The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new. – Socrates
Chi (qi) is an ancient concept which teaches us of the existence of an invisible force or energy that is constantly flowing everywhere. Our quality of life can be diminished or improved depending on the way it flows in our environment. Whenever chi finds obstacles for circulating we will notice it since it will directly affect our lives. Feng Shui (literally “Wind-Water”) can manipulate this energy to bring about harmony in a person’s environment and create health and well-being in their body and mind. The action of feng shui takes place through the invisible energy known as chi. Chi is a broad term for not only the energy that flows through the human body but all the energies that exist around us. Feng Shui is based on the idea that energy or Chi, can be influenced and directed by nature and its various elements, by the placement of objects of various shapes and colors in different configurations, by sound and by the human mind.
Qi is mostly used to describe the forces that cannot be seen, but has the ability to impact us, either physically or mentally. Let me give you some illustrations. We are able to feel most Qi by using our five senses other than sight and taste. Our other three senses are: touch, sound, and smell. Some examples are wind, heat waves, humidity, static, electric currents, and other types of energy that you can feel with your skin, muscles, and nerves.
Feng shui tells us that windows facing north bring colder air in winter than windows facing the other direction. With this knowledge, we can make proper adjustments to keep us warm, such as making more use of other windows for fresh air during winter. Another example is living under high voltage electric lines. Feng shui tells us that electricity brings negative Qi that affects both our physical and mental health.
Sound is also a form of Qi. When sound becomes noise, it is a Qi that negatively affects us. That is why feng shui suggests that we avoid neighborhoods that are noisy, because the negative Qi in the form of noise bring negative consequences to our lives.
Chi is the natural energy exchange which exists among everything on earth, and it shouldn't be blocked. In the practice of Feng Shui, chi should always be able to flow freely through any space in order to help us remain in balance with the elements surrounding us. Chi is what brings us positive energy and allows us to be prosperous in our lives.
Feng Shui Chi enhancements are objects that you can place in an area in your home to stimulate chi and provide an opportunity to "shift" or move the energy in your home. The goal is to manipulate the energy in your home so that it nourishes and supports you in manifesting your intentions.
WIND CHIMES Wind Chimes should be hung where they can naturally catch the movement of chi. Wind Chimes made of high quality metal for the most pleasant sounds. They can be used to correct an element imbalance of metal when having 6 rods.
MIRRORS Mirrors are called "the aspirin of Feng Shui" because they are useful for so many different purposes, but how and when to use them is very important. In Feng Shui applications, mirrors serve three basic purposes:• Expansion • Reflection • Deflection (Outside of the home only) A few guidelines for mirrors: Not facing your front door, reflecting a cluttered area or in the bedroom.
COLOR The use of color is the most powerful and easiest enhancement that you can make to your home. Placing an object or picture in a specific color in an area of your home can help to stimulate chi and attract good energy. Additionally, the color that represents the Bagua area in the home will be equally beneficial. As always, surround yourself with your favorite colors.
LIGHTING If you are looking to add energy to a specific area of your life "light it up"! Add lighting to dark or neglected spaces to attract positive energy. Add a timer to a bedside lamp to bring romance energy to the Love and Romance corner of your bedroom.
CRYSTALS Besides their dramatic beauty, using crystals is one of the most powerful methods for improving the flow of healthy "chi" or deflecting unwanted energy in an environment.
LIVING THINGS Living enhancements include plants and flowers and should always be well cared for and nurtured. The dead or ill leaves of plants and flowers should be removed immediately. If it looks real to you, then you will feel that energy. Your pets fall into this category, as a wonderful addition of fire energy as well as keeping the chi "stirred up" with their movement.
MOVEMENT Movement is a very powerful Feng Shui enhancement for stimulating and harmonizing chi. All water features need to have clean, flowing water in order to be effective. It's best to have the water flowing towards your home. Excellent enhancers for the Career (North) and Abundance (Southeast) area of your home according to the Bagua, but not in the bedroom, even if this room falls into one of the above mentioned Bagua areas. This includes aquariums, waterfalls, ponds and birdbaths.
ARTWORK When you surround yourself with beauty and harmony, life seems more enjoyable. Utilizing the Feng Shui principles with intention and placement, you realize your close relationship between your outer and inner worlds. Strategically placed and displayed images of abundance, relationships and auspicious symbolisms in your surroundings will enhance specific areas of your life. Carefully examine your artwork, posters and pictures that are in your environment. They are powerful manifestation tools to attract into your life your all of your hopes and wishes.
