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Become a Feng Shui Consultant - Frequently Asked Questions

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What Does a Feng Shui Consultant Do?
A Feng Shui Consultant visits clients in their home or place of business to identify problems in that person's life based on on how he or she keeps their spaces. A person's home or business environment is very revealing of how that person addresses the issues in his or her life. The professional Feng Shui Consultant also suggests small changes that can be made in the environment to create changes in the person's life.

How Much Does a Feng Shui Consultant Make?
Fees charged by Feng Shui Consultants vary according to the country or region. At Feng Shui for Us™ we recommend that consultants use a sliding scale, based on the size and complexity of a property. We have found this to be a very fair pricing system. In the United States, using this sliding scale means that consultants make between $90 (for the consultation of just one room), to $810 (for a four bedroom house with three floors). A beginner consultant might only be able to do one or two consultations per month. A seasoned consultant would be able to average four consultations per week.

Ultimately, how much a consultant makes depends on his or her ability to find clients. The Nine Steps to Feng Shui® Training gives consultants the know-how so that you are able to conduct professional and effective Feng Shui Consultations with confidence. We also give consultants some basic business and marketing tools, but consultants get out of their business what they put into it, just like any other business. It is every consultant's responsibility to further educate themselves in business matters, in order to run successful businesses.

How Much Does it Cost to Become a Feng Shui Consultant?
If you search for Feng Shui long distance and on site certification courses on the internet, you will see that there is a wide range of prices. The courses provided by reliable schools range from USD 1,800 to USD 7,500. At Feng Shui for Us™ you can become a Feng Shui Consultant for Homes (Earth Level) for USD 1,800, and then you have the option to continue on to become a Feng Shui Business Consultant (Heart Level) for another USD 1,800. There is an additional level -- Heaven -- for those who want to learn how to deal with subtle Feng Shui problems. You can check out our options here.

What is the difference between a Certificate and a License?
A Certificate is a statement that you have completed a course and shown that you have understood enough of the course to use it efficiently. A Certificate can be added to your resume or hung on your wall to give you credibility. With a Certificate you can practice Feng Shui, either as a business or a hobby, but you have no affiliation to Feng Shui for Us™ or the Nine Steps to Feng Shui® System except to claim your education. With a Certificate, you do not have permission to use the Nine Steps to Feng Shui® Logo. A License is an agreement between you and Monica P. Castaneda (Moni) that gives you certain benefits, such as a web page on this website, accesss to case histories, and discounts on continuing education. With a License you have access to continued support from Moni and other licensed practitioners of this system, so you can ask questions if you run into a situation that is an exception and was not covered in the course. A License also gives you permission to limited use the Nine Steps to Feng Shui® logo and to state that you are a Nine Steps to Feng Shui® Consultant.

Are "Nine Steps to Feng Shui® Consultant" and "Feng Shui Practitioner" interchangeable terms?
Yes and no. A Feng Shui Consultant is one type of Feng Shui Practitioner, but there are other types of practitioners. The Feng Shui Consultant training program is the only program that is offered through the distance online training at this time, but we are working towards offering other types of practitioner certifications.

What types of Nine Steps to Feng Shui Practitioners are there?
There are four types of Nine Steps to Feng Shui Practitioners:

  1. Nine Steps to Feng Shui® Earth Level Consultant - a person who has completed the training to do home consultations.
  2. Nine Steps to Feng Shui® Heart Level Consultant - a person who in addition to learning Feng Shui for homes, has also learned how to Feng Shui clients' businesses.
  3. Nine Steps to Feng Shui® Heaven Level Consultant - a person who has learned how to Feng Shui homes and businesses, and also how to deal with the spiritual, subtle aspects of Feng Shui.
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Greg Pratt Interviewed Moni on April of 2011. This interview answers some other questions that aspiring Feng Shui consultants and consultants who would like to add the Nine Steps to Feng Shui® System to their art may find interesting.

What exactly does a feng shui consultant do?

A Feng Shui consultant assesses the health of the spaces in and around buildings, both in urban and rural areas to determine whether human life can thrive in them. This is done using methods similar to the ones an acupuncturist would use to assess the health of a patient. These methods are based on the Principles of Traditional Asian Thought, which came about from the observation of nature and people's interaction with nature over thousands of years.

When a Feng Shui consultant or advisor works on a home or business building, he or she checks to see that certain conditions are met for the physical, emotional and mental wellbeing of the occupants.

Some of these conditions are:

- complete floor plans,
- balanced and proportionate areas,
- good circulation of the air flow and good circulation of traffic between the different rooms,
- a connection with nature and natural elements,
- a positive feedback loop provided by the colors, symbols, type of furniture, accessories and ornaments chosen for the locale,
- clearing of clutter and stagnant energies,
- honoring the nine life areas and
- furniture placement for greater comfort, safety and productivity

When a Feng Shui consultant finds that these requirements are not met, he or she suggests doing corrections, called "cures", to fix these problems. Sometimes these cures are of a physical nature and some times of an electromagnetic nature. Practitioners also use cures that have a strong symbolic or spiritual meaning for the client.

