I have moved 3 times in the last 10 years. Why is that? Each time I was looking for a specific type of Feng Shui to support my goals of writing a book, furthering my career, combined with having a harmonious, happy personal life. And what made for good Feng Shui for me may not make for good Feng Shui for you. A home that is good for a family has a different type of energy requirements (and hence different Feng Shui formula) than a single person working on growing their business, or someone who is retired and wants to focus on their health. Regardless, good Feng Shui always starts with location. The following tips focus on the 3 most important Feng Shui issues to beware of anywhere.
A Main Door that doesn’t receive Qi
“The Main entrance is worth a thousand pounds of gold, the rest of the house is worth only four ounces.” – Ancient Chinese Proverb
Entrances are the gateways to our homes and metaphorically to our lives. Also known as the Qi mouth of a property, it is through the main door that the Qi from the environment flows in.
If a Main door does not receive Qi you don’t even need to bother looking at the rest of the house.
A well-situated front door location and design is a crucial determinant to the overall well being of any space.
What should you look for? Anything that blocks and obstructs the path to the front door is negative. The area outside the front door should not be overshadowed by nearby large trees or foliage. Ideally there is a clear, unobstructed pathway to the building entrance. It is beneficial for the main door to have a spacious area outside the front door (known as a bright hall). The size and features of the exterior Bright Hall directly correlates to the power, wealth and influence of the occupant. Avoid homes with beams running across the main door (either inside or out). The front door should open into a pleasant open space with no obstacles or clutter.
A Bad Kitchen
The energy of a kitchen and specifically the location and direction of the stove is connected to the health aspects of the house and residents. You want to avoid a kitchen that is located in the centre of the house as this disrupts the Tai Ji (energetic heart) of the house. The kitchen should be shielded from the front entrance. Stoves are most favorably located on outside walls, however this principle is further refined when we take into account the residents astrology.
First off, avoid irregular shaped bedrooms. For most of us, we spend more time sleeping than any one other specific activity. We need a good night’s sleep to perform well at work and in our relationships. Ideally, your bed should be situated in a quiet, dark, clean, and clutter free location against a solid wall in a regular shaped room (square/rectangular). Avoid sleeping under windows, sloping or low ceilings and beams. When the Qi is negative or suppressed, this results in poor or disrupted sleep patterns.
70% of the energy inside any building is determined first by the location. If you are looking for stability in your life, look for a quiet neighborhood with park space near by. If you are looking for more energy and opportunities live closer to the centre of town, if you can handle it, of course. Start observing, where do your friends live who have steady, good paying jobs and relationships? What do those neighborhoods and areas look like? The ability to understand and use Feng Shui is predicated with the ability to see Qi. Use Feng Shui is to consciously create a better life.
Having said all that maybe you are ready to take Feng Shui a step further. Let me know if you would like a home or business consultation and keep an eye on my Education page for info on upcoming classes. Wishing you success in your Feng Shui adventures!