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Feng Shui in Home Design

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feng shui in home design
Applying feng shui guidelines to your home can improve family success and happiness. 

Our home should be designed as a place of comfort and emotional security. To achieve these goals, we need a way of identifying and describing how buildings make us feel. The oriental discipline of Feng Shui offers us a comprehensive language of spatial psychology to complement the visual emphasis of western aesthetic theory. Some regard Feng Shui as an essentially mystical study, others find it deeply practical. Whichever approach you take, there seems no doubt that its core insights are profoundly useful in the design process, and we apply these insights whenever possible. We will also be happy to work with your personal Feng Shui consultant.

Understanding Feng Shui

For centuries, the Chinese have attributed the well-being of families to the intangible forces that surround their homes. They refer to this as 'feng shui', literally translated as "wind and water". The success and happiness of families were believed to result from living in homes that had good feng shui or a balanced environment, while a lack of descendants and other misfortunes were ascribed to harmful feng shui. Auspicious feng shui requires the family home to be built and arranged according to favorable orientations, so that the home and its residents benefit from the positive energies of the environment. These energies are invisible and intangible, but they exert powerful influences.

The Cosmic Breath
designing for feng shuiFeng shui describes these energies as a kind of life force, termed 'chi', or the cosmic breath. Chi can be beneficial and auspicious, bringing material benefits and great good fortune, in which case it is called 'sheng chi'. It can also be harmful and injurious. This killing breath, termed 'shar chi', brings huge misfortune, sickness, loss, and immense bad luck. Sometimes it even brings death. Feng shui teaches us how to attract the good 'sheng chi' and avoid the bad 'shar chi'.

Harnessing 'sheng chi' involves placing objects, arranging furniture, and orienting homes and offices according to feng shui guidelines. Protecting the home from 'shar chi' entails diagnosing furniture arrangements and orientations that are harmful. It requires rearrangement of doors and furniture to deflect this killing breath or the use of special feng shui cures that cause the killing breath to be dissolved.

Feng shui is neither magical nor spiritual. There are diverse components of superstition and symbolism in the practice, but this is because feng shui is a very old science whose origins go back at least 3000 years. The theoretical foundation of feng shui is based on the Chinese view of the universe. Much of this was documented in ancient texts, but a great deal more has come down the centuries by word of mouth, passed from father to son. This has given the practice heavy superstitious overtones that have sometimes become confused with traditional and spiritual practices. This was mainly due to feng shui's observed potency in improving the material well-being of those who followed its guidelines.

Feng shui addresses almost the entire spectrum of human aspiration. The practice operates at various levels. It can be highly personalized when practiced according to specific compass school formulas, or it can be broad based and generalized. There are different schools of practice resulting from variations in the interpretation of ancient texts and by the differences in dialect in feng shui source books or materials.

feng shui in homesMost of the method used are based on both the form and the compass school. The former method involves interpretation of the terrain, contours, shapes, topography, elevation, rivers, and waterways, while compass feng shui offers recommendations in terms of compass directions. Neither method is more or less important than the others and usually a combination of methods is used to create the best results. It is never possible to get everything right with feng shui and it is impossible to follow every recommendation that might be suggested. As long as you can implement about 60% of recommendations, your feng shui can be said to be good.



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