Feng Shui principles applied to architecture, home site and interior design are practical and common sense directives not silly superstitions. Before you build, you should take care of the following : Slopes can create negative chi Avoid a slope incline more than 45 degrees. Apply remedies and cures for shar (negative) chi. Home near a power station Avoid power stations. They generate energy and can create energy chaos resulting in negative chi.
If you have no choice, place Feng Shui bagua mirrors outside the home to refl ect negative chi away from home. Home beside or in front of a cemetery A house that overlooks or has a view of a cemetery is considered ill placed since a cemetery is a place of death. You can use bagua mirrors on the outside of the home to help diminish the negative chi, but you should avoid living near a cemetery. House beside or near a junk yard This kind of clutter can be overwhelming.
Negative chi is diffi cult to counter. Streets and Houses The layout of the street in relationship to your home can either carry positive or negative chi to you. Avoid a house on a street that forms a noose around the house. Intersections and dead-end roads that dump into your home all bring poison arrows and too much chi. House numbers need to be visible and neat. Winding streets in hillsides and mountains help slow down the chi. Driveways should end at your house and not run along side your home and away through the back yard or in another direction. This kind of layout will assure opportunities bypass you. Interior You can help free up chi energy by applying basic Feng Shui principles. Front Entrance This is where chi energy enters your home so you should make it inviting and easy for the energy to enter.
Remove all obstacles such as shrubbery, objects, furniture, etc. Lighted entrance - Replace burned out light bulbs. Remove dead plants, trees and shrubbery. Trim and neaten up yard. Keep sidewalks and entrance swept and clean. Replace worn out doormats Oil squeaky hinges Tighten up loose doorknobs Repair or replace torn screens or blinds. Don’t align the front door directly across from the back door or the chi will go right through the house and out the back door. Staircases Staircases can cause the chi to rush through the front door and upstairs depriving the fi rst fl oor of positive chi. Don’t place a staircase directly across from front door entrance. Don’t make staircase cramped and narrow Don’t place a bedroom door that opens directly into a staircase.
Don’t use a spiral staircase - This causes energy to twist and rush upward and create negative chi. Kitchen The kitchen is the heart fi re of the home. Don’t place kitchen facing front door Don’t place kitchen facing bedroom Place kitchen in same direction (Kua) as main income-producer of home Don’t place oven and range in Northwest sector of kitchen. Keep oven, microwave, freezer, and refrigerator clean Wash dishes. Don’t let them pile up in sink or on countertops. Throw away spoiled food Bathrooms These are places of waste and debris removal. They are also sources of water which signifi es wealth. Don’t wash your money down the toilet. Close toilet lid before fl ushing and keep it closed when not in use. Keep bathroom door closed at all times. A red, black or dark blue mat around the base of toilet will assure wealth protection.
Place a mirror on the inside of bathroom door to refl ect any negative chi and containing it to the bathroom. Bedrooms These are the places where you want good relaxing chi energy fl owing freely. Don’t place bed directly across from door. Don’t place bed in front of window. Don’t sleep with feet facing door. Don’t sleep underneath beams. Place pink sheet over king size box springs, which are actually two twin beds, to avoid marital problems. Suspend a faceted crystal ball from overhead ceiling fan to defl ect negative chi. Windows and Doors Energy enters and leaves your home through doors and windows. You want to be mindful of this energy fl ow whenever placing furniture. Replace broken windowpanes. Make sure all windows and doors open and close easily. Replace tattered, torn or worn window treatments Repair broken door and window locks Avoid placing furniture that blocks doors and windows Guidelines Feng Shui is a matter of common sense and good hygiene. Vacuum, sweep or mop regularly Wash windows and door panes Remove cobwebs Mow yard regularly Trim shrubbery Rake leaves Empty trash Keep up with laundry Repair leaky faucets, sinks, etc.
