Feng Shui

Feng Shui affects everyone regardless of whether or not they are aware of it. It is based on the laws of physics and natural cycles, as well as the design of a space.

What is Feng Shui?
Feng Shui (pronounced “Fung Shway”) is the study of the energy in our personal environment and how it impacts us. It is based on a complex body of knowledge that provides guidance for balancing that energy in order to enhance health, harmony, and prosperity. The term Feng Shui means “wind” and “water” and is based on the concept that everything that exists contains energy or Qi (pronounced “chee”). This energy is either Yin (receptive) or Yang (active) and one cannot exist without the other. A combination of Yin and Yang elements creates a particular quality and pattern of energy and the goal is to bring these patterns into harmony within the built environment and the people who live or work there.
Background
The art and science of Feng Shui was developed and has been practiced for thousands of years in China. It has also been found in various forms in other cultures. There are many schools of Feng Shui that exist. Soulscape Interiors practices Classical (or “Traditional”) Feng Shui which is an advanced method that considers external environmental influences, time, changing magnetism, direction and the internal structures of a space to analyze the energy of a building. It also takes into consideration the personal energy of the people who live or work there. It is considered a healing modality and as such requires a deep understanding of the complex layering of formulas: San He, San Yuan, and Ba Zhai.:

  • San He (Landscape and Formations) formula analyzes the location of your home, as well as the surrounding landscape and physical features and how they impact the energy entering your home. 70% of what is happening inside the home is based on what is going on outside. This formula also examines the entrance and how energy flows once inside the home. Positioning of rooms including bedrooms, kitchens and bathrooms, and features such as doors, stairs, and fireplaces, etc. are considered to determine any potential effect
  • San Yuan (Flying Stars) formula determines specific energy patterns entering your home. These are based on the facing direction of the house and identifying the Period (20 year energy pattern) of the house. The next step is to identify what energy type is being activated in each section of your house. Then using the Five Element Theory, recommendations are then made on ways to enhance the positive energy (Qi) and how to mitigate the negative Qi.
  • Ba Zhai (Eight Mansions) formula determines the group (East or West) and Kua numbers of the home’s occupants to recommend optimal locations for spending time in the home, as well as the best directions to face (24 Mountains) for each individual. What may be positive for one person may be less so for another. Variables such as age and gender come into play here.
Why Feng Shui is Beneficial
Feng Shui is very beneficial for understanding how your home is affecting you and will help identify areas that require attention. We are all affected physically, emotionally, socially, and even financially by energies that exist, even if they are not physically obvious. By determining the specific energy patterns of a home or building, as well as your individual energy requirements, your space can be planned and rooms designed/decorated so you are aligned and receiving positive energy (Shen Qi). This will support you by providing harmony and balance and assist you in living to your full potential. Negative energy (Sha Qi) will also be mitigated through specific strategies and recommendations so the space is less harmful, unhealthy, irritating, and problems can be minimized or prevented.
Classical vs Modern (Western) Feng Shui

Luo Pan used in Classic Feng Shui

Classical Feng Shui always uses an accurate compass since precise readings are critical. The preferred tool to measure the facing directions of a building is a Luo Pan which is a tool that contains markings for 24 directions, as well as Feng Shui formulas embedded in the concentric rings on the surface. A scaled floor plan is always required to do a proper assessment and is based on calculation of formulas. Time is always a factor to consider since specific energy patterns change over twenty year periods. Modern (Western) Feng Shui leans more towards psychology and utilizes the power of intention, positive thinking, and human aspirations. It uses a Bagua map that gets placed over the floor plan of a house or a room and correlates certain areas to specific life situations such as wealth, marriage and career. It can be successful because of intention and goal setting however, Linda (who is trained in both styles) believes that applying Classic Feng Shui formulas results in a much more accurate, in-depth and detailed assessment of your home.
It is very important not to combine the two methods since they approach Feng Shui from different angles. They do however, share similar universal concepts. For example, both methods examine the external and internal influences on a building and how features and structures impact the flow of internal energy. Both apply the Five Elements Theory, which considers the strategic use of the elements fire, metal, water, wood and earth to balance a space.
The Five Element Theory

The Five Element Productive Cycle

The five natural elements (fire, metal, water, wood, and earth) are powerful remedies in Feng Shui. They have three distinct relationships with each other whereby certain elements enhance, reduce or control other elements. The goal is to strategically use these elements in your indoor environment to enhance auspicious (positive) energy patterns and weaken inauspicious ones (negative). The most powerful objects for making Feng Shui adjustments are those that are made of the real element. When using the actual element is not possible, you can use the colours or specific shape associated with it. It is very important to have an accurate assessment done in your space in order to determine what elements need to be incorporated in specific areas. Our physical surroundings are greatly impacted by the colours, shapes and materials used. You do not want to make the mistake of enhancing a negative energy pattern that exists by using the wrong element, especially if you are using the water element since it can be very powerful.
The Five Elements Used In Interior Design

Fire

Earth

Metal

Water

Wood

Clutter
Clearing clutter is a strategy that is often used in Feng Shui to help the flow and movement of Qi in a home. The word “clutter” can sometimes take on a negative connotation, so instead of “de-cluttering”, a better term is  “editing” the things that no longer serve you. That being said, Feng Shui is not about sparse, minimalist looking rooms, unless that is the design aesthetic that you prefer.

Surround yourself with things that bring you joy and edit what no longer supports you. This will create room to move forward and be open to new opportunities.

What Feng Shui is NOT
  • a religion
  • affiliated with any superstitious belief system
  • a kind of magic that will fix all life challenges
  • a one-time event
  • a “one size fits all” solution
  • a fad or trend
  • about recommending major renovations to a home – the solutions are very practical
Sometimes Feng Shui is associated with objects such as Chinese coins, resin animals or other artifacts that are used to create positive outcomes (i.e. health, wealth or protection). Although they may be relevant in Asian culture, they do not necessarily represent the broader practice of Classical Feng Shui, which is focused on the energy within an environment. While good design does not necessarily mean good Feng Shui, interior design principles are nonetheless important for implementing the recommendations resulting from a Feng Shui assessment. This is the unique aspect of Soulscape Interiors. Integrating Feng Shui with interior design.

“Space is not just an empty space but a tightly woven fabric of time and space” – Einstein