1. What does a Feng Shui consultant do?
  2. A Feng Shui master looks at the natural and built environment the way an acupuncturist looks at the human body: we observe how energy flows through your space. We are trained to ask questions, to read floor plans, and to see the energetic patterns reflected in the natural landscape or the design of a building.

    While acknowledging the importance of structure, form and visual impact, a Feng Shui consultant will also ask you about the invisible forces at play—your history and that of your predecessors, the conscious and unconscious associations you have with the space and the items you see, and how it feels to spend time there. Often when we focus on the more subtle aspects of what is going on for you in your external space, a deeper pattern of thought, attitude, behavior, and internal reactions that may be preventing you from initiating or embracing change will be revealed.

  3. What are some typical questions a Feng Shui consultant may wish to investigate?
    • What is your first impression of the place?
    • What do you see when you open the front door?
    • Is there natural light and a feeling of spaciousness?
    • Does the energy flow freely throughout or is it blocked in some way?
    • Are the public and private areas separate?
    • Does the floor plan work for you, your family, or colleagues?
    • Are the rooms arranged to encourage and support their intended use?
    • How does the space feel?
    • Are your bed and desk in a commanding position?
    • Are there areas where clutter tends to pile up?
    • How are you sleeping?
    • What do you love about your place?
    • Where do you spend the most time?
    • What doesn’t feel right about being in your current space?
    • What do you know about the people who lived or worked here before?
    • How long do you plan to live or work here?
  4. How are the internal and external elements of my environment connected?
  5. Consider this scenario: A narrow entryway may limit the opportunities that come to you and prevent you from moving forward in your career. This design detail may be exacerbated by your own tendency to spend too much time thinking about what you should do rather than taking action. Each is an obstacle preventing you from moving forward. Your own internal tendency to ruminate coupled with the external design detail limiting opportunities combine as powerful energetic forces holding you back.

    During a Feng Shui coaching engagement, we focus on each of these obstacles—both internal and external—and explore ways to modify each pattern. Together we develop an action plan with steps you can take to release these energetic patterns and move forward in your personal and professional life.

  6. What if I just want to redecorate my space?
  7. Many people are not yet ready to do their internal work. They just want to redecorate their home or office and are looking for someone to tell them where to put their couch. This is fine, of course! But, to engage with a Feng Shui consultant means you are interested in taking a deeper look at what your external environment is saying about your internal landscape. When you commit to looking carefully at what is going on inside of you, you’ll gain tremendous insights and be better equipped to create surroundings that will nurture and manifest your dreams.

    Consider this: when you’re internal life is unsettled—with relationship stress or work transitions—your physical space might reflect that inner turmoil with apparent chaos and clutter. Cleaning your room or doing the dishes will make you feel better in the short term but will certainly not resolve your biggest internal challenges! When you consider deeply what kind of life you want to live, and answer some hard questions, then and only then will your surroundings be able to effectively support that life. It’s a huge commitment, for sure, and one that many aren’t quite ready or willing to take on. When you do take it on, however, you will be amazed at the possibilities that open up for you.

  8. What does the Feng Shui Strategies logo mean?
  9. Feng Shui Strategies Logo

    The logo is a visual representation of who I am and the work I do in the world. The square represents the underlying principles of Feng Shui that guide our work together—the theory of yin and yang, the five elements, the trigrams of the I-Ching that form the ba-gua, the visible and invisible factors, and the mundane and transcendental solutions. The circle represents the spiritual cultivation and wisdom I have achieved through years of study with H.H. Grandmaster Professor Thomas Lin Yun and his senior students in the lineage of Black Sect Tantric Buddhist Feng Shui.

    When the square and circle are superimposed, they form a square within a circle—the symbol for the ancient Chinese coin—and provide a visual reminder that by applying Feng Shui rules with wisdom, I can guide my clients to create a life of harmony and prosperity in our modern world.

  10. What is the Red Envelope Tradition of BTB Feng Shui?
  11. The red envelope tradition among Black Sect Tantric Buddhist Feng Shui practitioners comes from Chinese folklore and is widely used as a means of honoring our teacher, H.H. Professor Thomas Lin Yun, and the lineage of teachers before him who shared their Feng Shui wisdom and secret cures with us. In Chinese culture, it is lucky to both give and receive a red envelope filled with money. Red envelopes are given on auspicious occasions: birthdays, graduations, weddings, and Chinese New Year. The color red symbolizes good fortune, power, and strength. The rectangular shape resembles ancient shields and symbolizes protection.

    When working with my clients, I ask for and receive at least nine red envelopes with a coin or paper money inside each one of them. By giving me red envelopes, you are honoring me and the Feng Shui wisdom I am sharing with you, and our success is ensured.

Rich Reads

The following books were written by colleagues who studied with Prof. Lin and reflect the teachings of Black Sect Tantric Buddhist Feng Shui.

Feng Shui Design by Sarah Rossbach and Professor Thomas Lin Yun. This beautiful book is filled with photographs, illustrations, information, and Feng Shui adjustments.

Interior Feng Shui Design by Sarah Rossbach with H.H. Grandmaster Thomas Lin Yun.

Living Color by Sarah Rossbach with H.H. Grandmaster Thomas Lin Yun. This is not an easy read as there is so much information here! One should start with a more basic book.

Feng Shui: Harmony By Design by Nancy SantoPietro. This is the first book I picked up on Feng Shui and is very accessible—a way to begin to learn more about Feng Shui. It includes stories with drawings of several clients’ spaces before and after a consultation which illustrate the changes that were made. The author has a more recent book, Feng Shui and Health that describes the interplay of the chakras, Feng Shui, and Chinese medicine.

Feng Shui For Dummies by David Daniel Kennedy

Feng Shui Tips for a Better Life by David Daniel Kennedy

Creating Sacred Space by Karen Kingston

Spirit of the Home by Jane Alexander

House as a Mirror of Self: Exploring the Deeper Meaning of Home by Claire Cooper Marcus