Fundamental to Feng Shui is the Taoist philosophy of
Yin and Yang that all things are interdependent
and are in harmony, balance, and constant change. Yin
and yang are two opposite, but equal forces. In your home,
Yin refers to the quiet or inactive areas of a room without
doors, entrances, windows, or openings of any kind. Yang
represents the active areas where there is potential for
movement from these openings.
In Feng Shui, the house is an extension of the body.
The roof is the spine or backbone of the structure. The
living room is the heart; the bedroom is the lungs; the
dining room is the stomach. Remodeling an existing structure
can upset the balance and harmony of the home. Even adding
skylights can disrupt the flow of energy.
Fad or Selling Tool for homeowners
the past decade, Realtors, particularly those representing
Asian clients, have become familiar with the term Feng
Shui - the ancient Chinese art of placement and design.
Feng Shui, (pronounced "fung shwoy") which literally
means wind and water, is the art of creating an environment
of harmony and balance, both inside and out. It has been
practiced for thousands of years in China and is rapidly
gaining recognition in western culture as a tool for creating
the ideal living and working environment.
The ancient Chinese sought to explain the visible and
invisible forces on the earth and the mysterious influences
of these forces on human behavior. They understood that
every living thing, including a house, has its own Qi,
(pronounced "chee") or vital energy that must
be protected and nurtured to promote continuous growth.
This mythical blend of science and art follows the philosophy
that each room in a house has its own unique Qi centre
that determines the areas of good or bad energies. Many
believe that a life filled with peacefulness and harmony
will follow if the Feng Shui principles are applied to
Some homeowners have recruited Feng Shui practitioners
to assist them in creating a positive home environment.
But one should be cautious and pay particular attention
to the practitioner's credentials before hiring. The resurgence
of using Fen Shui has generated misconceptions and misuse.
Some people claim to be experts after only one weekend
workshop. Others claim to provide cures to "bad"
Feng Shui by prescribing mirrors, crystals, chimes or
stones. So, be discerning. Qualified practitioners use
only the five basic elemental forces of wood, fire, earth,
metal and water to bring a place into an energetic balance.
making recommendations, practitioners will first review
the location and orientation of the house. Next, the practitioner
will determine the nature of the Qi or energy in the home,
taking into account the location of entrance, the bedrooms
and other key areas. Paint colours, environmental influences
and characteristics of the individuals living in the home
are also considered in the evaluation.
a Feng Shui analysis of a home requires careful calculations
of over sixty factors, some fundamental knowledge can
surround and water embraces." The best position
is to have mountains behind the house protecting it
with a river running in front for prosperity. Flowing
water represents wealth.
should be constructed on high ground, rather than a
sharp and pointed objects facing the front door --such
as, telephone polls, tree trunks, mountains, high rise
buildings or a church steeple. These objects can cast
shadows over the roof of the house and are called "secret
arrows." They have the affect of cutting the house in
and dead end roads create stagnant Qi. The energy flows
in, but has no place to go.
the front door brings in the Qi and must be given careful
attention. There should be a winding path to the main
entrance similar to a meandering stream. The foyer should
be clear, open and without clutter or debris.
front door should not be directly aligned with the back
door or window (allowing the Qi to leak). Many recommend
a screen or plant be placed in its path to reserved
should not form a knifes edge by swing in and
slicing the bed, desk, or sofa.
that are directly aligned with the main entrance will
bring conflict and financial instability to the occupants
of the house.
kitchen should not be in the centre of house or too
close to the entry. Having the sink and stove opposite
one another promotes marital conflict.
pillars" or columns in the centre of a room can
cause conflict. Roof beams are equated to dangerous
swords lurking above.