Elizabeth Moran is the co-author, along with Master Joseph Yu,
of the Complete Idiot’s Guide to the I Ching; and the Complete Idiot’s Guide to Feng Shui, (editions published in 1999, 2002, 2005). For that book she was joined by Val Biktashev.
A family get-together—Elizabeth, Val with their lovely daughter Lana.
Question: What led you to write The Complete Idiot's Guide to Feng Shui? How did that offer came along?
Elizabeth Moran: We were in Chicago. In a bookstore, there was a display of Dummies books–Opera for Dummies, Wine for Dummies, etc. I said to Val that we should do Feng Shui for Dummies. When we got back to Los Angeles, I called my agent, who said she had an agent-friend who specifically handles the Dummy and Idiot Guides. As it turns out, the executive editor at Macmillan, the then publisher of the Idiot line, was looking for an author to do The Complete Idiot's Guide to Feng Shui. I got the deal the summer of 1998 and the book was released in 1999.
Question: From your experiences, what is the most common reaction when your students or clients are exposed to Feng Shui?
Elizabeth: Most people don't know there are different schools of Feng Shui. Because there's a tremendous lack of books about classical Feng Shui, all the public is exposed to is faux Feng Shui. Generally, there are two types of people: those who have an open mind and believe that Feng Shui is a legitimate form of alternative therapy and those that believe it's superstitious. Of the former group, they think Feng Shui is about dividing a home into sections of wealth, career, knowledge, family, etc. And that hanging mirrors, bamboo flutes, and the like will 'cure' or 'activate' a specific corner. Instead of telling them that they've got it all wrong, I'll direct them to our book or articles I've written to help put them on the right path.
Val Biktashev: All of my clients are open to Feng Shui. However, I have to make it clear that Feng Shui isn't a magic pill to get rid of their problems. For example, some people believe Feng Shui can cure cancer or drug addiction. I steer these people to medical doctors. People have to understand that Feng Shui is about balancing the qi in one's living space. When your home is in balance, it gives you the impetus to succeed, make more money, maintain a healthy well-being, and attract helpful people.
Question: Both of you shared the stage with Grand Master Yap Cheng Hai, Master Eva Wong as well as other famous Masters and practitioners at the recent World Classical Feng Shui Conference. What are your feelings and views on this special event?
Elizabeth: It was really good to see the classical Feng Shui community come together in a spirit of sharing. We need to continue to rally and help to raise awareness of what Feng Shui is (and isn't). The Yap Cheng Hai Feng Shui Center of Excellence organization did an outstanding job putting the conference together.
[This interview was taken from "Getting to Know Elizabeth Moran and Val Biktashev", Copyright© 2009 Val Biktashev. All rights reserved.]