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Feng Shui Tips to Revitalize Your Home

Our home is much more than just a habitat where we live and sleep. It is a sanctuary and refuge after a long days work and also a place to rest and rejuvenate. Good feng shui in the home attracts good health prosperity, and happiness. Here are 6 easy tips to create good feng shui at home.

The main door is the most important parts of the home. It is where the outer environment connects with your house. Empower the main door by displaying images of auspicious creatures at its vicinity. It could be a painting of a thousand birds, or a picture of dragons, phoenix, or any other celestial animals.

Bright lights are great for creating Yang energy. Although it is a waste of energy to keep the whole house lighted at all times, there should never be overly dark areas in your home. Houses with a bright ambience enjoy better feng shui than dark and gloomy ones.

Pets such as cats and dogs are excellent for stimulating a healthy energy flow in your home. When you are off to work, or away on vacation, your pets keep your home’s energy from becoming stale.

Your kitchen should be located deep within your home and should not be visible from the main door. Never place the kitchen in the Northwest and Southwest corner of the home.

A large mirror in the dining room is extremely good feng shui. A mirror that is large enough to reflect the whole family as well as the food on the table attracts good fortune.

Hallways, foyers and walkways should always be free of clutter. Clutter not only inhibits the flow of energy, but also causes the accumulation of stale Chi. Having lots of clutter in walkways and foyers suggest the presence of lots of obstacles in your path.

These are just a few examples in the practice of good feng shui. Give these tips a try and watch how good feng shui can revitalize your home!

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Feng Shui - For Bedroom & Property

For the Bedroom
The Feng Shui in our bedrooms is important as it is a place for us to rest and recharge after a long day. The energies or "chi" in these rooms will influence the way we think and feel emotionally and subsequently, affect the way we behave and also, affect our health.

Ideally, the first step is to ensure our bedrooms are located in the positive sectors in the house. This however, requires more detailed learning so let us place the focus on the internal factors of the bedroom for now as there are a few good tips you may utilize straight away.

1. Find your Personal Favorable Direction
This is done by calculating your Kua Number first followed by the group you belong to as shown below. Calculating the Kua Number
* If you are a male, add the last 2 digits from your Year of Birth until you get a single digit. Take 10 to minus this number and the resultant is your Kua Number.
(Note: If this resultant number is 5, your Kua number should become Kua 2)* If you are a female, add the last 2 digits from your Year of Birth until you get a single digit. Take 5 and add to this number and the resultant is your Kua Number.
(Note: If this resultant number is 5, your Kua number should become Kua 8) East and West Grouping
* East Group: You belong to this group if your Kua number is 1, 3, 4 and 9. Your personal favorable directions are North, South, East and Southeast. * West Group: You belong to this group if your Kua number is 2, 6, 7 and 8. Your personal favorable directions are Northwest, Southwest, Northeast and West. After finding your personal good directions, you can then move your bed such that your head is pointing towards one of these favorable directions. When moving your bed, we do advice selecting a good date to do this.

If you are a couple and both of you have different favorable directions, the way most people decide will be base on the one who is the breadwinner for the family.

2. Keep The Room Spacious and Clutter free
Having clutter in the room is not good because it affects the chi flow and over time, the first sign of problem is on health. Therefore, avoid using the same room for work and rest as there's a tendency for the room to be filled up after some time.

3. Are Mirrors good?
This is a common concern many people have on mirrors and other reflective things like TV. In Feng Shui terms, mirrors do not have any impact. However, due to logical reasons, I would not use these in the rooms because we do at times wake up half conscious at night and the sudden sight of an image does affect the person and at times, causes fright.

4. Sleeping position
It is important to take note that when sleeping, one should not have their legs pointing towards the door as this can affect health as the 'chi" entering through the door has a direct impact on the person.

If the bed cannot be shifted, place a curtain or partition to block off the flow of direct "chi" between the door and you.

5. TV in the room
Though it is becoming a common need to have a TV in most rooms, it is not advisable. Watching of TV is considered a "Yang" activity while resting and sleeping are considered "Yin" activity. There should not be a combination of "Yin" and "Yang" activities in ONE room as this affects the purity of the "chi" or energy in it.

It is best to leave TV watching to the living room as this is always a "Yang" sector.

6. Water Features
Before you decide on shopping for a nice water feature to place in your room, do be careful to check if "Water" can first be placed in this sector as not all sectors can have water placement.

It is also recommended that you get some advice prior to placing any "water" in the room especially if you are married as this might cause unnecessary problems. Water is a body of energy and it works by activating the energies of the sector where it is placed. Without analyzing whether the energies are positive, the placement of water in the room can cause unexpected situations.

