The basics of feng shui

by Priya Sher

When there is harmony in the home there is order in the nation, when there is order in the nation there is peace in the world.’ Chinese Proverb

Feng shui originated over 6000 years ago in China. It focuses on harnessing the energy in a property by optimizing its flow and ensuring the five elements (water, fire, earth, metal and wood) are balanced.
Each part of a property represents a particular family member or area of life, so the theory is that if energy in that space isn’t balanced, it will have an effect on the person or subject concerned.

Literally translated feng shui means ‘wind water’. Its principles maintain that we live in harmony with our environment.
Its aim is to achieve balance in our living space and maximize our potential for success for every area in our life.
Feng shui takes many years of specialized training to practice. By combining the knowledge of both the form and compass orientation of a space, the feng shui analysis can explain how the property in which you are living or working in affects your behavior, mental clarity and health.

The ‘art of placement’ is a very important aspect of feng shui. How a property sits in its environment is crucial. A building should have high ground behind it to hold the energy and support us, a clear view in front to give us an open vision and bright future, and balanced support on its left and right side to offer its occupants a balance of yin/female and yang/male energy resulting in stability.


  1. […] on the opposite hand within minutes of the first incident? Maybe I can claim some credit for good fung shui? The balance and symmetry of my boo-boos should count for something other than just my […]

  2. cheryl field says:

    Whatever works for us is important as long as it hurts no one else. Personally I prayed over my land and home and all is well. xo ♥

  3. Amit says:

    Referring to just the proverb at the start, The Chinese seem to have forgotten their own teachings with respect to current happenings in their country. No order in their country and tensions in the world thanks to them!

    1. Anouâr says:

      I wouldn’t say no order, I would say too much order. And, in what way, if I may ask, is China creating tensions in the world?

  4. Sara says:

    Very informative and insightful introduction to feng shui. I have gone onto your website and blog and followed some of your recommendations…the energy in my house feels so much better. I’ve also read your article on Paulo Coelho and loved it so much. I think you have very positive energy and I always look forward to reading whatever you right. Thank you so much for all your wonderful contributions.

    Love and peace


  5. Dear Priya Sher thank you for your wisdom I like very much and thank you for sharing.
    Many kisses.

  6. Anouâr says:

    Feng Shui is a very interesting school of thought. I don’t know whether or not it has potential, from a practical viewpoint, but it’s interesting. I live in China. I’ve lived here for 8 years now. Unfortunately, all the times I came across Fengshui here, it was either mocked, frowned upon as irrational superstition or used in a terrible, degrading way that made no sense at all (“Yes, the washing machine has to be in front of the door!” or “Yes, the cupboard has to be in front of the windows.”). The reason, I guess, as with many other old Chinese practices, is that they were lost during the “reshaping” of the country, when the government aimed to “feed the country” with science. I am not saying that these reforms were unnecessary, I am just saying, that they also had consequences. This country, in my opinion, is still recovering from too much rationality. Where are the hippies, when you need them?

    1. Edgard says:

      Very interesting comment.Thank you for sharing.That make some sense about a prior comment about China..before, because by now things are changing a lot.(looks like they are making some cleaning up by now at home…)

  7. How fun and asserting it is to meet with likeminded creatives in the Universal mind. Indeed, a balance between the elements is something to strive for, although it is usually achieved by the motion inbetween. Paulo, one of these days we have to meet so I can get a fatherly hug from you.

  8. Priya Sher says:

    Thank you to everyone reading & leaving comments, each means a lot to me – feng shui is my passion and profession.

    Thank you Rachel for mentioning you enjoyed my article on Why Women Love Paulo, if anyone else would like to read it, it’s on my blog

    Thank you most of all to Paulo who really is one of the most incredible person in the world!


    Priya x

  9. kealan says:

    Thanks Priya for all of your wonderful inputs. I find Feng Shui really interesting and it is nice to build a little knowledge about something that has been around for so long.

  10. Marie-Christine says:

    “harmony in the home”
    if your body is your Temple, your home “there is order in the nation, when there is order in the nation there is peace in the world.”
    yes, there is so much truth in that pro verb considering how disordely the whole world is, there is quite a lot of work to be done in that regard.
    Thank you Priya we can learn a lot from Feng Shui.

  11. Rachel Jaz says:

    Thanks Priya – I love all your feng shui tips on your blog and have tried some changes in my house and things feel so much better especially with the tips for the bedroom.

    I really loved your story on the perfect heart and your article on why women love Paulo!

    I would love to invite you to my house for a feng shui consultation.

    Thank you so much for all your words you are a very interesting person that I would love to meet one day.

  12. THELMA says:

    Thank you Priya.
    One thing that I have heard is: never to put our bag on the floor because it will become … empty! I do not know if this applies, but since then I .. obey! ;-))
    Thelma xxx

  13. Fe 1 chouai says:

    Thank you I was thinking about that. Incredible!

  14. Di says:

    Educative article.

  15. katie says:

    Thanks,Priya for the beautiful overview…. I always want to go into it deeper….. your contribution really made me curious again.

  16. Alexandra says:

    I read about, and tried few advice from feng shui, can say they work, maybe is like placebo effect? Or they are really good. I want that I could afford to have a house that respect all of the rules for harmony, but is not yet possible, must live where I can. But what I can try I do…sure I dont think each of the rules apply to all of us.

  17. Gaurav Arora says:

    I never knew that. A new thing for me, thanks for your words.

  18. Thank you Priya.