What is feng shui
You’re not an idiot if you’re confused about feng shui (pronounced fung
schway). This ancient Chinese tradition has bulldozed its way into the West,
becoming the craze du jour. It seems everyone is either doing it or dissing it.
Feng shui articles, books, entire magazines, complete schools, and comprehensive
websites have crowded the market. Some of these offer advice and
varied techniques far removed from the real thing. They all seek to cash in
while misleading the unsuspecting, taking full advantage before the uninformed
consumer wises up and begins to question the myriad inconsistencies.
Actually, this dilution of the classic tradition can be likened to playing “telephone.”
Remember that childhood game? One kid whispers a sentence into
the next kid’s ear. Something like, “My 50-foot alligator lives in a black
lagoon.” By the time the sentence reaches the end of the line of kids, it may
have become, “My pin-striped crocodile swims in a pink polka-dot pool.” Get
the idea? This book will avoid such silliness and present to you a clear, concise
explanation of feng shui. Let’s get started by taking a little quiz.
The Feng Shui IQ Test
Before you learn what feng shui actually is (and what it isn’t), let’s test your feng shui IQ.
For each of these questions, pick the answer you believe is correct. (Hint: Some questions
may have more than one correct answer.) Don’t worry, your grades won’t be sent home to
1. What is feng shui?
a. A specialty of Chinese cuisine
b. The study of time and space
c. A belief system of warding off evil spirits using mirrors
2. You should always sleep with your head pointed north.
3. Which instruments are used by a feng shui practitioner?
a. A smudge stick
c. A compass
4. You’re practicing good feng shui when you:
a. Open the window to let fresh air in
b. Hang a mirror in a small room
c. Hang a wind chime in your entrance
5. Which sort of house promotes a more healthful well-being?
a. A house made of bricks
b. A house built on a level lot
c. A house built on a hilltop
6. You and your significant other have submitted an offer on a new house. At the last
minute, you discover the previous two sets of owners divorced while living in the
dwelling. Do you withdraw your offer?
7. You should always keep toilet lids down so
your money qi (pronounced chee) won’t
8. Feng shui can help you:
a. Find love and romance
b. Increase your earning potential
c. Gain fame and respect
9. The object of feng shui is to activate your
fame, marriage, children, helpful people,
career, knowledge, family, and wealth qi sectors
within your home.
10. Feng shui is practiced by:
a. Individuals like yourself
b. Major corporations
c. The Asian population
Feng shui IQ answers:
1. b, 2. b, 3. c, 4. a, 5. b, 6. b, 7. b, 8. all of the above, 9. b, 10. all of the above.
So, how did you do? Did the correct answers surprise you? Or maybe you feel more confused
than ever. Don’t worry—we’ll tell you everything you need to know to understand
feng shui. It’s time to embark on a unique journey that will change the way you view the
world. Let’s start by discussing what feng
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