7. Color of the Wall
Feng Shui is about energy or "chi" flow. Therefore, the choice of colors in the room will not have any impact on the Feng Shui. Select the ones that is pleasing to your eye and liking.

If there is any impact at all, it is because colors affect you through the psychological aspect by influencing the way you feel and behave.

Tips for Property Sellers

Have you ever experienced or come across properties that just do not “attract” buyers no matter how many viewings were done? In some situations, sellers even have to compromise a lot more on the final sale price to let go of the property due to cash flow as their newly purchased property is due for payment.

Whether you are the property seller or an agent, the objective is always to complete the sale in the shortest possible time at the desired asking price. So, how can we “change” the Feng Shui of the property to achieve this?

Feng Shui Influence

Firstly, let’s look at how Feng Shui works internally in the house. The “chi” in the study of Feng Shui refers to the “invisible” cosmic energies from the surroundings and it affects us in terms of the way we feel, behave, think and react.

There are 2 important factors that affect the “chi” within the house: Flow and Quality. Imagine the house interior as the human body system. A smooth “chi” flow is likened to our blood flow without any arteries blockages while good quality “chi” is about having a healthy functioning system. Both are equally important as these factors ultimately affect our overall wellbeing.

Impact on the Buyer

In the same manner, when people come into the house, they can immediately decide if they like the house by how comfortable they feel. All it takes is a few moments of walking around in the house. In fact, some people would bring along young children when viewing properties to observe their reaction to the environment. This is because the behavior of young kids is largely based on their intuition and senses hence, they would be the best detectors of negative vibes in the surroundings.

Preparing Your House For Viewing

To create a positive Feng Shui “feel” in your house, it is important that you put in some effort to prepare your house prior to viewing by potential buyers.

The most important area in the house from a Feng Shui context is the MAIN DOOR for it is the source through which “chi” flows into the house. Therefore, the first thing one should do is to tidy up this area and remove any clutter. Take note that the main door area includes the space just outside the door. I mention this because it is a common sight to have bicycles, shoes and sometimes, dying plants hovering around this area.

Once you can clear this up, the Feng Shui of your house will improve by about 8%-10%. Like the common saying that “first impression counts”, you are already creating a positive “first impression” to your buyers.

After the main door, you should look at the internal layout mainly focusing on the living and dining area as this is the space where buyers would spend more time in. Remember the important factors about “Flow” and “Quality” of “chi” mentioned above.

To improve the flow of “chi”, look at the way the furnishings are setup. Remove furniture that blocks the walkway or path to other parts of the house. Create more space if possible so that “chi” flow is smoother. In fact, if there are furnishings that are of no use and which you plan to dispose in the move, do it at this time. Too much clutter is like building blockages in your arteries and eventually affects the overall wellbeing.

In terms of the quality of “chi”, the original Classical Feng Shui text says that it has to do with the macro external environment around us and that refers to the quality of the mountains and rivers which unfortunately will be too technical to apply by the layman and in fact, may even be difficult to grasp. Since the focus is on the internal of our house, the quality of “chi” would to some extent be influenced by the overall maintenance in the house. Having said that, it is advisable to do some spring cleaning or tidying up prior to a buyer’s visit. In fact, some people even resort to the use of scent which is known to have some influence on people’s moods and emotions. All these are about improving the quality of “chi” internally.

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Dispel your property feng shui paranoia

You've learnt about the common types of environmental features in external Feng Shui that could be significant to the Qi flow of your property.

This time, we'll take a look at what is not of any importance in terms of Feng Shui when evaluating property.

This is to help you avoid "Feng Shui Paranoia" when you are looking or designing your dream home.

It will tell you what you should NOT bother to get all worked up about when it comes to your home or a prospective property.


Types of plants

Plants, whatever types they may be, have nothing to do with Classical Feng Shui.

You can turn your home into a money plant nursery all you want but it won't bring you more wealth.

It's all in the name and nothing to do with Qi.


Paintings or décor

Paintings are a form of art and expression.

There are no rules on what you can have on the walls because it has nothing to do with Feng Shui. If you love Gothic art or movie posters of 'Saw' or 'The Omen' and want to display them in your home, by all means, go ahead.

It doesn't make your home haunted. Remember: Buy inspiration, not superstition.


Colour of your roof or walls

Don't fret about the colour of your roof or walls as they have no effect on the Feng Shui of a property.


Auspicious table and door measurements

First of all, there is no such thing as "auspicious measurements" in Feng Shui - not even a "Feng Shui ruler".

With that said, specific auspicious measurements and the said ruler are usually used for the tombstone or coffin for Yin House Feng Shui.

Hence, property for living occupants (or Yang House) can safely ignore this.


House number

Stop now, with the phobia about numbers having Feng Shui significance to a property.

