Feng Shui class and consultations – on to a bit more user friendly vocabulary

While in front of class, I never tire to handle the vocabulary that I think would best suit professional Feng Shui teachers and consultants. As neither one of us would purposely scatter negative connotation, it is good to evaluate our lexis and reconsider such notions as ‘diagnose’, ‘sickness’, ‘cure’, ‘treatment’ or even ‘disaster’, then substitute with their suitable replacements. Thing is, certain misfiled terminologies seem to have become commonplace, not just among peers, but actually spilled in front of clients.

If you are a Flying Star Feng Shui professional and keen on nomenclature and a technically sound approach, we may inspire you to reconsider using such terms as ‘timely’ and ‘untimely’, while in your addressing 9 Stars performance, you may replace those terms with  the more faithful to Fei Xing ‘opportune’ or ‘less opportune’.

All that Feng Shui is about is to acquire full personal autonomy
As professionals – and whenever anyone makes such appeal on us -, we’d like to make our contribution as to anyone’s full personal autonomy. With that we’d be hoping to help promote forward progressive movement and to (re)gain momentum for the life and only once that established, would come in such extrapolations as health, wealth and success, because as it is, the latter would fully depend on the former. We may have to think and rethink some of those definitions commonly glued onto Feng Shui and reconsider ‘balance’ and ‘harmony’.

If, on the other hand, it was our aim for having our client break down from both his ankles in sheer fear and anxiety, well, we’d only need to visit his home or office and be spilling the term diagnose one time too many, or, better still – sprinkle designations such as cure, remedy or treatment as if it was sugar on cereal. Besides these, a great many Feng Shui practitioners will be using the term sickness or disaster pretty handsomely.

Speaking of user experience in our day and age, try see how well just your on average person would be able to maintain his composure after first we’d have him melt with sheer joy over the thought that soon his Feng Shui audit was to bring him harmony and balance (because it said so on consultant’s website), then have our client endure this, say, for just a couple of minutes:

Feng Shui diagnose and cure“I just diagnosed your house and your bed is on the Star of Sickness.

To remedy that, you could move to elsewhere in the bedroom, but then again, there you’d have the Star of Disaster.

If you sleep into your wrong direction, you could be attracting accidents, but that would be the preferred situation perhaps over your moving over to your death location.

Now, in order to cure this… (then you’d hear a whole lot of remedy or treatment” (and all that presuming, client by this time not dizzy enough to be still paying attention).

To have all of this cluster in ‘one go’ could seem a little over the top, still, I think it paints a picture, as it is not uncommon at all.

However well intended no doubt, such terminologies are not indigenous to Feng Shui, highly uncharacteristic to the field and – best of all – not necessary, if we remember what Feng Shui is about.

Also, if I were to return home after work, asking the wife ‘tell me, how did your Feng Shui consultation go today’ and she would give me above round up, I would tell her to next time do away with the Feng Shui consultant and just hire me instead, as I’d promise her wholeheartedly to be offering same at half price and installments allowed.

The on average Feng Shui adept would be not qualified to practice medicine
Let’s talk real. Besides we’d strongly insist how by far most in our meanwhile gathered group of Feng Shui teachers and consultants would be not qualified to practice in the field of medicine, above terms – besides then also coming under the header ‘suppositions’, ‘active statements’ or ‘he/she knows things’ -, are of course quite disturbing, leading all – both conveyor and listener – into sure apprehension.

Not something you want on your tally-stick

Heluo on Feng Shui terminology as diagnose, sickness, remedy, cure, disasterWhat actually happens – of course – is, client would have been doing just fine on all accounts, then suddenly the vase on his piano that might have been there for a good 20 years, would pose a problem, because…, then follows whatever setback for the family, mishap, disease and what have you. True or not, it’s of no concern, as it’s too late, so that, once consultant ready to move on to the next client, the people in the house will be all apprehensive and all of ‘Feng Shui’ down the drain.

