Meet Our Feng Shui Master -Jill Lander – Feng Shui for Modern Living

The science of Feng Shui plays an important role in Hong Kong life.  Engel and Volkers Hong Kong is thus delighted to introduce our newest blog contributor celebrated Feng Shui consultant, Jill Lander of Golden Elements.

Jill has lived in Hong Kong for more than three decades. She has trained and studied with best and greatest Feng Shui practitioners in the region and has gained much experience and success in her chosen sphere.  Jill is extremely passionate about the science of Feng Shui. She uses her keen understanding of this ancient, complex body of knowledge to help her clients find great success in all aspects of their lives by effectively aligning their personal energies to their personal spaces.

We spoke to Jill earlier this week to learn more about her practice and the fascinating science of Feng Shui. 

cover shotJill, you have lived in Hong Kong since the mid-70s. How did you come to be interested in Feng Shui?

From the very moment I arrived in HK, I felt a connection and great affinity with the East and its ancient Culture. My first exposure to the ancient art of Feng Shui was through my husband’s position within the Government that his particular department held in high regard. I was fascinated by the symbolism and Techniques of the Feng Shui master who visited his office to attend to his personal ‘set up’. Although I was viewed as being rather strange for showing such an interest and despite many attempts to diffuse my inquisitive mind I knew I had to pursue my interest which I did leading me to develop my fascination, which quickly turned into a deep respect and understanding of this metaphysical science.

Did you do your training in Hong Kong? And when did you start practicing? Was it easy given that you are of Western origin, and Feng Shui is an Oriental science?

Yes my initial training began in HK in 1996 however as so often in life to pursue one’s dreams, is never a straightforward journey. After several setbacks in the early days for one reason or another, I faced quite a lot of potential discouragement after all “how could a foreigner truly practice authentic Feng Shui”?  After much soul-searching as they say “when the student is ready”….. I found ‘my master’ who was based in Malaysia. I undertook my commitment and ended up training in Malaysia and Singapore for approx three years attending many class-based modules followed up with home study set by my master, who demanded the highest standard. I practice Authentic and Classical methods whilst offering my clients a unique and practical perspective with guidance as to how best maximize their personal space and energy at any given time, taking into consideration their personal birth charts and that of their property at any given time.

It is often said that Hong Kong has great Feng Shui. What does this mean?

It’s all about the Water and Mountain formations. WATER a very important aspect of any environment having an impact on wealth and growth. I believe Hong Kong’s secret is how it contains and diverts its wealth with the secret may lie in the protection of the 260 outlying islands offering not only a wonderful example of macro water in its true essence which determines the flow entering and leaving Hong Kong’s harbour.

Hong Kong enjoys wonderful natural FENG SHUI due to the abundance of islands that help to ‘direct’ ‘control’ and ‘contain’ its wealth, whilst the embracing mountain formations help to maintain support of its people and energy.

Feng Shui is said to govern most aspects of life in Hong Kong especially the city’s vertiginous architecture. Do the many landmark buildings in Hong Kong like the HSBC tower the Bank of China conform to the rules of good Feng Shui?

Absolutely! Whether for commercial wealth potential or residential human harmony investment, no building is erected without some Feng Shui principal being applied.

Feng Shui is time dimensional so many commercial buildings will have an option of at least two doors, which may be used to maintain and keep the Feng Shui vibrant during any specific cycle or based on the annual alignment of energy for optimum business LUCK!

Hong Kong as a global financial hub is home to a transient population. Real estate rentals and sales are an on going process. While looking for a place to stay, how do you choose a dwelling with good Feng Shui? Any tips to keep in mind?

Yes for sure, the basic principles would be to choose a property, which is well maintained and enjoys as much natural light as possible. Secondly choose a property of a good uniformed shape in its design as this offers greater stability for any occupant. Observe the immediate surroundings, as what can be seen, normally will have an immediate impact on the human psyche. Negative formations include excessive energy created by satellite dishes, electrical pylons and any flyover too close to your immediate living space especially on the lower floors of any building which can have an impact on health and wealth. Natural foliage is important for energy regeneration and finally, of course, Aim to choose a property that compliments and is supportive to your personal Feng Shui directions!

