Frequently Asked Questions
Over the years I have been asked many times what it is like to practice Feng Shui as a career. My program will focus on theory and application, but we can also delve into discussions regarding professional conduct and the business side of practicing Feng Shui. A practitioner can enjoy a lot of gratification in this field, when seeing how relatively easy and affordable changes to one’s environment can make a palpable, sustainable improvement in people’s lives. Feng Shui “urban myths” sometimes make this natural earth science seem like magic, but we are just as often dispensing advice that is inherently good design and common sense. This is a very unique occupation and I think it mostly chooses its practitioners, rather than the other way around.
Wouldn’t you also like to have a list of success stories where clients were able to achieve sudden increases in income, enter new and better relationships, resolve health issues, overcome fertility problems, have legal cases dismissed and a whole variety of obstacles disappear after following through with your recommendations?
Being a professional consultant is now a realistic path and the world has embraced Feng Shui as a legitimate discipline, on par with Chinese medicine and other Healing Arts. Although it is still not without controversy, there are enough people who are open-minded and inquisitive, that Feng Shui services are sought after, even by those who don’t normally delve into esoteric practices. If you are sensitive to physical environments and enjoy working with people, then Feng Shui as a profession may really be your calling. It never ceases to amaze me how Feng Shui often ends up solving the puzzle or problem which no other professional or system discovered or addressed.
There are many variables to consider, such as a person’s overall training, ability to communicate with others and transmit the knowledge, the local economy, and how a person markets their services. Feng Shui is like any other business in that regard. Someone studying Interior Design or Professional Organizing or Astrology could have the same reservations.
I personally have been able to make a great living as a consultant, beginning part-time in 1992 and building into a full-time practice by 1996. I have far exceeded my own initial expectations. For others, Feng Shui has become a part-time career which complements other related fields.
If you truly want to be considered professional and follow the laws of your own city, state or country, you should consider holding a general business license to cover ordinary liabilities. There is no such thing as a “Feng Shui License” so you don’t need to be concerned about that. My business license has never been challenged and it states broadly that I advise people regarding their home and work spaces and make design, décor and landscaping recommendations.
Certification within the Feng Shui Industry does not assure a universal standard of training since there are so many branches and philosophies surrounding this subject. However, certain teachers and schools have garnered their own reputations. If you are certified by a highly respected School or Teacher, then your Certification will have meaning.
Other Schools and teachers set their own distinct curriculums for a variety of reasons, which includes: different styles of Feng Shui, varying amounts of knowledge the teacher has or is willing to share, personal marketing decisions, or other related fields the teacher may want to add to their curriculum. While some teachers use teleseminars, webinars, and DVDs, I prefer the written word for long distance training. My program also includes personal interaction with a student via Skype, email or phone sessions. Anyone local to my area can certainly study with me in person as well. I have even taken students with me on actual jobs.
The material transmitted may vary greatly depending on what Feng Shui tradition is being taught and the biggest difference in curriculums, which I have seen, is simply between classical Feng Shui and the New Age Schools, such as the BTB School. I have been approached by students from other Schools who had as little as one week of training before their teacher proclaimed that the student was ready to consult. This is very unfortunate and can get a new student into quite a bit of stress, confusion and liability.
Our Feng Shui forefathers studied their craft for years, and brought to their practice other areas of expertise such as astronomy, geology, engineering, medical training, and more.
Back in the 1990’s it was quite common for teachers to hold large classes. Some of the original Asian masters, who traveled globally, have now retired or teach remotely on-line. There is currently a trend for serious students to mentor privately with an experienced practitioner, which is more in alignment with the original and historical transmission of these teachings. The information was closely guarded, an oral tradition taught partially in code, and only to those chosen to be worthy of the knowledge.
A home-study course is very convenient for obvious reasons, sometimes called Long Distance Learning. I am still available for group classes, although the one-on-one training really allows for more personal interaction. Ultimately, that can be more satisfying for a serious student. In creating the best possible program within my means, I have made it almost unnecessary for you to take notes, by providing so far over 2,000 pages of instruction.
All you need to do is send me an inquiry email regarding your interest. I will then send you a brief Enrollment Form and Contract to fill out, so that I can be better acquainted with your needs and goals. All participants in my program are confidential, and if you have had substantial training with other schools or if you are well established in the field, we can modify the program for you.
Although I do not accept payment plans, you can take the Beginner’s, Intermediate, and Advanced modules one at a time, breaking up the total costs into these increments. A major discount will be afforded those who then continue on to take the Advanced Mentoring program.
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