What Feng Shui is really about

Feng Shui means wind and water. It is about how environmental influences can bring life energy – Qi, into a building, how to catch it and make it available for you to use.

There are three aspects to this:

  1. Bring positive Qi into the building,
  2. Harmoniously distribute this Qi to each of the rooms and areas,
  3. Create supportive spaces to retain positive Qi and make it available to you.
That is all there is! This is what we are trying to achieve with Feng Shui principles and cures.

Let’s have a look at each of these points:


1. Bring positive Qi into the building

Life energy, or Qi, comes into a building via its doors and windows – from the Heavens and the surrounding environment.
There are two aspects to filling a place with positive Qi: 

i) Beautiful physical features:

Beautiful outlooks are uplifting and particularly important at the front door and any window you spend time looking out of.

We remedy any negative features, or Sha Qi, and endeavour to catch positive Qi through strategic design and furniture placement. 

ii) Positive intangible Qi to make a building radiant:

Intangible Qi is determined by the individual energy chart of a building. This tells us the quality of Qi that comes to the building from the different compass directions.

We aim to bring positive intangible Qi to the main doors & windows. This is what makes a building feel radiant – it gives it the wow factor. Negative Qi at door can make a place feel tired and dull and is detrimental for wealth and business. 

2. Harmoniously distribute Qi to each of the rooms and areas

Once good Qi is in the building, we want to distribute it harmoniously to all of its rooms and areas so you can benefit from it where you spend time.
Qi naturally flows like water – in a meandering fashion. Such movement is gentle and loving. Hence pathways in and outside a building should be meandering. We achieve this in the design stage or place remedies in existing problem pathways.

Straight lines are cutting and Qi moves too fast. It is detrimental to spend time in the trajectory of a straight road or hallway. These tend to create lost space by making the area at the end of them unusable.


3. Supportive spaces to retain positive Qi and make it available to you

It’s not enough for positive Qi to come into a space. It needs to be retained in the areas where you spend time so you can use it. We achieve this in the design or via furniture placement – by creating just the right niche for each activity. If good Qi is not retained, people tend to get irritated or can’t concentrate.
Further, the intangible Qi in the wall behind where you sit or sleep needs to be positive. If this Qi is negative you can feel drained, get sick more often or don’t sleep well.

These are the three points that go into good Feng Shui! We then use a whole tool kit of Feng Shui principles and remedies to achieve it. The overall aim is to achieve harmony and a dynamic Yin Yang balance.


Dynamic Yin Yang Balance

This means that each space in a building is just right for the respective activity there. For example:
  • a living area is filled with radiant life energy AND there is opportunity for you to relax – versus one that is too busy or too dull.
  • a work space that enables you to focus, be clear-headed and productive – versus one where you feel distracted and drained.
  • a bedroom where you feel comfortable, protected and can sleep well – versus one where you can’t sleep, get sick often or wake up drained.
The most important skill I have as an experienced Feng Shui consultant is to know which Feng Shui principle is important to get us to our goal in each area – and which can be compromised without affecting the quality of a space.
Please call me if you would like some assistance. Brigitte Seum, 0403 366 100


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