CHINESE METAPHYSICS MASTER SIOU-FOON LEE HELPS THOUSANDS MEET MODERN CHALLENGES VIA ANCIENT TRADITIONS
Launching Her Consulting Practice in 1994, The Australian Based Practitioner and Best-selling Author Has Expertise In Authentic Feng Shui, Chinese Astrology and Qi Men Dun Jia
At the top of the About page on Siou-Foon Lee’s website, where the multi-faceted Master of Chinese Metaphysics chronicles the essentials of her fascinating life and career, she states two key elements of the unique mission she’s been on since she learned to embrace her destiny –in part by helping others understand, analyze and decode their own.
The first is the catchy phrase, “Ancient Traditions, Modern Challenges,” which captures the way she draws on her expertise in authentic traditional Feng Shui, Chinese astrology and Qi Men Dun Jia – an ancient form of Chinese meta-physics – to help people achieve the personal and business success they desire and the work/life balance they want to achieve.
The foundation of this is her globally renowned Sydney, Australia based consultancy Feng Shui Innovations, which she launched in 1994. In the early years of her practice, she saw remarkable results in her clients’ lives. Her business grew so rapidly that she was forced to choose between lecturing and full time consulting. In addition to being appointed a professional trainer for the continent, the international organization she joined chose her to speak in Germany at the First World Classical Feng Shui Conference. At this conference she successfully put an end to “The North South Debate” whereby people South of the equator were changing the North to South and verse versa. Her case studies and research showed there was no need to reverse the compass and as she put it – to flip is to flop. She was also engaged to appear as a Feng Shui consultant for a movie on alternative therapies called “Romancing the Chakras.”
The second thought provoking statement on Siou-Foon’s home page expresses her desire of “Sharing her Legacy, Love and Passion.” Once she began to embrace the knowledge and wisdom that came with her Chinese heritage and began training with Master Zheng Hao of Chinese Qi College in Sydney, she found her true passion – and was able to advance to seek more truths in a complex environment. Now in her early 70s, she wants to keep those traditional ancient practices alive for her six grandchildren – ages 12, 10, 5, 4, 2 and 8 months – to inherit and enjoy, and for the many whom, like her, believe that the answers for many modern applications can be uncovered through the study and understanding of ancient wisdom.
At the end of every other section of the practitioner’s website, a litany of three provocative phrases pops up like a call to action: Stay curious. Learning is a journey. It is not a destination. She knows this because she’s living proof that the more we know about ourselves and the world around us, the more there is to discover – and because the decision she took to begin her learning of Chinese Metaphysics changed her life forever.
Part of the fourth generation of her Chinese family born in Malaysia, Siou-Foon’s journey into the unexpected has its roots in a midlife crossroads in her family’s life. After teaching art and English as a Second Language (ESL) for 24 years there, she and her husband realized that Malaysia was going through a transition and the government was not providing the equality to its Chinese citizens in nation building. When the family relocated in Australia, she found herself at a fork in her path and turned to the wisdom of her culture’s ancient sages for assurance and guidance.
“At a difficult juncture,” she says, “they helped me understand that if we do the right thing at the right time, everything will go well, but if we do the wrong thing, we will encounter strife. This was the mindset behind the Chinese way of thinking and it fascinated me. So I started delving into the teachings of my cultural roots for the first time. Considering my later study and mastery of Chinese Metaphysics, it often surprises people to know that I grew up with a Western education and didn’t think I needed a deeper understanding of my own culture. But going back to the tradition was a game changer, opening my eyes to a deeper understanding of life and fascinating me to the point where I had no choice but to study further.”
The first thing she studied was Qi, which is frequently translated as “natural energy,” “life force” or “energy flow,” but literally means “breath,” “air” or “gas.” Qi is the central underlying principle in traditional Chinese medicine and martial arts. “Practicing it,” Siou-Foon says, “I discovered that Chinese healing ensures that energy flows freely into the body and energizes you. I also learned that a poor environment and adversity can affect us negatively. I made some key connections and realized that the energy governing the landscape governs all life, and this inspired me to go deeper into ancient methods, so I could understand the interactive relationship between the external environment and the internal surroundings where we work and live.”
This connected practice, of course, was Feng Shui, a philosophy that would become a huge part of her life and work over the next two decades plus. For the uninitiated, Feng Shui is a Chinese philosophical system of harmonizing everyone with the surrounding environment; it literally translates to “wind-water” in English. Feng Shui is one of the Five Arts of Chinese Metaphysics, and its practice discusses architecture in metaphoric terms of “invisible forces” that bind the universe, earth and humanity together.
“Becoming a healer using the philosophy of Qi, I could only benefit one person at a time,” Siou-Foon says, “but Feng Shui had the power to benefit a whole household, office and even large company. I came to understand that the energy in the land is the same energy that flows through the body. As a Qi practitioner, I would find acu points to revive tired people, but Feng Shui can accomplish that for many.”
