Many of today’s home buyers consider the Feng Shui philosophy to help determine if a house is right for them to purchase. I am familiar with the term, but as a Realtor assisting many buyers who adhere to the philosophy, I decided I better find out what the heck does Feng Shui really mean?
In general terms, Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese philosophical system that is based on humans living harmoniously within their environments. Before there were magnetic compasses or sundials the Chinese used astronomy to determine how best to position a building to maximize its harmony in the environment (to capture the most sun etc.). If you think about it, its pretty ingenious.
Literally, Feng means wind and Shui means water. The Chinese theorize that harmony between the two elements should bring good health and fortune and bad Feng Shui brings disharmony. The theory is based on the 5 elements of the earth. Here is a picture of just exactly how all elements inter relate in the Feng Sui philosophy:
Over the last 3,500 years it has changed, but is still used by people who have an affinity for the tradition. A home buyer that practices Feng Shui uses it metaphorically. For instance, they will not purchase a home that faces in the general direction of a cemetery, or is on a cul-de-sac. These two places would not be optimal Feng Shui locations. The cemetery can bring bad luck and the cul-de-sac’s continuous circular shape can be bad for becoming prosperous since the money can come in, but easily continue to go right out.
On the interior of a home Feng Sui is just as important. Professional Feng Shui consultants start by taking a compass reading of your home beginning with the front door. This is an ancient pillar of the tradition and is known as the Baqua. This will be the road map for deciding how to maximize the energy in the home for you/ your family’s well being. It includes deciding which rooms to use for various activities, where to place furniture and ways to bring symbolic pieces into the home for better energy. It is a very tedious process, but you can get a feel for what goes into it in this video.
Do It Yourself Feng Shui
If you just want to bring good chi or energy into your home yourself, you can start by using the following principals:
- Keep Spaces De-cluttered – energy can’t move freely if a home is cluttered
- Keep Spaces Clean – all spaces need to be kept free of dust and dirt in order for the energy to flow.
- Place objects in your home that help to keep the energy flowing like chimes, fountains and plants
- Place decorative mirrors in key locations to circulate and balance the chi back into your home
- Maximize the sunlight present in the home
- Use decorative colors that have meaning to and you respond well to
Feng Shui Master Bedroom Guidelines:
- Deciding which room in the house is optimal as a master bedroom. It should be as far from exterior doors of the house as possible. By isolating it from the front and back door it is more likely to remain a place of relaxation because it is separated from the outside world.
- The bed should be placed in the furthest corner from the bedroom door to keep your place of relaxation far from outside activity.
- Do not place the bed under a window which can disturb sleep patterns by letting in too much light while sleeping Personally, I’ve always enjoyed sleeping under a window and find the light to be quite soothing to wake up to.
Overall, the idea is to optimize your space for health, and prosperity. We can all use these – right?
There is so much information available on the meaning of Feng Shui, the various methods for bringing it into your home and the products for sale to help balance your home. There are also many books on Amazon.com that cover the topic as well.