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An Idiot’s Guide to Feng Shui

August 28, 2013 by  
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Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese system of geomancy. Its history goes back many thousands of years. Some suggest a couple of thousand years, others over five thousand years! As a cohesive body of knowledge Feng Shui has been practiced since the Tang Dynasty (618-907)- evident in recordings of Feng Shui experts being employed to select sites for important building projects. There is also evidence of Feng Shui texts as a part of imperial exams.

An Idiot’s Guide to Feng Shui

An Idiot’s Guide to Feng Shui

Feng Shui in the modern age, away from China especially, usually concerns the ordering of furniture in the home and purposing of each room in the house according to the principle of ‘heaven and earth’- to allow for the positive flow of Qi energy. Historically speaking, Feng Shui was employed to orient buildings in an auspicious manner- this could be any building but more importantly it concerned spiritually important buildings such as temples and tombs. This was all done in relation to the surrounding landscape. However these days it is far less likely that people will be constructing buildings like they used to do and so a more likely scenario is re-ordering the interiors of a new home or office.

If you are looking to apply Feng Shui principles to your home, perhaps in order increase the positive energy (Qi) in your spaces, then consider these basic guidelines to help you on your way.

The first point to make is that in Feng Shui the house is considered as a complete entity, with all the rooms intricately connected as part of a whole. Therefore the energy flow through the whole house should be considered, not just one room at a time.

Many people when starting out with Feng Shui tend to concentrate on the most used spaces and ignore the less used spaces. Ironically however it is the most prominently used spaces that will most likely already have well done Feng Shui. As the house is considered as a whole it is therefore the least used spaces ‘which seem like too much hard work’ which need to be dealt with to help the overall Qi flow throughout the house. It is the neglected areas that will later spread negative energy to the rest of the house.

You should make a Feng Shui plan for your whole house; make a list of priorities that will move your home from its current state closer to the ideal state. With perseverance a harmonious home can be yours. Some easy starting steps include- clearing your house of clutter- you’d be amazed at how much nicer your home will feel. Check the flow of Qi (Chi) around the home, to see if it gets blocked anywhere. Remember that Qi flows in through the front door and out the back, so consider this when moving furniture around.

Enlisting the help of professional interior designers such as those at will help you achieve your aims.

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