Fengshui & Chi Energy
What is Chi? Chi is a Chinese term that, unfortunately, has no direct
translation. Chi roughly translates to energy, but
is also defined by saying that Chi serves as the
reminder to humans that everything of this Earth is
connected by Chi (energy).
Chi may also
be defined as an awareness of energy around you.
This energy can be felt in all of our surroundings
and every living thing, but more importantly the
furnishings of your home are said to radiate Chi.
Chi is always moving, always changing, and always
present. When entering a room in your home or
someone else's living space there is always an
energy presence to be discovered and fine tuned.
Think about the last time you entered a Sports Bar
or a living room full of eager sports enthusiasts as
the final seconds of a play-off basketball game tick
away. The energy levels in these two rooms are
usually elevated as the tension builds. Similar
results can be achieved when Feng Shui is
implemented inside of any household space.
individual, you have a personal Chi, a personal
aura. Anger, frustration, happiness, and other
emotions are sensed by others around us. Even
posture of how we walk, talk, or the tone in our
voice can clue in others to our emotional state. A
personal Chi is always changing depending on the
attitude of a person.
FENG SHUI AND PERSONAL CHI
mentioned, Chi is found everywhere in a home, Chi
can even be found radiating from a home's
inhabitants in the form of personal Chi. Your
personal Chi and your home's Chi complement each
other like macaroni and cheese. A Hostile or
unorganized living space creates chaos. This chaotic
Chi will impact your personal attitude each time you
find yourself inside of the chaotic room. As a
result your home may be the cause of much
unnecessary stress in your life.
Feng Shui is
the bridge that links personality to the home and
the great news is that it can be fine tuned to match
everybody's personality. One of the main goals of
Feng Shui is to integrate some basic principles of
interior design with your own personality traits.
RECOGNIZING CHI SPOTS
wall paper, photos, electronics, cozy fire places,
wall art, and flower filled vases are examples of
furnishings or decor that radiate Chi. Everything
radiates Chi, that much we are sure of. They all
radiate very specific and very different types of
Chi and that is another very important Feng Shui
principle. The size, shape, and color are all
factors that categorize decor and furnishings into
very distinct forms of Chi - Yin and Yang.
CHI ENERGY – YIN & YANG
manifests itself in two forms the Yin and the Yang.
Each manifestation yields its own distinct set of
attributes or "personality traits" if you will.
Still, these opposites manage to attract each other
like opposing sides of a magnet and when the two
energies harmonize the result is pure brilliance. A
classic Yin and Yang image may come to mind and it
does serve as the perfect icon of what is to be
achieved inside each and every room of the home.
Yin and Yang
represent two opposite ends of a spectrum like fire
and water. The majority of us gravitate toward one
side or the other and the rest fall somewhere in
between. As you will soon discover, everyday
household things are classified much the same way as
our personalities and only after developing a
working knowledge of Yin and Yang traits, will you
be able to mix and match furnishings in your home
with your personality.
BASICS OF CHI
some forms of chi that needs to be altered through a
variety of Feng Shui remedies.
– Created by corners on furniture or walls, should
be tempered with vines, live plants or something
– Long hallways and staircases create this chi,
which can cause opportunities to rush from your
life. Crystals and Feng
Shui windchimes and crystal can slow this
- Caused by beams, raise the chi in this space with
a symbolically uplifting object such as crystal to
be hanged under the beam or paste big metal nine
pyramid at the both corner of the beam.
- Created by missing sections of the Feng Shui ba
gua, you can compensate for missing energy with any
number of Feng Shui remedies, including light,
color, live plants, crystals, wind chimes or water
Harmonization begins by first understanding our own
character and by associating personality traits with
Yin and Yang energy. Previously, we mentioned that
every individual tends to radiate either a Yin or
Yang Chi. The type of radiation felt from one's
personality depends solely on very specific
personality traits associated with that individual.
The next few paragraphs examine some of these traits
in order for you to paint begin to understand
yourself and your own Chi. As we begin to categorize
some common personality traits please pay special
attention to any of the traits that are present in
your own persona.
YIN PERSONALITY TRAITS
personalities are quiet, sensitive, and inwardly
imaginative. These individuals enjoy the comforts of
home and may not always be willing to go out for a
night on the town. Instead he/she may choose to stay
in for the evening focusing on personal matters.
Introverted and shy, a Yin personality is
independent, loyal, and easily distracted by an
abundance of creative passion. In a household
setting, one common pitfall among a Yin character is
that these individuals hold on to family relics too
long filling one's home with clutter and stagnant
energy. A tendency like stockpiling should be
avoided but can also be counterbalanced with a
tremendous quantity of Yang decor.
