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Feng Shui is not Superstitious Nonsense
Feng shui - whether an art or science -- has showed remarkable
staying power as people around the world swear by its powers. Business
magnates turn to it on how their buildings or offices should be
constructed. Private individuals consult feng shui experts on the right
time to sign contracts or set a wedding. All this to enhance and gain
the most out of one's environment, attract as much positive energy as
possible, and perhaps to gain good fortune in the form of wealth or
fame. And contrary to popular belief, feng shui is not only for the
by Pepper Marcelo
who has made feng shui her life's work and credits her triumphs over
early personal adversity and achieving financial and personal success
to this living skill, is a living testimony to the attraction of this
ancient Chinese practice to all nationalities and economic classes. In
the Philippines, feng shui continues to gain adherents.
Marites is a certified feng shui expert and proprietor of "The World Of Feng Shui
boutique in Manila. She explains that feng shui is the ancient Chinese
art of manipulating and arranging one's surroundings to attract
positive life energy, or chi , so that it flows smoothly, unblocking
any obstructions in the body and the environment. Literally meaning
"wind and water", its origins date back several thousand years. Feng
shui has evolved from the theory that people are affected by their
"This energy comes from the wind, the water, anything we bring -
you and I have our own energy," Marites explains to Planet Philippines
in an interview. "Sometimes people have a rough time or a hard day, and
they talk to you and you're bubbly, and suddenly you see them getting
affected, because slowly you are sort of transferring this energy to
Marites elaborates that feng shui is a science which balances the
harmony of yin and yang . "It is an art of living in harmony with your
environment. It's not too hot, or too cold, or too noisy, or too quiet.
It's day and night. When you go to a house, for example, sometimes it
feels claustrophobic, and sometimes you get a nice feeling. It's the
balanced energy that surrounds us."
What feng shui is not, Marites says, is a religion. "It is a living
skill, a science that has lived for generations. If there was no truth
to it, it would have faded away. The study of feng shui is like any
other degree, like economics or getting a masters degree."
She has been a practitioner of feng shui for 12 years now, applying
it to herself, her business, family and friends. Being a practitioner,
she says, comes from being able to perfect one's own feng shui,
"because how can you teach and how can you become an expert if you
haven't applied it to yourself and confirmed that it has worked for
Marites, 35, readily admits that she had a difficult early life,
and credits feng shui with helping her gain special insights into
transforming her life for the better.
Born in Masbate province, she came from what she describes as a
large, poor family, the tenth of 12 children who all went to Cebu City
for their studies. She got married at the age of 22, but the union
turned out to be difficult and, despite her attempts, it ended in an
annulment. Marites was left with sole custody of their three children.
She found it difficult to be a single mother, especially in a
conservative, traditional environment, so she decided to move to Manila
to start a new life for herself and her children. She worked for an
Australian aid agency, the Manila headquarters of her former employer
in Cebu City, while earning her MBA from the Ateneo de Manila Graduate
School of Business. Shortly thereafter she was hired to run Executive
Power Centre in Makati, overseeing a staff of 60.
Pretty, young and unattached, Marites had her share of admirers.
One of them was Nicholas Allen, a British-born consultant doing
projects for international aid agencies who leased an office space from
the Executive Power Centre. "Many tried to have an affair or
relationship with me, but Nicholas was different," she recalls. "When I
told him I already have three kids, he said he didn't care if I had
none or fifty - he still loved me and the kids! Within two years we
were married. That was when I really started to believe in feng shui."
Her first encounter with feng shui came upon a visit to London to
meet Nicholas' parents. She came across the book Smart Feng Shui for
the Home by Lillian Too, and was thoroughly engrossed in the subject
matter. She quickly read another book, Complete Illustrated Guide to
Feng Shui , and slowly began to understand why certain decisions she
made in life turned out positively while others hadn't, and why her
previous marriage failed. She concluded that it was because of bad feng
The author, Lillian Too, is considered one of the world's leading
exponents of feng shui. A former banker with an MBA from Harvard
Business School, she has written well over 80 books on feng shui, which
have been translated into 30 languages and have sold about six million
copies all over the world. "This information was limited before to the
Chinese community but now it has spread to a big audience, thanks to
her," says Marites.
In March, 2004, while on vacation with her husband in Hawaii,
Marites met her idol in a "Feng Shui Extravaganza" that was presided
over by Too. Marites attended a feng shui lecture and bought as many
feng shui items as she could. Upon Too's invitation, Marites attended a
Masters Practitioners Course in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, joining 42
other eager students from around the world to expand their knowledge
and become certified experts. Too later invited Marites to appear on
her Oprah Winfrey-style television program to ask questions and talk
about practicing feng shui in the Philippines.
Upon her return, Marites was awarded the Philippine franchise for "The World Of Feng Shui
boutique in October, 2004. Located at The Podium Mall in Mandaluyong
City, it is the first one-stop shop for feng shui aficionados in the
Marites says that one does not need to be a Chinese to practice
feng shui. Filipinos are very adept at feng shui, she says. "We have
the inherent ability to survive economically. We have that natural
skill to mingle with the rest of the world. We are adored as the best
workers, we work hard." She likens Filipinos to her personal favorite
emblem, the bamboo. "No matter what happens, in a storm it swings back
and forth. The bamboo tree is a very auspicious symbol of good fortune.
Filipinos are like that. No matter what happens, we always stand up."
an expert, she offers personalized readings, on- and off-site
consultations, and courses and seminars to those who want to learn more
and correctly apply feng shui to their lives. Her clientele includes
banks, private companies, government agencies, property developers,
even celebrities. And the practice does not only lend itself to
improving one's physical environment, but personal matters as well.
"Some mothers ask, 'Can you find out if my daughter's boyfriend is fit
for her?' We can determine that by providing us with a person's date of
birth, time of birth, and other personal details. We can run an
analysis on whether one person matches well with another."
There are, however, common misconceptions and misinterpretations of
what feng shui is and what it can offer. Marites recalls a woman who
came to her shop, asking for advice on how to handle her family who,
the visitor said, appeared to speak and pray to ghosts or apparitions.
Then there was another woman who was set to migrate abroad, asking what
to do with her husband's cremated remains. Some apply feng shui but
expect quick, immediate results the next day.
"Those are some of the weird ones we've encountered," she says.
"Feng shui is not fortune telling. I cannot tell you that if you buy
the sweepstakes you'll win. How would I know? This is science. It is
She explains that in order to benefit from feng shui, one needs to
propagate good deeds also. "It's about karma. If you have a very good
karma, the cycle of giving and receiving, you have to complete the
cycle. It is only when you give, can you receive. If you keep getting,
and you don't do your godly duties of helping others, why do you think
it's going to bless you back? You have to complete the cycle."
Her husband, who first thought she was nuts, is now a firm believer
of feng shui. "He quickly changed his tune when business started to
pour in," she relates in an article in Feng Shui World magazine.
"Initially, it was hard for me to orientate my husband towards feng
shui - he being British and thinking feng shui is nothing more than old
wives' tales and superstitious nonsense. Then he got more and more
contracts and now he always consults me for important business
Ground Floor, The Podium 18 ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila Philippines
Name : Marites C.B Allen
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The following article is taken from the "PlanetPhilippines.com"