(Reading time 3 minutes.) Why is it that the UN, although purported to be powerful, is often powerless? Upon building completion of the new chancellery in Berlin, why was it only a matter of time that a woman would become chancellor? Why is Frankfurt on the Main (river) a financial center? Why are certain regions successful and prosperous while social hotspots are only a few kilometers away?
Feng Shui can give precise answers
Feng Shui can provide astonishingly precise answers to these kinds of questions in terms of building positioning and street routing of a particular area. “Of course, these are pieces of a larger puzzle, but this 3,000-year-old science can often shed light on important aspects that, for example, affect city development,” says Mark Sakautzky, renowned Imperial Feng Shui Master in Germany. He serves as a consultant to publicly-traded companies, municipal builders, mid-sized corporations, and numerous private individuals on a broad range of construction projects.
What is really important in Feng Shui?
“One key factor is how and where water is present,” explains Sakautzky, who has studied the flow of the Elbe River in Hamburg and is knowledgeable on the subject: “Whenever water reaches a city or part of a city from the southeast, there is a very high likelihood that a great deal of positive life energy can be garnered there, and, as a result of that positive energy, prosperity.”
He teaches why this is the case to selected students enrolled in a one-year training curriculum to become certified Feng Shui Consultants. The elite academy is accredited by the Berufsverband Feng Shui & Geomantie e.V. (Professional Association for Feng Shui & Geomancy) and enjoys an excellent reputation among its peers. “We are not working with incense and images of dragons or waterfalls. Instead, we implement concrete and tangible planning methodologies in order to optimally integrate buildings into the existing urban infrastructure.” The principles of Feng Shui apply to development, access/entry, landscaping, and lighting, as well as function allocation and planning of interior spaces, and, ultimately, the decorative and design aspects of interior environments. “However, 70% of Feng Shui occurs outside,” explains Master Sakautzky, who often has to clarify the image that Feng Shui is a type of Asian interior design. “A lot of books in the semi-professional arena describe it as such. They show beautiful colors and furniture, bathroom features, etc. But this is only a small component of consulting and it is a direct result of complex calculation and evaluation methods. “A competent Feng Shui consultant can identify the exact acupuncture point inside a room so that the chi, the life force, can flow optimally within the space. Thereby, a room, as well as the person who lives there, can realize his or her full energy and be healed.
Key points in a consultation
In a Feng Shui consultation, different spatial energetics are analyzed and aligned in relationship to one another. A high-level Feng Shui consultation thus has nothing to do with Chinese furniture placement, or what color is displayed on the wall. These are subordinated and complementary themes. A well-executed Feng Shui consultation first concentrates on the exterior (traffic, access, surrounding buildings, landscaping, water, etc.), and then addresses interior rooms, offices, retail space, etc. A “contemporary” term for a Feng Shui consultation would be something like the development of a psychological profile for a room. In conjunction with the room function, four cardinal directions, lighting conditions, windows, entry, door specifications, and the flow of movement, these are then all brought into harmony within the space.
Only when the basic energy (chi) flows, for example:
– how do I move about in a room (including exterior
– what is obstructing the pathways?
– what leads guests, visitors, persona into which rooms?
– what level of protection and comfort is offered by the
work area, the bed, the desk, the sofa, the armchair?
– how well do the person, the room, and the function
harmonize with one another?
does the Feng Shui consultation turn to the decorative concepts: color, materials, shapes, light sources, images, furniture, plants, etc.