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Feng Shui by Priyanka ,  Aug 6, 2013
What is feng shui? This is a simple question that can be difficult to answer. Feng shui is an ancient art and science developed over 3,000 years ago in China. It is a complex body of knowledge that reveals how to balance the energies of any given space to assure health and good fortune for people inhabiting it. Feng means wind and shui means water. In Chinese culture wind and water are associated with good health, thus good feng shui came to mean good fortune, while bad feng shui means bad luck, or misfortune. Feng shui is based on the Taoist vision and understanding of nature, particularly on the idea that the land is alive and filled with Chi, or energy. The ancient Chinese believed that specific land's energy could either make or break the kingdom, so to speak. The theories of yin and yang, as well as the five feng shui elements, are some of the basic aspects of a feng shui analysis that come from Taoism.

Historically, feng shui was widely used to orient buildings—often spiritually significant structures such as tombs, but also dwellings and other structures—in an auspicious manner. Depending on the particular style of feng shui being used, an auspicious site could be determined by reference to local features such as bodies of water, stars, or a compass. Feng shui was suppressed in mainland China during the cultural revolution in the 1960s, but since then has increased in popularity.

Modern reactions to feng shui are mixed. The Skeptic Encyclopedia of Pseudoscience states that some principles of feng shui are "quite rational", while noting that "folk remedies and superstitions... [have been] incorporated into feng shui's eclectic mix"

The main tools used in a feng shui analysis are the Compass and the Bagua. The feng shui energy map, or bagua, is an octagonal grid containing the symbols of the I Ching, the ancient oracle on which feng shui is based. Knowing the bagua of your home will help you understand the connection of specific feng shui areas of your home to specific areas of your life. The feng shui compass, also called Luo-Pan, is used to access deeper information about a site or a building. It consists of bands of concentric rings arranged around the magnetic needle. Luo means everything and Pan means bowl, which can be interpreted as a bowl that contains all the mysteries of the universe. Feng shui offers a variety of cures to improve your life. From the feng shui use of aquariums to attract prosperity to the feng shui use of crystals and fountains; from the right feng shui use of colors to the feng shui use of clocks, there are many ways you can improve the energy in your home or office with solid, good feng shui. It is important to understand that there are several different schools of feng shui, as well as a strong culturally specific symbolic aspect of feng shui that you have to use intelligently. Once you master the basic level of feng shui, you will start seeing powerful results. You will also understand why feng shui is extensively used in both homes and offices all over the world.
Getting started with feng shui for your house & home can be easy when you start with the house basics and gradually move on to the more complex feng shui levels. To help you get started with good feng shui in your home, here are some helpful feng shui house steps for beginners:
  1. Clear Out Your Clutter, get rid of everything you do not love in your house. Clutter clearing is a time-and energy-consuming process that will feel like therapy, but it will help you "lighten up the load," so to speak. Do not skip this step, as it is an essential one in creating harmonious house feng shui energy.
Have Good Quality Air and Good Quality Light in your house. These two elements are essential for good feng shui energy (called Chi) in your home. Open the windows often, introduce feng shui air-purifying plants or use an air-purifier. Allow as much natural light as possible into your home, and consider using full-spectrum lights.
Define the Bagua, or the feng shui energy map of your house, by using one of the two main feng shui methods - the compass school bagua or the BTB grid. Once you define the bagua, you will know which areas of your home are connected to specific areas of your life. For example, in traditional feng shui, the Southeast feng shui area of your home is connected to the flow of money energy in your life.
Get the Basics of 5 Feng Shui Elements in order to create balance and vibrant energy in all areas of your home. For example, if you are working on attracting more prosperity, you will introduce the feng shui elements of Wood and Water in the Southeast area of your house. If your need to improve your health, you will place lush wood feng shui element items, such as plants or pieces of wood furniture in the East area.
Find Out Your Feng Shui Birth Element and create a home to nourish and support your energy. For example, if your own element is Fire, you need to introduce the expressions of Fire feng shui element, such as the Fire element colors (red, orange, purple, magenta, pink, yellow), triangular shapes, etc. You will also need a strong Wood element in your home, as Wood feeds the Fire in the productive cycle/relationship of five feng shui elements.
Find Out Your Kua Number and Your Lucky Directions so that you can be energized by good energy from your best, or lucky feng shui directions. Adjust the position of your bed, your desk, the seating in your dining area, etc. For example, if your Kua number is 1, it is best to face one of the following directions: Southeast, East, South, and North.
Always Be Mindful of the Feel of Your Home and how its energy influences your well-being. Make a habit of paying close attention to the so-called feng shui "trinity" that is deeply connected to your health - your bedroom, your bathroom and your kitchen. Nothing is static in the world of energy, so be wise and keep your home healthy and happy.

