Flexible approach

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 19 October, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 19 October, 2008, 12:00am

While directions play a vital role in fung shui, they should not be followed to the extent that other factors are ignored. For instance, in Hindu culture, the dead are laid out with their heads pointing north, which explains why Hindus don't like to sleep in that direction. While their beliefs and customs should be taken into account, it does not justify them sleeping with their heads pointing towards the door or in the path of the toilet, just to ensure their feet face south. Fung shui principles and personal beliefs must be considered as a whole.

Fung shui is not an inflexible set of calculations and formulas that should be strictly adhered to at all times. It needs to take into account personal circumstances and preferences. For instance, if the most auspicious sector of a home is in the children's bedroom, the consultant should not insist the husband and wife sleep in there. Fung shui should never be applied in such a way as to create problems. The consultant should never forget that clients have to live with their advice. If you find yourself in a situation that is creating too much stress, maybe you should seek a second opinion.