YANG PERSONALITY TRAITS
persona tend to be idealistic, outgoing, and
interact socially with confidence. While these
people have strong intellectual ability they tend to
lack creativity and find themselves without an
independent sense of security. A Yang personality
develops a high value of self worth and yield an
outstanding ability to stand up for one's self. A
highly extroverted individual may find themselves
diving into other people's affairs adding
unnecessary stress to their own life. With higher
levels of energy a Yang person will accomplish more
things in a lifetime but not without consequence.
These people tend to be at a greater risk of anxiety
and stress disorders.
friends and family asking them what they think about
who you are. Spend more time listening to what they
have to say and taking notes rather than disagreeing
and arguing about what they tell you.
Think open. A Yang floor plan is an open floor plan. Spacing is absolutely
crucial here when trying to boost the presence of
Yang Chi inside of any habitat. Aside from the
coloring of the walls, the amount of vacant space
inside of any given room is the best way to increase
Yang Chi. The space in front of windows should be
open and clear from obstruction. This increases the
amount of natural light inside of a room and also
promotes many other Yang possibilities. Natural
light from at least 2 different sources is ideal but
overhead, halogen lights may be substituted if
necessary. Replace elaborate window sheers with
vertical or horizontal blinds and always maintain
that open floor plan.
YANG COLOR, SHAPES, AND MORE!
festive colors are Yang colors. These are
eye-opening shades of unnatural color (colors not
readily visible in nature) that leave a lasting
impression on any visitors that you might encounter.
Use these colors with tasteful moderation as they
can become immensely overpowering. Wall paint is
often the easiest and most influential way to alter
the Chi inside any given room. A tremendous amount
of time and thought should be exerted when deciding
to go with a Yang wall color, since these colors are
usually overpowering especially in smaller rooms
like a bedroom. Sometimes only covering one or two
walls with a fresh layer of paint is all that is
needed to heighten the energy levels of a room.
changing wall paint isn't an option be it financial
reasons, have no fear, fresh colors can be added to
a room through decor or furniture. Brightly shaded
candles, flowers, or laying out a new rug can be
just what is needed to bring a refreshing new spark
to an outdated or dull living space.
glass, and mirror furniture fall into the Yang
category. Replace a wood coffee or bookshelf with a
glass or metallic equal. Even changing the
arrangement of wall art can be a means to invite the
Chi energies into a room. Elevate wall hangings 3 to
6 inches (10 - 15mm) and feel the room lighten with
Yang. Larger sofas with plush, round arm rests
should be exchanged for smaller, straight-backed
couches with solid, square arm rests.
lines and edges provide the liveliest manifestations
of Yang energy. Plants and vases are a great way to
get started. Exchange plants that hang downward for
plants that shoot upward. Pyramids and triangular
shapes also boost Yang flow. Change from square end
tables to triangular shapes.
delicate balance requires an arrangement that is
complimentary to one's personality. As we begin to
explore what the personality traits associated with
Yin and Yang, try to recall a particular place that
you thoroughly enjoyed being in. This could be some
exotic hotel, a family member's house, or even the
house across the street. Try to remember the details
that made it so pleasurable for you
Elegant and Cozy - Floral texturing, folded shades, and curtains all slow down
the movement of Chi. Numerous furnishings in a small
space promotes the feel of Yin. Fill empty table
space with full, elaborate decor. Use old fashioned
picture framing or maybe even exchange color photos
for black and white. Cover metalic or glass tables
with fabric will change its radiation from Yang to
Yin. Keep things soft, cozy, and maybe a little bit
YIN COLORS, SHAPES, LIGHTING, AND MORE
Black is the
most Yin of all colors while soft pastels or deep,
dark colors such as maroon or a dark, sage green.
Wood finishings should be colored dark and rich.
and flowing shapes but never a circle are Yin.
Rounded ceilings are advantageous to Yin while
sturdy wooden furniture needs to be exchanged for
soft, plush, or wicker furniture.
lamps, preferably on dimming switches. Overhead
lighting with the ability to dim is also categorized
as Yin. Lighting should be kept manageable
throughout the day. Use full length window coverings
for the daylight hours and perhaps a semi
transparent covering for the evening.
are soft, plush, and cozy. Floral fabric on pillows
and sofas are all Yin. Bookshelves, sofas, and other
furnishings should be kept low to the ground. Also
lowering wall pictures/paintings can increase the
flow of Yin.