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Misconceptions and Feng Shui

The below information is an extract taken from our March 2003 newsletter. If you would like to join our monthly Feng Shui newsletter please click here.

As far as I am aware there are over 600 books written about Feng Shui some good some bad? Many contradict each other, some with lovely pictures, some many pages and many many mistakes. Feng Shui has been used for over 5000 years and the biggest problem with anything this old is fact, who is right and who is wrong? Michael and myself have been in hundreds of debates with other Practitioners and even Masters talking whether one school is correct or not. We have come to the conclusion that we should all "agree to disagree". Take away all the scientific calculations and complexity in Feng Shui it is actually quite straight forward (tongue in cheek), try and look at your home, office, Childs bedroom, your bedroom, garden or even a piece of furniture with an open mind.

If you were building a pond in your garden would you want the shape to be rounded or very sharp corners? The same applies for furniture or even art; if it is aggressive looking with lots of points and sharp edges do you think this would be good? The shape of your home, is it better to have a square or rectangle shape or an uneven home with extensions jutting out all over the place? Do you get my point? Forget the books for now, here you go I have just thought of a great idea, try this test this weekend, sometimes you cannot see the wood for the trees and you can overlook things. To make it even better invite a friend with a similar interest over so you can get an outside view of your home.

1: Wake up nice and early, get your partner to make you a nice breakfast (we can dream a little) and sit down and read the papers relax and take things easy and then go for a little walk or do some exercise.

2: 11am stop what you are doing and go and find a quite area of the home and try and meditate for around 30 minutes, if you have never mediated before or have trouble doing it, just play some relaxing music and try and unwind, I know all this is easier said than done but please try.

3: 11.30am. Come out of your quiet area hopefully with a relaxed and open mind, now try and imagine this is not your home (hard I know) start with upstairs (pen and paper making notes) and walk round each room spending 5-10 minutes in each room, do this with all rooms. Look carefully at your bedroom does it have a mirror facing your bed? Are there any sharp corners pointing towards your bed when you sleep? Mirrors overlooking your bed? The design of wallpaper or art on the walls could it be looked at as aggressive? Do the colours suit the room? Is there too much clutter? Are you making full use of the windows? Do they have large dark thick curtains, which block much light?

4: Now go outside and do the same, have a look at the shape of your house, is it a regular shape? Is the paintwork in good repair? Can you walk up your front door without tripping over plant pots or skateboards? Is it inviting? Do you have a pair of Fu Dogs by the front door? Are there any lampposts outside? Large trees close to front? Pathway to door too straight? Dead leaves (Sha Ch'i) around the edges and in borders? Have you fixed the fence panel that blew down in the winter? Cleared the rubbish from behind the shed or garage? The most important thing to remember is if you have trouble getting to your front door imagine the trouble Ch'i has, so make sure the pathway is clear and even lit at night

The arrows represent poison arrows (Sha Ch'i) place a Ba Gua mirror to deflect poison arrows. Sorry about messy drawing, it looks awful but hopefully you will get the idea.

5: I have not gone not into great detail of what you should look for as you will spend ages, try and look from a different angle at every part of your home. Now sit down with pen and paper and try and analyse your home, if you do have a friend with you try and take criticism as long as it is constructive, see their view and get them to explain why they think that your cannon pointing towards your front door is bad or why the barbed wire round your front door may put some people off from visiting you. Most important of all is do not fall out if they get personal or tell you your painting on the wall is not nice, remember everyone sees things in different ways, what is nice to me may be ugly to you.

I did this exercise last weekend as we had the pleasure of having a very good friend Sallie Tsui Sien visiting us for a few days, Sallie is a well known and highly trained Practitioner from Spain, more exciting details below. Anyway Sallie spent some time looking at our house and although could not fault the technical side of Xuan Kong or eight mansions, but she did point out some parts of the home and garden that we had overlooked, now maybe I shouldn't admit to not being perfect but it is a good example of how it is better to detach yourself sometimes and either look at something from a different angle or better still have someone else look at it, two sayings come to mind "sometimes you can't see the wood for the trees" and "two heads are better than one"

The most popular topic and often worrying one for many people is your front door/window and back door or windows are in a straight line with nothing in between. This is always written as very bad as all the energy flows straight through your home and you are doomed with an eternal life of disasters, in other words when you come in through your front door you can see the rear door or window in a straight line. This situation is very common with homes in the UK, so is it bad or not?

