It comes up every now and then. I try to act intelligent and pretend to know what the heck they're talking about. I can barely pronounce the term, let alone understand it.
Energy. Harmony. Vitality. Clearly, these are important aspects to anyone’s life. And, in the Chinese culture, it’s known as Feng Shui [fung-shway]. Some believe it’s the recipe for successful living. Feng Shui deals with the earth’s five elements, then adds a bit of color to bring energy and vitality to a home. Some absolutely live by the philosophy that dates back to when Buddha was in diapers.
Wikipedia describes it as, “an ancient Chinese system of aesthetics believed to use the laws of both Heaven (astronomy) and Earth (geography) to help one improve life by receiving positive qi” [chi].
I know just a little enough about the subject – and it is obvious I needed to learn more. I’m not looking to be Feng Shuiologist or anything, but there are some salient points to the practice that we can all benefit from. It is said that even a Chinese vase, properly placed within the home can bring positive energy.
Well, in this market, sellers need to do all they can to attract the right buyer. It was time I did some homework on the subject.
I was watching HGTV’s House Hunters where a wife was most concerned about the home’s chi – energy, it seems, can enter a home allowing the occupants the good fortune of harmony and well being. It does the opposite as well. The position of a staircase and the direction of the front door are important elements when it comes to Feng Shui. Even a tree in the front yard, if not properly placed, can be a barrier to chi entering the home and nurturing its occupants.
Here’s a great dummies guide to Feng Shui I found through Google – I found it interesting and useful. Perhaps you will too. From the front door to the placement of furniture, you, too, can have nice chi.
I’m thinking I’ve lived in a home or two where the chi wasn’t so great. Just saying.
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