My student asks me this question that probably most of the Feng Shui students want to know but are afraid to ask:

What are your thoughts when it comes to having several Feng Shui techniques/ schools of thought in a practitioner’s toolkit when selecting or auditing a house? Is it more advisable to use one technique/ lineage/ school over others, or use a combination — for example,  some masters screen using 8 mansions first, then combine with flying stars etc. Does combining or using a single li-qi (formula) technique make any difference.”

Here is my translation of this long question in one sentence:  Which one is better–  Frankenstein vs. pure bred Feng Shui approach?

FRANKENSTEIN FENG SHUI

The classic western movie “Frankenstein” is about a mad scientist who had created a monster out of body parts from different corpses.

Frankenstein Feng Shui is the application of 2 or more Feng Shui schools techniques in a Feng Shui audit.  The most common one is mixing of Flying Stars and Bazhai (8-mansions) Feng Shui in an audit.

On the positive side, if the practitioner knows the specialty or strong points of each Feng Shui school, s/he may apply, for example:  Bazhai in kitchen, San He for bed arrangement, XKDG for door, Flying Star for wealth enhancement,… and the like.

On the negative side, some practitioners do not really understand the Feng Shui schools and haphazardly apply different Feng Shui schools techniques in their audits.  For example, I have seen quite a few “tilt it again Sam” doors in Malaysia and Singapore.  Some “masters” set up two doors at different angles in a house or business.  The first door is tilted for the auspicious Bazhai angle and the second door for Flying Star.  It is as if the qi entering the premise is “smart” and can distinguish the first door is for Bazhai, second door for Flying Star Feng Shui and “behave” accordingly.

PURE BRED FENG SHUI

Pure bred” here means loosely as “one school only”.  In reality, there is really no pure bred Feng Shui because most Feng Shui schools “borrow” something from others.  For example, the popular Flying Star has more than 10+ variations, so is Bazhai.

Is pure bred better than Frankenstein Feng Shui?  The answer is both “yes” and “no”.

Every Feng Shui system has its own peculiar properties that works well with certain land forms, like some methods work better with mountain regions while others with flat-land or river regions.  Hence when there is a match between land form and a pure bred Feng Shui School, the results will be great.  If not, the opposite happens.

SEMI-PURE BRED OR VOTING FENG SHUI

In this brand of Feng Shui, the practitioner employs one Feng Shui school only, but takes references to other schools’ judgment on each Feng Shui sector.  For example, if Flying Star thinks this door location is great but Bazhai says it sucks and IF this practitioner only considers two school (one + and one minus), this location still “usable” or “OK”.  If both schools agree that this location is bad, then remedy is sought or not using this location.  If both schools think this location is great, then this location must be very good.

“Ken, what is your position on this topic?”

Before I put on a Frankenstein or pure bred hat (I should market a “Make Feng Shui Great Again” hat),  I check the Bazi or 4-pillars chart of the client first.  If s/he is in good luck period, I will tell him just pick whatever house s/he wants and fire the Feng Shui guy (me).

If client is in average or low luck period,  I would use Form Feng Shui first.  Formula Feng Shui will not work if the forms are not there!  If the forms look good with the 4-animals and right forms, the Feng Shui of that property should not be bad.

I would cherry-pick the best feature of different Feng Shui schools.  “Fran-ken-stein” has my name inside.

“Ken, you sound like pushing your Feng Shui courses by advocating Frankenstein Feng Shui.”

You are so smart.  If you can only afford one Feng Shui course, take the “Advanced Visual Form Feng Shui” listed below.  Feng Shui teachers can cheat you with formula Feng Shui because you cannot see li-qi or formula.  Form Feng Shui is what you see is what you get– everyone can see forms like mountains and rivers.

Ken Lai

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A student emailed me this a few days ago: “I read about “green” tilting on your blog. Is this covered in your door fengshui course?

Aging catches up with me, I lost track of what I have written last month and not to mention those written years ago.  I have asked this student for the link of the original article, as shown below:

http://kenlaifengshui.blogspot.com/2013/02/the-latest-feng-shui-hammer-tilt-o-matic.html?m=1

This article was about door-tilting craze in south-east Asia.  I had bragged about my door-tilting without physically tilting the door and called the technique “green tilt“.

My last “green tilt” was done in Singapore in 2006 in a rental property.  My client rented one unit out of the whole building and felt uncomfortable with the energy in the house.  He thought the house might be “unclean”.

