Feng Shui basics for your home
Feng Sui is all about the balance of energies (also known as Qi). Philip Wong shares some of his insights with us too. To kick us off, he’s given us a rundown on the basics of Feng Shui and some of its key teachings.
Feng Sui is all about the balance of energies (also known as Qi). Through the placement of Feng Shui elements, we can gather positive energy to assure health and good fortune, at the same time, we can channel out negative energy to create harmony in our space. You can draw on aspects of Feng Sui that you feel you want or need to improve the way your property feels and functions.
Central to Feng Sui is what’s called a Bagua (bagua means eight-sided) map that lays out the nine separate areas of energy and intention in Feng Shui. In arranging a room, these translate to nine areas to note . Divide your room into those areas then overlay the map to see which parts might need correcting or attention.
When the structure of an area cannot be physically changed to suit the ideal energy, you can use a ‘cure’, usually in the form of objects like mirrors, running water (like a fountain), plants or pets (like goldfish).
Cures help us fend off negative energies. Here are some common source of negative energy in Feng Shui around our homes.
Bowing or blade shaped curves
Bending roads that shaped like curved blades are considered bad Feng Shui. The blade-liked curves will bring bad luck on health, creating high possibilities for bloodshed or surgery. When your building or house located across the curve, you can use broad leaf plants to shield your home from the negative energy. Plants, such as pothos, canes or bamboos are commonly used for shielding purposes and are easy to keep around the house.
If your window is facing a curved road, such as an overpass or curved highway, you should look at blocking and redirecting the possibility of negative energy. A combination of curtains and convex mirrors can do the trick. Curtains should be kept down at all times, as well, place the convex mirror immediately outside the window, facing the curve, to divert the energy. (Mirrors are commonly used in Feng Sui to manipulate space and guide energy).
For individual houses or low-rise apartments, you might find you look directly at a street light. Looking straight at a lamp post is also bad Feng Shui. The obstructed view will bring bad luck to career; bright light from the lamp posts will affect sleeping quality, in turn, bad luck on health issues. The best way is keep curtains down at all times, blocking the lamp post from view and keeping its bright light from shining into your home.
Any point, such as antennas or building corners, pointing into your home can lead to bad Feng Sui. Points introduce “Sha”, a sense of killing, into your living space. Feng Sui teaches that “Sha” can bring bad luck to health, imbalance in relationships or legal worries. Again, the simplest way is to avoid or to block the energy. Curtains, mirrors, or other cures in the Baqua map are the best tools to keep the home safe and harmonious.