How can Feng Shui transform any home or office environment into a healing one? Using subtle design techniques, Feng Shui creates surroundings that uplift your mood, boost your energy, and increase your prosperity.
It has been hailed as the environmental science of the 21st Century and is firmly geared to the needs of Modern life.
While Feng Shui is best viewed as a Science, it is interpreted as an Art Form. Based on the underlying Principles of Universal Cycles of Change, Classical Feng Shui is a System of Design Principles used by leading edge professionals in Architecture, Interior Design, and Natural Healthcare to positively influence family, health, relationships, harmony and prosperity. Feng Shui can enhance both new and existing corporate offices, businesses, and residences.
Feng Shui balances the Flow (Wind) and Containment (Water) of energy, and of Yang and Yin in our environments, deflects harmful energies, and maximizes positive energy flow. Principles are based on a fundamental understanding of the cyclical nature of energy patterns over time that create harmony between Earth, Humans, and Heaven. Feng Shui interprets a “pattern language” of natural forms and phenomena, man-made buildings and symbols, with the workings of the universe and the phases of the Sun, Moon, Seasons, Time, and the alignments of the Stars.
History of Feng Shui
Feng Shui is not a religion, nor is Feng Shui a passing fad. It is a Classical Chinese tradition, over 5,000 years old that was derived from Simple Observation. The Ancient Chinese Taoists observed that some surroundings are better than others, are luckier than others, are easier to survive in, and are more comfortable and harmonious. These Scholars studied the natural cycles and patterns of the universe, layered them on the Calendar, and perfected these concepts in the I Ching and other Feng Shui Classics. Throughout 5,000 years of Chinese history of site planning, urban design, building design, and even grave site burials, these principles have shaped Feng Shui, as it is still practiced in the Orient and worldwide today. Classical Feng Shui is considered one of the 8 Rays of Traditional Chinese Medicine, which also includes Acupuncture, Food Energetic, Herbs, Chi Exercises, Meditation, Moxa, and Astrology.
Principles of Feng Shui
Oneness, Unity, and Eternity are the first principles of Universal Order in Feng Shui. Yin and Yang express the polarities of life and are represented by the Tai Chi symbol. Balancing the movement and flow of Chi’ with the containment and gathering of Chi’ and Maximizing “Sheng Chi’ or the vital life force energies, and Minimizing or deflecting the turbulent “Sha Chi” Energies are key principles. The “3 Treasures” is an overlying principle of harmonizing all three levels of Earth, Man, and Heaven in Classical Feng Shui.
On the Earth level, Form School Feng Shui is the ordinary “garden variety” common sense intuitive approach to the balancing of Physical Chi. This involves geography, shape and contour of the landscape, as well as man made objects such as streets, building shapes, rooms and furnishings. Good Form School is Good Design, and while the Ideal Feng Shui setting changes in different climate conditions, it is essentially locating the building in a classic armchair embrace with the Mountains behind and the River in front.
On the Human Level, Ming Kwa and 4 Pillars determine the vibrational energy of the Occupants and their Personal Destiny patterns so these can be harmonized with their surroundings. Other important information such as the Occupant’s lucky and unlucky Directions, times, their Character, strengthening and weakening Elements and Colors are revealed. The Personal Feng Shui is then compared to the Energy Blueprint of the specific Site and Building to create the maximum conditions for harmony and to decrease the Sha Chi Energies.
On the Heaven Level, Compass School techniques of Ba Zhai and Flying Star determine the Sun’s Movement, the Cosmological Patterns, and their influence on a site and building. A “Lo-pan” or Chinese Compass is used to determine the exact Magnetic Direction of the Building in question.
These Compass methods indicate the best sectors, directions, and specific energy patterns which inform the design and layout of functions within the building and identify areas of concern in an existing ones. The Flying Star method incorporates the unified field of time and space, and is able to trace the patterns of energy and change over the cycles of time. This advanced Feng Shui technique makes it possible to identify a specific energy blueprint of a building, assess the fortune of the building in specific time frames, and predict the happenings and occurrences within it.
All of these Traditional Feng Shui Methods have been integrated and applied in Architecture, Planning, and Interior Design for many centuries to attain Harmony between Mankind and the Forces of Heaven and Earth, and are still widely practiced in the Orient today, and by Classical Feng Shui practitioners worldwide.
Other more recent Feng Shui methodologies such as the Bagua, Transcendental Symbols and Cures, and Westernized techniques have also become popularized and commercialized in the United States, but are not widely practiced in the Orient or Europe.
Feng Shui Diagnosis and Cures
Traditional Feng Shui Methods focus on Diagnosis and the Treatment Principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine applied to the Environment. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the identification of each organ system with one of the five elements, is the basis of all diagnosis and treatment. In Feng Shui, a similar system of diagnosis and cures are made with the 5 Element Theory based on the cycles of Mutual Creation and Destruction. Each of the Elemental cycles either support or control the energy of the other element, forming the basis of relating the elements and dictating how Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood are used to harmonize and balance an environment.
Each of the 5 Elements correspond to Body Organs, Energy Meridians, Shapes, Colors, Building Materials, and Elements of Design, composing a diverse vocabulary or palette of cures. An experienced Feng Shui practitioner can then diagnose and make recommendations based on these relationships and universal principles.
Application of Feng Shui
Feng Shui is important in Site Selection and Site Planning for projects of any size. Concentration on Land Form School can enhance the future of any design or community and ensure its harmony and longevity with natural site features. Both cities of Ancient Beijing, and Modern Hong Kong are designed with great attention to Feng Shui principles. A Building can be best sited based on a Flying Star Feng Shui Analysis to encapsulate the most auspicious energy pattern for the time cycle in which it is built, thus preventing long periods of stagnant and “locked chi”.
When purchasing or taking occupation of a new premise for home or office, Feng Shui can play a critical role in selecting and customizing the best option for the occupant’s profile and goals. Enhancing a property for sale with Feng Shui Principles is a sure way to activate and get property sold fast.
And of course, existing homes and offices can be harmonized and enhanced with Feng Shui Principles to best support the homeowner and family, or business owner and increase business flow, and to ensure the most harmonizing and healthful possibilities for residential or commercial applications.
Involved in a Feng Shui Consultation is a Four Pillars Reading, Lucky Cycles, and Ming Kwa Trigrams for auspicious orientations, a Lopan Compass Reading and Flying Star Analysis of your building to determine the specific Energy Blueprint to unlock potentials. Recommendations are based on the Client’s current direction, budget, and life situation.
Feng Shui can be summarized as being in the right place, facing the right directions, and doing the right things, at the right time, or Location, Location, Location.