Feng Shui Tips

The Ancient Art of Chinese Placement

You might ask what the color of your living room walls has to do with the way you feel. Maybe a lot. If you subscribe to the ancient art of Chinese placement, the location of your bedroom and the chimes hanging on your porch spell out your personal well-being. Chinese philosophy and wisdom and the practice of feng shui (pronouned fung shway) are tied closely together. They espouse the idea that everything, both animate and inanimate, holds life force energies. Proponants of feng shui encourage us to examine energy patterns to determine whether your home and objects are holding vibrant, thriving energy or blocking energy from moving in the most desirable positive flow.

Masters of the art of feng shui use the natural vital energies of the earth, known as chi (chee). Generally, malevolent energy patterns are removed first then positive enhancing energy is used to replacethem. Mirrors, crystals, bells, windchimes, rocks, statues, plants, flowers, aquariums, mobiles and water fountains are all part of the practitioner’s arsenal of tools. Color and placement of objects are also considered. It is intended to create a sense of balance and harmony in the living or working environment.

Ancient cultures were often led by shamans, who were revered for their practice of divination by means of line and geography before setting up villages. Gentle winds meant plentiful harvest, flowing springs meant abundant energy and energy meant survival. Later, the practice was combined with astrology and the art of feng shui – literally translated as ‘wind and water’ – became the art we know today.

The ancients believed that the earth and cosmos constitute one interwoven field of energy, something quantum physicists agree with today. They wanted their local geography to be in alignment with the electromagnetic energy grid of the earth, believing it had a major effect on the energies that effected both humans and their dwellings. Jagged objects like antennas or rocks should be countered with mirrors to reflect back the negative energy. The same holds true if you must live near a cemetary, mortuary, hospital, police stationor prison. Round objects such as stones, a gazebo or pond – even a round sand box or pool – can absorb wayward forces. Winding roads bring positive chi because they act like rivers. Forests mean growth and parks where children play mean youthful energy. Feng shui is an ancient art but it is not frozen in time. It is relevant for modern living and teaches us how to be attentive to the energies that flow around us.

16 Practical Feng Sui Principles

1 Put bedrooms at the back of the house where people feel more secure and therefore sleep more soundly. Do not place mirrors at the foot of the bed where they can reflect the sleeper.

2 Use mirrors to amplify light and to make confined areas appear larger.

3 Don’t use bunk beds for kids – the child on the bottom will experience compressed chi because of the weight above him.

4 Position the head of your bed up against a solid wall. Beds placed lengthwise along a wall create closed stagnant energy.

5 Make your home’s entrance bright and cheery. You can do this with light, color, crystals, flowers or plants.

6 Suspend chimes in the doorway to lift energy upward.

7 Hang mirrors at eye level. Mirrors that cut off your head can deplete your chi.

8 Never block entrances to the house – side, front, or back.

9 Place your bed in a position that affords you a clear view of the entrance to your bedroom without being in direct alignment with the entrance.

10 Bathroom doors in master bedrooms should be kept closed at all times. Wet energy drains chi.

11 If your front door aligns with and is visible to a back door or window, place a crystal between the two so money chi does not flow in one way and out the other.

12 Find the money spot in your business. It will be to the back left of the front entrance. Do not place registers or money counters near doors. If the room is large, place the register halfway back and to the left so you are not stuck in a corner far away from the activity.

13 If you live at the bottom of a hill or in the direct path of a curve in the road, place a mirror at the front of your house to divert forceful aggressive chi.

14 Clear clutter from walkways inside and out, closets and corners of rooms. Energy needs to flow. Clutter traps chi.

15 If you have a stairway that comes down too near the front door, hang wind chimes or bells outside the doorway to divert chi from running out of the house.

16 Place a flag or several flags outside your house or small business. Flags flowing in the breeze create moving chi which attracts people.