What does someone working in this industry get out of it personally (ie, a sense of satisfaction helping people, etc.)?

Feng Shui is considered a healing art. It is actually one of the five branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine (the other four being: acupuncture, herbalism, Chi-Kung, and massage)

There is a great satisfaction in seeing people regain hope for life and realize that much of their destiny is actually in their hands if they learn how to use their space to support their dreams and goals in life. I have seen people go from a state of general unhappiness and lack of health to wholeness and a renewed trust in and passion for life within a year, simply by making sure that they lived and worked in healthy environments.

About 10 years back, Feng Shui was really hip and happening then… is it still or was that a passing phase?

About 10 years ago there was a boom in Feng Shui and though it has calmed down, the interest in Feng Shui is still growing, even though at a slower pace than it was before. More and more, Feng Shui is coming part of popular culture, for example it is mentioned more and more in TV shows and in movies.

I think it is similar to what happened with Yoga in the seventies. There was a boom at that time and then it calmed down, but more and more people in the United States and around the world are doing yoga, with virtually all fitness centers offering classes, in addition to all the private studios.

Similarly, though you may not hear about Feng Shui in the news as often, more and more people are aware of it.

How else has the industry changed over the past 10 years or so?

The Feng Shui boom a decade ago resulted in many different schools and approaches to this healing art. Many of them have not succeeded. There is also a lot of confusion about Feng Shui, because a Chinese Dynasty ordered the production of books containing errors in them in an effort to keep true Feng Shui knowledge only for the privileged classes, and some of these false knowledge has taken hold in the West.

The economic down turn at the end of 2008 greatly affected Feng Shui as a business, because many consider getting a Feng Shui session as a luxury and not a necessity.

If it is still a hip and happening line of work, how can people avoid being seen as just trying to capitalize on the trend? Is demand rising, falling or staying the same?

I believe it is still hip and happening. The best recommendation for a practitioner are client testimonials and referrals. Even though the interest in Feng Shui is growing, right now there are less people willing to make the expense.

What trends change demand for those in this line of work?

The economy is a big factor, since most people do not perceive their need for Feng Shui.

I have seen that the degree of success that someone can have in Feng Shui depends on these factors:

- How much they believe in it and live by its principles. I have met practitioners that were somehow ashamed to have certain people in their circles find out what they did "on the side." A practitioner who has faith in the methods and cures of Feng Shui, especially one who "walks the talk" is a lot more likely to transmit that same confidence to clients and prospective clients.

- The area where the Practitioner lives and practices. The idiosyncrasies and world views of the majority of the people in the different communities can have a strong effect in the ability of the practitioner to promote their business. People in coastal areas, where there tends to be more prosperity, are a lot more likely to be open to Feng Shui and be willing to pay for consultations, while people in the Midwest are more the "do it yourselves" type and would be more interested in classes. Practitioners who live in the US "Bible Belt," face other challenges. Some pastors still tell their congregations that things like Yoga and Reiki come "from the devil" and many people are suspicious of Feng Shui because it is originally from Asia and they confuse it with a religion.

I should note that even though some Feng Shui schools are connected with Buddhist or Taoist groups, Feng Shui in non religious, and it does not require for people to change their faith, but it does require to people to expand their perceptions of "what is."

How’s the outlook for the industry?

I think in the next few years we will see a reduction in fees for most practitioners.

What kind of earnings can someone who is involved in this expect to make?

For most practitioners, Feng Shui is a great way to bring additional income to the household, but few do it as a full time business. It is very well paid by the hour, but it is not so easy to find enough clients to stay busy all the time. Many practitioners complement their consultation income by teaching classes and workshops on the subject.

Feng Shui rates are at least a hundred dollars per hour and up to thousand of dollars per session, depending on the reputation of the practitioner and the area where they live.

The success of a Feng Shui business, as in any other line of work, depends not only on how much a person knows on the subject, but on their business management knowledge, and their ability to make connections and promote themselves.

Lastly, how can someone get into this line of work?

Feng Shui is not board regulated and there are no requirements to be able to practice. It is unlikely that it would ever be standardizes as some schools are very different from others in their approach and what they teach.

When choosing a school or a mentor I suggest that a person first read their textbooks to see if they agree with their world view and general principles. The prestige of the school is important, but especially the integrity of the master.

It helps to have some background in architecture (my case), design or drafting. It is essential to be able to read floor plans and make simple sketches.

Feng Shui Home and Business Consultations are currently available in the following areas:
Knoxville, TN and surrounding areas [Oak Ridge, Clinton, Farragut, Lenoir City]; Davenport, Bettendorf, Clinton, Dubuque,
Maquoketa, and Bellevue, IA; Rock Island, Moline, East Moline, Milan, Andalusia, and Chicago, IL.
For service in other areas please check out our Feng Shui Long Distance Consultations.
If you want to learn What is Feng Shui?, please take advantage of our free Feng Shui online course.

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Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese Art of Placement and has been in use throughout the Orient for thousands of years.
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