Updated: Oct 15, 2019
While this might sound airy-fairy to some, there are aspects of metaphysical practices and laws that any good Architect or Designer would take as commonplace without even considering that once upon a time it made up the fundamental laws of Feng Shui.
Unfortunately, with mass residential construction and the drive to make fast profit – these laws are sometimes overlooked or cast aside.
Feng Shui used an understanding of universal laws to align significant buildings and monuments into auspicious locations. While this sounds like spiritual astronomy it is a common practice among modern Architects to locate a building on a piece of land to best take advantage of cross-breezes, sunlight and away from flood or fire zones.
Delving deeper Feng Shui talks about the flow of ‘Chi’. Chi can be understood as ‘life force’ or ‘that which you cannot live without’. This is about ensuring flow of natural light and fresh air to eliminate dark, damp areas and keeping the space clean and free from clutter.
Natural light and natural air flow ensure that moisture is allowed to evaporate which prevents mould growth and removes stale air. It also creates harmony between outdoors and indoors and allows us to tune into our biophilic nature – being outdoors make us healthier, happier and more creative.
Chi is also relative to energy and you can fine tune Chi in your home to best serve your goals and aspirations. If you are a highly-strung person and one of your goals is to slow down, you may spend time in the areas of you home where the Chi is less ‘active’ or those spaces that are slightly darker and cooler than the other areas. This is most simply explained in heat science, as an object heats up its atoms become more active, at higher temperatures particles have more energy. It’s probably why most of us are so much more active in the warmer months.
Traditionally understood Feng Shui does not translate well into our modern society. While the basics are sensible the placement of significant emblematic objects can pose problems in a modern, western interior.
Feng Shui states that, for example, in order to invite wealth into the home a golden dragon should be placed by the front door. This is because the golden dragon is a Chinese symbol of power and wealth – many Feng Shui practitioners will encourage the literal translation however if you consider the psychology behind the rule you will understand that it is not specifically the dragon but the symbolic relation to it – and that can differ from person to person. It is utilising the power that suggestion plays on the mind and principles of manifestation, that being you create what you think…. The law of attraction.
So, if your goal for the year is encouraging wealth – you should put an object or image by your primary door that symbolises wealth to you - this means it is the last thing you see on your way out for the day and the first thing you see on the way back. In the same sense, this emblem should not be placed in your bedroom as it will have you stressing over your goals while you are trying to rest. The same principal is applied to any area of your life that you want to improve. If your goal is to improve your diet you would place visual inspirations that relate to your goal in the kitchen and so on.
What we surround ourselves with has a huge impact on our own well-being, whether it be people, items or environments. We are, after all, connected to everything.
If you have a question about Feng Shui please feel free to post it in the comments section and I will do my best to provide you with a logical answer, I will say though, some things do require a more open minded approach than others.
To read more on metaphysics in design read my post on How to Create a Home That Generates Love and Happiness.