Options in Studying Feng Shui
Last Updated Jan 20, 2011 · Written by Jaclyn Fitzgerald
Feng Shui is a fascinating ancient art and one that can so easily capture people’s minds. If you like the idea of being able to influence the spaces in which people live and work to create more positive outcomes in their lives, you may want to study Feng Shui. Here are the options that are available to you.
What is Feng Shui?
Feng Shui, pronounce “Fung Schway”, literally means “wind and water” and it is the ancient Chinese art of placing objects and arranging spaces to bring happiness, health, success and harmony into an environment. It is all about reducing the impact of negative Qi and maximising positive Qi in the environment (Qi being energy or the flow of energy). People are affected by the environments that they live in, so using Feng Shui can make the environment happier and more harmonious.
Practising Feng Shui
A Feng Shui practitioner or consultant will look at the client’s site and create a profile that highlights all of the negative and positive elements about it, both inside and outside. Once this is done, you can then suggest remedies to eliminate or improve the negative elements within the site and to remove the obstacles and obstructions so that the Qi can flow smoothly throughout the site once again.
As a Feng Shui consultant, you can work in private practice, either working for yourself or with other practitioners. Your clientele will range from homeowners to business and corporate clients. You may also be able to become a Feng Shui teacher after several years of experience.
Study Options for Feng Shui
If you are considering studying Feng Shui, you’ll be delighted to learn that there are a range of options available. These include short courses, certificates, and diplomas. As such, these course range in duration from several weeks to two or more years, depending on how the course is studied. Courses can be studied full time or part time on campus at a learning institution or they may choose to study the course through distance or online learning. Distance or online learning is great if you require flexibility, and the ability to study in your own time at your own pace.
A good Feng Shui course should cover a wide range of topics including the different Feng Shui schools; orientation; Feng Shui and your internal environment; Feng Shui and the external environment; Chinese astrology; symbolism; Feng Shui and relationships; different feng Shui remedies; how to profile a space; and so on.
Questions to Consider
If you are considering studying Feng Shui, whether for your own interest or to turn into a career, there are some questions that you will need to ask to ensure that the course is right for you, and that it will help you in your intended vocation. Such questions include:
- What is the cost of the course and are all materials included as part of the cost?
- How can I pay for the course (instalments, discount for paying up front, etc)?
- Is the course recognised and/or accredited?
- Will the course focus on one particular Feng Shui school or all schools?
- What support is provided as part of completing the course?
- Is the institution providing the course reputable?