Feng Shui philosophy contends: if the home is in harmonious surroundings and arranged in an harmonious manner, the inhabitants of that home will reflect that harmony and live more harmonious lives. Though showing up in the U.S. mainstream only twenty years ago, feng shui (füng sch’way), the Chinese art and science of how to site, construct, and design a home, traces its beginnings back at least 3,000, and some say, as much as 5,000 years ago.
In olden times feng shui knowledge provided such common sense guidelines as: don’t build your grass roof shack on a windy mountain top or too close to a river that may overflow its banks. It was also considered poor feng shui to position your stove opposite the front door, as a gust of wind coming in will flicker the flame and your rice won’t cook properly. From these basics evolved profound principles of how to create a harmonious living environment. Principles that apply to any home built in any era or anywhere thebesthousedecors on planet earth.
Feng Shui Solutions
As no one can expect to get a home with 100% good feng shui, don’t get too neurotic if you have or find a home with a bunch of feng shui problems. Feng shui is not just about identifying problems, but also about suggesting solutions. Though occasionally a remodeling is needed, most problems can be removed, blocked, or deflected by using interior design arrangements in accordance with feng shui principles.
Apply as many feng shui solutions as possible. If you have enough good Forms to give you 70-75% good feng shui, you are already doing quite well. Then, if you either apply the power of symbolism according to the 3-Door Bagua, especially with the added power of prayer (mantra, mudra, visualization), or if you adjust your world according to such Compass School techniques of Eight Mansion and Flying Star Feng Shui, you should be really doing good.
Whether you are a Black Sect or other non-compass style practitioner, or a Compass School devotee, don’t sweat the small stuff, just make sure you avoid some of the following issues. But remember, these are guidelines and some similar real world situation may “feel” different and be considered fortunate on second consideration.
House Site – Location, Location, Location
Regardless of how expensive a home might be, location can be fortunate or unfortunate. If fortunate, we move up in life; if unfortunate, it’s all downhill. So whichever side of town you live, choose wisely. Things to avoid might be living across from a cemetery, with a steep cliff towering above, too close to a noisy roadway, a corner lot that gets lots of traffic turning toward it, at a t-juncture with cars coming directly to it, on the outside bend of a road, or with a generator substation, microwave cell phone tower, nuclear power plant, or toxic dump relatively close.
Even using hedges to block or bagua mirrors to bounce negative energy away, these are difficult situations to resolve satisfactorily. In choosing my current residence a turned down a better deal located on Bunker Street for one located on Lakeridge Court, reasoning that I didn’t want to get stuck or hide out in a bunker. I’ve been in my house 6 years, the house on Bunker has had three different owners.
Bedroom – The Most Important Room to Consider
Sleep needs to be restful to be rejuvenating, and is the first room I consider, reasoning that if I’m not able to get a good night’s sleep, how can I expect to handle the unexpected stresses of work, family, and the rest of life’s sudden challenges. As the bed should be the first thing to bring in, Stand at the bedroom door, and imagine where your bed will be positioned.