Decorate your life with Feng Shui

By Sergio González | 10:27


Feng Shui is all about the right flow of qi, the energy of life

Feng Shui, the Chinese geomantic art of bringing positive qi -the energy of life- into our lives, irrupted in the Western world in the 4th quarter of 20th century. Still under suspicion by most eyes, the most renowned interior designers, architects and engineers from Europe and America hold few doubts about attending Feng Shui schools. Wanna know why?

One of the main attractions of Feng Shui is its respect for the environment. Western architecture has traditionally tried to adapt the landscape to human needs, regarding the planet as ‘the wild’ and us as the tamers. On the other hand, Chinese millenial tradition of letting positive qi flow through our homes understands the world as a gift, full of beneficial influences if you know where to look and how to attract them.

Among the many instruments geomancers use to find the spot where qi is more intense, a magnetic compass seems a must though Feng Shui had been decorating Chinese lives 3,500 years before the invention of this useful tool. Originally, they used astronomy positions and terrain orography to understand and relate to humans and the universe. Actually, these are the two main schools of Feng Shui, Compass and Form, respectively.

Candles are great feng shui for fire-born elements but not for water ones.

Since we started talking about feng shui you surely have furniture distribution in mind and you are right, though there’s a lot more. Feng Shui in China is almost a lifestyle. It covers every single side of Chinese everyday, all in the seek of attracting good fortune to homes, business and even whole cities.

There’s no need for you to change your whole bagua -the qi energy map of your space- though it would be useful to get the most out of feng-shuing your life.  Besides, there are a few simple things you can easily do to invite good energy -let’s say health, love and money- home.

Before filling up with good vibes, you have to empty your space of all the mess and things you don’t like. Qi can’t flow through clutter so consider getting rid of unpleasant objects and never-worn clothes that are taking up space in your wardrobe. Take this as therapy.

Ivy is extremely easy to grow, maybe too much, and an excelent air-purifier

Once your place is tidy, it’s time to pay attention to air and light conditions. Feng Shui and common sense agree here in opening windows everyday and allowing as much natural light as you can. If you live in a flat in downtown, buy full spectrum lighting, open the windows as early as possible to avoid commuter traffic smog and get yourself some purifying plants. Which are those? The plants traditionally seen in offices: ficus, dracaena, ivy and areca. They all belong to a NASA list of most air-purifying plants.

Feng Shui tries to improve your life by designing empowering environments specifically for everyone, that’s why you need to find out the corresponding element (fire, wood, water, earth and metal) to the year you were born. Once you know, try to bring it into your home. If your element is water, paint in blue and add fountains or pictures of oceans. If it’s fire, feel free to fill up your bedroom with scented candles. Every element has a sort of nemesis you should learn; to avoid in your bedroom and to counterfeit opponent and negative energy.

If you trace your home’s bagua, by marking the cardinal points with a protractor or using an app, you will learn where to place things ib every room and the best feng shui colors for you. Your children’s bedroom should be West oriented and if you work at home, North is for success and career thriving, so there’s where your ‘feng shui office’ should be.

 To get the most out of this simpler version of Feng Shui, make sure nothing blocks your main entrance as it’s from where qi comes in, and pay special attention to your kitchen, bathroom and bedroom feng shui. They form a trinity where the rest of the building’s feng shui relies on.

Repulse Bay in Hong-Kong and the famous feng shui ‘dragon hole’

Feng Shui was banned in communist China and geomancers exiled to Hong-Kong where this art flourished greatly. Hong-Kong distinctive skyline is full of feng shui skyscrapers featuring ‘holes’ –such as the famous Repulse Bay– to let positive energy flow through the bay. Here you’ll find the best Feng Shui schools and most famous geomancers. If you ask a local guide about the holes, he’ll tell you it’s because dragons live in the mountains and they need to drink; blocking their way would bring very bad luck.

Truth is there’s no empirical background for Feng Shui but it doesn’t make it any less important. Real state king Donal Trump learnt the lesson the hard way when his investments in China didn’t take off as the buildings had bad feng shui. Not only he fixed those ones but he also hired a Feng Shui master to have Trump Towers revised. 

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  • posted by Tiffany | 03 June 2013, 8:56,

    I really like how Feng Shui has become part of our life. It opens new doors for people to succeed. Earlier, my feng shui master in kl stated that peace of mind can only be attained if you will be one with nature.

  • posted by Courtney Imel | 04 June 2013, 9:11,

    Thanks a lot for the comment! We’re glad you found the post useful! Do you use Feng Shui? 😉


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