Contrary to popular belief, what you think is feng shui is not.
Location, location, location is the premise of real, classical feng shui.
How the building and land, whether it is a home or business,Â are situated in the environment is the number oneÂ determinant of how energy will support you with money, relationships and health. Direction, location and orientation are the three tenets of classical feng shui, because this is how youÂ examine if the energy in a home or business will be supportive, repressive or neutral.
The location of a building will trump anything that isÂ happening on the insideÂ of aÂ building. Of course, we take into consideration the internal layout of a building.Â However, the most important factor is the environment.
Here are some common misconceptions of what people think Feng Shui is:
1. All the knick knacks that you’re convinced will help you clear negative energy, meet the woman/man of your dreams and make a sh*t ton of money like crystals, bamboo flutes, mandarin ducks, candles or toads with coins in them are all false. Knick knacks aren’t going to bring you any closer to your goals.
2. The staircase faces the front door. Who cares? It’s not a big deal. As long as there is a minimum of six feet clearance from the front door to the staircase, you’re not going to experience money loss.
3. The front door lines up to the back door. Again, this is a bunch of crap. If the home has an open floor plan, and there is a retaining wall in the back yard or some kind of fencing, you can rest assured that your fortune will not be harmed.
4. The money corner, relationship corner, fame corner and helpful people corner are all delusions of grandeur. Think of it this way—if we all had a fame corner in our homes and we put whatever knick knacks we needed to so that we could be famous, we would all be famous. Everyone would be doing it. We’re not all meant to be famous. Therefore, it doesn’t work.
5. Feng shui dĂ©cor sounds great in theory, but it doesn’t exist. Put away your money, because you might as well flush it down the toilet, especially if you’re trying to get one step closer to financial independence. There’s no such thing as using decorative art or furniture to have better energy in your home or business. It’s all about location, direction and orientation. Obviously, you’re not going to display paintings of the devil in your home, unless you’re into that sort of thing. Common sense is what we’re after.
6. Contrary to popular belief, you can put your bed in front of a window. If it’s a good personal direction for you, and in the energy chart of the building, it has excellent energy, this can be highly beneficial. Make sure that you have a headboard, window treatments and curtains.You’ll know you’re sleeping to a good personal direction and that direction has good energy because you’ll sleep well. Sleeping well is the first sign that the energy is supporting you.
7. If your desk is angled at home or in the office and it’s a good direction for you and in the building, contrary to popular belief, this can be beneficial for finances and career. If you feel vulnerable sitting with your back to a corner, place a plant behind you, and you’ll feel supported and more productive.
8. IfÂ the foot of your bed is lined up to the bedroom door, rest assured, you’re not going to die. InÂ old China, they would drag the deceased bodies by their feet. For this reason, they didn’t want the foot of the bed lined up to the door. It was an omen. It is a superstition.
9. The address of your home or business means nothing in lieu of feng shui.Â It will not add or enhance toÂ the energy of that building. It is just a number. The ChineseÂ doÂ not like the number four because it’s similar to death in Cantonese. It’s a superstition, sort of like Americans don’t like the number 13. You know FridayÂ the 13th, and being tormented by Freddy Krueger in the 80s.
10.Â Lastly, you can’t feng shui people, cats/dogs, cars or websites. Feng shui isÂ about the energy of a stationary space. Obviously, if the spaceÂ has good supportive energy, the tenants or occupants will benefit. However, if someone is an a**hole, they’re going to need more than good feng shui toÂ help them. I highly recommend therapy,Â meditation and prayer. You’d be surprised how people’s pleasing personality comes to the forefront.
Author: Jennifer Bonetto
Editor: Catherine Monkman
Photo: Jonas Forth/Flickr