For many people Feng Shui is thought to be a mixture of Eastern superstition, religion and hocus-pocus. In fact,
it is none of the three. It is not a religion as it does not honor any specific God or Deity. In reality, Feng
Shui works wonderfully with whatever religion, or belief system a person may have. It can not be described as hocus-pocus
or superstition because its basic theories are based on human nature as described below.
The principles of Feng
Shui can be very well described as "Environmental Psychology". All the energy around us, particularly those
in our physical spaces, affect our self image, our behavior and how we are viewed by others. This "environmental
psychology" is visible in every culture, in every time period, and in every corner of the world. When you think
of the architecture of ancient cultures, the pyramids of Egypt, the Parthenon in Greece, all the major Cathedrals in Europe,
even Stonehenge in England, they all have something in common; they were all built on the principles of sacred geometry, best
direction and utilizing the natural flow of the surrounding energies. Even cultures we describe as "primitive"
display these characteristics in their dwellings. They are all designed to make the individuals feel a certain way when
Many of the basic principles of Feng Shui are the natural, physical properties of human nature. For instance:
are no straight lines or angles in nature. Energy (this includes people) wants to flow in free form, wavy patterns.
In Feng Shui, we try to avoid sharp corners or long rushing walkways (hallways).
- Along the same vane as
lines and angles, mathematics is a very important part of how people feel in a space. Irregular shapes can have a negative
impact because of our natural tendency to want order.
- Placement of objects and furniture impacts a person's relationship
with a space. Have you ever seen a CEO of a company with his/her back to the door? No, this is not a command or
dominant position. In Feng Shui, command position is a very important element to ensure the occupants of the space are
- Sound has been shown to release endorphins and cause positive hormonal and neurological changes
in the human brain. It can also have negative effects and become stressful when irritating. In Feng Shui, sound
is used to positively enhance the energy of a dwelling and raise the positive vibrations.
- Color, as in sound, can
have major implications on a person both physiologically and psychologically. The colors that naturally occur in nature
are not a coincidence. In Feng Shui color is used intentionally to obtain a desired effect.
- Artwork is reflective
of how we feel about ourselves and how others view us. One very common theme in Feng Shui is loneliness being represented
in pictures depicting single individuals or no people at all. Violent or depressing artwork can cause the subconscious
to become negative just as positive and uplifting artwork can make one feel great. Pay close attention to what you hang
on your walls.
Although Feng Shui is a 5,000-year-old tradition, its principles are based on being
in harmony and balance with the natural flow of energy. Because everything is inter-related, Feng Shui enables us to
use the concepts of the flow of energy (Chi), the five elements (Fire, Earth, Metal, Water & Wood) and Yin/Yang to create
an auspicious dwelling. This inter-related notion is described in "The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Dwellings":
"The terrain is the body, the spring is the blood, the soil
is the skin, the grasses are the hairs, the house is the clothing and the doors are the accessories. If they are properly
related to each other in a dignified way, then it is considered most auspicious."
These ideas are not limited
to the Chinese culture. As stated earlier, they are visible in every corner of the earth. Buildings mindfully
built in locations that nurture and support with fresh, invigorating energy, as well as with thought to the inhabitant, better
sustain those living there. A quote from "Research in Scientific Feng Shui and the Built Environment"
"If architecture cannot get entangled
with human feelings and affections, then it loses its life force, its enchantment and its meaning, as well as its reason for
being; it becomes just an empty space of pure physics and geometry."
Of course Feng Shui is much, much more
complicated and diverse than what I have touched upon here, however, the major point is that the principles of Feng Shui are
not superstitious hocus-pocus but based on the rational, natural and emotional tendencies of people.