What makes a great feng shui bed? Three things:

  1. Good headboard. While you are drifting off to sleep, your body is going intro an extra busy energy repair work on many levels. Subconsciously your head needs good backing, protection and support, just like your back needs it when you are seating in a chair for extended periods of time. Best feng shui headboards are the ones that are solid and made from wood, or the upholstered ones, as they have a very good combination of solid, but also gentle and supporting feng shui energy for you and your bedroom.
  2. Good mattress. There is a variety of mattresses on the market, choose wisely and invest in the one that will promote best sleep and relaxation. The better you sleep at night, the better your health, this is really simple.
  3. Good height to allow for a balanced feng shui energy flow under the bed. Generally, the beds that have built-in storage drawers underneath to help you with storage solutions are considered bad feng shui beds. The energy needs to circulate around your body when you sleep, which is not possible if the space underneath the bed is blocked.
I recently bought my dream bed - an upholstered bed with a beautiful headboard and just the right height. It gives me great pleasure to look at it, sleep in it, and, needless to say, I absolutely and totally love it!
If you want to create good feng shui in your present house, or are looking to buy a new house that has good feng shui, there are some simple, basic feng shui guidelines that can help you. Let's look into the main areas that are responsible for good feng shui energy in a house. Here is a quick checklist of feng shui priorities that create good feng shui energy.
  1. Outside Feng Shui. A good feng shui house has no Sha Chi (attacking) or Si Chi (low) energy around it.Carefully study the outside of your house, look at your surrounding with fresh eyes. Do you live in a cul-de-sac house, or a T-junction house? Do you live close to the railroad? Is your backyard sloped? Usually, these houses will have challenging feng shui that needs to be taken care of.
  2. Energy Flow to the Front Door. A good feng shui house has a smooth, strong and clear energy flow to its front door.Is the Chi, or feng shui energy flow blocked in its way to your front door? Is there a big tree, or any other feature blocking the flow to your front door? Or, maybe your door needs some loving care, such as a better feng shui color, new hardware, etc. Do you block the pathway yourself with recycling bins, old pots, shoes outside the front door? You need to take care of that.
  3. Quality of Energy in the Main Entry. A good feng shui house has a main entry designed to welcome, strengthen and channel the incoming feng shui energy throughout the whole house. This will nourish your house and create good energy. What is the first thing you see as your enter your house? Where do you feel the energy (your attention) goes right away? Does it go straight to a bathroom that is close to the front door, or is it pushed right back by a mirror facing the front door? Do you have a staircase facing the front door? Or, maybe your front door is aligned to the back door, so that most of the good energy that enters the house easily escapes? For good feng shui, the energy has to be attracted into the house and channeled through all rooms, especially the kitchen and the bedroom.
  4. Strength of Energy in the Feng Shui Trinity. A good feng shui house has good feng shui anchored in its main energy centers - the bedroom, the kitchen and the bathroom. The quality of feng shui energy in your house mainly depends on the strength of feng shui energy in your bedroom, your kitchen and your bathroom. Be sure all three areas have a strong feng shui foundation and always be aware of the quality of energy in these three energy points of your home. There can be no good feng shui house without a good feng shui bedroom, a good feng shui kitchen and a good feng shui bathroom.
  5. Freshness of Feng Shui Energy. A good feng shui house is nourished by fresh, clear and freely flowing energy. There is no stagnant, old or blocked energy anywhere in the house. Everything around us is in constant flow, in constant change. So, even after you've created a strong feng shui foundation in your house, the work continues. You have to get into the habit of keeping the energy fresh and flowing, and be very mindful about not creating stuck areas in your house. You know that a stuck, stagnant energy in a specific area of your house will sooner of later express itself in stuck, or completely blocked energy in a specific area of your life (see the feng shui bagua, or energy map). Get rid of your clutter, clear out your closets, your basement, your garage, and once these areas are clean, do not let them accumulate more clutter. Use the basics of space clearing at least once a week. Good, fresh feng shui energy expresses itself in a clean space, fresh air, plenty of good light, and happy, meaningful energy as expressed in any decor items in your house.
In order to create good feng shui in a house, start small and do not get overwhelmed with all the amount of feng shui info out there. First and foremost, you have to trust your senses and go at your own pace. After all, it is your house, and it is best to feel empowered and strong when you do any changes in your house. This is good feng shui!
good feng shui house tips

