FENG SHUI

All about controlling chi

It was believed in the earlier times in China that chi (energy) had the power to convey blessings from the dead to the living. Benevolent wishes of the deceased were carried from the burial grounds to the residences of the living. The location of grave sites was of major importance to families seeking the support of their ancestors. It is from manuscripts describing this process that we gain some of our earliest insights into chi. In the fourth century scroll that gives instructions for positioning graves we find not only one of the earliest references to chi, but also possibly the first reference to Feng Shui.

The process of controlling the movement of chi was conceived during the days of royalty in China. When chi moves too quickly, it invites natural disasters like precipitous slopes that threaten avalanches in the winter or raging of rivers that overflow their banks in spring. One of the greatest achievements of the first yellow emperor was building of the Yellow river flood control system. Equal in effort to the Great Wall of China, which he completed in the North, this system consisted of a series of dams, locks and diversions of the river’s course, segments of which are still in use today.

Today, with scientific advancements, these practices could sound like a Chinese folktale and ritual, yet it could be described in the objective terminology of science.
The veins of the dragon are nothing but what physicists call potential energy: the energy contained within the body which is not in motion, like water. In modern day town planning and layouts, it would be a little too difficult to locate sites which would meet the traditional concepts, but one needs to look out for the surroundings and buildings which do contribute for the quality of the chi.

The main areas of the building one would generally look for when you adapt traditional Feng Shui is obstructions from outside the building, orientations and alignment of main doors and windows, kitchen hobs, bedrooms and of course the major culprit: toilets.
Ensure that main door is free of visual obstructions like electric poles, trees and towers. If they are more than 50 feet away, then it is not considered so much of a hassle, otherwise you need to shield the door either by plants or creepers. The entrance should also be given importance with regard to what is revealed when the front door opens into the house. The front door needs to be strong and should also be the biggest door in the house when compared to other doors.

Aligning windows or doors in a straight line with the main door is considered bad Feng Shui as the chi energy coming in goes away directly. Feng Shui emphasises on the point that chi energy should be allowed to settle down in a building and spread slowly and not rush out.


(The author is a master Feng Shui consultant and traditional Vaastu practitioner). He may be contacted by email at fengshui@fengshuiserver.com or (Ph: 080 25252456, 5252109)

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