Classic fix for situation like this without involving religion is to create an auspicious main entrance.  The auspicious qi will make whatever entities uncomfortable and stay away.

The problem was:  this is a rental unit and tenant is not authorized to physically modify the door location.

So the only alternative is to do a “green tilt“.  No religious stuff involved.  Material cost is almost zero. The door is 100% unchanged but the angle was somehow changed to bring in the auspicious qi.

A few years later, this client moved to another place.  His dog suddenly barked fearfully as if seeing some “visitors” when he  took down the “green tilt” item.  Dogs can see ghosts and spirits.  The house reverted back to former energy state that is attractive to other “entities”.

“Ken, are you going to tell us the ‘green tilt’ secret?” 

The only clue I can give you is that the method is based on one of the Feng Shui systems in my “Practical Door Feng Shui for Wealth” course.  Many Feng Shui masters and carpenters may lose significant income if this “green tilt” method is made public.  I cannot afford to owe them this giant karma debts.

My advice would be: avoid door-tilting, especially if this is a residence.

Ken Lai

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In my 2007 blog article “Feng Shui Hammer and Xuan Kong Flying Stars“, I had written:

If you give a kid a hammer, pretty soon he will try to do everything with a hammer…In the Feng Shui world today, the Feng Shui hammer is Xuan Kong Flying Stars (Feng Shui). To some people, XK Feng Shui is the universal key to any Feng Shui problem.”

Six years later, I have discovered a new trend for another version of “Feng Shui Hammer” that is not restricted to one Feng Shui school or method.

This “hammer” generalizes the Feng Shui remedy of door-tilting to different aspects of Feng Shui. I call this method “tilt-O-matic” because its core method is tilting anything towards the so-called “auspicious qi” or angle.

Door-tilting itself is no major secret and easy to understand– if your door sits on an inauspicious angle, you tilt it to the nearest available auspicious angle.  Ideally the nearest angle to the current one will match the requirements for as many Feng Shui methods (like Bazhai, San-He, XKDG and etc.) as possible.

In certain southeastern Asian countries where large population of ethnic Chinese reside, you can see tilted doors easily.  My Feng Shui pals in these countries told me that door-tilting is almost a must in any Feng Shui audit or your clients will think they don’t get their money’s worth.

The next derivative from door-tilting is stove-tilting, used mainly in Bazhai Feng Shui.

Some inventive folks out there bring out the “tilt-around-the-house” motto and generalize this method to tilt balcony doors, sliding doors, apartment doors, doors inside a house or office or even tilt a balcony– applying tilting to whatever Feng Shui methods like Flying Star, XKDG and the like.

Their next top secret invention probably will be tilting house windows and maybe even garden walls. I guess toilet seat, fridge door, bath tub and water basin are all fair games for them.

Ken, how valid is this tilting approach?”

I don’t know when I do not get paid to answer or argue for controversial topics like this one. But I can tell you that when I visit many ancient towns and villages in China, including the emperor’s home (Forbidden City), I have not seen a tilted door yet.

I have seen tilted doors that were done in the last 10- 20 years in China and Hong Kong.

Chinese Feng Shui emphasizes balance and symmetry.  Anything tilted will disrupt the balance state.  Tilting does not seem to match these basic Feng Shui principles.

In Feng Shui, main door represent the mouth of a house.  A tilted door is like a person with a crooked mouth.  It is the “form” for stroke resulting in a crooked mouth.

There are teachers who swear by the tilted door remedy and also the ones who are apprehensive of door-tilting.  My own sifu are mostly against using it for aesthetic and safety reasons.  Non-residential buildings probably can have tilted doors because people do not stay there longer than 8- 10 hours and likely are moving around.  My sifu do not recommend tilting door for residential properties because people sleep there at night and absorb whatever qi coming in.

On a psychological level, a tilted door is a constant reminder to the residents that “this is an auspicious door that will bring me good luck“.  This daily positive affirmation will enhance the intention power of the residents to make things “happen“.

“Ken, do you do door-tilting Feng Shui remedy?”

Yes,  I do “green tilting” that does no damage to the wall or environment and does not need a carpenter.  However,  I do it only when there is no alternative.

“Can you elaborate?  Does it work?”

Sorry, I cannot elaborate. This is a little secret in my school. Somehow it works too.

Ken Lai

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