See­ing far with feng shui mas­ter Lee Shing-chak

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Feng shui mas­ter Lee Shing-chak is one of the best-known fortune tell­ers in the city. In ad­di­tion to ap­pear­ing on TV to pre­dict for­tunes dur­ing Chi­nese New Year, he pens an an­nual feng shui al­manac and makes reg­u­lar ap­pear­ances in print and on ra­dio shows. He tells Xavier Ng about the true na­ture of feng shui and gives his take on God and re­li­gion.

I was born in 1968 and I’ve been work­ing in the busi­ness since I was 19.

My fa­ther and grand­fa­ther are both feng shui masters, so I started learn­ing about feng shui when I was very young.

I went to a school with a re­li­gious back­ground and my teach­ers knew who my fa­ther was, so they were extra strict with me.

I was very in­ter­ested in the his­tory of re­li­gion. I even got a de­merit be­cause I raised ques­tions about re­li­gion that the teacher thought was in­ap­pro­pri­ate.

The ques­tion that got me into trou­ble was: “Hu­mans are sin­ful be­cause the cre­ator gave us free­dom. So when judge­ment day comes, we ei­ther do it His way or we are go­ing to burn in Hell—but He cre­ated this whole mess. Is that fair?”

Once a mis­sion­ary asked me if I was wor­ried that I’d go to Hell if I didn’t be­lieve in God.

I said: “I’m not, be­cause I have my own thoughts and be­liefs. Even if I go to Hell I will stand strong and I know there will be peo­ple like me in the same place. I can still be my­self and be a good ghost in Hell.”

It’s very simple. Be a nice per­son, do good deeds, care about oth­ers.

It’s not a must to have a “God” in your life. But if a re­li­gion urges peo­ple to be car­ing, then it’s a good re­li­gion.

There are com­mon ar­eas be­tween feng shui and re­li­gions and I have al­ways stud­ied and re­searched them.

I think the most important thing is to have your own an­chor in your heart.

I have a face that won’t grow old—it’s a bless­ing and a curse. When I first started ad­ver­tis­ing, I had to use a sil­hou­ette of my­self in­stead of a photo.

I wrote a lot for news­pa­pers, so peo­ple thought I was older—but they never knew what I looked like.

Many clients thought I was too young and chal­lenged me about my lack of experience.

That made me strive to be bet­ter. That’s why I did a lot of pre­dic­tions—who’d win show­biz awards, who’d be the next Miss Hong Kong, Mark Six num­bers. You have to dare to face chal­lenges to make your­self grow.

Feng shui is all about three things: the right time, the right place and the right per­son.

The “right time” refers to where the stars and plan­ets are at a cer­tain time, which will af­fect the big pic­ture.

The “right place” refers to what’s hap­pen­ing on our planet—the cli­mate, the land­scape and so on, which af­fects peo­ple’s ac­tions.

The “right per­son” refers to the day you were born—how the time matches your genes. From this, we try to max­i­mize what you are ca­pa­ble of.

I be­lieve the larger parts of our des­tinies are fixed, but we can tweak the mi­nor things.

Chi­nese peo­ple started study­ing the mys­ter­ies of the uni­verse in an­cient times. They didn’t have many sci­en­tific terms so they used some­thing eas­ily com­pre­hen­si­ble.

They used ev­ery­day an­i­mals—the 12 zo­diac signs—to rep­re­sent peo­ple’s per­son­al­i­ties so even il­lit­er­ate farm­ers could un­der­stand.

Peo­ple think feng shui is not a sci­ence but they try to ex­plain it.

But sci­ence is ever-chang­ing and you can’t say that there’s no such thing just be­cause you can’t prove it yet. That’s like look­ing at the sky from the bot­tom of a well.

Some say feng shui masters make a lot of money. It’s not ac­tu­ally true.

There was a guy who came to me for ap­pren­tice­ship. I asked why he wanted to study feng shui. He an­swered that he wanted to be rich and fa­mous.

I told him

he was in the wrong in­dus­try.

There are so many other busi­nesses that can make more money. They can make a hun­dred times, a thou­sand times more than I do.

You need to in­vest a lot of time study­ing and do­ing con­stant research to keep your­self up to date. The ef­fort and the in­come are def­i­nitely not pro­por­tional.

Money is important, but the feel­ing you get when you help some­one is more important.

I had a client 20 years ago, be­fore I be­came well known. He came to my of­fice with­out an ap­point­ment, look­ing ill and de­pressed.

He told me he had gone to an­other feng shui mas­ter and paid $2,000 for a ses­sion, and the mas­ter told him there was noth­ing he could do ex­cept lie down and die! He just wanted to make sure it was true.

He said he had just come from the hos­pi­tal, that he was Pigsy and his un­cle was Friar Sand [from the novel “Jour­ney to the West.”] Then I un­der­stood he had men­tal prob­lems and needed treat­ment.

I told him that I was ac­tu­ally the Mon­key King, and the last mas­ter he’d talked to was the White Bone De­mon.

I se­cretly slipped $2,000 into an en­ve­lope for him and said the de­mon had tricked him.

Three months later he sent me a card to­gether with the money I had given him, thank­ing me for com­fort­ing him when he wasn’t in his right mind.

I think one of my con­tri­bu­tions to the in­dus­try was re­ju­ve­nat­ing the con­cept of feng shui. I’ve done a lot of TV, ra­dio and movies to pop­u­lar­ize it, mak­ing it part of ev­ery­one’s life.

I want to con­tinue pro­mot­ing this unique part of Chi­nese cul­ture. It would be a pity to see it die.

NEED TO KNOW...

Lee Shing-chak has ap­peared on mul­ti­ple TV shows and movies since the 2000s, in­clud­ing TVB’s “Hong Kong Enig­mata” (2011) where he met his wife, Miss Hong Kong 2009 Sandy Lau. His al­manac “Lee Shing-chak 2016 Year of the Mon­key Zo­diac Fortune” is in book­stores city­wide.

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