Feng Shui has been steadily gaining popularity, and people have been wanting to know more about it. People can learn Feng Shui online free, but there are cases where a teacher is needed. Some people want to go to classes because a consultant may be too expensive.
A Little About Feng Shui
The word “Feng” means wind and “Shui” means water. Wind and water have been associated with good health, and later good fortune.
It is an ancient art and science that was considered seriously over 3,000 years ago in China. Aspects of it have been dated as far back as 6,000 years ago.
It resembles the Taoist vision and understanding of nature, especially the idea that the land is alive and filled with Chi, or energy. Other shared concepts are the polarities of yin and yang, that they are opposite but can’t live without each other, and the five elements of fire, earth, metal, water, and wood.
It can also be the art of placement, understanding how the placement of yourself and objects within a space affects your life in various areas. It’s to teach us how to balance and harmonize with the energies in any space. It can be done in a garden, a home, or an office. It’s meant to bring good fortune to the person living in it.
Nowadays, the popularity can be attributed to people wanting to enhance their lives through more natural means. Because Feng Shui forces people to declutter, they instantly start to feel both mentally and physically better.
6 Things to Look for in Feng Shui Classes
Picking the right Feng Shui class or school is a lot picking the right college. It requires a lot of time and research. Make sure you put the time aside to do this carefully. There are a few things you can do to get started.
1. Try Attending a Lecture
Going in person to a lecture can help you get a sense of the school or class. You can also analyze the teacher giving the lecture and if you want them to teach you. You may be able to even talk to the teacher and see if you feel a connection.
2. Find as Many Options as Possible
Take the time to look at as many schools as possible. A good place to start is the International Feng Shui Guild. They have a list of professional schools to look at and then you can branch out from there.
3. Create a List of Questions
When you get around to visiting multiple schools, you want to be prepared. Put together a list of questions that you have. They could be like; how many graduates are active Feng Shui consultants? Can they provide examples? Why should you choose them over another school?
4. Don’t Write Off Online Classes
In this modern age, online classes are just as valid as physical classes. If you really love a school but it’s too far away, check out if they have any Feng Shui classes online.
5. Class Verses School
You should think about how much you want to learn. Do you want to learn Feng Shui for only the length of a class course, or do you want to make a career out of it?
The reason you should ask yourself this is because of cost. A class can range from 75 dollars to 450 dollars, while school is around 1,000 to 1,500 dollars.
6. What Kind of School Do You Want
The schools of Feng Shui are split into 3 categories, the Traditional or Classic school, the Black Sect Tantric Buddhism school, and the Intuitive or Modern school of Feng Shui.
The Traditional school is based on the Form, or Landscape school, as well as the Compass school. The Form focus on the shapes and symbolism in an environment without needing a compass for directions. Compass utilizes the Feng Shui compass, the Lo Shu square, various Feng Shui calculations, and the Bagua map.
The Black Hat was developed in the U.S. in the 80s by the Chinese Grandmaster Thomas Lin Yun. This is a combination of Tibetan Buddhism, Taoism, and Classical Feng Shui.
Intuitive or Modern is the western adaption of levels of the traditional Feng Shui. Instead of Chinese specific symbols, it caters more to Western lifestyle and taste.
So Many Choices
There’s a lot of information and history on Feng Shui. When taken seriously, it is a commitment to a lifestyle. This shouldn’t be something you enter lightly.
It can be overwhelming, but if you take your time, it can be a bit more manageable. Remember to think about what you want to accomplish and your budget. If school isn’t for you, then there is always the internet.