singaporean and this is my first trip here.
Well there is a way to identify land forms and that is how ancient masters do it. No need to hire helicopter to survey dragons. Just a publicity gimmick for the inexperienced layman or that master surely doesn’t know how to see land forms.
No hard feelings but that is the fact!
Next time, I will write something about city landforms or landforms for the dwellings and landforms for the Yin Feng Shui. Stay tuned!
The Existence Of 2 Flying Star Schools
Many think that there is only one knowledge of Flying Star. This happens primarily it has been propagated by Celebrity Masters to be this way. The fact remains Flying Star is more than what they have told you.
To explain the 2 schools of Flying Star that is prevailing today, first we have to go back to the beginning how it all come about.
The fact that only in the Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1911) to be revealed this secret means that many people believe that the Xuan Kong Feng Shui is a relatively new technique but the concept of flying star existed way back in the Yuan Dynasty. It was sighted in a ancient calendar (almanac) from Yuan Dynasty. Perhaps it existed much earlier!
In 1873, Shen-Zhu Ren, a rich businessman went to the city of Wu-Xi in Jiangsu to learn from Zhang Zhong Shan but Zhang Zhong Shan refused to teach Shen because he is not a family relative.
After a while Shen Zhu Ren offered to pay a lot of money to the relative of Zhang, to view the manuscript which contained explanations and experiences of teacher Zhang Zhong Shan.
After he have paid a large sum of money, Shen Zhu Ren was given permission to view the manuscript for only 2 days, after which it was meant to return the book.
He secretly he copied the manuscript and for many years after he tried to understand what he had copied without getting great results initially.
When he thought he had found some answers via his own understanding and 2-3 years of experimenting with houses and he began to tie the dots together with his son and published their findings in the book called Shen Shi Xuan Kong Xue.(Shen way of Xuan Kong Study) or in Chinese 沈氏玄空學.
This book made Flying Star accessible to the public. In fact in the early nineties in Hong Kong not many masters even know Flying Stars. Mostly they were practicing either the 8 Mansion, San He or Jiang Hu styled Feng Shui.
Shen has brought to the world of Feng Shui an opportunity for lay people to learn the highly effective Flying Star Feng Shui. Many modern masters without lineage has used this book as reference and followed the foot steps of Shen i.e. reading, deducing the meaning themselves and experimented here and there and later roll out to teach courses and give consultation. In fact more than 90% of the source of flying star outside today is from Shen.
He also has done harm at the same time to mankind as well to Feng Shui community…to be continued…