“What is Feng Shui?” Interview with Imperial Master Mark Sakautzky about a natural science, that is often misunderstood

(Reading time 6 min.) Interview about the often misunderstood natural science of Feng Shui. Feng Shui is about natural behavior patterns and how the energies of life organize themselves.  It is not Chinese interior design! It is about a natural flow of chi and how healthy and human architecture can support that, so we can all benefit.

Question:

What is Feng Shui?

MS:

The standard answer is: the words mean wind and water. It originated in China. It dates back 3,000 years and has something to do with harmonious living. While all these statements are true, Feng Shui is so much more – it is deeper, more profound: acupuncture in the room. Systematic and energetic architecture. Living and work spaces that reflect the wonderful and omnipresent processes of nature. A science of experience. An integral planning tool for landscape, outdoor, living, and commercial environments. Feng Shui also encompasses many principles of Taoist philosophy, ethno mathematics, and sophisticated and highly logical analysis and evaluation systems.

Wasser, Formschule, See, Schweiz, Jiu Star, 8

Good feng shui is a combination landscape, water, wind and the way chi flows in nature. That is adapted to interior design concepts. Foto © Mark Sakautzky

Question:

What is meant by good Feng Shui?

MS:

With only a few exceptions, there really is no good or bad Feng Shui. There is Feng Shui that either aligns with the function of a space or it doesn’t. And there are rooms that either fit a person, or they don’t. This is why most people intuitively feel “I am comfortable here” or “I want to get out of here.” And this has nothing to do with the quality or value of the interior decor, or the expense or exotic nature of the landscaping. What it does relate to is the “spirit”, the essence of a location, the superordinated quality of a room – also an outdoor environment. In the tradition of historic European ecclesiastical construction, for example cathedrals, we are referring to the “genius loci”.

Question:

An example?

MS:

The port of Hamburg has a different atmosphere than the affluent suburb of Blankenese. The energy, the “chi”, of Blankenese is different than the chi of Altona, with its multi-cultural influence and completely different architecture. A beautiful pond surrounded by cat tails has a different chi than a Zen garden. A roundabout has a different traffic chi than an intersection with a traffic light. Different things are occurring; processes are organized differently; and the atmospheres are not the same. It is not without coincidence that, for example, in our everyday conversation we say “you can cut the air with a knife” when referring to the dense negativity in the atmosphere of a room following a heated argument or a long illness.

Question: 

How does this play out in a consultation?

MS:

Feng Shui consultants are often regarded as Chinese interior designers, but this is false. 70% of Feng Shui takes place outdoors, in nature. This is where you have lightning, thunder, sun, rain, etc. These are direct and powerful forces of nature that affect all of us. If I, as a consultant, can lead this chi, this live spirit, into a house in a precisely-controlled manner and in accordance with nature, then the inflow of chi is so good that often the interior decor no longer plays a major role from an energy standpoint, and becomes “merely” a complementary visual touch and helps with functionality. In other words, it is the icing on the chi cake. Interior decor, shapes, color, and material selection are also included in a Feng Shui consultation, but their roles “are called upon” only at the very end.

Wasser, Wasserfall, Schweiz

Water is the source of life and has powerful chi. In Feng Shui this chi can be harnessed and used – a good feng shui consultant will know. Foto © Mark Sakautzky

Question:

Can you give us an example of that?

MS:

What we are talking about here is energy, about chi. This is the life force that, for example, Shaolin monks, through years of training, can harness and concentrate into the sides of their hands so that they are able to split rocks and hard wooden boards with them. It has been proven that this would not be possible with just muscle power alone. Everything has chi: every plant, every piece of furniture, every human being, every rock, every room, every animal, every path, every pond. Energy is transported via a shape, for example. A ball feels and acts differently than a dice, just by virtue of the release of energy, of chi, at the edges. The color green has a different frequency and oscillation than the color blue. This is all measurable. Now, if two energies collide that grate on one another and don’t communicate energetically, then there is tension in the room and friction between occupant, function, and the space. This is what we resolve in a consultation: by correlating the energies, frequencies, and oscillations in such a way that they communicate well with one another. When I am doing a Feng Shui consultation, it is often as though the house is a gathering of musicians who are all playing something different. That’s when I step in, tell everyone to be quiet, and arrange everything anew so that the cacophony can turn into a symphony. It swings, it grooves, it is beautiful music in the form of harmonious interplay between person, room, shape, color, material, and function allocation. You have a feeling of wellbeing. Actually, it’s “just” quantum physics with a healthy dose of common sense.

Question:

How is this implemented?

MS:

I give my clients very pragmatic and practical suggestions as to what to do. Often it really is not that much. Some people do not have lights outside the house, no name plate on the door, the front door is difficult to locate, and the front yard is overgrown. How can chi, energy, people, visitors, or friends, possibly come to you? Many people have their trash cans visible and look at them every morning and every evening – they don’t even notice them anymore until I draw attention to them again. IMG_8666What would you see if you were to open every door in the house 15 cm – what would you notice at first glance? This is the calling card of a room; this sets the tone for the whole room. Are there old newspapers or sneakers strewn around, or is there a nice picture on the wall? Can you see a beautiful plant or flower? Based on my knowledge and evaluation methods as Imperial Feng Shui Master with many years of experience, I am generally in a position to correct more complex problems with precisely the right measures, and often only a few of them. “A lot” is not necessarily very helpful. Doing the right thing, in the right place, at the right time – that’s what is important. And there won’t be a Chinese influence after my consultation. I work with European materials and modulate the implementation to fit the individual characteristics and lifestyle of the client. I have a broad network of landscape designers, carpenters, painters, interior decorators, building biologists, architects, etc. at my disposal. But the client is also welcome to do or direct the implementation on his or her own. Upon request, I will be happy to assist.

Question:

What costs are associated with a consultation?

MS:

Generally, I need approximately a day for a regular single family home or apartment. This also applies to commercial or retail space up to approx. 160 square meters. For larger properties or new construction projects I will prepare a customized proposal. A comprehensive “regular” consultation costs roughly between 1,000 and 1,600 Euros, depending on the scope.

 

Background information:

Master Mark Sakautzky was trained in special techniques available to only very few Feng Shui consultants, the so-called Imperial Feng Shui which, until 1912, was exclusively reserved to the court of the Chinese Emperor. This highly complex and scientific Feng Shui is based on a special binary code of the 64 hexagrams, as developed by Shao Yong (1011-1077) and only very few masters work with this extraordinary technique. For his quality management in feng shui project development he has been certified by ISO 9001. 

In addition to his consulting and coaching activities (for example also for publicly-traded companies), Master Mark Sakautzky also operates the International Feng Shui Academy in Ahrensburg (IFSA ® Hamburg). The school is accredited by the Berufsverband Feng Shui & Geomantie (Würzburg) (Professional Association for Feng Shui & Geomancy) and trains professional Feng Shui consultants. Students who successfully pass the exam receive the corresponding certification. Feng Shui consultancy training begins every year in the spring and fall. Additional training locations include Frankfurt. For more information, please go to the website www.internationale-fengshui-akademie.de, or call 04102-6665311.

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