10 Simple Ways to Use Feng Shui in Your Home design

Feng Shui originated 5,000 years ago in China and is the discipline that explains the psycho-physical-emotional effects of the environment on human beings. It is the “bridge” that clarifies how the quality of space, in which humans live, work, and move, affects the quality of their health and life. It is the “ancient bridge” between Architecture and Neuroscience to design, furnish and organize an Empathic Space.

Origins

The study of the relationship between humans and the environment is not exclusive to Chinese civilization; in the culture of ancient civilizations, there has always been the study of the land in order to identify the optimal location to settle cities or construct particular buildings. After all, even the Roman civilization, with its “Genius Loci,” wanted to give authority and sacredness to a place that was more advantageous than others for the survival and life of human beings. Unlike other peoples, for historical and cultural reasons Chinese society, over the millennia, has managed to carry forward all this ancient knowledge.

Unfortunately, in the 1970s when Feng Shui arrived in the West (first in the United States), early consultants passed it off as a magical or esoteric practice, immediately trying to make a commercial profit out of it, trivializing this profound discipline as a mere “Feng Shui fad.” Practicing Feng Shui does not mean, as many clichés report, filling your house with Chinese furniture and objects or putting drinking fountains, bells and crystals inside your house (which become dust catchers forgotten on some shelf), or having your headboard on the North or avoiding the iron bed!

Building, designing, and furnishing with Feng Shui means leaving aside popular (often manipulative) beliefs and superstitions in order to decode and interpret the environment, first outside than inside the home, so that the concrete elements in it can stimulate feelings of ease, security and relaxation in the people living there, to reduce stress levels and strengthen the immune system, ensuring quality rest.

The Meaning

Ideogram of Feng Shui

Feng means “wind” and Shui means “water,” these are the two main elements that shape the landscape in Nature and, archetypically according to ancient Chinese culture, is associated with joy, health, and prosperity.

In an area where the wind (which transports plant seeds) and water (which nourishes them) are present and in harmony with each other, there are conditions to create abundance, bring stability, and develop life and society in a positive and favorable way, ensuring respect for the Nature that hosts it.

Feng Shui is based on the knowledge of the Yin/Yang Theory and the Theory of the 5 Elements, fundamental doctrines at the basis of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the same theories that the Meridian System, which is necessary to practice Acupuncture (a discipline that in Italy can only be practiced by doctors), draws on. This is no accident; let’s look at the parallels.

The home, for Feng Shui, is considered as an organism, in which the person’s mind, emotions, and physiology are projected into a circumscribed space, like a second skin. People choose a house because they feel it looks like us (acting as a mirror, reflecting and representing who we are, in our strengths and weaknesses).

Feng Shui is to the home, as Acupuncture is to the body, just as Feng Shui has a separate course of study from Architecture School, Acupuncture has its own course of study from Medical School. This is no accident.

The physician who wants to find other answers and go to the cause of the ailments complained of by his patients approaches Chinese Medicine and integrates Acupuncture into his practice. The architect who wants the designed space to have an impact on health, at the level of neuro-bio-chemical response, integrates Feng Shui (authentic) into his expertise and approaches to Chinese Medicine.

Feng Shui is the Chinese discipline that explains the psycho-physical-emotional effects that external and internal elements of an environment elicit on humans.

Its purpose is to improve people’s health by enhancing the quality of the space in which they live or work, through distributive and stylistic design interventions.

His tools of analysis and design interventions make use of the Theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Yin/Yang Theory and the 5 Elements Theory), applying them in the external and internal context of the home or workspace.

The home facilitator of well-being and life

Feng Shui Compass

The home must restore the general psycho-physical-emotional fitness of the person, as the body responds with an internal biochemical reaction (activated by the nervous, endocrine, and immunological systems) to concrete stimuli present in the living space and received by the sensory system.

The home must respond to practical-material needs (sleeping, eating, containing, housing, etc.. ) and to emotional and psychological needs I need to feel more productive and focused, I would like to communicate more with my son/daughter, I would like to be able to accomplish what I start, I want my relationship to work, I would like to have more confidence, I would like more listening and understanding, I want to improve my relationship with food, I need to let go of the past, I want to smile again, I want to feel more united with my parents, I want more serenity in relationships, I want to figure out what I want to do in life, I need more sharing in the home, I want to be stronger at work, etc.

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