Feng Shui Protection
Article by Craig Hamilton-Parker.
Feng Shui is about much more than interior design. It has a spiritual dimension. Feng Shui Protection is sometimes used by ghost hunters and psychics as a means for spiritual protection, generating positive energy and clearance of negative energy.
We’ve discussed how certain environments lift your spirits while others drain you, and how this may be caused by earth energies or the vibrations resonating in a place from previous occupants. The Chinese have been aware of these effects for centuries. To combat these negative energies, they developed the art of Feng Shui Protection. The protection of Feng Shui comes from deliberately creating in your surroundings energies that will continually increase and support your sense of well-being, in this way protecting your soul from negative influences.
What we have called “earth energy” corresponds to the effect of Chi energy in Feng Shui. “Earth energy” and “chi energy” are, similarly, the life force at work. It is not only present in all living things but moves about the planet. This Chi energy is everywhere and may manifest itself with positive and negative aspects. You will sense its positive aspect when a place “feels right.” This feeling when you buy a property suggests that the energy of the property may be in harmony with your dreams and desires. The Chinese believe that Feng Shui Protection will protect you from bad luck and attract good fortune into your life.
People who complain of geopathic stress or believe they live in an environment that has no positive chi also claim that they are beset with bad luck. According to the ancient Chinese, good luck is not a result of chance but created by the Chi energy that is all around us. Think of chi as a life force that moves, like a wind, through the environment. It also has the qualities of water, for it absorbs and releases the vibrations given out by the things upon which it comes in contact. The chi around you at this moment may be full of positive influences that will bring you luck, or filled with stagnant influences which will draw misfortune to you. In addition, this chi energy can influence your wealth, health, relationships, and every single aspect of your life. Negative chi can harm the quality of our lives but good chi will make us healthy and happy. Getting the chi in an environment right can act as powerful protection for the soul.
Fortunately, we need not be at the mercy of bad chi. We can improve our lives by influencing chi energy so that it continually works in our favour. The art of improving these energies is Feng Shui, translated literally “Wind and Water.” In antiquity, it was a secret art reserved for the fortunate ruling class who could afford to use a Feng Shui master to manage their environment. The extremely ancient system dates back over 5,000 years. Today, the “secrets of the dragon’s cosmic breath” –as the sages described it–are finally being revealed to us in the west. Now we can all use Feng Shui to live in harmony with our environment and draw upon the subtle energies that will nurture our health, wealth, and happiness.
A Simple Overview of Feng Shui Protection
The Chinese tell us that all life on this planet is animated by the life force called chi. It is in everything. It is universal. It is in us and all around us. It is in the flowing rivers, the ascending mountains, the wide plains, our cities and our homes, and it influences our prosperity, health, love, and happiness.
Chi flows through everything. Just as we are surrounded by the invisible energies of electricity, microwaves, radio, and Television signals, so chi energy also permeates our world. In china they believe also that the flow of Chi can also be influenced by astrology. (See Chinese Astrology section for basics of Chinese Astrology)
In its most positive form it is called Sheng Chi, and where it is concentrated plants flourish, animals flourish, and we flourish. It never moves fast and it can accumulate in the environment and even within our bodies. The best place for chi to accumulate is where the air is fresh and water flows slowly and sinuously. The flow of water and of chi are a part of Feng Shui. For example, many of the great cities of the world, such as Hong Kong, London, Paris, and San Francisco, are built on sheltered harbours or slow-flowing rivers. Not only are these sites practical for shipping, but they are places where chi is greatest. Some of these cities are particularly blessed because they have water access at the front and are protected in the rear by mountains. Hong Kong is positioned between the South China Sea and the Central mountains of China; New York between the Appalachians and the Atlantic; and London between the Chilterns and the River Thames. The water and wind elements of chi energy in these locations are perfectly balanced, and therefore encourage life and stimulate trade.
Sheng Chi brings good fortune and is described as clean, vibrant, and energetic. However, it should not be allowed to gather great speed or it will become harmful. A widespread Feng Shui technique is to use water to control the flow of chi. When chi encounters water it settles, so water can be used to accumulate Sheng chi. If a water feature, such as a fountain, for example, is placed in an auspicious position near a home, it will bring good luck to the front door.