(Having two doors or windows is not as bad as many books will tell you as long as you keep one closed as with Fig 2.)

Yes & no, long long ago a man called Guo Pu (276 - 324 AD) wrote in his burial book " Ch'i rides with the wind and is dispersed; it is stopped at the boundary of water" this is a very famous saying about Feng Shui (wind and water) and every good Practitioner should know this. So what has this got to do with doors I hear you say? When you open a door or window in your home you let in Ch'i (energy), now if it is a very windy day the energy that comes in is Sha Ch'i (bad energy), fast moving energy is not good. Sheng Ch'i (good energy) is slow moving wind putting it simply. The reason so many books have written that it is bad to have front and rear door in line is because of a lack of understanding of Feng Shui. So even on a still day you can create a vacuum of air if the front and rear doors or windows are open at the same time and they are in a straight line.

It is only bad when both front and rear doors/windows are open at the same time and you get a strong gust of wind blowing straight through your home, this dispels all your good Sheng Ch'i and straight out the back or front door. So if you live in a house where the doors or windows meet in a straight line do not worry, just remember to make sure when one is opened the other is closed. If you can place a piece of furniture or screen in between this is better but for some houses it is impossible especially for the 1930's type homes in the UK, if yours is one of these do not worry. Another good cure I like is hanging a faceted crystal sphere in between the doors/window as these are very good for slowing down energy, a little gimmicky and I know some Masters would disagree but I do love using them.

Whilst it is closed, a window is exactly the same as a brick wall, a window is a solid matter that only lets light Ch'i come through which of course is very good, like water we could not exist without light.

Now please try and understand, don't think that because it is windy outside this is bad news, I actually love opening all my windows on a windy day as I get the feeling of blowing away the cobwebs and bringing fresh Ch'i/air into the home, it does cause a slight disturbance for a while but the Sheng Ch'i soon returns with a new lease of life. I would not however let a very strong gust of wind blow through the house and make it feel like a wind tunnel, as this is not good.

A road outside your property, is this bad?

Again many books written on this subject and many misconceptions, so here I am to put things straight. In our modern world I would say most of us live in a built up area surrounded by other homes, factories, trees and the sound of commercial noise, I know someone reading this will be sitting in their 7 bedroom country home in the middle of nowhere and a perfect Feng Shui setting, if this is you it will still be worth reading only if you pass this information onto someone less fortunate.

Roads in Feng Shui analysis are considered water, so when you look out of your window next, do not see them as roads try and picture them, as a river running by your home, looks much better. The way to look at a road/river and see if it is a problem for you is to imagine if you live in a house where you are at the end of a road/river and that river broke its bank would it cause a problem for you? (The faster the flow of traffic the worse the problem) If you were at the end of a road this would be a problem as it comes straight at your home. However, if that road had a roundabout or circular area at the end just before your home this would not be as bad, why? Because the circular area would absorb some of the negative energy coming towards your home. Roundabouts are actually very good to have outside your home, that is a very sweeping comment but on the whole they are not bad at all. If you do live in a house where the road points straight at you plant some 4-5 feet conifers or similar to absorb the Sha Ch'i, do not let them grow much higher than 5 feet though as it is better to have an open area at the front of your property. Another good way of looking at it is if a car was traveling down the road and it lost its brakes would the car be aimed straight at your home? If so place some obstacles in the way like a row of small trees or a fence to slow the car (Sha Ch'i) down before it hits your home.

X = Bad. If you do live in these locations it is best to build a low fence or grow a hedge of about 5 feet. You should also place a Ba Gua mirror to deflect the negative energy.

When you make any changes with Feng Shui placement try and step away from what you are looking at and look at it from a different angle.

"The brain is a wonderful organ; it starts working the moment you get up in the morning and doesn't stop until you get into the office!"


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