Feng shui isn’t just repositioning furniture and installing water features.

A traditional Chinese practice dating back over 2000 years, feng shui is the art of understanding how qi (pronounced chee, and meaning ‘life force energy’) moves in our surroundings and how this flow affects us.

Master Tom Lo, Brisbane feng shui consultant who was taught the ancient art by his father, says feng shui translates to ‘wind’ and ‘water’.

“It is to do with how we live, since we live on oxygen and water,” he says. “Feng shui is logical, not superstitious or religious. It’s about how you feel and how your environment feels – balancing the energy in the house and throughout your family.”

Carolyn McCallum, director of Feng Shui Harmony, says flow of qi is important for a harmonious home.

“Feng shui is like acupuncture for the home,” she says. “Just because you can’t see the energy doesn’t mean it isn’t there. You can’t see the meridians used in acupuncture but the results speak for themselves.”

Both Lo and McCallum say feng shui is becoming more popular with property investors.

“All the successful Hong Kong developers use feng shui before they begin any new property,” says Lo, who consulted on the new Glen Hotel suites in Eight Mile Plains. “The Hong Kong Bank has lions out the front and Donald Trump put an elephant out the front of his Atlanta casino – you want strong animals as they bring power and strength.”

Mandi Quince says her family is converted to the practice after experience incredible results after a consultation with McCallum.

“My son was struggling with TAFE and finding it hard to be motivated and we found that his room contained energy that encouraged rebellion against authority,” she says. “Since we incorporated feng shui elements a lot of those problems are gone – it worked so well that we decided to get a full consult for our home.

“It got to the point where my husband and I were giggling every time we got an unexpected windfall.”
Lo and McCallum recommend getting a personalised consultation from a feng shui expert.

“If you’re sick you see a doctor – you don’t self-medicate,” says Lo. “And if your house feels uncomfortable you should see a feng shui master.”

Carolyn’s tips

  • Reduce clutter – it makes the qi flow become stuck and stagnant
  • Make it easy for positive energy to find you – ensure your entrance is obvious and looks beautiful
  • A clean stove helps with prosperity – ensure you use all of the hotplates!
  • Leaking taps indicate leaking finance – call the plumber ASAP
  • Don’t use common prosperity symbols like water features and the colour red without consultation – you could inadvertently activate negative energy linked to financial problems, conflict and robbery

Master Tom’s tips

  • Ensure your fireplace is central so it can radiate heat and energy throughout the house
  • Don’t plant thorny trees (like bougainvilleas) out the front of the house as they hold negative energy
  • Don’t put a television or large mirror in your bedroom facing the bed as it creates conflict
  • Keep things in pairs – feng shui demands symmetry