Chi can also stagnate or be dissipated quickly. Where it stagnates and forms backwaters, the life force will be reduced. The Chinese name for this manifestation of chi is Shar chi. Life in areas affected by Shar chi gradually wither away. In other places, chi rushes past and cannot accumulate. Beside fast-moving rivers or roads , for example, good chi energy does not have time to accumulate so there is no beneficial effect on the life in these areas. Unpleasant shapes and form can increase hostile chi. Sharp edges, massive structures, and angular shapes can increase this negative energy, usually called “poison arrows” by most schools.
Within nature and in our own environment, beneficial chi is enhanced when it echoes the gentle flowing curves of nature.
You may have heard of the word Tao (pronounced “Daoe”). Tao is an important aspect of Feng Shui. It literally translates as “the way.” Many Feng Shui principles come from this ancient Chinese nature religion of Taoism. The Chinese say that everything is the Tao, and from it comes everything we can know. (See also predictions about China’s future here)
We do not have a word in English that adequately describes Tao. Perhaps the easiest way to understand it is as being the quintessence of all things: the fundamental inspiration from which everything flows. Walk in harmony with the Tao and you are on the right path, and at one with the life force. The spiritual aim of Feng Shui is to conform our lives to the Tao and see the ordered pathway through all situations. It is like the golden thread that Theseus used to find his way through the Minotaur’s labyrinth, or perhaps described as the “right way” in any given situation. It’s “going with the flow.” A person who is in harmony with the Tao is protected from negative energy and evil influences because he or she is at one with the source of life itself.
Taoist philosophers tell us that the universe is divided into two aspects. They called these forces yin and yang. Material reality is yin, as yin covers all things tangible–things that can be held. Yin is a feminine force and means earth or matter. It is symbolized by a square and is black. Yin is associated with night, stillness, down, inner, winter, and the north. Conversely, yang is the intangible aspect of creation represented by heaven. Its symbol is a circle, and it is considered masculine. It is white, and associated with day, activity, up, outer, summer, and the south.
YIN & YANG – Protection through Harmony
Yin and Yang are fundamental to Chinese philosophy. They are not seen as opposite forces but as complimentary, altering and moving each other in an eternal process of change. Their interaction gives rise to all things. In the Chinese book called the I Ching, the ancient sages studied the interaction of yin and yang in nature and devised an oracle system that could be applied to all situations. In the written form, they represented yang with a straight line and yin with a broken one. Groups of three of any of these lines are called trigrams. Each represents a different quality and direction. In all, eight trigrams are possible. When laid out in an octagon form, the Ba-gua –known as the Great symbol–give the qualities of each compass direction used in Feng Shui Protection.
The primary aim of Feng Shui is to balance the energies of yin and yang and bring the practitioner into alignment with the Tao. When we do this, we are not only spiritually protected, but draw good health, harmony, and good fortune into our orbit. Similar principles underlie Chinese medicine, yoga, acupuncture, martial arts, Tai Chi, art, music, alchemy, and meditation. When the soul is in harmony with the Tao, it is perfectly protected.
Improving Energy with Feng Shui
Feng Shui is part practical and part intuitive. Indeed, the great Feng Shui masters are proficient in both aspects of this art. Be in tune with your feelings and observant of your surroundings. Be aware of both your outer and inner environments and how they relate to each other. Do your moods change with your surroundings?
Observing your own reactions and moods and the reactions and behaviour of others will give you important insights into the nature of the chi in a particular environment. It takes a great deal of study and practice to master Feng Shui, but there are a few simple remedies you can apply to combat negative energy in your environment.
Clutter and mess are a bad influence upon the smooth flowing of chi. A good friend and Feng Shui practitioner points out that it is beneficial to always apply the three C’s. That is; Constantly Clear Clutter. Clutter disrupts good chi. And this also applies to the places that are “out of sight out of mind,” such as drawers, attics, computer files, and even the glove compartment of your car.
