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Saturday, April 14, 2012
For centuries, the Chinese people have practiced feng shui—the ancient study of locating objects in specific ways to observe a certain flow of good energy called “chi”. The Chinese are very careful in placing different objects to prevent bad fortune from coming their way. Since they have a relatively superstitious culture, the people apply feng shui in every aspect of their lives such as family, children, marriage, business and many others.
When it comes to the home, feng shui is also used to achieve the correct placement of furniture and other things inside each part of the structure. This is done to ensure the flow of good fortune and bestow good energy and peace of mind to the homeowner. The basic premise of feng shui is this: For every yin, there’s a yang and vice versa. This practice aims to maintain the balance in the universe and even at home.
Ways to Achieve Good Chi in Your Home
In feng shui, it’s advised not to dwell near temples, government buildings, casinos, graveyards, butcher’s shops, hospitals and even straight roads. Living near a river with loud rapids is also discouraged. Instead, you must build your house near a winding road or river because these attract good energy. You may also opt to have a house with a mountain or a hill behind it. For your entire house, feng shui teaches that you don’t make it different in huge ways from all the houses in the neighborhood. The abode shouldn’t be much taller or much smaller than the rest of the houses in your area because it will only pave the way for the bad flow of chi. Ensure that your home is well-ventilated and receives enough sunlight.
Feng Shui and the Different Parts of Your House
Proper furniture placement is vital for good energy to come into your residence. Several ways are available for you to achieve balance. The Ba Gua designates meanings to the nine areas of your home. These are the center area, wealth, family, fame, career, knowledge, children, marriage and helpful people. You must accentuate each area appropriately based on its meaning.
For instance, the significance of bathrooms and toilets in feng shui has generated debates. Some practitioners believe that checking the toilet every time a person uses it brings bad energy and leaving the toilet seat up flushes fortune away. As for the bathroom, it shouldn’t be directly parallel to the bedroom in any way.
In terms of furniture placement, the general rules include the following:
If you want to make sure that only good chi flows throughout your home, here are some tips that could help you attain good balance.