MAY 2016 – George Bennis
1. Your name and what city/town do you live?
George Bennis and I live in the rural oasis of Maleny
2. How long have you been practicing Feng Shui?
Since about 1993-94
3. What is the most misconception that you have come across about Feng Shui?
The biggest misconception I find is that, people think that all they have to do is put certain objects in areas that relate to each aspect of their life and that those objects will fix the problems in their life. They think that all houses are the same and that all you need is a jade plant at the door and it will fix your finances. They think that putting objects like a money frog, a laughing buddha , lucky bamboo will bring good fortune and solve all their problems.
4. What would you like to see happen/change in the Australian Feng Shui industry?=
I’d like to see Feng Shui become an integrated aspect of the architecture / design, building and construction industry.
I’d like to see practitioners value themselves and the art they practise, by charging fees that are equivalent to the years of study and the monetary investment it takes to become a professional practitioner. I think there should be a minimum recommended fee structure, in the industry. I’d like to see more men come in to the industry.
5. What don’t you like about the Feng Shui industry?
The things I don’t like include:
The industry is often divided into camps based upon, who consultants have studied with.
2. Gossip is a very destructive force and is often based on misinformation. I have seen it cause people to leave the industry. Some consultants use it as a form of negative marketing in order to boost their own market share by bad mouthing another consultants.
The public doesn’t really know what Feng Shui is, partly because of the marketing of bauble and trinkets. Partly because of Chinese superstitions and one size fits all, quick fixes as well as the influence of the New Age movement.
4. Financially Unsustainable
The industry has many part-time / hobby consultants. Industries dominated by part-timers are generally, unsustainable financially. I have seen many people drop out of the industry because they are unable to make a living from it.
5. Lack of Recognition
Feng Shui is not recognised as a legitimate art / science. The lack of recognition prevents it from being adopted as a legitimate design tool by the building and design industries as well as being accepted by the public.
6. Who do you most admire/respect in the Feng Shui industry and why?
Feng Shui is an honourable profession. Feng shui helps people to live better lives by designing better living environments. I admire everyone who is doing their best to make this precious art know.
I admire the Chinese teachers who first bought this art to Australia and to the West. I admire the pioneers of this industry, people who stating learning and practising Feng Shui in Australia in the early to mid 90’s. They blazed a path were there was none. They withstood ridicule, often from the public, the building industry and their own families and friends. Finally I admire “The Ancients” who bought this knowledge to the world.
7. What is a seminar that you would love to attend?
If I could travel back in time I’d love to learn from the Masters of all Masters, Yang Yung Song and Jiang Da Hong. I’d also love to attend Advanced Ba Zi, live with Master Joseph Yu and Qi Men Dun Jia with Masters Eduardo Hess and Dr Ying Li
8. What is your favourite Feng Shui book?
The annotations of the classics by Master Joseph Yu
9. Describe your first Feng Shui Consultation.
My first consultation was before I knew any compass applications. It was a gymnasium in Double Bay. The business had a poison arrow in front of the door so I advised them to place a large planter box between the pole and the doorway. I had learnt dowsing and crystals, so I dowsed where the TanTien was and advised them to hang a single terminator clear quartz crystal above the spot where I had dowsed. I programmed the crystal to attract prosperity and love and light, as you do in the new age way. Within 2 weeks the gym had a massive influx of new clients, all of them single women between 25 – 35. The gym owner reckoned I’d put too much of my own energy in the programming. Lol. The first compass school consultation was probably my mother’s house or my old unit in Bronte, Sydney. There is not enough room here to describe these consultations, however I will say that when I did my family home all the family skeletons came out of the closet that day. The Flying Star chart had totally described the life experiences in that house. I will never forget the look on my mother’s face when I described the star combinations in that house. She looked at me as if I had unlocked the door to some hidden secrets. She was right.
10. What is your favourite type of Consultation and why?
Site Selection and Ground-Up building design on large acreage, is my favourite, because it is how feng shui is supposed to be used.
When you assist people to find the right location for them based on the forms, their birth data, and their occupations, you can design a home that is tailor made to them. In this style of consultation I use all my feng shui knowledge and applications. I become a part of the creative design process, like a conductor of an orchestra directing the design process. It challenges and inspires me like no other type of consultation
11. Tell us about a Consultation that you are most proud of or enjoyed the most (no names).
My favourites are either consulting for an entire primary school of 15 buildings with about half a dozen classrooms from the ground-up. The testimonial from the Principle is on my website
Working with my Architect friend to design her dream home that won the AFSC “Best residential Design” award.
Or the 800 acre retreat centre for an International ‘Spiritual” teacher which included, rearranging his private Accommodation. relocating the admin centre, designing the entry and exit positions of the amphitheatre, surveying the entire site for the best locations for conference centre etc etc.
There was also the case of the single mum who’s young son had ADHD and I simply moved his room from 5-9 combination to 4-9 with spectacular results. but as you fellow consultants know, this is a regular occurrence
12. What is the furtherest you have travelled for a client consultation?
I have travelled to the North East coast of the USA over 16000 Km
My friend invited me to be the best man at his wedding and to help with all the problems he was having in his life and his relationship. It turned out that the house was haunted and the occupants claimed to have been abducted by Aliens. The house faced one of the 8 evil lines.
13. If you weren’t a Feng Shui practitioner, what is another job you would like to do?
I’d be a Singer / composer / pianist. In fact, I have recorded a single. I’d also like to do acting, especially comedies.
14. What are you working on this week?
I am doing a Site Selection / Ground-up design for a couple. I am using Fying Star, Da Gua, Ming Gua, Melodic Elements, Qi Men Dun Jia, Ba Zi, San He and the Hexagram Method for these clients. It has been a very intense set of calculations to determine what is best for this couple. There are multiple challenges in determining these charts and bringing them together.
At this stage the house will most likely be a pavilion style design with each pavilion coming off the main house, based on the hexagrams and Ming guas for each person.
I am also doing 4pIllar readings for a couple of people. I am also recording my Module 2 Advanced Flying Stars Online course
15. What is your perfect idea of happiness?
Lying on a hammock, in the middle of a Forrest, with warm sunshine and a gentle breeze blowing in my face, listening to the sounds of the Ocean in the distance, whilst reading a good book, and holding hands with the woman of my dreams.
16. What is your favourite music that you are listening to at the moment?
I have recently purchased a 1981 Vintage Marantz Stereo. With that I have finally opened by box of records I packed when I left my home town in 2000. Some of those records I have not listened to since the late 1980’s. so I am now listening to the golden oldies of my youth. Joy Divison, The Cure, The Jam, The Clash, The Hipslingers, Stiff Little Fingers and The Damned