Chi flows around your home, within your car, and even within the electronics of a computer. If it has to travel through clutter, the influences upon your life will never be focused. A pattern of indecision and disorganization will be the major influence around you. So get rid of all clutter everywhere. You want your living spaces to flow with good chi. Ignore this principle and the areas of your life that correspond to your messy areas will be correspondingly disturbed. For example, clutter left in the career area, which is the north, may result in a trashed business plan. Or leave rubbish in the northeast, the area of study, and you may be disappointed by an exam result.
Dust, dirt, stains, rust, and so on also have the same bad effect upon the chi entering your living space. Even blemished mirrors should be replaced, so that the reflection is not adversely affected. So the first golden rule for a good Feng Shui environment is simply to make sure everything is clean, tidy, and orderly. This will allow protective energy to surround you and help clear any negativity.
Visit places high in naturally occurring Chi
You may have noticed that flat open spaces have a completely different energy level to deep valleys, mountain ranges, or built-up areas. Early Feng Shui patriarchs observed how quick-moving shallow streams and rivers disperse chi, as do mountains and hills that are exposed to high winds. They also discovered that clear pools, lakes, and low-lying valleys accumulate chi. These are places of great energy and promote inner harmony, peace, and quiet. The energy in the landscape will help restore you and remove any negative energy that has polluted your aura.
Since ancient times, Feng Shui practitioners have recognized that certain places accumulate chi and are auspicious places to live. Using a special compass called the lo p’an they found that the nature of the chi energy changes from direction to direction. By pinpointing where the chi flows most favourably, Feng Shui practitioners can identify the best sites to locate homes, businesses, and industries. This particular technique is called “tapping the veins of the dragon.” Just as the examples given about ley lines and crop circles, so to Feng Shui can help us identify places that have protective energy.
Identify settings that have gentle natural curves
Angular shapes are considered particularly negative in the art of Feng Shui. Sharp corners of one building pointing at another are likened to a knife cutting into the well-being of the occupants of the threatened building, and slicing through their good fortune. It is particularly bad if the corner points to the all-important entrance to the building. The areas that are most likely to have a protective quality have gentle curves. These are the places you may use for rest and meditation.
Take a few moments to think about your own home or business. How is it positioned? How do the roads approach it? Is the house directly approached by roads, as if being attacked by arrows? Or does the road curve gently, with the house on the inside curve. What about the path to your front door? Is this a frontal attack, or does the path sweep in gently from the side? Is there a beneficial water source, such as a garden pond, in an area that may accumulate chi? What about the angles of other buildings facing your home: do they “cut” into it–or harmonize with it? These are all problem areas that may give you a feeling of being under psychic attack. To discover other techniques to protect your environment, you may want to study Feng Shui Protection in more detail.
Buy a home in an auspicious area if possible
In Feng Shui terms, every room in your house relates to an aspect of the quality of your life. It is therefore important to keep each area in a good state. For example, a negative influence created by dust and dirt in the northern part of your home will affect the corresponding sphere of influence, which in this case is your career.
Within the home, the state of the front door is also of utmost importance. It is regarded as the mouth of the house, through which chi enters; therefore, it should be kept in a good state of repair. The nature of the energy that enters from the front door can affect the home.
My grandmother, on New Year’s Eve, used to open the back door to let out the old and open the front door to let in the new. This is an ancient western tradition that continues to this day. My grandmother knew nothing about Feng Shui but, in essence, she was employing its principles. The forces that come in through the front door affect the house and the fortunes of the people living within it. A house that faces a cemetery, industrial smokestack, electrical tower, or a slaughterhouse, for example, will be affected by the negative qualities of the area in front of it. The chi entering your home picks up residual energies from whatever it passes, like a smell being carried on the wind.
If your house faces a cemetery, the in-flowing chi will pick up the grief; from a slaughterhouse, it will carry pain; and from a dump or trash heap, it will carry decay. But, if your entrance faces a beautiful scene or landscape, the chi entering your home will be saturated with positive and uplifting vibrations. Location, location, location! The real estate agents are right when they tout location as one of the most important factors when buying a home or business premises. The Chinese would say that it is the most important factor.
