How Real Feng Shui Works

Feng Shui studies the natural landscape, cosmic realm and built environment and how they relate to our needs.  The continuing principle of  Feng Shui is the understanding that features in the natural and man-made environment around us, as well as the arrangement of our living space, impact on our overall well being. Feng Shui utilises definable patterns of nature, applies classical methods of technical analysis and has traditional tools to optimise the flow of energy in buildings and their close surroundings, to release obstructions, prevent energy drains and minimise adversity. Ultimately Feng Shui aims to help you gain the best out of your life.  

Its Realistic Application

Imposing unachievable recommendations is not realistic and is improper Feng Shui practice. When you have a consultation with us you will never be told your property does not suit you, or advised it is necessary to move home, realign doors or knock down walls; you won’t feel undermined or intimidated. On the contrary, it is our intention that your happiness in your property will be increased. For Feng Shui to exert its benefits, a home should resonate harmoniously with its occupants.  You are the essential part of the process and our Feng Shui recommendations will provide realistic, effective solutions that you can easily manage to accomplish and in keeping with your personal taste and preferences.

Myths, Legends and Misconceptions

Chinese culture a has many poetic stories and superstitions some of which have found their way into the lighter side of Feng Shui.  The money frog originates in Chinese folklore, legend has it that win the 10th century a state minister called Liu Hai possessed a three legged frog that often disappeared down a well and could be tempted out by by a string of gold coins.  When hung outdoors,wind chimes produce a beneficial rhythmic movement and melodic sound that will enhance the energy of a property. Indoors, whilst pleasing as decoration, they usually remain still and only their metal element is active.  The real reason to close the toilet lid is to protect health, This is logical because originally if a breadwinner fell ill from its germs, he could not earn a living and feed his family.

Contrary to what you might have thought, real Feng Shui is not magic or mystery, superstition or religion, and it will not reveal your future.  It is not about putting the lottery ticket under a money plant, or placing good luck charms, red tassels, flutes, coins  and other objects around your home, in your purse or under the floorboards to bring you good luck. But they wont do any harm if you like them.

Other Approaches

Around thirty-five years ago, a New Age adaptation of Feng Shui was developed in America and given various pre-names such as modern, western, intuitive, life aspirations, bagua, black hat. It adopted some of the basic concepts of Feng Shui to underpin its simplistic methods based on wishful thinking, spiritual cures and material acquisition. Initially it helped to popularise Feng Shui. Sadly though, it has created confusion, trivialised and undermined the true value of Feng Shui.  How to tell the difference: it is not real Feng Shui when it does not use the accurate magnetic alignment of a building, does not calculate the influence of time periods on a space, instead focuses on personal aspirations and offers magic cures and promises.

Indian cultural tradition has its own version of harmonious building guidelines called Vastu Shastra, which is based on a similar understanding to Feng Shui. We are conversant with this practice and regularly work with Indian clients, usually combining Vastu with Feng Shui with excellent results.  For further information see Vastu Consultations.