Strengthening earth ‘chi’

An easy and simple approach to enhance the movement of energy in your home or office is to strengthen the “earth Chi”. 

This was considered important from the early days and is synonymous with the tenets of good Fengshui.

The ‘chi’ energy flows not only through our planet, but also through the entire solar system and galaxy.

The Earth radiates ‘chi’ energy that flows out and away from the planet and is said to be the ‘chi’ energy moving upward referred to as the Earth’s force. The energy moving downward towards the earth known as the heaven’s force is from the planets surrounding the earth which radiates ‘chi’ energy.

Hence the movement of ‘chi’ energy on the surface of the earth, and therefore in our homes and in our own bodies, is influenced by the earth itself and the surrounding planets. As the position of the earth and planets change, the movement of ‘chi’ energy also changes, affecting our own flow of ‘chi’ energy. 

Buildings alter the flow of such ‘chi’ energy due to their shape, openings and the materials they are made of.

The orientation of a building in relation to the sun and planets will determine the kind of ‘chi’ energy that enters it and it has has been found that energy most easily moves through doors when compared to windows and other apertures.

The features of the immediate surroundings, such as water or roads, further determine the kind of ‘chi’ energy that flows back and forth through the doors of the building and the energy keeps changing as the planets move through the sky, so there is a new pattern of ‘chi’ energy each year, month, day and hour. The right Fengshui design and interior decorations could enhance or counter the kind of ‘chi’ energy that moves around. Taoist Fengshui speaks of the combination of the heaven and earth ‘chi’ which establishes a natural phenomenon upon which mankind exists and builds shelters. Earth ‘chi’ is the most significant influence in our fortunes and it is no surprise that so much importance is given when a new construction is started or completed as the process of ushering in the right energy in a building needs to be looked into from the time the property is identified till the time it remains occupied and functional.

Few important ways to strengthen the earth ‘chi’ are:

Use floorings of solid (not broken or terrazzo) marble, granite or tiles (earth materials) especially in the ground floor and avoid wood and carpet on the ground floor. Anything broken or haphazard suggests unstable “foundation” to the ‘chi’ movement.

Surround your home with natural rocks and if a few rocks are placed at the four corners of the property they signify a strong and stable earth ‘chi’. A solid wall at least 1.2 m behind the home signifies earth support. Create a square patch filled with sand or pebbles to strengthen the earth chi in front of the house.

Accentuated patches of yellow in the furnishings especially towards the northeast, centre and southwest sectors of the home  is a good enhancer of earth ‘chi’.

(The author is a Vaastu and Fengshui consultant)
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