These create drains on your fi nances. Replace burned out bulbs Replace dead plants and trees Declutter and organize closets and drawers Once you understand the basic Feng Shui rules, you can create a better energy fl ow in your home. Lighting Lighting in Feng Shui can often be used as remedies for problem areas. The theory in Feng Shui regarding lights and the illuminating of problem areas is about chi energy. Light is the physical manifestation of the Sun (solar energy). It also produces heat, which, of course, is yet another form the energy. Light is very important in creating a home conducive to balanced chi. A home that is too dark will have too much Yin energy.
Windows and skylights can help, but in cases where there aren’t enough windows or enough light entering your home, you can remedy this with appropriate lighting placement within your rooms. Lamps for More Light Lamps are one of the easiest and best ways to introduce more light into certain areas of your home. The rooms where you perform more activities and tasks require excellent lighting, such as the kitchen, hobby room and reading areas. You can add fl oor lamps and table lamps to introduce more Yang energy. Floor lamps, especially torchiere lamps, brighten up dark corners. A torchiere fl oor lamp is an excellent choice since the light shines up to the ceiling and is refl ected back into the room.
The upward lighting can serve as a cure for overhead beams by negating the inauspicious energy associated with beams. Entrances Need To Be Well Lit You should make sure that the entrance to your home or offi ce is well lit. Lights on either side of the outside door are the ideal to draw positive chi inside. Make sure you replace any burned out light bulbs. Many businesses leave the outside lights on day and night to ensure a continual attraction of business. Wall Sconces If you have a home offi ce, you can use wall scones on either side of the door to your office.
Sometimes adding wall lighting can present more expense and structural problems, so you may wish to use fl oor lamps instead. Don’t forget to add a few plants to help create healthy chi in your offi ce space. Harmful Lighting Feng Shui principles dictate that symbolism can be powerful. This holds true for lighting fi xtures. For example, you should avoid a low-suspended light fi xture that hangs from the ceiling. In Feng Shui, this symbol is one of hanging and considered very inauspicious for those who dwell in the home. For a room that is too dark and you need more lighting, you need to be careful not to make the room too bright. As with all things Feng Shui, you need to make sure that your lighting has a good balance and isn’t harsh. You may need to add more than one lamp to ensure that the lighting is balanced. In the same respect of lighting, multifaceted lights that fl ash shadows over the ceiling or walls are considered inauspicious. The reasoning behind this is that light should illuminate (Yang energy) and should be the predominant, not the dark and splotching shadows (Yin energy). Dim Lighting for Bedrooms If you have a room such as your bedroom or a meditation room, then lighting plays a very important part of the room function. You don’t want light that is very bright in your bedroom.
Choose what’s called soft light for your bedside lamps and avoid harsh overhead lighting and wall scone lighting, unless your light control has a dimmer switch on it. A light fi xture directly over the bed is considered inauspicious and can lead to health issues with your liver and eyesight. If a certain area of your home has too much wood energy, then you can counter it with bright lights since fi re is the element associated with light. Some Feng Shui practitioners suggest the combination of light and fan overhead fi xture since the movement of the blades will fan the fi re of the lights. Full spectrum lighting is the best lighting you can have in the areas of your home where there’s activity. Full spectrum lighting is a great way to bring the outdoors inside. Avoid placing full spectrum lighting in your bedroom and opt for other kinds of light bulbs that provide softer light conducive to relaxing.
Don’t Forget Exterior Lighting If you have an imbalance outside your home, you can often use lights to remedy any issue. Many times you can install fl oodlights, landscaping lights, wall sconce lights, and ceiling lights to correct Feng Shui problem areas. If your home has a missing corner, a light placed in the missing corner can often be all you need to do in order to restore balanced chi. You can use lighting in Feng Shui to continue your goal of balancing the chi energy in your home. Offi ce Classic Feng Shui requires knowing the building’s Flying Stars locations and the Kua number as well as your own fl ying stars and Kua number. Use basic Feng Shui rules and principles to improve your offi ce environment, business and career.
Outside Offi ce Entrance Make the entrance to your offi ce a clutter free zone. Remove any obstacle clients have in navigating into your offi ce. If you work from your home, strive to create an offi cial entrance. Place fl oor lamps or wall sconces on either side of the outside door Add a plant on either side of the entrance door.