“It’s about looking at the interactive relationship between where people live and work, in connection to the environment, waterways and lay of the land, i.e. topography. With Feng Shui, we’re harmonizing human activities to the landform and figuring out if the buildings and work places people are using can bring benefits. It’s organizing space so that it’s filled with the energy conducive to success. People take me to certain buildings they are considering locating in to decide what is best for them, showing me the floor plans of the layout and asking me for approval. It’s similar to when people come to me to understand their personal destiny based on Chinese astrology. They want to know when the optimum windows of opportunity are – and plan their lives accordingly.”
Her desire to create a practice sharing her knowledge wasn’t immediate, however.
Once she had mastered Feng Shui, her first master told her to help people with her knowledge. But, oblivious to the Universe’s bigger plans for her new-found passion, she kept asking “Why me?” After two years of indecision about making consulting a career, her life changed after a car accident which she came to see as a sign, her “a-ha” moment. Her husband’s words echoed: “Your car has been taken off the road. What are you going to do now?”
Ironically, the success of her Feng Shui/BaZi career opened many business and educational doors that would never have been possible had she remained fully employed. She was propelled into the limelight, as if this had been waiting for her all along. She learned that the right question was not “Why me?” but “Why not me?”
“At the time, I could see that a lot of people were latching onto a true revival of Chinese Metaphysics,” she says. “One of the things that gave me the confidence to launch the practice was that the Australian culture is very interested and embracing of alternative and natural medicine and practices, and very keen on the value of ancient knowledge from other disciplines. Once I started my practice, I joined a group of different consulting services called The Alternative Option. My specialties were Feng Shui and Chinese Astrology, while others did different types of alternative healings. I chose to circumnavigate the expectations Chinese culture often puts on women and sought out masters younger than me to teach me so I could go out and help others with my growing realm of knowledge.”
Siou-Foon is now recognized throughout Australia for pioneering traditional Feng Shui and Chinese astrology. She has introduced the subject at numerous festivals and shows popularizing the ancient tradition, appearing in TV interviews, introducing the subject to viewers on such TV shows as the “Money Program” and “Sunrise & Morning.”
Her extensive media exposure includes a Business Review Weekly write up, even as she shares her core values, integrity and dedication to the ancient arts in her consultancy and professional training.
Naturally, it has become Siou-Foon’s dream to keep this ancient earth science alive and thriving so that the next generations can benefit from its wisdom. In 2011, she began training under renowned author, motivational speaker and business development expert Brian Tracy to increase her public speaking and writing opportunities. Shortly thereafter, she began sharing her Chinese philosophy and Eastern ancient wisdom by co-authoring three best sellers with Tracy and other leading world experts. Her chapter “Factors Governing Success” in her first book Cracking the Success Code won her a Quilly award from the National Academy of Best-Selling Authors.
Siou-Foon’s two other best-selling co-authored books are The Secret To Winning Big (2012), which featured a chapter about hiring Feng Shui masters to set up personal and professional spaces, and The Ultimate Success Guide (2013). Also in 2013, she co-produced Feng Shui For Business Success with Tracy. Being awarded “Honours in Services” by the Top 100 magazine that same year encouraged her to start sharing her knowledge to an even greater degree. Earlier in 2015, she wrote her first best-selling volume about her other expertise, the e-book Decoding Destiny: Use Chinese Astrology To Improve Your Luck and Find Out What Heaven Has In Store For You.
As part of her programs related to “moving forward,” Siou-Foon is dedicated to helping young parents to nurture their children by first understanding their traits, characteristics and potential after deciphering the destiny codes embedded in their birth charts so as to maximize their capacities. Also in her sights is useful astrological analysis and advice for women on relationships and health issues, and well being for those in the autumn years of their life.
When people encounter Siou-Foon at her practice, a seminar, any of her multi-media appearances or on her website, they are confronted with several important questions: “Can I help you create harmonious, happy living and working spaces? Are you interested in Chinese Astrology to find out your core values and core foundation? Do you want to improve your business and personal decision making?”
If the answer to any of these is “Yes,” or even “Sure, why not”, it’s time to engage and seek her wealth of wisdom and knowledge.
“I’ve always believed that the external world desperately requires us to tap into our own positive and authentic potentials and that by tapping into these powers, we can create value,” she says. “In winning big, Chinese Metaphysics is used as a tool for success. Businesses take the start-up system seriously as result-oriented outcomes are achievable. Qi Men Dun Jia, Feng Shui and Chinese Astrology are ancient traditions used to solve modern day challenges. Using this approach to wealth, work and life balance and auspicious timing to ‘change the game’ makes all the difference in achieving business success.”