PERSONAL CHI The Tai Chi Symbol, also known as Yin Yang, symbol illustrates the concept of yin yang - a reminder that the best results are obtained when in perfect harmony. Everything is composed of two opposite, yet complimentary energies, called yin and yang. Together these two energies form chi. Chi is a part of everything in the world, and because it is a living, moving force, we can influence how it moves, and thus, how we are affected by it. Feng Shui Practitioners believe that mother of pearl (nacre) symbolizes good luck and prosperity, meaning that it has the power to attract wealth to the person wearing it. Black Onyx is considered as one of the powerful protection stones as it absorbs negative energy and promotes emotional well-being. In Indian traditions it is said to help people forego their past relationships bringing the person in harmony with the present.
LAUGHING BUDDHA Laughing Buddha is also known as the Buddha of Happiness. Legend has it that nothing would make this Buddha happier then to see people's problems, worries and sadness transform into happiness. The Laughing Buddha is a well known symbol of wealth, happiness, innocent and contended joy. It is believed by rubbing his belly, which is said to contain much wealth, it will bring good luck and prosperity to all in the home and the bigger his round tummy, the more auspicious the image. Laughing Buddha is also known as the Buddha of Wealth, usually depicted carrying wealth symbols such as pots of gold, large ingots and a sack believed to contain treasures.
FU DOGS These Chinese mythical guards are part dog and part lion. The male has his left paw resting on a sphere while the female has her right paw resting on a pup. They have fear-inspiring faces are believed to be protectors that ward off evil influences and spirits. It is their task to probe the mind and intentions of visitor entering your home. It is said that people with good thoughts can pass by the Fu Dogs unhindered, but they see through bad people and refuse them entry. The Fu Dogs also nourishes Chi that enters the home or business premises and thus bring in good fortune.
FISH The fish is a symbol of wealth, one that is widely used to attract wealth luck for its owners. Chinese word Yu, which means fish, phonetically matches the word for abundance, - therefore, the fish is an auspicious item to have since it enhances your Wealth and Career luck as well. The Arowana is a tropical fish reputed to be the world's most expensive freshwater aquarium fish. A decent size of certain varieties may cost up to tens of thousands of dollars. Because of its close resemblance of the oriental dragon - with its two 'whiskers', scales and the way it glides through the water, the Chinese character for fish, 'yu' means abundance and coupled with the dragon being the ultimate good luck symbol. The Arowana is a very powerful Feng Shui enhancer associated with wealth, luck, strength and power.
CRANES An image or symbol of two cranes has great influence and impact on your love life according to many ancient Eastern philosophies. The Bird of Immortality, the crane is a very popular symbol that heralds longevity, marital harmony and wisdom and is believed to live a thousand years. The crane is the most favored of all bird symbols of good fortune in Feng Shui next to the phoenix. Place a image of two cranes in the Romance and Relationship area of the main floor of your living space or in that same space of the bedroom you sleep in. This symbol is particularly useful and effective in overcoming any problems surrounding your love life but most especially if those problems stem from differing backgrounds.
BAD FENG SHUI ENERGIES TO AVOID
Both Sha Chi and Si Chi - low feng shui energy vibes - are expressions of bad/negative feng shui energy. Sha Chi is translated as killing, attacking energy.This bad feng shui energy can be created outside by the sharpness of a structure (man-made or natural) that points to your front door or any of the windows. This can be the sharp angle of a high-rise building that is energetically "slicing" through your window, for example, or even a big, bare tree branch that is "aiming" at your door or window. Vertical and horizontal blinds on the windows should be replaced with soft, flowing curtains.The feng shui of a T-junction house will tend to be bad and accumulate Sha Chi because of the strong and constant attacking energy directed towards the house. Sha Chi, or sharp feng shui energy, can also be created inside the building. When a sharp wall angle, called poison arrow, is pointing at your bed, there is a constant emission of attacking energy directed at your body. Clutter under the bed creates nightmares and insomnia. The further the attacking element is located from you or your house, the lesser its bad feng shui influence.
Si Chi is low, decaying energy; the energy that feels lifeless and dying. This bad feng shui energy can lead to illness and depression for those who are exposed to it for a long amount of time.
Si Chi, or low feng shui energy, can be found outside (for example in the land where the energy of the human massacre, or overwhelming human tragedies, is still potent) or inside the buildings that have strong geopathic stress, rotting wood or mold in the home. Si Chi is also present in houses with a lot of clutter, lack of order, as well as a lot of repressed emotions. Yes, houses do store all the negative energy that has been experienced inside their walls, that's why it is so important to have a space clearing session at least once a year. It is not hard to do, and the results are wonderful.
Strive to be surrounded by good feng shui energy - called Sheng Chi - in your home and office. Learn to create fresh and vibrant energy, as well as to clear low and stagnant energy.