FAQ: Your Questions About Feng Shui Consultations, Answered

Q: I already know some information about Feng Shui by reading books, would I really benefit from a consultation?

   Yes! Books can be a great resource of information but a high percentage do not discuss how to feel the energy of a space or what you can do for your specific situation. I find that it is always helpful to have an outside party work with you to review your space to offer suggestions and point out things that you may not be aware of because you live in that space daily.

Q: I'm just a small company or individual... I'm not sure I can afford a consultation.

   I'm not sure you can afford NOT to receive a consultation. The whole point of a consultation is to help you to LEVERAGE your space to increase your income, improve relationships and bring new energy into your life. If you don't request a consultation, chances are you'll waste more money on ineffective methods than you'd spend with a consultation. With that being said, we do offer payment plan options.

Q: What exactly do I get for my money?

   For starters, the consultation itself... which is provided by Ken Lauher. The consultation will provide cost-effective suggestions and powerful remedies to help you change your current situation and improve your overall quality of life.

   In addition, you'll learn the Chen Pei Space cleansing method and receive a full 5+ page report providing an overview of all the information discussed in your consultation.

Q: How far do you travel for on-site consultations?

   I live in New York City but travel throughout the United States providing Feng Shui Consultations.

   If you are outside a one hour commute of Manhattan, just give me a call at 917-374-7035 or contact me via email to talk about it further.

   Many consultations can be conducted over the phone as well.

Q: Do I need to clean my home before you come for an on-site consultation?

   This is a common question and the answer is no. I like to see how you work with and in your space on a daily basis. If you clean your home and tuck everything away only to have them return in the following days, then it won't be a true representation of how you use and interact with your space.

Q: Should I at least pick up the clutter?

   No! Many people consider clutter to go hand in hand with Feng Shui, which is not always the case. Every individual has their own way of organizing their space and life. I try to find ways that compliment your specific style rather than dictate one style that may work for me but may not work for you.

Q: What kind of individuals will benefit most from a Feng Shui consultation?

   Feng Shui is for everyone regardless of income, career, social status or circumstance. If you are seeking a positive change in your life or situation, then Feng Shui may be the answer for you.

Q: Can I have other family members or friends present during the consultation?

   Yes, you can. However, sometimes we do discuss and work on personal issues that you may not wish to share with others. If you're comfortable with sharing that type of information with them, then it is ok to have them present.

Q: Will the information I share with you be confidential?

   Yes, all information that is shared or discussed is kept confidential and is not shared with others.

Q: Can I speak to some of your existing clients or at least see who you've worked with?

   I do not publish my client list nor do I share the names of my clients with others in order to protect their privacy and the nature of their consultation.

Q: How long is a typical Feng Shui consultation?

   The typical consultation lasts 2-3 hours. However, some consultations take up to 4-5 hours depending on the size of your space and the severity of the problem or issue.

Q: What can I expect AFTER the consultation?

   After the consultation, you'll begin to notice a positive shift in the energy of your environment. Some people begin to experience amazing results the following day. Or for others it may take longer depending on the issue at hand. It also depends on the time frame that you implement the suggestions and remedies that were provided during the consultation.

Q: Can I pay by check?

   Yes, as long as some portion of cash is included in the payment that is enclosed in a red envelope.

Q: How many consultations will it take?

   For the typical consultation, just once. However, many people have me come back to review the space after suggestions have been implemented and to empower certain areas or objects in the space.

   Some clients have me return to help them with certain methods or to provide blessings of the home.

Q: How often should I receive a consultation?

   Anytime you are experiencing difficulty with a given situation or life problem. I usually recommend a follow-up consultation or review every 6 months to a year.

Q: What form of Feng Shui do you practice?

   I personally practice Black Sect Tibetan Tantric Buddhism feng shui, often referred to as Black Hat or the abbreviations of BTB. Buddhism is not a religion but a collection of practices for increasing self-awareness. The final goal is a state of enlightenment, in which peace is achieved being totally present in the moment.

   In ancient times, BTB feng shui assimilated Buddhist teachings from India with the preexisting practices of the Bon lineage in Tibet. As this hybrid developed, it moved into China and further mixed with various cultural influences, including Chinese feng shui, Taoism, Confucianism, ancient healing methods, and astrology. Though feng shui has been practiced in various forms throughout the world, it became particularly strong in China, where the BTB practices were integrated to become a cohesive discipline.

   Black Sect feng shui was brought to the West primarily by one figure, His Holiness Professor Lin Yun. Born in China, Professor Lin's teachings connect this wisdom from India, Tibet, and China with the sensibilities of the modern world. Through the teachings of H.H. Professor Lin, contemporary BTB feng shui connects with ancient teachings to modern design theory, architecture, psychology, and ecology. The result is a unique blend of the ancient and the modern, the Eastern and the Western, and the spiritual and the material. Through H.H. Professor Lin's teaching, the wisdom of the ancients is directly applied to the needs and problems of the modern world.

Q: How does the Black Sect approach compare with the Compass School?

   In the West, there are basically two widespread approaches to feng shui. The distinction between these approaches is important, especially if you enjoy perusing the multitude of feng shui books on the shelves.

   The BTB approach to feng shui emphasizes the way that chi, the life energy, flows through the space. The movement of this energy directly parallels the life conditions and the financial circumstances of the inhabitants. If the chi is flowing well, the site tends to attract positive experiences and good fortune. Plants grow well, children are healthier, and families tend to be happy. Even the finances seem to flow better.

   If the chi is blocked or impure, the health and fortune of the area seems to suffer. Plants die, people tend to be sick or badly tempered, and businesses fail. There really are "happy places" and "unhappy places," characteristic of the life energy that is flowing through the spaces.

   The BTB approach tracks the flow of chi as it enters the space. The first focus point when examining a space, therefore is the main entrance. This is where both the people and the chi enter the dwelling. The areas of the bagua are aligned with the space according to the location of the front door, known as the "Mouth of Chi."

   The other school of feng shui that is followed in the West is the Compass School. If you hear about a feng shui consultant who aligns the bagua with the use of a compass, or who talks about north, south, east or west, you will know they are speaking from the perspective of the Compass School.

   Unlike BTB feng shui, which emphasizes the way that the chi energy flows through the space, the Compass School is primarily interested in aligning the space with the compass points, believing that energy always flows according to certain directions. While merely a different approach, it is important to recognize the distinction between the two perspectives to avoid getting confused by them.

No path has more value than any other; they all simply employ different means to the end.

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