What Is Land Form School Feng Shui and Why Is It Important?
I have been teaching Feng Shui and giving speeches about Feng Shui for over 25 years sharing the principles of the various schools of Feng Shui
Retaining Wall Creates the Support of the Turtle Backing
to bring health, wealth, loving relationships, career enhancement, happiness and harmony into peoples’ lives. Clarifying Feng Shui due to the numerous contradictions among the schools is always a fun part of the process. Visuals always help, especially with the frequently asked questions.
Landform School Feng Shui
Buddha Statue as Greeter and Symbol of Joy and Hope Attracts Good Feng Shui to Home
The Landform School or Form School Feng Shui wants us to have “Mountain” or “Turtle” Backing behind our homes in order to give support to the occupants. This gives support to our finances and to our backs. The Front Door is the Phoenix area and wants energy attracted to it.
When a home is on a hillside, the front door is best located facing the view. The back of the home is best with the hillside in the backyard. When you live on flat land, building a retaining wall or a raised flower bed is a perfect solution to create the support needed for Mountain Backing.
When I saw this mat it made me smile. Then when I walked past the window, the cat that lives here was looking out at me. At this point I was laughing. It was so appropriate to have a mat that says, “It’s about TIME you got home!”
The Front door is the Main Mouth of Chi. We want to attract and direct the energy from the street to the front door. Also, it is wonderful to have symbols with meaning to us as we approach our front doors. Things like wind chimes, statues, plants and specialty items around our front door help draw the energy to our homes while raising our energy at the same time.
To find out more about the different Feng Shui Schools and how to implement them into your home and life, check out the “Events” page and the “Products” section of this website.
Improving your home through proper landscaping using Feng Shui principles from several Feng Shui schools including Landscape, Water Dragon and Classic Schools can be a fun, practical and creative process if done correctly. If done poorly, it can turn what used to be a good Feng Shui home into a nightmare, actually blocking good energy that is necessary for a wonderful life.
Not only is the front door hidden from view, the landscape on this corner house is overgrown and lacks flow. There is no flow for attracting the Good Feng Shui to the home.
Three Bad Feng Shui Practices
The front yard is the location designed to attract the most good energy to your home according to most Feng Shui schools.
- Planting trees in the wrong location.
- Blocking the view of the front door from the street.
- Lack of “Good Feng Shui” plants plus incorrectly designed structures in the front yard.
Planting Trees in the Wrong Location
Trees should not be too close to the house. They should not grow over the home making it feel smothered by a too tall or too heavy tree.
Depending on the type of trees and the geographic location in which you live, you will probably want to have deciduous trees in the south if you live in the Northern Hemisphere to allow the sun to shine on the house and warm it during the winter months. Trees on the west side of your home can provide shade to keep the home cooler during the summer.
Blocking the View
Good energy finds it’s way to your home from the street to the front door. If you can’t see the front door from the street you are blocking the Good Chi from finding your home. You may want to have both some tall and short plants to add interest. This makes the chi “dance” up to the front door.
Lack of Good Feng Shui Plants Plus Incorrect Structures
Some plants are more inviting than others. There are times when you want the “protection” of spiny plants. If you are next to a shopping center or busy highway you might want pointed plants. Otherwise it is best to have soft, beautiful, flowery plants.
If your front yard feels too exposed and open – say on a corner lot – the use of a fence is usually the best defense. Having tall plants or plants that are overly full hides the house, AND it also hides the view of the front door as mentioned above. Arbors and other manmade structures should not have points aimed at the house. These would be “attacking” arrows.
If you want more information on proper landscape design, attend one of my classes. I am a guest lecturer at many horticultural programs, Home & Garden Shows and places like the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show nationwide. I also present webinars on interior and exterior design. Check out my events page for current offerings.
Do you know Feng Shui basics and want to learn how to apply them? Want to attend a workshop on Saturday, March 12 from 1-3 p.m. in Newark, CA.? Then read the rest of this post.
In the Asian culture the Fu (or sometimes times spelled “Foo”) Dog is both a protector and a greeter of good energy.
Feng Shui Master Linda Lenore teaches specific solutions, including:
- Principles from several Feng Shui schools
- Connections between elements, colors and shapes
- How to balance energy using Feng Shui elements
- Which elements create supportive environments for health and well-being
- What to expect in the Year of the Monkey
Linda Lenore, known as “The Healing Designer,” is a best-selling author and international columnist who has been featured on the Hallmark Channel and on Lifetime Media. Her clients include the Ritz-Carlton, Adobe, Bank of the West and international personalities. Quoted as an expert by major publications including the Wall Street Journal, San Jose Mercury News (front page), the Christian Science Monitor, Korean syndicated newspapers and Better Homes and Gardens Special Publications, she is known for creating environments that stimulate success and soothe the soul.
For Good Feng Shui we want to be able to move around the rooms without it feeling to tight. By not having a dresser on this wall we can move freely around the bed making the room feel more spacious.
Registration is required. Sign up at the Information Desk at the Newark Library, call Barbara at (510) 284-0684 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The library is wheelchair accessible. An ASL interpreter will be provided for this program if requested at least 7 days in advance. Voice (510) 284-0677 or TTD (888( 663-0660.
To download a flier of this event, click here: Feng Shui March 2016
Again, workshop details –
- Date: Saturday, March 12, 2016
- Time: 1-3 p.m.
- Where: Newark Library
- 6300 Civic Terrace Ave.
Newark, CA 94560
- Cost: All library programs are FREE
Putting out fires and swinging from one thing (or branch) to another is the theme for the next year and we are only one week into the Year of the Fire Monkey. At least, so far, that has been my experience.