A good feng shui house is a house that attracts good feng shui energy, nourishes it and channels it throughout the whole house. From good quality air to a strong feng shui front door, there are several basic requirements for good feng shui in any house.

If you experience high levels of conflict in your family, do not give up until you carefully look into the feng shui of your house. While not a miracle solution, feng shui can show you the hidden connection between the energy of your family dynamics and the strong negative energy as created by many feng shui house mistakes.

This list will help you identify the feng shui culprits in your own house (or apartment) and offer tips to calm and balance its energy. If your house is challenged by constant conflict, it is helpful to understand that bad feng shui can attract conflict.

Now, go ahead and fix it with good feng shui!

What Is Bad Feng Shui Energy Outside the House?

In some of you feng shui house articles you mention that a good feng shui house has no sha chi outside the house. What does that mean and how can I know if my house has good or bad feng shui chi outside the house?Answer: Good feng shui question. First, you can always try to understand the quality of feng shui energy just by looking with fresh eyes. Do the outside surroundings look clean and well-taken care of? Is there anything you can do to improve the outside feng shui of your house? Can you repaint the front door, do some landscaping, clear out the pathway to the front door? You can also try to feel the feng shui energy around your house, and then look for the reasons that create a specific feng shui feeling. Do you feel welcomed and happy when you approach your house? Do you feel anxious? Concerned? Pay attention to these feelings, because this is how the feng shui energy "talks" to you. Focus on creating a different quality of energy, a quality of feng shui energy you desire to feel about your house. When it comes to Sha Chi and Si Chi, you basically look at attacking energy that is directed at your house, or low energy that is lingering around your house. Is there a sharp structure that points at your front door or any of your house windows? That would be an example of Sha Chi. Are there garbage bins close to your door or windows? A dilapidated building? That would be an example of Si Chi. Once you identify the quality of feng shui energy outside your house, you can look into the numerous feng shui tips to help you out. The classical feng shui schools recommend a feng shui bagua mirror as a main remedy for outside Sha or Si Chi. However, you can always use your creativity and design sense to create the same protective energy, but in a more modern, visually appropriate way for your house style.

How To Feng Shui Your Bedroom

A good feng shui bedroom is a bedroom that promotes a harmonious flow of nourishing and sensual energy. A good feng shui bedroom is a bedroom that invites you, lures you in, excites and calms at the same time. A good feng shui bedroom is fun and pleasurable to be in, either you are there for a quick nap, a good night sleep or to make passionate love! To create a good feng shui bedroom, you can use a variety of simple, practical feng shui tools, such as the basic feng shui tips below:TIP # 1. Let go of the TV, computer or exercise equipment in your bedroom. The good feng shui energy in your bedroom is destroyed when these items are present in your bedroom.
IP # 2. Open the windows often or use a good quality air-purifier to keep the air fresh and full of oxygen. Be mindful of the quality of air in your bedroom. You cannot have good feng shui in your bedroom if the air you breathe in is stale and full of pollutants. Please note that plants in the bedroom are not good feng shui, unless your bedroom is fairly large and the plants are located far from the bed.
TIP # 3. Have several levels of lighting in your bedroom, or use a dimmer switch to adjust the energy accordingly. Good, appropriate lighting is very important, as light is our # 1 nutrient and one of the strongest manifestation of energy. Candles are the best feng shui bedroom lighting, but be sure to buy candles with no toxins.
TIP # 4. Use soothing colors to achieve a good feng shui balance in your bedroom. Feng shui bedroom decor is a balanced decor that promotes the best flow of energy for restorative sleep, as well as sexual healing. Best feng shui colors for the bedroom are considered the so-called "skin colors", and we know the colors of human skin vary from pale white to rich chocolate brown. Choose colors within this range that will work best for your bedroom decor.
TIP # 5. Choose the images for your bedroom wisely, as images carry powerful feng shui energy. Best feng shui advice for the bedroom art is to choose images that you want to see happening in your life. Unless you enjoy being sad and lonely, do not use sad and lonely images in your bedroom.
TIP # 6. Follow the basic feng shui guidelines for your bed, which are:
  • have your bed easily approachable from both sides,
  • have two bedside tables (one on each side), and,
  • avoid having the bed in a direct line with the door.
A "good looking" and well-balanced bed is very important in creating a perfect feng shui bedroom. Good mattress, a solid headboard and high quality sheets from natural fibers are also very important in creating harmonious feng shui energy.
TIP # 7. Keep all the bedroom doors closed at night, be it the closet doors, the en-suite bathroom door or the bedroom door. This will allow for the best and most nourishing flow of energy to strengthen your health, as well as the health of your relationship. Keeping your bedroom closet clean and organized will further create a sense of peace and calm in your bedroom. The idea of a perfect feng shui bedroom may bring different images to different people, but they will all have one thing in common - Pleasure and Dreaming as the keywords. In a good feng shui bedroom, every item will reflect the clear intent for love, healing and relaxation.

