Is Feng Shui a bunch of old wives’ tales?

By Lim Qiu Ping

Feng shui is never meant to be associated with superstition, said Mr Mark Tan, CEO of Way Fengshui Group, even as he was mindful that no research had been conducted into capturing and measuring the results of feng shui, like how Western science operates.

To put it simply, feng shui is an astrology-based framework for explaining events around us by taking into account timelines and physical perceptions. That is why the successful application of feng shui is expressed in terms of comfort that a person feels in an environment. It is a branch of wider Chinese philosophy which focuses on the rule of balance in any state and situation. In contrast, Western philosophy tends to zoom in on a factor when prescribing phenomena.

There was plenty of note-taking and screen-capturing going on in this talk held in Q1! Business alumnus Mr Heng Tze Wee was interested in finding out which “positive sector” to improve upon and “negative sector” to avoid in the Year of the Dog. Such sectors are easily discovered by using the compass; every direction will indicate a certain influence.

Business student Ms Lee Miau Ziau brought her younger sister to the talk. Having received tips on how to organise one’s workspace to enhance positive directional influences, Miau Ziau planned to shift the photo frame on her work table.

According to Mr Tan, one will feel like climbing a mountain under a hot sun in the lunar year of 2018. Each person, depending on his or her birth year, will need to navigate the year differently given the different temperaments at work. Hence, personal needs, risks, career, educational and relational achievements will change accordingly.

“The bigger part of the story is how you think and strategise in 2018,” he said.