Introduction to Feng Shui
By Ron Accornero
The material in this article has no solid basis of proof, but only coincidences which leaves one to ponder whether they are true or not. A lot of the ideas have a foundation in intelligent design to make a home function better. Many of the ideas were taken from the book, "the practical applications of Feng Shui by Lillian Too
Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese art of living in harmony with your environment, your home, your garden and your business. By a simple reorganization of your surroundings a transformation in your fortunes can be accomplished.
We will touch on basic principles today, but Feng Shui can become very involved and require a great deal of study. Today we will just concern ourselves with moving furniture, adding flowers and plants to a room, discarding unnecessary clutter and adding things like chimes, fountains, and mirrors to your home to improve your health, wealth, love life and good fortune. Feng shui has been practiced by the Chinese for three thousand years. The Asians take great care in deciding where a house is to be built, which direction it faces, determined by your birth date, decorations in the home, arranging furniture and how each part of the home is used. For example, each room performs a function depending on the location. There is a wealth room, fame room, love room, health room, children room, knowledge room and career room. If these rooms are not in the right location it can have dramatic effects on the family and marriage.
The concepts developed over three thousand years ago have remained constant ever since. Where people once lived among mountains and rivers we now have skyscrapers and paved roads. Where there were once fields we now have parks and suburban landscapes.
Feng Shui is a term that has been shrouded with mystery and it secretly has been an oral tradition, aligned with spiriturality and superstition. Feng Shui is actually a natural science which concerns itself with how people are affected by both their immediate and extended environment. It is not based on religious beliefs and you only have to understand that everything in the physical world emanates some sort of frequency and we are all impacted by this energy form.
I was first introduced to Feng Shui in 1980 when I first started selling real estate. One of my clients was an Asian buyer and he said that he would have to have his Feng Shui master look at any property he selected. I never quite understood it at the time and thought it was just a silly superstition. I remember the Feng Shui master coming through the property and making comments about the staircase ending at the front door and the beam over the bed in the master bedroom. When I contacted my Asian buyer the next day he said that we would have to look at more properties because his Feng Shui master did not approve the home he selected. I thought it very strange but went on to market the home to someone else. After a few months I was working with another Asian buyer who was looking for property in Villa Park. He told me not to show him any property that had the staircase right when you open the front door. He also wanted his property to face south. Over the years as I dealt with Asian buyers the subject of Feng Shui always came up and it was always a factor in the sale of the home. I decided it was time to learn more about this science of Feng Shui and started to read books on the subject. The more I read, the more interesting the subject became because of my background in real estate. I started to pay attention to the homes that sold because of divorce or financial problems and looked for possible Feng Shui problems.
On one particular day I was showing property with Asian buyers and the Feng Shui master was in the car and would comment on each house as we drove by. If I stopped to show a home the Feng Shui master would say, "Don't look at this house". As we drove around we came to my house and I asked the Feng Shui master if he would analyze my house for Feng Shui friendliness. He looked over my home quite carefully and then asked me if my wife had any stomach problems. I responded with a, "no, not that I was aware of. Six months later my wife was diagnosed and treated for a cancerous stomach condition. The coincidence was amazing and really spurred my interest in Feng Shui. I began to realize that there were too many similar correlations to write the science off as superstition. As I studied Feng Shui, I realized it was too complicated to learn by reading a few books, but I would be able to gather enough knowledge to talk intelligently about the subject. Feng Shui is not just for Asians. It applies to everyone. I hope to make you a little more intelligent about Feng Shui with the series of articles I will be writing each day.