Shui :Know your home’s strengths and weaknesses
By Smriti Daniel
Your home is beautiful. It’s practical and easy to maintain.
You’ve just moved in and you’re planning on slowly adding
to it until it becomes as perfect as it can be. You may think the
only thing you need worry about now is the colour of the cushions
you’re going to put on the settee, but Helen Ong believes
differently. For her, the deciding factor is not the appearance
of your house but the energy that flows in, around and through it.
national, Helen who was in Sri Lanka recently is a metaphysics consultant
for the corporate and residential sector in Asia”, and an
expert on all things Feng Shui. Feng Shui, which has been successfully
applied for over 2000 years now, is an ancient Chinese discipline.
Falling under the wide umbrella of metaphysics, Feng Shui has become
something of a phenomenon, with everyone from the ordinary housewife
to the President of the U.S.A welcoming it into their homes and
word "feng" means "wind" and the word "shui"
means "water". The flow of Chi (energy) is closely linked
with the presence of these two elements. According to Helen the
underlying principle of Feng Shui is very simple. “It’s
about living in harmony with your environment so that Chi, or the
energy surrounding you, works for you rather than against you,”
she says. She goes on to add that Chi is found in all matter.
explains that the ancient Chinese classified all things in nature
into five elements: metal, wood, water, fire and earth. All things
are considered a combination of these primary bases. Certain combinations
produce auspicious Chi (known as Sheng Chi), while others produce
inauspicious Chi (Sha Chi). “People treat it as something
mysterious,” says Helen, going on to add that Feng Shui is
in fact based on verifiable scientific data.
goes on to illustrate her story with the situation some farmers
in ancient China found themselves in. Faced with an unpredictable
harvest, these men and women began to closely observe the crops
and were soon able to see that some plots consistently did much
better than others. They traced this phenomenon to the topography
of the surrounding lands and the flow of energy brought about by
the landscape. They found that mountains and rivers were particularly
powerful. “They soon understood the energy of the mountain,”
Helen said, going on to add that this energy shaped human lives
in more ways than one, for it made some regions conducive for scholars,
other regions for ministers and so on.
modern times, tall buildings and streets have in part, taken the
place of mountains and rivers. The houses surrounding you will greatly
affect the flow of energy through your house, as will the surrounding
streets. It helps to think of Chi as something that curves and twists
around elements of topography - hills, valleys and busy highways
- until it reaches the water. There it collects. Wind on the other
hand disperses Chi, stopping it from gathering in any one place.
Helen counsels against living in a very windy house for this reason,
also cautioning against the placement of ponds near you without
first ascertaining the flow of Chi. “If you locate water in
the wrong spot, you’re in for trouble,” she says.
Shui has been portrayed by many as a cure-all and an instant remedy
for an ailment or bad luck – falsely so, according to Helen.
“Feng Shui can bring much to your business and your home,”
she says, “however, you need to remember that the impact of
Feng Shui is not overnight, rather the changes it brings about are
who originally trained as an interior designer in France, also acquired
further experience with a leading French soft furnishings company.
Today, after garnering a thorough understanding of metaphysics under
two Masters, Helen offers her clientele a fusion of design aesthetics
and Feng Shui methodology. She is the driving force behind the Singapore
based company “Senses – The Art of Living” bringing
the study of Chinese metaphysics to a wider audience.
also acts as a consultant, combining Feng Shui with BaZi, another
ancient Chinese discipline. BaZi, which is considered by many to
be a science in itself, is a form of Chinese astrology. Known as
“The Four Pillars” in the west, BaZi is believed to
give individuals greater insight into their lives. By analysing
your birth data – year, month, day and hour – BaZi helps
you discover yourself by helping you discover all there is to know
about yourself. Helen considers BaZi a very powerful counselling
tool, saying that it has time and again helped people make the most
of their lives.
has plans to open up a school in Colombo, which will offer individuals
and corporations the chance to get better acquainted with Feng Shui.
She explains that for a long time the teaching of Feng Shui was
limited to the Guru-Disciple format. This resulted in a long drawn
out process as the Guru invariably had to satisfy himself with regard
to the moral fibre of his disciple before any teaching even began.
“It could take 30 years or so,” Helen says, adding that
“it is time to open up and learn it in the classroom format”.