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,
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.)?
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 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.
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?
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.
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.