No matter how short a time you are to occupy any space it is important to maximize your potential – a few months absorbing negative Feng Shui will have a direct impact on your energy and luck!

Use Feng Shui to optimize your living space after all your home may be the most expensive purchase you will ever buy, so why not maximize the potential and the quality of your life.

What are the basic tools of Feng Shui?

Professional_Chinese_Compass_Luo_PanThe Luopan or Feng Shui compass is used to determine the location of the nine energy points that influences space. This “energy map” is used to determine the correct orientation of physical elements in a given time and space so a compass is a must and it can be a simple boy-scout compass to obtain vital directions. I always encourage my clients to use a compass when they initially visit any potential space they are considering investing in whenever possible, as taking a simple degree reading offers so much information to any professional – its always advisable to take several readings whilst visiting any space to confirm the most accurate reading.

A Compass is thus, the most basic and vital tool of Feng Shui.

As a practitioner, I use a complex set of charts to assess any space, which are based on the ‘AGE’ of a property the LOCATION and DIRECTION. These charts contain vital information about real energy forces not unlike gravity or electrical forces and may be likened to the “meridians” in the human body, which form the basis for therapies such as acupuncture and acupressure. Naturally these charts can only be calculated and understood after many years of experience.

What is the Feng Shui bagua?  How do you go about calculating the bagua of your home?

16The BaGua system is also referred to as the “Black Hat” method of Feng Shui practice and is very popular in western culture. Many years ago in the West people didn’t believe such energy existed, but it has been proven that it does. In the last ten years or so, Feng Shui has come to be accepted in a similar way in the West. Despite its Chinese roots, more Westerners are opening up to the thought that Feng Shui if embraced, can lead to better health and general well being.

The BaGua consists of the I-Ching trigrams that are arranged in an explicitly special way that provides a guideline to harmonizing the energy flow of any space and to enhance a positive environment to live.

There are eight trigrams in all, trigrams meaning a set of three lines broken and unbroken –unbroken indicating an essence of yang (male) – broken indicating an essence of yin (female) and each occupies a specific direction – North, South, East and West, and Northeast, Southeast, Northwest and Southwest.

Each trigram is rich in information laden with layers upon layers of subtle but pertinent information which can relate to our life’s aspirations such as career – family – health to name a few. To use the Bagua one must first draw a sketch of the home and orientate the Bagua over the home using the direction of the North as the primary direction. This will allow you to discover which areas of your home relate to which aspect of your life and as such then make the necessary elemental placements to maximize the energy of each sector.

Certain adjustments may be required if you have for example a rectangular or L-shaped property this gives some idea as to how your property is or is not supportive for you. For example, if north is missing then your career may be considered unsupported likewise if the south is missing you may be lacking recognition?

Does one need to follow the Classical Feng Shui school bagua or can you adopt the Western Feng Shui bagua?

Feng Shui whether through Chinese or Western eyes is Feng Shui.

The Bagua Black Hat system offers a good introduction to the practices and principles of Feng Shui and the Five Elemental theory, which after some relatively simple applications can attain some initial success, however the Bagua system has its limitations.

How do you create good Feng Shui in your home?

I create the best possible Feng Shui by sound maintenance, which I consider to be most important factor, as like any form of energy that is being constantly used, it’s important to keep it well-maintained in order to maximize its potential. As I mentioned earlier Feng Shui is time dimensional therefore to keep the energy of my home current and as pure as possible I choose to update my Feng Shui annually and monthly which some months require more than others depending on circumstances.

If you’d like to get in touch with Jill, please contact our office for your home assessment or personalised Feng Shui advice phone: 2561 3616 or email us .