Feng Shui will it heal you or make your life hell

Yin Yang


Feng Shui has the ability to heal you and improve you life force and well being. But it could also have the opposite effect and disturb you life or worse.

Those looking to Feng Shui for a more balanced environment should first make sure they themselves are balanced enough to handle it.


My wife is right. You've got to decide who you are before you look into things too far.

I only try to take to heart just the good things from religion and superstition. I try to be a good person, and I don't walk under ladders (not for fear of bad luck, but just so nothing falls on my head).

But one thing I do believe in is Feng Shui. Feng Shui (pronounced "fung shway") is an anchient chinese practice of improving the flow of positve Qi (prounounced Chi) into ones life. Qi is (more or less) a flow of energy thats in every living thing (yep Star Wars fans, it could be that Qi and 'the force are one and the same). Getting a more positive Qi, improves ones general health, wealth and well being.

Most people already know of the part of Feng Shui that involves re-arranging furniture to create a harmonious environment. It's not science, it's pseudoscience. For example, placing you bed as far away from the door as possible, but facing it, makes quite a bit of sense. It's a good defensive position giving you a good view of the room and the door with you back to a strong safe wall. Because Feng Shui developed in small villages of the early orient, much of its teachings are piratical and a mixture of observation of nature and common sense.

But Feng Shui can be a danger to some. People who suffer from (or tend towards) obsessive compulsive disorder will find Feng Shui a curse. For some finding out what you shouldn't do can lead to more discomfort than benefit if Feng Shui's positive apects. In that wrong hands Feng Shui cane be a disruptive power in the lives of some (the opposite of what good Feng Shui is supposed to achieve).

Take the example above of bed placement. You see for good Feng Shui the bed should not be too close to the window, nor between the door and window. This is because of a Qi drought which might drain the Qi from you rather than help. For some, knowing this might be a curse.

Our current bedroom is quite small. Its really not possible to put the bed in a favorable position for good Feng Shui and also avoid a little bit of it sitting in the 'draught'.

So its important to know with Feng Shui, the whole point is to create a harmonious envorionment. If you fill your head with negative thoughts, then Feng Shui will hinder rather than help.

Personally I find I can latch on to the good things. I really do feel the benefits of good Feng Shui in my house, and if I find I can't avoid some negative aspects, it doesn't bother me. I feel the effort made and the positive vibe I create where I live suits me fine. Yep, Feng Shui is for me.

I'm no expert, but if you too would like to improve your environments Feng Shui. Here are some tips:

  • In you bedroom try to avoid harsh coloured walls. Pastel colors are more calming and lead to better Feng Shui
  • The same goes for lighting. Delicate calm lighting in a bedroom is good Feng Shui. You might also want to use environmentally friendly low power bulbs. Typically, these take a few seconds to 'warm up' reducing sharp shocks to your system.
  • Don't position your bed in a direct line from the door. Negative Qi from the door can run through the center of the bed causing disharmony to the body.
  • Dont put the bed so that you head is too near a window. Your positive Qi may 'leak' out the window.
  • Good Feng Shui require that you sleep as far away from the door as possible with as much view of the room as possible. If you sleep with another person, try to leave a similar amount of space on either side of the bed, so that the relationship is balanced.
  • Keep space in a room free from obsticals to allow energy to flow freely. Also don't place item under your bed.
  • For good Feng Shui, dont sleep in a position where you can see yourself in a mirror (from your normal sleeping position)
  • Avoid sleeping in a place where load bearing beams are visible. If its your permanent bedroom, considerer hiding exposed beams, with a fabric hanging or false ceiling.
  • At work, the same thing applies to any exposed pipes, ventilation ducts or visible electrical pathways. A good idea is to hide these with plants, because....
  • plants are good Feng Shui (preforably an odd number of plants, introduced at the same time)
  • Externally to where you work or live, fountains are excellent Feng Shui, especially when passed by or visible to visitors.
  • Bedrooms should be as far from the entrance as possible, and you should avoid bedroom doors facing the front door (better still, the front door should not be directly visible from a bedroom door).
  • Lastly, use a solid strong headboard for your bed. This will help you to feel more secure and is good Feng Shui.

Just remember, Feng Shui or not. Think about you living space (or work space) and try to keep a nice harmony. Feng Shui is the art of placement and is often simple translated as “wind and water” Make sure you can move about (“flow”) through your space as naturally as wind and water would. Give thought to what effect the placement of furniture might have on your wealth and well being, not just how it looks.

Other resources:

Understanding the Principles of Feng Shui

Feng Shui wiki

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