Why cozy is personal, according to Feng Shui

‘It’s bad Feng Shui’ – we’ve all heard this before. But beyond rattling off the golden rule – ‘Never sit with your back to the door,’ few can explain its purposes properly.
Illustration by Tony Stella
Interview by Lilly Wolf
Text by Ruby  Goss

‘It’s bad Feng Shui’ – we’ve all heard this before. But beyond rattling off the golden rule – ‘Never sit with your back to the door,’ few can explain its purposes properly. To satisfy our curiosity we reached out to former photographer and now Feng Shui expert Peter Fischer. He teaches us that Feng Shui is not a set of hard and fast rules, but instead is a spatial theory that emerges from the potentials in time and space unique to you. Read on for enlightenment.

What exactly is Feng Shui?

Feng Shui is under constantly changing interpretation, depending on the time and sociocultural background it is encountered in. This can span from Daoist magic and Confucian death cult to architecture, urban and garden planning and interior design. However, all these interpretations rely on a basic understanding of reality. The term Feng Shui can be traced back to the 4th century A.D. philosopher Guo Pu, „Feng - 風“ means and „Shui - 水“ water. Guo Pu said that the life-giving „Qi“ 氣 can only come into being if there is a balanced relationship between “gathering” and “dissipating” influences in the landscape, with water being the most important, gathering and wind the most important in dissipating power. Because water can evaporate, Feng Shui propagates a world outlook where subtle and dense worlds are in constant exchange.

What can Feng Shui achieve in the home?

Feng Shui isn’t just about interesting interior design. It diagnoses people and their needs and aims to create a situation in the room which supports its inhabitants during sleep, work and life. Everyone is different, which means Feng Shui consultations can turn out very different. The aim is to identify the potentials in time and space for a specific person and to then utilise them.

Feng Shui can:

– help during house planning by creating a floor plan that lives up to our personal needs

– give interior recommendations that are comfortable and not just ‘artistically precious’

– lead to better sleep

– contribute to a laid-back and efficient work ethic

– relax human conflicts that can be traced back surroundings

– define and reach personal goals (i.e. job, search for a partner) by connecting information

Are there certain principles you have to follow in the bedroom?

Every person has individual energetic needs, but my list of the “10 Feng Shui No-Gos in the Bedroom” looks like this:
- no iPad or TV
- no stereo
- no mobile phone
- no electronics on stand-by
- no sweets by the bed
- no fitness gear
- no bed under the window
- no sleeping facing the door
- no cold bright light
- no red walls

Which room is most suitable as a bedroom?

A room with lots of “Yin” is ideal. For this, it should be situated towards the back of the flat, as far away from the entrance as possible. It should be neither too big nor too small. A size that feels cozy would be perfect. The ceiling can be high, this offers air circulation in the room. A pleasant but quiet view out of the window would be ideal.


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