You won't be cursed living in house number 14 or on the 14th floor. Remember: Feng Shui is about Qi in the environment - not your house number.


Ba Gua mirrors and Stone Lions (Fu Dogs)

A Ba Gua mirror is used in the olden days, when it was made of brass and the objective was to introduce some metal into the sector.

It may have some significance in the spiritual practice fields, but not in Feng Shui (which is nothing more than a diagram indicating a mathematical model of the universe).

As for the Stone Lions, they are just a Chinese decorative preference and do not generate any 'protective Qi'.


Patio and pergola

As you do not live on the patio or sleep there at night, it is not an important consideration for Feng Shui here.

Therefore, it can be located anywhere in the property. A pergola is like an outdoor gazebo commonly situated in the West.

As long as the edges of the roof do not point at your Main Door, the location of the pergola is unimportant.


Garden lamp posts and chandeliers

The number of bulbs in a garden lamp post has no importance in Feng Shui.

Garden lamp posts are generally not dangerous as long as they are not directly in front of any doors to your property. Crystal chandeliers, clearly, emit beautiful light and are nice to look at. But it does not emit any Qi.

I hope these tips will dispel the common misconception about what is Feng Shui and what is not when it comes to considering a property. With all these cleared up, you can Feng Shui your home the right way.

10 auspicious things to look out for when buying a new home

How do you know if and when you have found the right house in terms of feng shui? This is the burning question for many property buyers.

And it's not like you can simply dial a consultant for every house you fancy. So, it's handy for you to know the basic feng shui rules to acquaint yourself.

For example:

• No water - as in lakes, rivers, etc -- in the North-east sector. Water in the South-west sector is best, or maybe South-east, East or North.

• A mountain in the North-east, North-west, West or South is ideal.

• Avoid negative features like pointed roof corners, pylons and dead trees.

• Bright Hall - this is one factor that never fails but facing a wide, busy road is not a Bright Hall feature as overly strong Yang energy disperses Qi!

Positive feng shui properties do not just wait around for buyers. To find out "when" is a good time to purchase a property, look at your personal BaZi (Chinese astrology) chart.

Are you going through a favourable 10-year Luck Pillar cycle? Is the current year good for you? If it is, the opportunity to "discover" a good property is quite high. If it isn't, even if you manage to find a property with potent feng shui, you might not have the opportunity to purchase it.

This is something that I always tell people: "The house chooses the buyer, and not the other way around."

It all comes down to affinity. But most people would usually retort, "I have money. I can buy any house I want!"

True, but "any house" would normally mean that the property buyer or investor and his consultant, braving the next 10 houses with mediocre feng shui.

Or, one faced with negative features. For example, with the North-east landform sloping away, or a pierced Life Palace feature, or one which has the Eight Killings formation. In one case, we found a feng shui-friendly house for a client - finally.

But at the last moment, the seller decided not to sell because her dog died. Being too distraught, the seller chose to wait another year before selling.

If your BaZi is compatible for you to purchase a property this year, you can find out "where" to look.

For example, if your favourable element is Metal then you can look for an area with a Military Arts mountain (half watermelon).

Or, perhaps, you can look for a "North-west sitting" property with higher ground. (Do note that without high ground support, a North-west sitting property is just like any other property).

The Metal element is also linked to financial centres, so seeking houses near such a feature would increase your opportunity for optimum feng shui.

At the risk of encouraging paranoia, I'm giving divination tips as well.

If, at the point of entering a prospective property and it starts to rain heavily, this means the Kan trigram has "revealed" itself.

This means that the property will cause quite a bit of problem - hidden problems, mind you. There will

also be sewage and foundation problems.

If you are greeted by a stench upon arriving at the door, then it is a Kun Gua issue - ill health for the lady of the house or unstable finances. Or, you find that upon walking in, the door "cracks".

This phenomenon has to do with Dui Gua and is related to the possibility of constant injury and surgery.

On the other hand, if the weather is pleasant and the sun is shining brightly, then it can be construed as a manifestation of the Li Gua trigram of happiness. Or, if it drizzles but the sky is still sunny, then it is relates to the "Accomplished" hexagram.

As mentioned earlier, divination runs the risk of paranoia. So, if you see or hear nothing out of the ordinary when you enter a new property, then all is well and good. It doesn't matter what happens before or after you see the house. It is irrelevant.

Several years ago, when assessing a house for a client, the weather on that day was all right but what caught my attention were the many dragonflies in the compound (Xun Gua).

It was a south-sitting house (Li Gua). Hey, that's a 9-4 HeTu combination which meant it was conducive for relationships and networking. And because the north-west land was higher, this became an even more powerful combination.

True enough, this client eventually built and expanded his company (and wealth) by meeting the right people.

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