Everything I have been able to find about the energies of the Year of a Fire Monkey led me to prepare for an exciting and fully packed 12-months. Delving deep into the details of contracts and acting quickly are imperative to avert disasters.
Celebrate the Beginning of the Chinese New Year , February 8, 2016
I can’t remember a year starting off with so many “attention-getters” – all happening almost simultaneously. Then again, with my awareness of the different Chinese animals and the Five Elements associated with the different years, it’s been 60 years since the last Year of the Fire Monkey. Quite frankly, I was too young to know or understand anything about energies at that age.
What I can say about the year ahead is that it will not be dull. Go ahead to make you plans to accomplish things knowing there will likely be alterations to those plans. There will be new possibilities thrown into the mix at any particular time.
When you have a chance during the year, think about what you really want and don’t want. Know which way you want to go with your dreams and life. Hard decisions will come up. You don’t want to fly off in a direction away from your dreams. You do want to swing into action to capture everything good, wonderful and in alignment with you goals. One new turn can make all the difference in the plan.
Family or Tribe –
Family is all important. Spend time with them and support them in any way you can.
Neat and Clean –
Clutter needs to be at a minimum. Continually remove. Toss old items. Rethink what you need. Get rid of damaged items and outdated clothing. Purchase minimal amounts of anything and use it up before it spoils or is outdated. Organize constantly. Get your home and office into better shape than it has ever been.
Exercise and Clean –
Monkeys are very athletic. They swing from branch to branch and hang by one arm. Sometimes they hang upside down getting a different perspective on their environment.
Look around your environment. Clean it up. The process of cleaning gives you exercise and also invigorates you when you see how nice it looks.
I’m finding this year is caring of many of the qualities from the Year of the Sheep. They are: 1) Taking care of ourself, 2) Organize, and 3) Spend time with family. Add to the mix the high-energy of FIRE and it’s explosive qualities causing burns and burn-out along with the playful antics and high energy of a MONKEY, we have an interesting year of strange and exhilarating possibilities.
Feng Shui in the Year of the Fire Monkey is going to take on a whole new intensity. Recent years have been flowing and growing slowly since these are the qualities of the elements of metal, water and wood – the elements of the last six years.
Golden Opportunities in the Year of the Monkey
This year is the beginning of two years of “fire” energy and with it the qualities of fire become predominate. A few “fire” qualities are explosiveness, fast acting, burnout, burn-up, jumping boundaries and starting new from smoldering embers.
In the real estate industry these can be very challenging aspects. It is already an industry filled with explosive possibilities and explosive tempers. There is so much to oversee, one can easily become overwhelmed and burn out. It’s also easy to feel the need to swing from one branch or focus to another without missing a beat.
Leran more about how the Year of the Fire Monkey will impact the real estate industry at the talk at SILVAR on Wednesday, February 17 at 2 pm.
Location: 19400 Stevens Creek Blvd., Suite 100, Cupertino, CA.
RSVP at: ims.silvar.org or (408) 200-0100
Gung Hay Fat Choy!
Gung Hay Fat Choy! –
Prosperous Chinese New Year of the Fire Monkey
Feng Shui has brought many cultural traditions and ceremonies I love with one of my favorites being the celebration of the Chinese New Year, especially the distinctions between the animals and the elements associated with each year. Today is the beginning of the Year of the Fire Monkey (February 8, 2016) and with it certain characteristics the monkey possesses.
Each year I research what the year might bring and share with my clients through my yearly teleseminar what to expect in as positive a way as possible in spite of the sometimes “dome and gloom” predicted by some. This year is no different, except I wanted to twist it around to make it exciting and encouraging.
Positive Qualities of the Monkey
As a spiritual coach as well as a Feng Shui Master, I’ve learned our future is determined by our mental outlook. As an entrepreneur I look at the potential to create in each year – what are the qualities most supportive for growth in my business during the year.
Celebrate the Beginning of the Chinese New Year , February 8, 2016
Here are some of the equalities associated with Monkey Years that can easily be utilized by business people and other professions for creative endeavors: Innovation, revolution, risking it all, health, grooming, exercise, environments, fitness and trickery. I include trickery in the form of fun and mischievous. Just be on the lookout for “get-rich-quick” schemes.
Qualities of Fire
There are five elements in the Asian tradition used in things like acupuncture and Feng Shui. They are wood, fire, earth, metal and water. These elements rotate through the Yearly Animals of which there are 12 to form a 60 year cycle (12 years x 5 elements = 60 different possible combinations).
Some of the characteristics of fire are fast moving, able to jump from one area to the next, smolders then explodes, igniting spark, warming and fuel to cook. Hence, these two properties – fire and monkey come together to create an interesting mix of risk-taking, innovation, revolution and ADD.
How these work together
Be prepared for wonderful opportunities to come, yet leave just as quickly if you don’t act on them. Have a plan mapped out that you would like to take, and what risks you are willing to take, in order to achieve this outcome. Know that you probably won’t be taking that road, but since you have thought it through, you can act on opportunities that might move you closer to your goal.
Fire consumes paper. If you have clutter, definetely get rid of it so you don’t get caught in the flames or get burned by it. It is possible to have more burnout during “fire” years since there is more drive associated with this element than the others.
Clutter – A Must to Remove Or You Can Get Caught in the Fire!
Clutter can trap you in a blazing inferno. Remove all possibilities of this occurring by de-cluttering and organizing your home and office.
Let the fire in your heart (passion),
Light the path you are to take this year.