What is different about traditional feng shui?

The differences of Traditional Feng Shui (TFS)

1. The practice

Teams are used in the projects. The team members have been trained to work together and have the same knowledge and mindset.

The team structure is a method of maintaining operational standards, ensuring the code of ethics and also, able to provide the service in all parts of the world. It also provides continuity – a knowledge bank of the practical experience and successful innovations.


The team’s mindset is to provide the best outcome for the client and the people who will either be working or living in the development and neighbouring properties.

The client’s privacy is respected at all times and is not disclosed outside the business relationship. The teams are not allowed to work with certain clients on the basis of their behaviour, their chosen occupation or the type of business.

2. The training.

a. Learning the knowledge – the various aspects of feng shui, including form and compass schools together with the other skills like face reading (mian xiang) destiny analysis (four pillars or bazi), divination (qimen dunjia) and other teachings from the five arts of Chinese philosophy.

b. Application of the knowledge with site inspections – homes, buildings, estates and cities in many parts of the world. Importance was placed in the understanding the strengths and weakness of the methods for that particular situation. No two properties are alike; just like no two people are alike, even identical twins.

c. Apprenticeships – Working with the teacher or master as a team member on the various sites to gain operational experience.

d. When the student ready, he is allowed to market their services but his work is supervised.

e. After an assessment of the student based on discipline, respect and propriety, the master confers him a lineage name in accordance with rules of the Chinese generation naming system thus becoming a lineage holder.

f. In the training period, the master develops an extremely close relationship with the student; literally a master – disciple relationship. The student spends considerable amount of time with the master and even in his home. The master not only knows the strength and weaknesses of his student, but also knows how he thinks, his behaviour, his motives and actions when he is on his own.

g. This process usually takes about 10 years to complete. This is to allow the student to develop and gain confidence of his own abilities. This development can be seen in the motion picture Kung Fu Panda. The student not only learns the master’s application of the knowledge together with the master’s mindset and attitude to the job and clients. This one-to-one relationship is very close and demonstrated in the motion picture Karate Kid .

3. The selection

Students are chosen being able to handle the responsibility of the knowledge. Only a small number are chosen to start the training. Ethical standards of personal behaviour as well as respect for the client’s welfare and privacy are expected at all times.

4. Why is the training so rigorous, through and lengthy?

One the tenets of traditional Chinese Society is “to bring honour to the family name”. Which means, bringing up descendants, training in this case, to be as good as or even better than the master. The proudest achievement for the master is to get extremely positive comment on his students with the master’s name mentioned. This is akin to the alma mater but at a personal level.

An example of a comment that would make any Chinese master very happy: “Michael Oon did a good job on my project. Michael ‘s master is Shyan Tseng”.

Only after “qualification”, can the student carry the lineage name and its lineage responsibilities which it entails. A lineage name enables any researcher to work out from the lineage tree is who their masters are. In this system, a practitioner of Feng Shui is training his students to be practitioners of Feng Shui. The emphasis of the process is on quality rather than quantity.

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