What the Ch’i?



Yesterday, my Feng Shui master and I were discussing Ch’i-what it is and what it is not. People call it energy, but I think that is too broad and doesn’t really explain it. Some call it dust, and maybe that’s helpful for people to see why it’s so elusive and uncooperative.


I think we settled on life’s breath, for lack of a better description. 

He says he can feel it-I said I know when it’s not there. Feng Shui is based on position or place, and the idea is to attract Ch’i, making sure it travels throughout your space, not too quickly, and not stopping.

If it’s lacking, or doesn’t reach your whole space, that’s a problem. If it gets stagnant, that’s also a problem.

Almost every space I’ve ever visited has areas where I do not feel the Ch’i, including Floyd, our current house. 

There are, however, some absolutes when choosing a home or apartment.

If possible:

• Do choose a home where the air is calm and not constantly windy so the Ch’i can settle and enter the home through the main door -if it’s too windy, it just blows away (like dust in the wind).

• Do select a place that is not at the end of a T junction. You want to control the chi coming at your home with no car headlights barreling towards you (they call these tiger’s eyes), which is very unsettling to find coming toward you. 

• Do select a place where your neighbors that you can see from your home have similar home sizes and land. This creates continuity and better relationships. Avoid homes that look onto cemeteries or religious buildings. It may seem obvious, but cemeteries attract Ch’i too, so you may be in competition for it with your neighbors.

Bottom line; If you feel comfortable and at ease while visiting your prospective future home, then there’s probably a potential to create positive Ch’i and good Feng Shui. 

Movin’ Out!


In Feng Shui, it is always more auspicious to have fewer items and less clutter…Enter the storage unit! Out of sight, out of mind for the low, low price of some absurd annual amount that makes one wonder if their stuff is worth a fraction of what they are paying.


One of my absolute truths is “Everyone should be given, upon their birth, a therapist/shrink and a storage unit, because they’re going to need both.”


Today I am celebrating the first time since 2008 that I do not have a storage unit!! 


I’m free, and I could’ve  funded a college education, one with a scholarship anyway, with what I’ve spent over the last 13 years. 

It feels great, and I have to say, other than feeding my obsession with storage unit mystery (what’s behind the door number 1022, 1024 as I walk to mine), I won’t miss it one bit! 

Summer-Fire, Fame, Reputation


It’s Summer and it’s Hot! In Feng Shui, Summer is associated with the Southern direction. It’s also associated with high visibility, popularity, fame and reputation.


If you get the elemental balance right, you can elevate your popularity or reputation-you may be recognized in a public way for your achievements, or you may find your dance card full.


If you get it wrong, you may experience some negative notoriety, or scandal, and a decrease in your popularity.
So how do you get the balance right? It’s complicated…But here are some tips to get the most out of your summer:


If you’re seeking more positive visibility, spend time with your animals. Animals are the element of fire, which stokes fame and reputation.


Spend time in the Southern part of your home-this is where the sun is anyway.


The color red can boost the energy in this sector. So can triangular shapes.


Too much fire is just as bad as not enough fire. If you feel like everyone’s obsessed with you, and not in a good way, you may want to add some earth-like ceramics, to lessen the fire. If it’s out of control, bring on the water. 

Flashback Feng Shui Friday-Look for Signs!


Feng Shui can be very complicated, but sometimes it’s not.


The written word is strong and influential, especially if you see it everyday.


Think about what you surround yourself with, and pay attention to messages, especially the ones in bright yellow! 

Beams over Beds in Feng Shui


There are a lot of opinions on beams over beds across all schools of Feng Shui.


We all have some sense that it is not good, but why? It is said that beams cut through whatever is below. Sometimes, their edges form arrows, the corners facing directly at the sleeper.

Our bedroom


If the beam is parallel with the sleeper, it can set up a case of sleep disturbance, illness and depression. 


If it is between a couple and parallel to the sleeper, It can cause marital or relationship problems if it is between the sleepers. 


If it’s perpendicular to the sleepers, it can cause illness in the area it is directly over, cutting that area of the body. 
Beams are an integral part of western building and a premium feature at that.

So, what to do? 


If you can’t move, and you’re suffering from any of the above, what do you do? There are a couple of “cures” that can help. 


One is to sleep in a canopy bed with material over your head for protection. Or to cover the beams with some kind of material.

Our Skylights

What if you have skylights, like we do? There is an old cure with bamboo flutes, shown below, you can hang over the offending beams in a specific arrangement. I’ve used these before myself in a previous home. 

Bamboo Flutes


The last is to have lights pointing to the beams, essentially “burning them up.” I’m skeptical of the last as flaming wood by fire isn’t really a calming cure. 


Message us with your bed and beam pics and let us know if you are sleeping well and are healthy! 

Stay tuned; we have lots of beams in our soon to be bedroom! 

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