I think, as in reality check, in a sense of traditional Chinese Feng Shui and for as long as your client is not your patient (Latin: patiens – ‘one who suffers’) and you weren’t qualified as a health care provider or assigned to handle his health, there is nothing for you to ‘diagnose’, then certainly not cure, remedy or treat.

In short, as Feng Shui experts, most of us will be not qualified in the field of medicine, just as we’d be not taking the seat of a qualified architect to leisurely tell him his design was all wrong, or just as in our ‘innocence’ we would be careful not to – however unknowingly or unintentionally perhaps – step into nomenclature native to other disciplines.

Stay with your niche
A most meaningful – if also only the oldest – phrase to define what we’d be doing along Feng Shui is:

“Promote Sheng Qi, Avoid Sha Qi”

That’s it, it’s technique. Anyone then feeling at liberty to be going over such terms – I don’t mind, in front of class as a teacher, among peers or in communication with clients – as diagnose, sickness, cure, disaster (and the like, because the list would seem sheer endless), that’s not a vocation, as much as it would seem just mentality and voluntary conduct.

You don’t need to say ‘diagnose’, where you and Feng Shui had perfectly meant to say ‘assess’. You can do away with ‘cure’ or comparable, where you simply meant to say ‘adjust’.

There is no inherent need to convey Feng Shui along ‘health & sickness’, however much we would see a great bunch of practitioners translate Sha Qi with sickness energy. Then again, to regard to living environment, Sha Qi might be to humans what could well be Sheng Qi to Penguins. Ask your next Penguin and soon he’d be raising his eyebrows – if at all he had any – to denounce that he was at all on any sickness energy.

We’d want for the Penguin to be thriving and equally so, we no more than wish to first assess, then adjust our living environment so that people can thrive, thereby replacing ‘diagnose’ by ‘assess’, then ‘cure’ by ‘adjust’ as that would be in line more with what we’d be actually doing.

Look, plenty of Sheng Qi here for the little one. Just a quick www search linking Feng Shui to diagnose, cure or treatment will enlighten you on the subject. Insofar applicable, go over your publications and scrutinize on terminologies used, it will pay off. Zoom in on all those adjectives that you may be using, then reconsider. But moreover, try not to be sounding as your next 4-star general: attack, destroy, control, weaken, defend, hostile, violent, harm, killing, danger and do Feng Shui, yourself, students and clients a favor by leaving psychiatry out: disturbed, anxiety, stress, depression, bad luck, crisis, ghosts, subconscious, healing. It will be so much more fun.

Don’t fix what is not wrong
The whole idea behind Feng Shui is to just assess a built structure – a living or working environment by its interior and exterior – then adjust where so prescribed by paradigm, such that we’d be actually no more than taking the:

– proper tangible Yin adjustment to wherever it is required on intangible Yang;
– proper tangible Yang to the intangible Yin.

We’d just assess if or to what extent an environment subscribes to “Qi rides on the wind and is dispersed by wind and Qi is retained once it encounters water”, while in due cases we’d adjust in accord with above principle. Nothing ‘panicky’ and no reason anywhere to be stepping into superlatives.

During Feng Shui class – the more as our vocational study plan attracts an ever growing number of professionals from inside or outside the metaphysical field with long training histories and years of practice behind them -, we get to hear a lot of ‘established nomenclature’.

Don’t worry, neither one of us would be able to define harmony and balance

Besides minding all of the above, we’d even suggest our students would go the extra mile to dodge some of the seemingly more ‘yippie’ (and ‘OK’) sound bites and that may come as innocent as “Feng Shui brings you harmony and balance” (be on the conservative side here, as one day you might just be taken up on that and be asked to give detailed explanation on either these terms), as, not only would such classifications as ‘happiness, wealth, prosperity, fortune, good marriage’ soon follow, this would be again one of those square active statements and it could still make you sound like you were practicing medicine or whatever other discipline but hardly still Feng Shui.

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