An Interview with
Recognized for his genteel, calm, and kind ways, Sherman Meng is quite well-known among Chinese Americans, especially those living in
Feng Shui is a popular area of interest for many Chinese Americans, however, not many as famous as Meng. He studied under international Feng Shui master, Naizhao Leung, but has taken his studies—along with his unusual life experience—to a new level. Having only begun his career less than a year ago, he has already helped many clients to change and improve their lives. Therefore, he has become a highly reputable Feng Shui Master in the
A Dramatic Experience
Meng began his studies in Feng Shui when he was only fifteen years old. In the 1990s, Meng immigrated to the
“My life was full of ups and downs,” Meng says. He studied for over three decades until his mentor, Leung, announced his retirement as the Chairman of the American Council of Global Cultural Association Book of Changes, and appointed Meng as his replacement. Meng is also the vice director and secretary-general of the Association.
Meng was born in
While Meng has only finished his apprenticeship less than one year ago, his unique technique induces astounding effects. He has been invited to share his influential technique in
A Feng Shui Master
According to Meng, “Feng Shui has been an important component of traditional Chinese culture since ancient times. It is not only a comprehensive study of such things as geology, physiography, and hydrology, but also reflects the traditional Chinese philosophy of avoiding evil spirits and looking for propitious living environments.” And his teachings are sought after now more than ever in
Meng’s theory is that all of the things in the world follow the discipline of five elements. The Eight Diagram Theory applies the law of the five elements to interpret and explain the phenomena happening around the world. And it is with these theories, according to Meng, that people can improve their lives. One old Chinese adage says: Fortune, Feng Shui, virtue, and learning are the four components that can change one’s life. Feng Shui definitely places an important part in Chinese people’s daily lives.
A "Decathlon" Winner
Some may assume that because Meng is a geomancer, he is merely a fortune-teller. This, in fact, is quite the mistake. An expert in Feng Shui techniques and metaphysics, Meng has studied—and is proficient in—many other subjects such as guitar, chess, poetry, calligraphy, traditional Chinese medicine, martial arts, computer technology, radio, and multimedia. It’s hard to believe how one person can excel in so many areas; however, it is because of his multitude of interest and dedication to so many subjects that he excels. For example, his vast knowledge and skills helped Meng reach fame while remaining calm and rational.
“Life is short; everyone is making great efforts for their desires. Instead, people should be satisfied with their health, earning enough money to make a living, and pursuing one’s interest,” Meng says. Oftentimes, skills and interests can run on different paths for people. However, it is ideal to keep interests and skills parallel throughout life.
The Soul-Feng Shui Theory
Meng believes that there is a link between fate and Feng Shui. He calls this theory the Soul-Feng Shui Theory. The theory suggests that changes in peoples’ thoughts can instantly affect their fortune. “Birds of a feather flock together; people of a mind fall into the same group,” explains Meng. What this breaks down to is that positive energy attracts positive energy (good qi) and negative energy attracts negative energy (bad qi). Thus, happy people choose the company of other happy people, while miserable people often stick together.
For example, if a person is in a minor car accident, usually one of two things happens. The person might be grateful that no one in the car was injured, attracting good qi and will therefore be protected from other accidents; while another person acts miserably and blames evil origins, attracting bad qi bringing bad luck and grievance. According to Meng, Feng Shui is similar to qi in that it is formless, but it strongly affects people’s destiny. “A good Feng Shui layout determines a person’s state of mind, which in turn determines the person’s behavior. With a good layout, a person will feel relaxed and pleased, everything will be easier for this person to do with this mentality,” explains Meng. Ultimately, if you want to change your fate, you need to change your state of mind, and Feng Shui is the most efficient way to do this.
Ancient Feng Shui
In the ancient times, people believed that there was a link between Feng Shui and ghosts due to the supernatural tendencies they had in common. However, through Meng’s perspective, “If one believes in ghosts, they exist; if one does not believe in them then they do not exist,” he says. Meng argues that while Feng Shui can be reasonably explained, ghosts are merely supposition.
Only with Feng Shui can people choose their state of mind and really release themselves.
Meng explained that according to his successive masters’ edification, a geomancer has a limited amount of time in which he can practice—approximately twenty years. After which time, the geomancer’s energy will be consumed.
Already in his short time of consulting in Feng Shui matters, Meng has rearranged layouts and taught people to use their power to change their own states of mind and improve upon their destinies. It is clear that Meng will continue to create miracle after miracle over the next twenty years.
“Feng Shui can change living environments, enhance good moods, and move lives along smoothly,” he says.
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