Interview with Juliana Abram

In this edition of Interview with a Master we sit down and chat with one of Australia’s leading Feng Shui consultants – Juliana Abram.
juliana abramAware that Feng Shui was a potent tool and could profoundly contribute to peoples lives through their environment, Juliana travelled to Hong Kong in 1996 to become traditionally trained by Chinese Feng Shui Grand Master Raymond Lo. 
Juliana is now one of only 5 principle students in the world and his only private student in Western Australia. She specialises in ‘Flying Star’ Feng Shui and the Four Pillars of destiny and is a licensed instructor for the Raymond Lo school of Feng Shui and Destiny.  Master Juliana Abram is one of the leading Feng Shui consultants in Australia and has spent considerable time in the study and practice of authentic Feng Shui, consulting to both corporate and individuals throughout Australia and overseas.
  1. How did you first become interested in Feng Shui? Please share some of your path of learning with us.
As a young girl of 16 I always thought that where I lived made a difference to how I felt. For me, there is an important connection with my living environment and my ‘sense of place’. In addition there has always been a strong desire to be a positive contribution to people’s lives. Feng Shui gave me an opportunity to pursue these inherent interests through a codified system of environmental analysis.
  1. Many Feng Shui consultants feel that the further they study Feng Shui the more confused they become. Did you experience this during your own journey, and if so how did you overcome it?
I would advise the aspiring feng shui practitioners to learn with a selective and prudent mind. Obstacles are definite along the learning path of feng shui. For me, I’d press on and try to overcome them with deeper research. With this, I’d progress further and gain more knowledge instead of confusion.I would advise the aspiring feng shui practitioners to learn with a selective and prudent mind. Obstacles are definite along the learning path of feng shui. For me, I’d press on and try to overcome them with deeper research. With this, I’d progress further and gain more knowledge instead of confusion.I would advise the aspiring feng shui practitioners to learn with a selective and prudent mind. Obstacles are definite along the learning path of feng shui. For me, I’d press on and try to overcome them with deeper research. With this, I’d progress further and gain more knowledge instead of confusion. I’ve never experienced this level of confusion and there are several reasons for this. The most significant is that whilst my journey began with Ba Gua & 8 Mansions teachings I realised very early on the relationship of time and sustainable change. I then made a concerted effort to find the ‘right’ teacher and was fortunate enough to become a private student of Grand Master Lo. He provided an excellent foundation for me and articulated the basic concepts without mysticism or embellishment. His logical and methodical manner allowed easy access in how to translate time into a tangible practice. Also of significance is that I view the practice of Feng Shui as a process of ongoing learning.
  1. What made you turn Feng Shui into your profession?
My interest in Feng Shui began as a hobby. However upon returning from my initial studies with Grand Master Lo a stroke of luck had me interviewed by a local newspaper. With the resulting publicity the phone did not stop ringing. Since then, I’ve always felt that Feng Shui found me rather than the other way around.
  1. Is Feng Shui widely accepted and applied in your country and do you face any difficulties explaining Feng Shui to your clients?
In 1994 very few people in Australia had heard of Feng Shui let alone understand its potential value. However through the media, literature and an increasing awareness of oriental philosophies and practices, Feng Shui has become more widely accepted. I’ve not had any difficulties in explaining the rationale of Feng Shui and the recommendations made. This is in part due to the fact that people who engage me have been referred and have usually taken the time to understand the potential value of FS as a means of enhancing their lives.
  1. What is the most common reason that people engage you for a consultation?
There are many and varied reasons ranging from health reasons to fertility to joint venture arrangements with oriental partners to simply hedging ones bets. However, people are most commonly interested in enhancing their relationships and increasing wealth opportunities.
  1. Do you practice Yin House Feng Shui and if so do any of your clients engage you to select an auspicious burial site?, I do. Selecting an auspicious burial site is a primary requirement in Yin Geomancy.
Whilst I have studied Yin house applications it is not an area of Feng Shui that engages me and I find that in Australia there are few requests for this type of consultation.
  1. What analysis methods do you use during your consultation process?
San Yuan (Flying Stars) and San He (Eight Mansions). Taking into full consideration the influence of time, I work towards harmonising the relationships between the individuals, the intangible influences and the tangible environment. Consequently I assess the individuals private concerns first and foremost. This part of the process is supported by destiny analysis. I then assess the macro and micro landscape arrangement and, by using the Lo Pan and Flying Star calculations I gain an overall plan of environmental influences and how any issues can be improved so that desired outcomes are achieved.
  1. From your point of view, do you think the knowledge of destiny analysis is important when it comes to Feng Shui?
Yes, definitely. Destiny analysis and feng shui are closely related. When conducting feng shui audit, it is necessary to consider the Bazi of the parties involved to get an accurate evaluation. Absolutely and….this was not always my point of view. However, with time I came to value it’s impact on providing a comprehensive, quality Feng Shui consultation that fully addresses the needs and desires of the individuals concerned. This allows me to tailor recommendations to suit the individual as well as the environment in which they live and work.
  1. Please share with us a case study you have done which you found to be most interesting.
Not really, all cases are unique and interesting in their own way.Not really, all cases are unique and interesting in their own way.A full and comprehensive response to this question will be featured in the next edition of Feng Shui Today!
  1. What are your Top Feng Shui Do and Top Feng Shui Don’t? good Feng Shui master should respect Feng Shui. This is an art that requires deep knowledge, continual research and constant practice.
I respond from the perspective of those who are, or who intend to become practitioners:
  • Do understand the difference between symbolism and authentic Feng Shui
  • Do not underestimate the value of a strong, solid foundation in the basic concepts of Feng Shui.
  • Dont be embarrassed to ask questions
  • Do pursue continuous education and in so doing – excellence
  • Do communicate respectfully, with care and compassiontant practice.A good feng shui master should respect feng shui. This is an art that requires deep knowledge, continual research and constant practice. 

About The Author

Master Janene Laird

Master Janene Laird is the principle consultant and founder of Shen Chi-Feng Shui. She comes from a background in education and combines a Bachelor of Arts and Diploma of Teaching with over 15 years of study, practice and experience in the Feng Shui industry. Janene consults widely throughout Australasia in both the Commercial and Residential sectors and operates a successful Melbourne based Professional Feng Shui Consultancy. She is the President of the International Feng Shui Association (IFSA) - Australia Chapter, Founder and Editor of the industry leading online magazine Feng Shui Today and was awarded the title of IFSA Accredited Feng Shui Master in 2011.

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