Many of us get up in the morning and
take off for work each day and do not know what the day has in store
for us. However, we know that when we return home after a hard day's
work, we are safe! This "sacred space" is our refuge from
the harshness of life's realities, challenges and gifts. Our home is
the only place where we can lay down to rest, be with family, and be
the "real" person we are. Feng Shui harnesses that energy
to work in tangent with nature. It builds on our need to feel safe and
comfortable. Aren't these the key factors we look for in a home?
Feng Shui is pronounced fung schway. Feng
Shui is an ancient art and science that balances your environment, harmonizes
it, and promotes prosperity and good fortune. Feng Shui mean literally
means wind and water. Feng Shui is around 6000 years old, and has its
origins in China. The Chinese people understood how their environment
affected them, and as an agricultural society, they knew that the two
most powerful forces were the wind and water. So by practicing Feng
Shui, the Chinese could study the environment, places, people, time
and how those energies interact with each other. This energy is called "Chi", which is the vital life energy. Feng Shui is a practice
that understands and utilizes those forces of energy (Chi) to our benefit.
Feng Shui is not a religion, philosophy
or superstition. Essentially, this time honored technique is commonly
applied by all Chinese to achieve prosperity and harmony in their homes
and businesses. It is called the Art of Placement because the knowledge
will guide us in placing objects in an environment to retrieve the best
prosperity. One of the basic principles of Feng Shui is that chi (energy)
or the cosmic breath is in everything, always changing, and constantly
moving. It is interconnected with all.
Therefore, if you have a lot of
clutter in your home, it can stagnate the energy flow in it. Most practitioners
will recommended to clients that they get rid of the clutter before
implementing any remedies or enhancements to their homes. Organization
is key, and removing items that have no value are important, as well.
Any items that remind you negatively of something should be removed,
since you should surround yourself with things that you love and bring
you happiness. Feng Shui, basically, teaches how to create harmony and
balance around us.
Architecture Guidelines for your Sacred Space
and architects are now becoming more aware of the Feng Shui principles
and practices. They are starting to understand the importance of how
a design and location can affect people. Using the following basic guidelines,
a buyer can be more aware of how energy could be in conflict with the
architecture. Basic Feng Shui principles include:
- Do not have any
straight lines directly facing the main door. In nature, the paths
always meander and curve. They typically do not form straight lines
- High ceilings
for example are dramatic and beautiful. However, it could cause, depending
on what the room is used for, difficulty in focusing or concentrating.
We need to ensure there is a division between heaven and earth. You
can alleviate this problem by adding a border, artwork, stenciling,
- Beams are also
widely used, however, beams are called poison arrows and are particularly
not good for a bedroom. They could cause health and relationships
- Make sure that
your main door does not open up to the stairway, another door or window.
This means that as the energy that comes into your main door, will
go right out the window or door. The stairs may also send the energy
right out the door. The spiral staircases in the "heart" of the home are also not recommended.
- Square and rectangular
shapes are highly recommended for homes. The odd shapes may cause
health problems and the energy to bounce around. It also cuts off
certain areas of the home within the eight aspirations. Make sure
the lot is level and water views are very auspicious.
- Avoid large
or overgrown bushes in your front yard by keeping them trimmed. Make
sure there is nothing that is obstructing the view and the chi from
entering your front door. If there are any dead bushes, trees, or
flowers, please remove them immediately.
- Listen closely
to your intuition upon entering the home. Does it feel right? Does
it have an odor? Does it provide you with well-lit rooms? Does it
have wide corridors or is the floor plan cramped?
Feng Shui Guarantees?
While Feng Shui does not offer a 100% guarantee and there are some things
that even Feng Shui can't overcome, you now have the ability to look
at your present or new home with Feng Shui eyes. With the use of your
intent and the movement that occurs with change, you are generating
auspicious Feng Shui. Remember, Feng Shui is an art and science that
keeps things in harmony by keeping your home simple, elegant, safe,
comfortable and balanced.
About Sara Schroerlucke:
Sara Schroerlucke offers a traditional, intuitive and holistic approach
to Classical Feng Shui. She is certified with the Master's Diploma from
Raymond- Lo's School of Feng Shui and Destiny. She is also certified
by Feng Shui Master Dr. Paul Yan and continues to study with Feng Shui
Master Peter Leung from the School of Chinese Metaphysics. She is the
Director for the International Feng Shui Guild, Washington DC Metro
Chapter. Ms. Schroerlucke's western education includes a BS in Business
Administration with a minor in Human Resource Management and a MS in
Information Systems. She currently manages a multi-million program for
the federal government. She is also fluent in Spanish.
Post April 12, 2002