Feng Shui is an old chinese system of aesthetics believed to use the laws of both Heaven and Earth to help one improve life by receiving positive signals. The term Feng Shui translates in english as ” Wind-Water “. Traditional Feng Shui practice always requires an extremely accurate chinese compass in order to determine the directions in finding any location.
Feng Shui tries to harmonize the flow of life-energy through the house and concentrates on exact directions where objects, rooms, materials…etc are to be placed. This concept was widely spread throughout China in designing their homes, dwellings, graves….etc. The history of Feng Shui covers more than 3500 years before the magnetic compass was invented.
The goal of Feng Shui as practiced today is to situate the human built environment on spots with good ” Qi ” . The perfect spot is a location and an axis in time.
Qi pronounced as ” Chi ” in english is either a movable positive or negative life force which plays an important role in Feng Shui. Today Feng Shui is not practiced only by chinese but also by westerners. Much of the knowledge behind this concept has been lost due to the popularization of Feng Shui in the west without paying attention to it’s true meaning. It has become as aspect of interior design on the modern world.
What are the five elements of Feng Shui ?
-Water : Water as in trickling fountain, can signal networking, communication, professional opportunities and wealth, while running sink or toilet water that is just wasting water may signal loss of money or poor health.
– Wood : wood promotes development and creative energies. You can use wooden objects to promote motivation, inspiration and passion without overwhelming your home.
– Metal : metals are transmitters or conduct energy, introduction of metal can generate attention and transmit energy to that area.
– Earth : Earth itself has it’s solidity and permanence to it, the element of Earth represents stability,permanence and home.
– Fire : fire is considered the most powerful of the five elements, it represents energy and passion.
Below are some Feng Shui tips for your home :
1) There should be no shoes or slippers lying around outside the main door of your house. Remove it if you can. Allow that space at the main door to be free and clear. The chi (energy) rides with the wind and will collect all the smell of those shoes and slippers into your house causing sickness.
2) There should be no television sets in your bedrooms: If you cannot get rid of that habit then after watching the television cover it with a plastic table cloth. Remember it has to be plastic and not simply cloth.
3) There should be no mirrors opposite your bed or at the side of your bed. Mirrors opposite the bed can attract a third party to the relationship. Therefore, do not place mirrors anywhere you like and especially in your bedroom.
4) Place an indoor water fountain in your home, position in a favourable area to attract whatever you want in your life.
5) If you already have a fish tank in your house, be careful. A fish tank placed correctly can bring about greater fortune, as you will tap on the “Divine Water Dragon’s Den”. But if you tap wrongly, it can cause you to have lawsuits, bankruptcy, work pressure, troubles and problems. If you noticed any of these after placing the fish tank for approximately four months, shift your fish tank to another location.
6) In your kitchen, ensure that opposite your stove there is no refrigerator, washing machine, washbasin and toilet. The fire and water crash causing family members to have disagreements.
7) Try not to allow children to sleep on mattresses on the floor. Yes, this allows young children not to fall off beds but it also causes young children to fall sick frequently. The reason is: chi is not able to flow underneath the bed. Ideally, chi should circulate around the mattress where our children sleep to allow them to be healthy.
8) For young children, try to have their back to the wall when they write. It is important there should be a solid wall behind a children’s writing table. This allows the child to have support so that he can sit there and study longer rather than for only half an hour and then they tend to move about because there is no solid wall behind their back. Adjust your writing table.
9) Do not allow children to sleep on double bunk beds even if it means saving space. The child sleeping underneath will not have “fresh chi” and so his health might be weak.
10) Your bed should always have a solid wall behind you. This is important if you wish to have a good rest. A solid wall simply means that you can go into deeper sleep and therefore enabling you to have good rest so that when you wake up in the morning, you will feel fresh and well rested. This also allows you to be able to concentrate on your work better.
11) There should be no beam on top of your bed. The beam above causes chi to be pressured thus enabling you to have pressures in life. Therefore, don’t place furniture underneath it or alternatively level the beam.
12) If you have a lot of work pressure, maybe it’s the marble table that you have in your dinning room that causes you to have those problems. Remove that marble table and change to a wooden one or alternatively live with that work pressure!
13) If your child usually falls sick in that bedroom: Then either change them to another bedroom or simply hang a six rod metal wind chime as the metal element will break all the earth energies in that room. After hanging, if the wind could not do the job for you then you will have to “chime” it yourself and then watch for the good results.
14) Do not use a red sofa set: The colour red represent the element of fire. And for Feng Shui, some places simply cannot have the colour red in that sector. For example: the wealth area or some other sectors which without a Feng Shui check would be unable to tell you where it is. A red sofa sets gives rise to heavy work pressure, troubles and obstacles.
15) Always open your bedroom windows at least once 20 minutes a day to allow fresh chi to come in, we do this so that it allows fresh new chi from outside to come into your bedroom, if not you will be sleeping with stale chi every night. And if that happens, then how can you expect your life to bring in more good fortune to come to you? So open that window and never mind if dusts comes in! The great good fortune that you can have will far exceeds the time you take to clean off the dust.
Source : fengshuitips.co.uk