Ask Melynda

In our regular feature ‘Ask Melynda’ we’ll take your most puzzling questions or persistent problems and ask our resident Feng Shui ‘expert’ Melynda Munro to advise and guide you.  So if you have any Feng Shui or Chinese Astrology questions email them to us at [email protected] and we’ll publish her response in our next edition.

Hi Melynda, I have had a request to perform a ‘Feng Shui house blessing’ (in their words).  I have never been trained in this so am guessing it is a western Feng Shui tradition.  Would you be able to enlighten me?  I can’t see that it would be hard to do and am quite keen to take it on.  I know how to do a space clearing and have Karen Kingston’s chapter on ‘Consecrating a Space’ at my finger –tips. I would welcome your thoughts on this and if it is something that we can be trained in through Classical Feng Shui?   Mrs. L from Townsville

Blessings of homes, buildings, boats, babies (and if I remember correctly in  the film ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ even a sewing machine) has been taking place for centuries by Priests, Rabbi’s, Holy Men, Shamans and so on; each in their own way. In Feng Shui a traditional Master will ‘open the eyes of Temple Lions’ and use Chi Gong or an energy field they are trained in, to bless a building and its occupants. We also see at Chinese New Year and at the opening of Chinese restaurants or businesses that fire crackers and dragons etc are used to scare away the bad spirits and invite the good ones; which in itself is a blessing.   In the west we are usually trained in Feng Shui either via short courses or over a few years with our chosen teachers, and as such we do not usually receive the foundation or grounding to understand the complexities of such energy and how they can impact on us. Most traditional Masters have been learning, training and deepening their skills and knowledge of Qi since they were quite young.  So what can we do? My Master says to me (as I am not Chinese and the people I see are predominately westerners) that I am to use Feng Shui principles in a manner  that befits their beliefs, principles and home or office décor and choose the right date for them to make their changes which will enable them to be blessed.

Dear Melynda,  During a recent consultation I encountered a very definite ‘presence’ in an old building circa 1926. On checking the Flying Stars, the location of this energy met many of the criteria for ‘ghosts’ in that it occupied a dimly lit, poorly ventilated room with  a Water Star 5.   I am not overly skilled or confident in ‘Space Clearing’, nor do I intend to become so and am happy to leave it to those who specialise in this work. However I was curious if you could recommend anything from a Feng Shui perspective, as this ‘presence’ does make things tricky at times for the occupants. I should add that in this case it is not suitable to treat the Water Star 5 with a metal wind chime, as I believe that the tinkling sound made by the chimes is supposed to attract ghosts.   Mrs. J from Melbourne
We can determine the presence of many things in a home by the use of some of the Feng Shui techniques we are taught. My Master is forever asking people to take down wind chimes as they do indeed attract ghosts. However he uses Chi Gong to shift any entity and recommends that no-one try this unless they are trained and know what they are doing, as they are likely to become ill as a result.   As I have enormous respect for my Master I have never entertained the idea of shifting or removing an entity. However I will suggest the following:  Firstly I would explain to the owner how to smudge the house and provide them with an appropriate date to do this. Often the smudging is enough to facilitate some ‘clearing’.   If not then I suggest they engage a Priest, Shaman or Aboriginal Elder to come and deal with the presence and often I find it is of this land and Aboriginal time. The smoking the elder will do is incredibly powerful and usually resolves things quite quickly.  If a child has died in the house or anyone has died tragically, then the best thing to do is to move out for 12 months and have the home cleansed on several occasions before moving back on an auspicious date. All of this can be done without you needing to go back and charging what really is an unnecessary fee and they will thank you for it.


About The Author

Melynda Munro

The journey to Feng Shui started from an early age when Melynda often accompanied her father on building sites where she developed a practical sense of the placement of building, rooms and services. With a professional background in natural medicine, Melynda felt a strong inclination to understand how our living and work environments impact on people’s health and this intention lead her to meet 4th generation Feng Shui Master Henry Liu from Fujian China in 1993. As his personal understudy for the next seventeen years Melynda embraced the traditional studies, embarking on many intensive study tours in China with later trips involving further tuterage with Master Henry Liu’s senior Master Liu, concurrently assisting with the teaching of students. Other studies have been undertaken with Grand Master Yap Cheng Hai, Grand Master Raymond Lo, Professor Cheng Jian Jun, Prof Wang Yude, Kim Lai and Siou-Foon Lee. Melynda currently consults and lectures in Feng Shui in Australia, as well as seeing patients in the clinic she owns and runs with her husband Gregory in country Victoria. Melynda is also a Professional Member and part of the Management Committee of the International Feng Shui Association (IFSA) – Australia Chapter.

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