The final two speakers at last week’s Feng Shui conference in London were Howard Choy and Karen Kingston, two experts coming from very different places within the world of Feng Shui.
Feng Shui has been used and studied for so many thousands of years now that it has created a wide range of fields of investigation, with new insights and practical uses still coming to light after all this time.
Howard Choy is a classical Feng Shui master from China who has lived much of his life in Australia and now makes his home in Berlin, Germany. He showed us his investigations into the ways Feng Shui was used to design homes in ancient China.
Right from the beginning, the front door represented “prosperity chi,” the main room (often the master bedroom) “procreation chi,” and the kitchen “longevity chi.”
When he spoke about using Feng Shui for home design, Howard shared his philosophy to “Start with the form, build towards the formless.”
In other words, design a house with good form, that brings in ample sunshine and air, followed by Feng Shui astrology to create a home that suits its occupants best. He urged us to avoid taking a too-dogmatic approach in either direction.
Karen Kingston, the author of international best-seller Clear Your Clutter With Feng Shui (affiliate link), capped off the day by speaking about her recent research into the three planes of experience we have in our homes: the physical, etheric and astral aspects move upward through our bodies toward our higher selves.
Each of these levels of experience must be just right in order for us to feel fully “landed” in our homes, so this is the field of Feng Shui she is preparing to share with the world.
A few ideas she shared with us, embodying them as she spoke, were to go barefoot as much as possible, to roll up your sleeves to get a better sense of the energy around you, and to use clutter-clearing as a way to bring every part of your space into consciousness.
It was an inspiring lecture, bringing the conference to a positive and exhilarating end.