Different schools of feng shui
There are many different types and schools of feng shui. Many feng shui schools don’t agree with each other and sometimes they even propose completely conflicting solutions. Think about feng shui as a form of art or cooking – no art/cooking style is better than the others – they’re just different expressions of the same function. It’s best to follow a checklist for how to choose a feng shui consultant for your needs (read about how to choose your feng shui consultant).
There are basically two approaches in feng shui at the moment:
1) Classical feng shui which includes form school and compass school based on ancient Chinese classical feng shui texts and
2) Modern or contemporary feng shui includes and transcends the classical feng shui and also utilises modern, evidence-based environmental sciences and approaches such as environmental psychology, Sick Building Syndrome (SBS), electromagnetic pollution and radiation, dirty electricity (DR), geopathic stress, ergonomics, cognitive ergonomics, space conditioning (in feng shui called space clearing and clutter management) and more.
As a rule of thumb: follow modern developments in feng shui. Be aware of dogmatic, devisive, traditional, ‘authentic’ or ‘real’ feng shui which can give you all kinds of ‘false problems’. A lot of traditional feng shui is culture specific and may not apply to life in the modern western world. Would you use an old map of China to navigate your journey in the UK? Most traditional, ‘authentic’ feng shui doesn’t take into account modern problems such as electromagnetic pollution, geopathic stress and sick building syndrome which research suggests can cause all kinds of health problems (watch this video about the dangers of electro-smog). Don’t follow any feng shui tradition that doesn’t make sense to you and is fear-based. Find out what type of feng shui resonates best with you and your belief system. For example, I offer vastu shastra consultancy (which is an Indian system similar to feng shui) for people who come from that culture, although strangely enough many Indian clients prefer feng shui to vastu shastra. Horses for courses.
In short, contemporary feng shui is a more comprehensive, inclusive, evidence-based and flexible way of addressing modern enviornmental problems.
Find out more about the difference between compass bagua and modern three-gate bagua
|Classical feng shui||Modern / contemporary feng shui|
|Form school||Form school|
|Compass school||Compass school|
|Space conditioning (in feng shui called Space Clearing and Clutter Management)|
|Geopathics and geopathic stress|
|Electromagnetic pollutions and stressors|
|Plus evidence-based related disciplines and multi-disciplinary modalities such as:|
|Ergonomics and cognitive ergonomics|
|Sick Building Syndrome|
|Holistic wellness disciplines|
|Neuroscience (especially to do with good sleep habits and environmental stressors)|
|Design and interior design|
|Semiotics (the study of signs and symbols and their use or interpretation)|