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What is the Pyramid School of Feng Shui?

In order to create “successful” environments, we use the knowledge and wisdom from various schools of Feng Shui, with a focus on the Pyramid School. Since the person is the central concern, Pyramid Feng Shui incorporates the knowledge gathered from Biology, Psychology, Geology and other social/physical sciences. We also factor in the effects of color, music/sound, aroma, light and design. All of these bring Feng Shui into a contemporary paradigm, one that is responsive to life challenges and sensitive to today’s cultural diversity.

Pyramid Feng Shui Overview:

Pyramid Feng Shui is a contemporary western adaptation of ancient Chinese Feng Shui, integrating biology, psychology, cultural anthropology, physics and other environmental considerations to assess how an individual experiences their environment. Recommendations are substantiated using information from these social and scientific fields. Pyramid Feng Shui also places the individual at the center of the process by using a customized approach that takes into account the culture, beliefs, and design preferences of the client.

Through an integrated approach of the use of these disciplines, Pyramid Feng Shui practitioners identify the many influences of the person-place connection and create recommendations for long-lasting, sustainable change, achievement of goals, and support of positive living.

Pyramid Feng Shui History and Detailed Description:

Pyramid School Feng Shui was founded by Nancilee Wydra, who in the early 1960's, started her pioneering research on the human condition as it relates to the environment in both nature based and built spaces. She traveled extensively to study feng shui and a myriad of other disciplines in order to compile scientific research that substantiated feng shui's basic tenets. In 1989 she officially founded the Pyramid School of Feng Shui and in 1991 Ms. Wydra assembled her research and teachings into a formal educational program and launched the Feng Shui Institute of America (FSIA), the umbrella under which Pyramid School is taught. It was one of the first professional certification schools in America based on a contemporary, Western approach that blended traditional feng shui tenets, Eastern philosophy and social/physical/environmental sciences. At this point, Pyramid Feng Shui, as taught by FSIA, became committed to introducing cutting edge research and incorporating fields related to feng shui into the curriculum of its certification program, For example, FSIA was the first to introduce Bau-Biologie to a feng shui study program with Helmet Ziehe, founder of the Bau-Biologie Institute, being a guest teacher.

Leading experts in various fields have contributed to the expansion of Pyramid Feng Shui e.g. cultural anthropology as presented by Edward T. Hall, aromatherapy as presented by John Steele, molecular cell biology as presented by Dr. Bruce Lipton, the organic nature of the bagua along with the eight basic patterns found in nature as presented by Richard Feather Anderson, “archimapping” aka Primary Imaging as presented by Beverly Payeff and Holons as a diagnostic tool as presented by Nancilee Wydra.

There is a large emphasis on the interaction of micro and macro systems, and for this reason the pyramid as a shape was chosen to represent Pyramid School's approach to feng shui. The classic pyramid model proposes that everything is built from a foundation and that the most basic ingredients must be expressed before higher forms can result. This is very similar to Abraham Maslow's concept of the hierarchy of needs. Traditional thought concerning the pyramid is that its apex is the link between heaven and earth.

Although Pyramid School encompasses many of the major concepts shared by Form and Compass Schools, and Black Sect Tantric Buddhism, it strives to synthesize the wisdom and knowledge from traditional schools while providing a core knowledge based on universal laws while filtering in cultural and geographical proclivities. There is a heavy emphasis placed on current social, physical, and environmental sciences. Pyramid School investigates and uncovers what is considered to be genetically encoded human behaviors, innate release mechanisms and patterns of nature as they affect human response. The exploration and expansion of the person/place connection is the foundation of Pyramid School Feng Shui.

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Several aspects of Pyramid School distinguish it from other schools. First, an underlying premise that an individual's current symptoms, issues, and personality expressions take precedence over explanations of a person based upon, for example, their birth date. For that reason, much emphasis is placed on the development and utilization of diagnostic tools, some of which include:

  • Elemental personality testing (Five Elements) - a technique used by Pyramid School Feng Shui to determine an individual’s combined elemental overt and hidden combinations based on TCM’s Five Elements.
  • Holons - a system of systems that includes a graduated hierarchy where all components must be in place for the individual to be able to achieve goals. A pyramidal shape is used to represent this system and the selection of the appropriate holon(s) is based on the feng shui’s professional’s diagnostic ability. The purpose of Holons is to evaluate a client's issues in order to make appropriate feng shui recommendations. There are several Holons that practitioners can access, e.g. Tao Holon, Yin/Yang Holon and Self-Actualization Holon to name a few.
  • Archityping – a discipline that incorporates cellular structures and processes of the human visual system in order to decode an individual’s experience of place that is not consciously accessible. Archityping is used to determine a person’s pre-verbal memory of place along with cognitive/visceral experiences in order to provide for a supportive environment. It is based on the Archi-Mapping process developed by Beverly Payeff in conjunction with research at Harvard and M.I.T.
  • Scagging - a tool that uncovers gender roles, social economic status, support systems, generation and historical references, and positive and negative geographical/geological conditions.
  • Use of sensorial systems enhancements - process methods via the five senses.

The Pyramid School of Feng Shui continually seeks out and incorporates leading edge research along with cultural, environmental and geographical factors that support the science of person/place connection. It is in this way that feng shui stays current and responsive to the culture it serves.

Pyramid School Feng Shui or Pyramid Feng Shui is not to be confused with a teaching institution. Pyramid School Feng Shui is a style of feng shui or philosophy such as Compass School or Form School; however it is a contemporary school such as Intuitive Feng Shui or Integrative Feng Shui. Feng Shui Institute of America, LLC (FSIA) is the official teaching and certification institution for Pyramid Feng Shui.

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"I never mentioned the Space Clearing to anyone: I wanted proof that it brought results. What a surprise. My clients asked me what I had done. The general consensus was that it felt more positive and comforting; believe me that’s what a therapist wants to hear. What I wasn’t prepared for was the resignation of a problem employee the day after the Space Clearing. Now I know what you mean about the positive pushing out the negative." Tom B.

"Thanks Sylvia! You have had a tremendous positive impact on my life and I'm so grateful!! Before you came into my life, I felt stuck with no sense of direction. Now, I just keep going and going like an energizer bunny Boy you weren't kidding about being in my "fire stage"-.LOL. It has been a whirlwind but many changes and things headed towards the right and loving life. You helped me create a wonderful energy throughout my home. I get compliments from everyone who visits." Marie B.

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