Feng Shui and Physical Form
Form in everyday life
When you look at the world around you, it’s easy to see that rivers follow the valley; traffic follows the road; electricity follows the cables. If there’s a hole in your bucket, the water runs out.
Just as youself, in which of the two places shown in the pictures above you would prefer to live? Almost without exception, people opt to avoid the bad form.
Form guides the flow of chi, which in turn, influences people
From these simple observations comes a fundamental root of Feng Shui evaluation; that Chi (or natural energy) is guided by Form, or the the physical shape of the surroundings. Inside a building, corridors and passageways are long and thin spaces. Offices, working and living spaces have an entirely different shape. The way the different spaces get used by human beings is determined by their shape. Very few would try to relax in a passageway: the form just does not support that kind of activity.
The Feng Shui Form School
What is often known as the Form School, is the study of just how form is affects people. So building shapes and layouts, and the route of roads, pathways, doorways and rivers, can all influence the flow of chi, and therefore the lives of people.
As roads, pathways and rivers can encourage the flow of chi so can trees, bushes, buildings and other obstacles can get in the way and sometimes block its flow.
Form in traditional Feng Shui
In the traditional or classical feng shui consultation process the influences of form and the way that chi flows in a particular place are duly noted; if things can be done to alter the form so that chi can flow more effectively, then great benefits are possible.
Form in Building Shape
In a Feng Shui consultation, Mike would generally not recommend that you put a business in a building that looks like it is going to collapse. Curiously enough, that is just what happened when Equitable Life moved into their rather unsteady looking office building.
Of course, it is easy to write off any one example as coincidence. However, when we view the world from the Feng Shui viewpoint, we tend to see coincidence after coincidence after coincidence. There comes a point where we have to accept that “something” is going on. The study of Feng Shui provides methods to interpret and understand a little more about what that “something” might be.
Form in Housing
When neighbourhoods become run down and neglected, negative attitudes are reinforced. That is just one common example of how the physical form of places influence people.
Many new housing estates were built in the UK during the 60’s and 70’s taking advantage of high rise construction methods. Stacking people into these places very often led to an increase in crime, the rise of gang culture and antisocial behaviour. More recent government research acknowledges that poor layout is one of the factors that has created the problem.
Make no mistake, the physical form of the places we live really do have an influence on the way our lives develop.
Winston Churchill and the importance of form
We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.Winston Churchill
So said Sir Winston Churchill; obviously a keen observer of the world around us.