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Kosher Feng Shui

Posted on 18 July 2010

Is there such a concept as Kosher Feng Shui?

10 sources from the Torah showing the chochma behind feng shui.

People ask me how I can reconcile Torah with the Chinese study of Feng Shui. After talking to Rabbonim and reading Torah hashkafa, I say there is such a concept of Kosher feng shui.

At first, the two studies may sound contradictory with feng shui seeming “avodah zara-like”. Take your time, keep your mind open when reading the Torah sources and if you choose to learn more about Feng Shui, do so with an open and closed mind. Open to understanding what the Chochma is behind it (after all, the knowledge of it was sent from Hashem and picked up by the Chinese) and closed to the parts of the study that I have not reconciled for you.

Torah sources that indicate a possible reconciling with the art of Feng Shui

  • Objects in the Bays Hamikdosh had very specific positions they were supposed to be in.
  • Shinui Makom, Shinui Mazal. Changing your place changes your luck.
  • The Baal Shem Tov speaks of the importance of returning lost objects because there is a soul connection between us and anything that belongs to us. We see this illustrated when Yaakov, our forefather, went back to retrieve the little jugs, “Pachim Ketanim”.
  • The gemarah advises us to position our bed in certain directions if you want to have a son or daughter, want to become rich, or wise.
  • The instructions for how to make the vessels in the Bayis with what elements (gold, metal) were very specific and with reasons as to what they were meant to represent.
  • Terumas Hadeshen, the Kohanim “changed the garbage” and took the ashes out every morning. Lehavdil, clearing out clutter and dirt is a very important principle of feng shui.
  • There is a pasuk that instructs us to learn out loud so the “walls” can hear it. Houses and our possessions absorb positive and negative energies.
  • The Mesilas Yesharim emphasizes the importance of keeping clean, again a main principle in feng shui.
  • In the Sefer Hachinuch on the topic of Korban Pesach, the words are used, “Chitzoniyus meorreres es ha penimiyus”, we peform physical actions to influence how we feel internally. Our external surroundings have a huge impact on how we feel inside.

What I recommend you do

Now that you know how you can safely tread through feng shui and use it in your kosher home to change your mazal, you can read Karen Kingston’s two books on feng shui.  Karen is a well known feng shui practitioner and presents the study so beautifully, practically, and easy to implement. You will feel comfortable with Karen and like how she gives feng shui a really tangible feel by expressely talking about clutter together with feng shui.

“Whenever I come across clutter, its energy field is unmistakeable. It presents an obstacle to the flow of energy, and  has an unpleasant, sticky, unclean feel to it, as if I’m moving my hands through unseen cobwebs. That is what first made me realize clutter causes problems in peoples lives. It also has a distinctive, pervasive, musty odor that I can smell if I walk into someones home, even if the clutter is hidden away from sight. Actually, if I tune in, I can also smell it in a person’s aura (the energy field around the body) if he or she stands near me because the aura becomes imbued with the smell of it. But don’t worry if you ever meet me in person- there is so much clutter in this world that I don’t tune in this way too often! The good news is that after clearing clutter, this unwholesome stagnant energy and accompanying odor quickly disappears.”

The only downside to Karen’s book is if you are having a hard time understanding this concept of “energy” (I did too!), the approach may be bothersome to you. She is so in touch with her environment that I think it would be hard for her not to mention the word.

So, if you are intrigued by it all and you can read with an open and closed mind, go ahead and read both of Karen’s books. (I listened to the audio tapes also and loved them) I caution you though-if you are particularly sensitive to reading books from other cultures and do not want to sift through kosher and not so kosher, then stick with your Gemara.

3 Responses to “Kosher Feng Shui”

  1. Sheena says:

    Thank you so much for this article! I’m fascinated by the concept of feng shui and became interested in a kosher version of it when a friend of mine was sitting shiva for her mother and invited a Chabad Rabbi to walk through her home and advise her about the interior arrangement. He walked through each room saying things like “This is okay. This is not ideal. This table is in a high traffic area and has pointy edges that can hurt someone. etc.”

    I’ll be blogging about this soon and appreciate the resources you’ve provided. Would you like me to post a link to this page as a resource?


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