Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese art of creating harmony in an environment. The premise is that by following a specific floor plan, by placing objects in your home or office in certain locations, and by using special colors, among other features, you can bring a greater peace and serenity to your space. It is also used to empower the energy of work, love, money, and spiritual well-being.
In this article I am not going to give the history of Feng Shui, but rather show how it is used in practical ways. However, for anyone interested, there are many books and Internet websites available on this beautiful practice that you can explore and thus deepen your understanding of its principles.
A home has an ambience, a feeling about it anyone who enters it will sense, even unconsciously. You have often experienced this when you have visited someone. You are aware instantly of your own emotional reaction to a room. I don’t refer to a critical reaction of the decor, which is just subjective opinion, but instead to something deeper. You have a feeling of gladness or perhaps something melancholy. You might feel irritable or worried. You can also feel that you are in the midst of light and serenity.
Feng Shui describes the causes for each emotion, and a Feng Shui expert can provide remedies if the room has anything discordant or inharmonious going on. Another way more familiar to western people would be to say the room holds a certain vibration, and those “vibes” affect us strongly for good or ill. With Feng Shui, you can ensure a positive outcome. To those who study and master the art, it opens the way to prosperity and well-being at every level of existence.
First, to make the premise more accessible, here are just some features of home interior décor and construction that in Feng Shui would be seen as negative and in need of attention and correction:
One of the most popular illustrations of this lies in what happens when someone enters your house. Do they face a closet door? A mirror? A short hallway leading into another room? Or is there an extended hallway that leads straight to the back door? If this last aspect is the case, then all the energy coming into the house from the front door will whoosh right through the house and out the back door, and if it is valuable energy – or chi, as it is so often called in martial arts and meditation – it never has a chance to enhance your home and add something beneficial. The same thing happens if stairs face the front door – the chi races up or down the staircase and doesn’t have a good path to follow.
The center of your home is the most important area, and from it all the other aspects of chi flow. If the center room is a bathroom or bedroom, it will not help improve the energy or contribute to a positive ambience. Those rooms cannot be the central focus. Energy flow can stagnate.
Setting one side of your bed up tight against a wall prevents sleep from being beneficial. It is also advisable not to place the bed under a window, and to make sure the end of the bed is not facing the door to the room. All of these cause an unhealthy energy to flow through the room. In addition, television in the bedroom disrupts your eventual rest with its constant emission of EMF rays. The ads and programming can alter and reduce essential deep sleep.
What if rooms have doors directly opposite one another? It is considered a setup that encourages conflict among people in the house.
Mirrors facing one another can create a subconscious aggression in their effect, a kind of attack or bombardment on the senses. It can be lovely in short intervals, but as a constant décor, it decreases serenity.