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Compendium with Master Practitioner Consultant Dr. Soha Eid

Fate and luck — are beyond our control. But the possibility to take the advantage of your strengths while minimizing your weaknesses is still there. You ask HOW?! We got some insight from the first Egyptian with an International Certificate in Feng Shui; Dr. Soha Eid on the what’s, how’s and why’s of the ancient Chinese practice.

What is Feng Shui?

Feng Shui — which literally translates to “wind and water” — is an ancient Chinese art of placement. It’s used to enhance the flow of chi (life force or spiritual energy) and create harmonious environments that support health, wealth and happiness. It is a combination of intuitive psychology, numerology and superstition. At its most basic level, Feng Shui is a decorating discipline based on the belief that our surroundings affect us.

When did Feng Shui came about?

The practice of Feng Shui was developed in China over a 4,000-year period. Initially, people wanted to come up with principles that secure their homes—and more importantly their tombs! They wanted them placed in locations offering shelter from winter storms, floods and blazing heat. And Feng Shui offered them the harmonious flow of energy they needed.

How did you discover your passion for energy healing, and why particularly Feng Shui?

It started 12 years ago with my Korean friend who told me about a traditional practice of her grands that they used for cleansing bad energy. She was talking about Feng Shui, and I was surprised by the name as I thought it’s some sort of martial art like Karate or Taekwondo. I found it very interesting and somehow related to old practices of our grandparents like cleaning the floor with sea salt to get rid of bad energy and closing bathroom doors and seeing them as negative rooms in the house. I learned that Feng Shui is like math. Anyone can learn it.  And hence I started studying Feng Shui.

How does Feng Shui work?

Feng Shui doesn’t need you to believe or even be aware of it for it to work. But you gotta always keep in mind that although it can be very effective; it’s not a guarantee for greatest wealth, health and happiness. There are no books or websites that explain the Feng Shui practice in detail or elaborate on the advance uses of the concept. Most of them teach you a certain method, but it does not give you the secret usage of the technique.

Do you live by the rules of Feng Shui?

Of course I do. When I started studying Feng Shui, all my concern was to learn how to Feng Shui my house. I practiced the rules I learned on my small community and I was surprised that it worked. After finishing my studies in Hong Kong and Singapore, I found out that I am the first Arab to receive the Feng Shui license from the International Feng Shui Association worldwide. I feel lucky for that as you cannot practice Feng Shui consultation without that license.

Are there limitations to the practice of Feng Shui?

Absolutely not! Feng Shui rules does apply to everything. Even large corporations like Microsoft and HSBC have applied Feng Shui to create harmonious workplaces and increase productivity. Famous believers like Bill Gates and Oprah Winfrey have made the concept popular all over the world.

What are architectural guidelines of energy according to Feng Shui?

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There are some guidelines that architects should take into consideration when illustrating the outline of a new construction, the most important are:
1- Areas of rest should be kept separate from areas of work. Physical and/or psychological design elements should be strategically located to separate them.

2- The quality of the entry door determines the quality of the energy entering the place. The doors should be solid, and the front door should become a feature of the place by using a bright color (red seems to be preferable).

3- It’s important to promote natural ventilation and an abundance of daylight inside the house. Floor-to-ceiling windows maintain maximum amount of natural daylight, and operable windows in the right locations allow for excellent natural ventilation.

4- The center of the place should be empty to let the energy circulate properly.

5- The front entry should be clean, creative and well-maintained. And building numbers should be clearly visible.

6- It’s vital to consider shape and scale. Contrary to popular belief, Feng Shui doesn’t exclusively favor elements with rounded edges. In fact, a variety of shapes are the best bet for achieving a well-balanced spot.

What’s Feng Shui best tip for prosperity? 

In Feng Shui, the South-East sector is the wealth sector and it can be activated by good luck charms and Feng Shui cures. Adding the element of wood (e.g. a jade plant) or a symbol of wealth (e.g. three Chinese coins tied together with a red ribbon) help stimulating the prosperity factor.

Finally, we asked Dr. Soha Eid to enlighten us with some Feng Shui tips easy for anyone to apply… Next are her top 10 most favorites!

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