Beautiful physical forms are the backbone of good Feng Shui. They can get you a long way towards a good Feng Shui house. However, to be completely harmonious, they should be aligned with a building's individual energies.
Feng Shui forms are so powerful that, if they are wrong, we cannot overcome their negative effect with good energies alone!
It is important that the physical features and objects in your space are beautiful to you, that they make you feel good and that you have a positive reaction towards them. There should be no features that make you uneasy, or rugged, ugly or unkempt things.
Harmonious buildings have a dynamic balance between cosy still areas and open active spaces.
Open plan living is popular, but can be too open. It can be hard to find a corner to relax in. Older buildings, on the other hand, tend to be too enclosed and dark – lacking openness and free movement of energies.
Balance does not mean that all spaces in a building are the same, but that there are open areas where energy and people can move freely, and there are more enclosed spaces where you can really rest and recharge.
We instinctively react to ‘dangerous’ forms. Externally, these may be raging rivers, large busy or oncoming roads. Such features are threatening: You can’t get across them; they may be noisy, polluted and unpredictable, and make you feel edgy.
Likewise, you would feel unsettled in a home below an unstable ragged cliff face or over-towered by a 15-story apartment block. You instinctively wouldn’t consider such forms ‘safe’. Harmonious forms make us feel safe and at ease.
Internally, the furniture placement can make us feel safe and protected or exposed and edgy. If you look around a restaurant, people will sit with their back against a wall, preferably with view of the door if they have a choice. We feel 'safer' and more in control this way.
There is an arrangement of furniture that gives you the best support. When sleeping or sitting at a desk or in your lounge, the most powerful position has a solid wall behind you. Viewed from the door, the best Feng Shui bed position - and sitting position is located against the far wall of the room with clear view of the door and windows.
You can influence the feel of a place by the shapes of its objects. Round objects are more dynamic than rectangular or square shapes. That is why it is good to sleep on a rectangular bed, or why a heavy rectangular desk works for an accountant.
Boardrooms that are more dynamic often have round or oval tables. To bring more life into a space, choose a round table, or a lounge setting with more rounded forms, or a round rug. The selection of shapes depends on the purpose of the space.
Energy naturally moves in curves. This can be seen by a meandering river that gently makes its way through a plain. Straight long pathways tend to have energy move too fast through them.
Ideally, pathways within and outside a building should meander gently. No straight long pathway or roads should point directly at a door, seat or bed.
The flow and sequence of activities is important in a business, but also in a kitchen. The sequence activities should be arranged to flow easily from one to the next, ideally without crossing over or backtracking.
A Word of Caution
Please note, above are general recommendations only. For example, if you slept in a beautiful bedroom in the power position, but its inherent energy was negative, your sleep and health would be still be compromised. The same would be true for a desk position, etc.
If above guidelines don't result in a space that you feel comfortable in, you should consider a professional Feng Shui analysis of your home or office.
If you are designing a house or moving offices, a Feng Shui analysis can save you time and money involved with activating the wrong energies.