According to Wiki, The goal of feng shui as practiced today is to situate the human-built environment on spots with good qi, an imagined form of "energy". The "perfect spot" is a location and an axis in time.
Feng shui is not a science, but is classified as a pseudoscience since it exhibits a number of classic pseudoscientific aspects such as making claims about the functioning of the world which are not amenable to testing with the scientific method.
I have a small bedroom. I have a lovely single bed all done out with netting around it. Look like a mini 4 poster LOL The point is, before I set up the room, I laid on the empty floor in four directions. 3 of those felt uncomfortable and one was perfect. That is where I have my bed now.
However, I still have the most horrendous nightmares.
Do you believe in Feng Shui? Do you think there is truth in the fact that the way we have our furniture situated makes a difference in our lives?
Ah, there is the rub. You ask, "Do you believe in Feng Shui"? I don't, I am not a religious person, "believing" is not part of my competency. You see, I am an engineer. "Just the facts, madam, just the facts", to quote from an old who-done-it series.
However, it is my opinion that how furniture, and other things in our lives, are arranged does make significant differences in our lives. We like to feel secure, so we seek out comfortable corners or nooks, we love to see the goings on of life around us, a window with a discrete lacy curtain can provide our feeling of security and satisfy our curiosity. We enjoy continuity and familiar surroundings. We recently purchased a new car. I carefully removed a small stuffed toy tiger from my previous car and placed it in the same position behind the back seats looking out the rear window. My family laughed at me. How can a grown man be so silly and want a toy in the car? But it made the car "mine", it provided continuity from the old car that had served us for sixteen years. It also broke the connection to the old car and allowed me to "let go". Sentimental? Foolish? Maybe, but there are a lot of little things that provide us with the identity and familiarity that makes our homes ours, that complete our lives, maybe just a little bit.
Yes, arranging the furniture, the pillows, the little things is important. If how we perceive what is right in our lives is Feng Shui, so be it.
Yes totally. I have practiced the technique of Space Clearing for years which is all about allowing the energy to flow around your home and avoid negative spaces. I studied Feng Shui and apply many of the principles around the house here in Italy. We don't have mirrors in the bedroom, the bed is positioned appropriately for the doors, our desks are placed in the best areas to enable us to have a good view around us and not have our energy disturbed. There is a lot to it when you look into it. My office in England was set up according to Feng Shui principles and the staff had some training in it. When money was tight they would take coffee into the garden and weed the wealth area of the garden LOL. Some of the things are impractical, and you have to bear in mind it's country of origin and the type of houses lived in - they would have a fit with our house with all it's beams and angles.
WOW Ludwig! That was a great answer and many thanks. I am really in love with the idea of the car and the toy. I will have to do that also!
Dorothy, and thereby lies the rub for many of us. Houses do not accommodate the art of Feng Shui now as they are more boxes and, many times, it is just impractical to have the furniture in the right spaces
Personally I am too Pragmatic to pay too much attention to Feng Shui. I figure somebody needs to vacuum and dust and I don't feel like arranging the furniture in such a way that it takes me forever to vacuum. lol The same with dusting and all that. Less is more and it doesn't really matter to me if it faces west or east. The arrangements of our stuff is dictated by the layout of our house. In our bedroom for instance there is only one wall with enough space for our (rather large) king size bed, soooo...... that solves that problem. On the other hand, we do think that everything in this universe is connected somehow, so we do pay attention to that one way or the other and try to create a peaceful balance with the furniture, floors, artwork and knick knacks