An architect should live as little in cities as a painter. Send him to our hills, and let him study there what nature understands by a buttress, and what by a dome.
I Go to the Hills
No you are not going to hear Julie Andrews singing. Part of a Feng Shui consultant’s education is to be sent to the hills. We must actively observe and experience nature to understand the movement and manipulation of energy. And not just one set of hills but many hills in many locations. Every location has a different combination of hills and plains, wet and dry, windy and still, tall and small. By experiencing different locations, be that countryside or city, we “understand what nature means by a buttress and what by a dome.”
Only then will we know what to do for our clients. We know how to choose a good building site for the project, where to place the building, and building and landscape design and interior flow. We know what effect the location will have on a home or business. We learn what must be done to maximize existing conditions.
Living in harmony with our surroundings is not only more pleasant. It is also more efficient and allows us to flourish. What does it mean to live in harmony with our surroundings? Taking advantage of the positive aspects and neutralizing the negatives is a start. The lay of the land is very important. Too steep and you can have problems with money and relationships. Too wet can create health problems. Being the biggest or smallest is not the best position to be in. Are you too close to a freeway, church, school, funeral home or other building that disadvantages you? How does the road or water direction affect you?
Take advantage by positioning your building and your doors to make the best use of incoming energy. Road design can help to bring this energy to your door. Landscape can also actively direct good energy to you. Another function of landscape is to protect from the loss of energy. By landscape I mean everything from hills to earth berms, evergreen fences to forests, swimming pools to lakes and everything in between. Landscape can also deflect negative energies.
Knowledge and Training
Feng Shui is a many layered and fascinating study that has been time-tested for centuries. It is not static.Classroom education is only part of the process. There is always some new observation and study for the dedicated professional who is a life-long learner.
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