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Lenore Weiss Baigelman and Nancilee Wydra

The Foundation of Connectedness

by Lenore Weiss Baigelman & Nanilee Wydra

Tao (dow) traditionally is thought of as the way things naturally are. It is a process rather than a thing. In the context of buildings, Tao sheds light on our need for centeredness. From the electron’s flight around a nucleus to planets orbiting our sun, every system needs a central core that is both definable and vital to the system’s functioning. Humans are pack animals and our environments need to support the feeling of being in a delineated, finite space with a clear-cut heart or center. Whether you live with five others or alone, your home and the broader environment in which you live needs a heart. In a town square, park or boulevard lined with cafés or in the home a place that allows the residents to dine, relax or socialize is precisely what the Tao is all about.

Applied to how we live, the Tao draws us out of isolation into involvement or interaction. The Tao of home, then, emphasizes the importance of common spaces. A space where residents dine, socialize, and relax is the nucleus of a home, which is a physical expression of the Tao. Homes that do not provide any connective central areas engender a feeling of isolation in their inhabitants. Homes that separate the functions of dining, socializing and relaxing discourage intimate associations and can ultimately produce a malaise that prods the inhabitants to fill much of their time with TV watching, working or engaging in other solitary activities. If there are no visible connections to dining, socializing and relaxing, a home will not have a recognizable, life-supporting heartbeat.

Literature and folklore often refer figuratively, as well as literally, to the life supporting center as the "hearth". The word "hearth" is derived from the Old English "heorth" which comes from the Indo-European "ker." "Ker" is the ancient word for "fire." Figure 1.1 shows how to support this need for centeredness by removing walls to connect disparate spaces in a home.


Fig 1.1

Every space has the potential to meet your needs. Whether you are thinking about altering one room in an existing home, building an addition or shaping a dream home, our book Feng Shui Principles for Building and Remodeling provides information for concepts that

Feng Shui Principles for Building and Remodeling by Nancilee Wydra and Lenore Weiss Baigelman

  • Translates feng shui’s for today’s built environment in meaningful, relevant ways
  • Thorough assessments of individual requirements to help select architectural patterns for supporting lifestyle needs
  • Gives clear examples of emotional messages transmitted by building materials and aesthetic choices
  • Offers in-depth guidance to facilitate whether to remodel, buy or build
  • Supplies a framework to understand how room juxtapositions can support the highest and best use of space
  • Provides fully developed concept-floorplans for contemporary family and alternative living arrangements
  • Proves that aesthetics are only one component in the palette of building a work of art called home.

© Copyright 2002 Lenore Weiss Baigelman and Nancilee Wydra.  All Rights Reserved.

Lenore Weiss Baigelman
Lenore Weiss Baigelman, AIA, FSII, Architect, Author, Speaker, Consultant. With a strong background in architecture and interior design, Lenore has been responsible for the design of numerous building types and projects. Maintaining a keen interest in both the tangible and intangible quality of space, she has enthusiastically integrated the application of feng shui into the practice. Sharing her fascination with the way people experience their personal environments, she is a national speaker, teacher, and consultant on the subject of feng shui as "The Person-Place Connection." Her website is www.fullcirclearchitects.com.

Nancilee Wydra
Nancilee Wydra, FSII, Feng Shui Master and author of eight books on feng shui, travels the country lecturing and consulting for Fortune 500 companies and individuals. She is the founder of the Feng Shui Institute of America and has developed the first nationally certified professional training program on feng shui in the country. To secure additional information about her lecturing, consulting and teaching contact her at: NancileeWy@aol.com or visit www.windwater.com or 888-488-FSIA or --for FREE answers to feng shui questions: www.EfengshuiUSA.com.


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