In addition to the physical structure of your home, feng shui
is also affected by invisible energy flows. Outdoors, energy is free to flow
in and around structures, but a building captures the energy of the space that
it occupies. This energy takes its shape from two spatial dimensions, determined
by the direction in which the house faces, and one time dimension, determined
by the year in which the house was completed. Feng shui practitioners us a method
called the Flying Stars that helps them discover the shape of these invisible
energy streams. Once you know the shape that they take, you can take appropriate
measures to encourage them or divert them.
Creating a Flying Star chart is a complex process that involves
discovering the exact direction in which your house faces and knowing the date
that the building was completed. The completed Flying Stars chart will have
numbers in the 9 squares derived from the orientation of the house and the date
of its construction. When its finished, a Feng Shui master will place
the chart over a blueprint of the house to determine where the various pools
and flow of energy lie, and then propose appropriate cures to enhance
the positive energies and discourage the negative ones.
While feng shui is a highly personalized art, there are some general
principles that you can use in your own home without the advice of a feng shui
master. If however, you want a full reading and cure, you should consult a feng
shui master or learn the Flying Stars method for yourself. For general purposes,
Doors and Windows Feng Shui
The doors and windows in your home are the entry and exit points
for chi as well as for yourself and your guests.
Make the front door inviting.
Avoid front doors with many panes of glass which may reflect the good chi
away or confuse it.
If your front door is in a direct line with the back door or any large window
to the outside, find a way to screen them from each other, otherwise the energies
will flow in and out without stopping between.
Avoid placing beds and desks against windows or windowed walls, as it leaves
the person occupying the space vulnerable to bad energies from outside.
If there are negative structures pointed at the house outdoors, you can
mitigate their effects by placing a fish tank or a plant in line with the
front door or at the front windows.
The stove belongs to the fire element, and the sink and refrigerator
belong to the water element. To bring balance to the kitchen, incorporate stone
and wood in the design. Stone countertops and living plants are ideal, although
a bowl of river pebbles in a window can bring in stone as well. The kitchen
should be well-lighted, preferably with natural light.
Feng Shui Remedies
There are eight types of remedies that can be used to enrich your
life. They are:
Use mirrors, lighting and reflective surfaces to bring light to
Harmonious sounds attract lucky chi. Use wind chimes, bamboo tubes
and bells to create eddies that attract and hold the flow of chi.
Color in Feng Shui
Red and black promote the flow of chi and increase energy. Blue
and green encourage stillness and promote serenity.
Plants and animals can be used to fill empty areas with chi. Fish
are especially fortuitous and promote prosperity.
Still areas can attract chi with the use of movement. Silk banners,
ribbons or water fountains all provide movement which attracts positive chi.
You can slow the movement of chi (as in a house on a street with
very busy traffic) with the use of large rocks, screens and other barriers to
keep the chi from flowing in and out without pausing.
Mechanical and electrical equipment can also stimulate the flow
of chi. This is one reason that it is recommended that computers should never
be placed in a bedroom.
Straight lines encourage wealth and happiness. Use scrolls, bamboo
stalks and other naturally straight objects to add straight lines to your home.
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