From the beginning of my architectural education I was intrigued by the mystery that old civilisations expressed in their architecture.
It seems to me in our modern & fast way of life we have lost the knowledge that our ancestors used to know. In architectural terms, it seems that it was common knowledge where to build and how to orientate a buildings in the landscape and seamlessly blend both of them together. Many churches, abbeys and castles still preserve a powerful magnetism that attracts people to them.
I always pondered and tried to put myself onto the world view that those people had in order to understand the reasons behind their ways of building.
When I discovered Feng Shui I found a profound connection between landscape, buildings and how both influence its inhabitants. Feng shui is based on the Taoist vision and understanding of nature, particularly on the idea that the land is alive and filled with Chi, or energy.
There are three basic approaches to Feng Shui:
Modern Feng Shui
More information and a good starting point here.
The personal approach I favour with my level of actual knowledge is a combination of the three. Therefore, Feng Shui is used to determine which area of a home has positive/negative energy flow and how to arrange the furniture and decorations in the house in order to encourage the flow of energy. It also recommends certain house layouts or house features to be avoided or to be encouraged.
As a result of following some simple basic steps and principles a house can be costumise to suit its dwellers. Of course, you can always hire a professional Feng Shui consultant and do a detailed customization of your house. A good practical book to start with is A Master Course in Feng Shui or any other by the author Eva Wong.
But at the end of the day your intention for improving the energy flow in the house has a great power too. So, then do what is feasible for to you and do and do not worry too much about what do not. For there is always scope to do more and never stop.