How Environment affects Feng Shui

It is true that if a house has great feng shui, that just about anyone can do well and prosper in that environment. But at least 25% of a feng shui assessment must take into consideration the individual who is living there and what may be good for one person could be terrible for another.
This is why some of the feng shui books drive me mad when they spout out top ten lists of what constitutes good and bad feng shui, without taking into consideration the uniqueness of a comprehensive assessment, or even alluding to the possibility that a feng shui reading can and should be so individualized.

In this month’s issue I will highlight some of the individual circumstances that could be drastically different from one person to the next.


As we age and develop in life, we reflect varying amounts of yin and yang energies. The decoration that a child prefers to have in their room is usually much more stimulating than what an adult would feel comfortable around. I remember as a teenager that I used to have neon posters and pictures of rock stars plastered to my wall. (Including Leon Russell, who used to be called “The Master of Time and Space.” Little did I know back then that I would someday aspire to become a Master of Time and Space!). “Loud” colors produce very yang energy and kids often thrive on that. We need changing amounts of light and stimulation as we get older. I have looked into the rooms of many children and teenagers and it is usually quite obvious which children are depressed, ADD, or happy but messy and so forth.


Men and women each gravitate to predictable settings. I can always tell if I am in the home where there is no feminine influence The things we have or don t have around us reveal both our wants, needs and outlook on life. Women tend to need certain things around them that men can happily do without.


There are certain house types that attract a lot of romance to the occupants. If this person happens to be single, then it can provide a very exciting love life. But if a couple lives in this same house, it can contribute to scandalous affairs or deceit. We can t say the house is bad, it is just attracting a specific type of energy to it that may not be appropriate for everyone who lives there.


If you sit all day in a lab looking at germs under a microscope that is a very different work environment than campaign headquarters for a politician. If you need to work uninterrupted as opposed to interacting with lots of people, your feng shui needs are quite distinct. And what works for a home may not be right for a place of business. The home should emanate tranquility, while most businesses need to be very yang to be successful. Some businesses even thrive on over-stimulation and chaos.

There is a certain house type that really benefits a woman who must rely on her looks to succeed in life. This kind of energy can assist a prostitute as much as a supermodel.


Students often ask in class if certain colors are good for particular rooms and the answer is flatly “no” just because each house is so unique. But on top of that is the personality of the individual who is functioning in that space. If you are a low-energy type person, then sedating colors around you could take you down a few more notches. If you are high-strung, then even more stimulation will put you over the edge.


There is nothing good or bad about a large or small room. It all depends on the function of the space, how it behaves with a certain amount of furnishings, and how many people will use the space. A beautiful house that is too big for one person is not good feng shui in the long run.


A business might really benefit financially by having a freeway exit push a lot of energy and traffic towards its front doors, while this could be considerably negative for a personal residence.

Some houses are enhanced with a pool in the back, while others are ruined by such a large water feature in the wrong place.

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