Concept of shelter and protecting mankind from nature’s fury has been adapted since times immemorial. However, the methodology has been varied from the forest to the modern day city. Human beings need protection from sun, wind, rain and also have a personal space for themselves, hence the concept of structures evolved.
Over a period of time, the concept, design and layout of a building changed and in the process, the occupants were slowly disconnecting from the nature and in turn deprived of the positive benefits bestowed in the nature for the mankind to be benefited from.
The science of Feng Shui focuses on the design, layout and flow of energy in a building to support the occupants. Hence the primary focus in a building is to create a harmonious design to ensure free flow of energy often referred to as Chi. The philosophy of Feng Shui is the balance of the elements based on the five element theory. This is the heart of Feng Shui and the premise for different cures for Feng Shui afflictions. The Chi energy of every direction is ruled by one of the five elements — fire, wood, metal, earth and water.
As in the case of human beings or identical twins who often have different behaviour, character and emotions, even houses with the same floor plans have different Feng Shui and energy flow due to the location, earth energy and flow of natural light or in other words, the compass directions. The desire for protecting from external aggressions and unfavourable energies should not be due to fear, but rather from the understanding that there is a wide variety of energies around us, and some of those energies are best left outside the human energy field.
The ancient science of Feng Shui has evolved many methods to overcome the unfavourable flow of energies and enhance protection to the occupants in a building. External environment, land forms and effect of neighbouring buildings and structures have a significant impact on the Feng Shui of a building and its occupants. Nearby flyovers, electric pylons, open sewage canal all have a significant influence especially if they are facing the main door or in close proximity. Hence understanding the landform, and the influence of the surrounding is vital to ensure prosperity, good health and harmony within the home.
There are simple and effective methods to enhance the Feng Shui of a building to usher in positive forces and these are all easily doable.
• Feng Shui Fu Dogs, or Imperial Guardian Lions, are a strong Feng Shui protection symbol. Traditionally placed in front of imperial palaces, temples and Government offices, this Feng Shui symbol also represents family wealth and social status when placed outside homes guarding the main door.
• Chi Lin is a mythical Chinese creature with the head of a Dragon, the body of a Horse, and the scales of a Carp fish, also known as the Dragon Horse. Chi Lin brings strong, protective Feng Shui energy with blessings of good health and prosperity.