The Real Feng Shui


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A client suggested I write a blog post on Vastu as the real Feng Shui. What does that actually mean, the real Feng Shui? Both Vastu and Feng Shui are Asian traditions of sacred space and thousands of years old—although they function as entirely different bodies of knowledge. Why would Vastu be the real Feng Shui? My client called Vastu the real Feng Shui because of the profound benefits she experienced from applying my Vastu design consultation recommendations to her living space. It truly became a more conscious home. 

In spite of the value and wide recognition of Feng Shui and the dozens of Feng Shui books that have been available for many years, it’s not the original or the most potent design system on the planet. It's simply had better marketing!

Vastu is the original green, sustainable design system; it is the first sacred space design and architectural protocol for all buildings. Vastu predates all other design systems. Its origins go back ten to fourteen thousand years ago when seers cognized Vastu's secrets from the subtle, unseen, inner mechanics of creation. It is thousands of years older than and part of the origin of Feng Shui. Emperor Ashoka sent trained teams throughout Asia to share India's wisdom traditions. This quick teaching of Vastu, combined with China's native geomancy and their siting of graves to give benefit to the living ancestors, grew into Feng Shui.

Vastu is 100% in alignment with the laws of nature, which are its absolute guidelines. These guidelines are true for the entire planet, since they are cosmic, universal truths. Aligning your intention with something that is completely in accord with nature is very powerful in its effect and therefore very useful. Feng Shui recommends the use of water features, Using Vastu we know better where to place water features like the lovely fountains pictured above, so that we reap benefits and not a negative vibrational influence.

If you’re not familiar with Vastu, read more about it here on my Vastu sacred space design website:

Learn more about the differences and similarities between the Asia-originated Feng Shui and Vastu, plus other Asian design systems of Japan's Wabi-Sabi and the Chinese Taoist approach, Wu Wei. I compare them all in this article on my website:

My blog post on Misconceptions about Vastu also shares some information on this topic.

originally published as a blog post September 15, 2014. photo: Erika Blumenfeld.