Feng Shui Article as appeared in Combat Magazine in May 1999 - Yap Leong
I am honoured to be given the opportunity by Combat to provide readers with a regular column on Martial Arts, Chi Kung, Healing and Feng Shui, based on my own personal experience and expertise. In my first article, I will deal with the subject of Feng Shui with all its glories or follies.
Feng Shui has its origin in China and has been practised by the Chinese for thousands of years. It is now just as popular in the West. Like martial arts, Feng Shui comprises various systems, some bad, some good and some, a mixture of both. It is only through years of studies and practical experience that make a feng shui expert. Even then there are very few of them around.
Nowadays we find feng shui 'tabloid' experts.
The Tao speaks of the harmony of Man,
Heaven & Earth. Feng shui is about that harmony. Man can changed
his destiny through correct applications of feng shui, but heaven
also has a way to counteract that, if it wishes to.
More than five years ago, there were a number of feng shui workshops which catered for 'Gwailos' who were told that traditional feng shui was not suitable to them. They were taught simplified feng shui. For example the wealth sector is usually where the 'toilet' is. If you place a windchime in the toilet it will take away the bad 'Chi' Give me a good aerosol anytime. I had a sneaky feeling that this had something to do with the runaway success of Chop Suey more than 30 years ago in the West. I remember it because I saw the film with Nancy Kwan, which mentioned Chop Shui a lot. (Not the World of Suzie Wong, which I also seen, but another musical. It was 'Nancy Kwan' which compelled me to watch the movie as I hated 'Musicals'). The 'Gwailos' were conned for 30 years. Now, do we find any more 'Chop Suey' takeaway? Ask any 'Gwailo' now and he will rather have a 'Siew Ngarp Farn' or simply 'Roast Duck Rice' in Chinatown anytime. To counteract the Chop 'Feng' Shui takeaway mentality, I decided to organise traditional workshops at that time. Since then it has been a success as more and more traditional masters are also coming out of their shells and doing their bit.
The Authenticated 'Cowboys'
Initially both the clients and practitioners were happy. The clients got what they wanted to hear - guarantee of success within a short period of time and the practitioners - the cheques in their pockets. As time passes, the clients got more and more disillusioned, as they began to realise that they had been 'Chop Shuied'. The practitioners thought they had got away with it, but instead suffered a rebound. As more and more clients became dissatisfied and disillusioned, they spread the negative news through their friends and contacts. The news was like a disease, which spread very fast, but cannot be seen. The result is that within the last two years Feng Shui has fallen just as fast as it has risen. The market is now almost dead. For the genuine and well established practitioner that is very good news, as it means that the cowboy is less able to exploit the situation of the moment.
The Ancient Sage he says: 'Enlightenment' can be achieved by an 'Instant Thought'
The modern sage he says - An 'Instant thought' can evoke 'Enlightenment' just as it provoke 'Madness' in others
Feng Shui as appeared in Combat Magazine 1999 - Yap Leong
The instant expert with instant cures.
The instant overnight expert was selling Feng Shui like hot cakes. 'If I do the feng shui of your house, I will guarantee that your feng shui will improve or change for the better within three weeks'. These ridiculous claims were obviously made to suit both the instant expert and the client. It enriches the instant expert within minutes and the client hopefully wait for something to happen within three weeks. By then the instant expert would have found another trusting client with the same forlorn hope.
Another instant sales pitch is to inform prospective wide-eyed clients that they are disciples of famous masters. One instant disciple suddenly became visible and told his client that he was a disciple of someone's famous and charged a hefty amount for his feng shui consultation. He has barely left elementary level but his mouth was advanced level. Once again the ancient sage sighs with consternation.
Many years ago, in Malaysia, I happened to watch a street performer selling his amazing instant cure medicine. To attract the crowd, he said he would demonstrate the breaking of a brick, not with the palm, but with the wrist part, which happened to have a swollen bit. I was obviously not interested in the medicine, otherwise I would have bought it and gone home straight away. So I stood there from 8pm to midnight, just to see how he could break that brick with his wrist. As I was young, naïve and also very patient, I thought the performance would eventually arrive. Unfortunately, he was only selling medicine, and the demonstration was just to lure the next lot of crowd to his medicine pitch. At 12 midnight he finished his job and gathered his tools, including the brick, which was still intact. I left smiling, contented, became a bit wiser and dying to go to the loo.
Throughout the years, it is common for someone unknown and useless to claim that he is the next generation up on someone famous and skilful. In other words he is the Si-Suk (Uncle Master). It is also not uncommon for someone to jump levels by going straight to the Grandmaster instead of training with the Master. One big red packet will do the trick.
One unlikeable master even claimed that he had become a great, great, great Grandmaster, even though he was just about forty years old. The reason is that his student taught someone, who immediately taught someone who immediately taught someone and so on and so forth. Even I myself have become victim to this 'kung fu system'. Unfortunately, my status keeps on dropping. Instead of the other way up - up - up, it was down - down - down.
|The Ancient Sage he says:||You must believe in Heaven & Hell|
|The Modern Sage he says:||
In 'Heaven' there is no 'Hell'. In 'Hell' there is no 'Heaven'.
How on Earth can there be Heaven and Hell?
|The Ancient Sage he says:||Man should not indulge in superstition.|
|The Modern Sage he says:||Only when he is desperate.|