Feng Shui of Doors - How To Remedy the Direct Door Alignment with Feng Shui

Easy feng shui tips to remedy the direct alignment of doors in your home

One of the most frequent feng shui questions I receive is about the alignment of doors (both interior and exterior) and the influence of such door alignment on the feng shui energy of your home. The topic of doors alignment in feng shui has also been briefly discussed in the feng shui forum. As this is a concern with numerous houses, let's look into some easy feng shui solutions. First, let's see why the direct alignment of two or more doors is considered bad feng shui. As feng shui is all about creating a balanced and harmonious flow of energy in your home, the direct alignment of two or more doors will create a harsh quality of feng shui energy resembling Sha Chi. Imagine Chi, or energy, as water flowing into your space. You will see that water will rush very fast through the two or more directly aligned doors without actually slowing down and nourishing the space. It is especially important to avoid a direct alignment of the front door with the back door. The reason you want to avoid this situation is because all good feng shui energy coming through the main door will easily escape through the back door without having a chance to circulate and nourish your home. Take this into consideration when you plan to renovate or remodel your home.Your house needs good energy just like you need good quality air. It is important to be aware of the quality of feng shui energy created by your floor plan, and see what you can do to create better energy. Now, what easy feng shui solutions are available to you if you live in a house with a direct alignment of doors? Depending on your floor plan, your budget and your decor style, here are some practical feng shui tips:
  • Place a round table in the direct pathway of energy. This will redirect the energy and slow it down. A vase with fresh flowers on the table will improve the energy even further.
  • Work with color to change the relationship between doors. Choose the right feng shui color for the area and strengthen one door more than the other. This will change the relationship between the two directly aligned doors and slow down the energy.
  • Place a plant with a strong presence in the direct pathway of energy. The feng shui use of a plant, ideally tall and wide, in a visually strong pot, will achieve the similar effect of redirecting the energy.
  • Reposition the existing furniture pieces to create a redirection of flow. If there is enough space in between the directly aligned doors, create a nice grouping, or a conversation area in the direct pathway. Ground the energy even more with a colorful rug.
Basically, what you need to do is redirect and soften the harsh energy flow created by two or more directly aligned doors. Going back to the feng shui energy flow check-up where you visualize Chi, or energy, as water, think of what would slow down and redirect the flow of water. Experiment till you find what works best for you. Be sure to choose a way that is esthetically pleasing and works for you on a practical level. Improving the feng shui energy in your home with items appropriate for your decor and lifestyle is the best and most powerful application of feng shui. You just have to know how to use what you have.
A staircase in itself is not bad feng shui. You have to have a staircase in a house with several levels, don't you? The feng shui concern with staircases is that a staircase typically creates a quality of energy that is unsettling. Depending on the energy flow of a specific home - as determined by its floor plan - this unsettling energy easily spreads out throughout the house. A staircase facing the front door directly is undoubtedly bad feng shui and you need to look at subtle, but powerful feng shui cures to remedy it.