Shape Our Dwellings and Our Dwellings Shape Us
By Joy Abrams MA, FSII
is an ancient Chinese art as well as a science of placement.
It is literally translated to mean wind and water. It is used
to analyze environments and locate sites that have a favorable
life energy which is called chi. Feng Shui is also used to
make adjustments to the chi that already exists on a site
or in a building or home.
important for all to know that Feng Shui developed thousands
of years ago by rural people whose virtual survival depended
upon choosing sites to live on that had good accumulated chi
not malignant chi which is know as sha chi. For these ancient
people these good sites provided land that was safe and fertile
for them to live on. The lands that had malignant or sha chi
proved to be dangerous to live on. Winds, rivers, topography,
and directions were carefully analyzed by the ancient Chinese
to discern the best place for them to live and work.
the Chinese population is for the most part crowding into
cities like Hong Kong and Taipei. Feng Shui principles are
applied there to enhance urban and interior spaces. No major
building project is even considered without having the feng
shui of the area and building considered. For example, the
owners of the Hong Kong and Shanghai banks demanded that feng
shui be applied in the design of the massive skyscraper headquarters.
The Feng Shui masters who were consulted with influenced everything
from the placement of the furniture to the lobby’s escalators
and doors as well as the exposed structural system.
has been refined over many thousands of years. It has evolved
into a systemized art and science. It is has now been organized
into various schools. Each school has a specific set of guidelines,
but the good Feng Shui practitioner is a aware of all the
guidelines and is able to apply those according to her clients
needs. This is because Feng Shui is not just about place but
how one resonates in his or her own place. The feng shui practitioner
not only understands this, but also must have a highly developed
intuitive sense to see how the chi (energy) behaves in each
when Feng Shui is applied to a home or business, there are
many different features that are analyzed. These include;
directions and shapes of buildings, roofs, doors, chimneys,
drains, beams, columns, windows, doors, lights and many other
features. Although the ultimate goal of Feng Shui is the creation
and enhancement of good chi in one’s place, it is used to
recognize, avoid, and correct already existing conditions
with an excess of malignant chi. People who live in an environment
where there is good chi feel more energetic creative and balanced.
These improved conditions increase the potential for their
social, financial success and harmony.
Feng Shui theories are grounded in Ancient Chinese philosophy
the principles of good chi are universal ones. This system
from China’s past is an effective tool for design as well
as environmental analysis in our modern world.