Feng Shui expert, Dato’ Joey Yap, debunks the myth of decorating your interiors with mandarin ducks and prosperity cats, and offer practical and logical practice to improve your home’s Feng Shui.
29 January 2019
Text by Team Joey Yap
Feng Shui has always been about the calculations of Yin and Yang energy and how it can be employed to improve the harmony and prosperity in the house; certainly not the weird practice of placing supposedly lucky and prosperity-inducing objects around the house. Unconvinced? Here are seven practical tips that you can implement to obtain good Feng Shui; just in time before Chinese New Year! You can be sure your mother-in-law will be pleased. She might even implement some of these Feng Shui tips in her home.
Sleep is when you put your mind and body to rest, hence a stable yet tranquil environment is imperative. In order to achieve that, the headboard should be positioned against a solid wall to ensure a stable “qi” or energy. Otherwise, any active energy could affect the user’s sleep, resulting in fatigue, decline of health, or emotionally exhausted.
How many of you work on your bed itself? As mentioned earlier, sleeping requires a stable and peaceful energy, which is the opposite of what a worker wants. By working on or near the bed, the energy becomes active, again resulting in affected sleep.
Every home has energy flowing through, which increases the quality of life for the inhabitants. However, energy flows best through clean and tidy corridors, rather than a messy or cluttered area. Thus, it is better to ensure that the rooms are not too cluttered. This, however, only applies to the overall room. Having messy cupboards, closets, work desks, or counters are fine to an extent. But take note that this isn’t an excuse to be messy.
The house normally gets the energy from the main entrance of your house. Once the energy enters the house, it will circulate in the initial area first before it flowing into the other rooms. Thus, we should keep the main entrance clear, so that there’s enough unobstructed space for the energy to flow seamlessly.
Again, energy needs to flow freely in order to give the biggest benefit. If you have something hanging above your bed, like a shelf, beam, pictures frames or pendant light, it suppresses the energy circling around, which again could lead to an affected sleep. But if you don’t want to leave your wall bare, wallpaper is a good compromise.
Energy flows mainly through doors and windows. If you’re seated with your back facing the door, the rush of energy will affect you every time the door opens. It’s better to position your back against the wall, so the desk acts as a barrier to block the energy rush, ensuring a stable and conducive environment to work in.
If you haven’t realised by now, the common goal here is to ensure stable energy or good “qi” as the Chinese says. It’s imperative to have a stable energy when cooking, so that it will not negatively affect the food. And having an island stove does the complete opposite as energy flows from all directions, creating instability. Plus, the people who eat the food could fall ill or have other health problems. So, it’s best to have the stove facing a wall.
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