Even your clothes can affect the chi you attract. Lost buttons, dirt, stains, and faded colours all have an effect on your personal chi. They disrupt your chi and therefore affect your attitude and good fortune. A positive attitude to life is also beneficial, and will in itself increase your personal chi and the chi that flows through your body. A positive attitude, however, requires constant effort to keep up, but it becomes more spontaneous if you’ve removed any obstacle that blocks good chi from coming to you. By keeping things in good order, you protect yourself from negative influences and attract beneficial chi that will bring to you deserved abundance of health, wealth, and happiness.
Surrounding yourself with things high-chi
Chi flows through the body and is the basis of Chinese medicine. For example, acupuncture redirects the flow of chi along the body’s meridians and so promotes better health, Chinese herbalism is designed to work with chi, and the martial arts, such as Kung Fu, stimulate the body’s latent chi energy so that the practitioners can do super-human acts of strength. Likewise, your health will be influenced for the better by applying Feng Shui protection principles, such as activating the eastern sector of your home, which governs health. This is achieved by placing a healthy plant, particularly one with round leaves, in this area. A plant belongs to the wood element, which in turn corresponds with the east direction. As the plant thrives, so will you. In addition, think about the chi in your food and drink. Fresh fruit, for example, is alive with chi energy, which acts upon your body as a healing force.
Feng Shui and relationships
Feng Shui can also be used to improve relationships. It helps us interact with people because our improved outlook will make other people’s perception of us more positive. In addition, it improves family relationships, and may attract new people into our lives. There are special Feng Shui Protection formulas to target whatever relationship aspect of your life you may want to improve: with your children, parents, friends, or partner. You can even use it to influence your boss. In the same way, targeting Feng Shui to relationships can give you a better rapport at work to help you with career advancement.
Here’s something to try, designed to attract helpful friends. Put the telephone in the northeast area of your home, office, or desk, as this direction relates to helpful people and mentors. It would help if the telephone were of a metallic colour, such as gray; metal is the element of the northeast. If you are eager to increase a bond with your partner, hang a happy photograph of you both together in the southwest area of your home. The southwest direction relates to romantic happiness.
Protection from Poverty
The Chinese use Feng Shui Protection mainly to improve wealth and prosperity. Once this area of life is sorted out, they feel it is much easier to improve all other concerns. The accumulation and subtle effect of chi will influence the physical plane, creating increased business opportunities and a corresponding increase in wealth. Next time you go into a Chinese restaurant, take a look at the way they use Feng Shui to attract wealth. You will notice statues or figures representing long life, fertility, and abundance. And you will probably see the Chinese character for “great good fortune doubled” hung in a frame; I once saw it woven into the carpet.
The Chinese will put a fish tank near the cash register because water accumulates chi and, of course, the till is their most important wealth area. The rules of Feng Shui Protection recommend that an aquarium–preferably round (remember sharp edges project “cutting” chi which can be harmful)–should be kept in the southeast corner, and must be large enough to contain nine healthy goldfish. Only one of these fish should be of the black variety. The flickering light from the tank signifies active turnover, thereby increasing sales. Also fish are a symbol of abundance. They are also good to keep in a pond, and will help accumulate and circulate chi. Again, the rule is that they should be in multiples of nine. For a small tank, three gold and two black are recommended.
Feng Shui positive symbolism
The use of symbolism will influence your environment. In the late nineteen seventies, it became fashionable in the UK to hang prints of paintings of wide-eyed crying children on the wall. Their imagery was sentiment taken to the extreme. You can still buy pictures like this.
But some strange eerie stories started to appear in the press about these pictures. According to the reporters, houses that hung a particular picture of a wide-eyed crying boy would burn to the ground. The houses would be decimated but the picture of the boy would remain completely unscathed.
We still do not know what was behind these paranormal events, but some Feng Shui Protection Consultants have argued that the picture was so chi negative that it was actually causing the disasters. Badly chosen imagery such as this can bring misfortune to the home and is, in itself, depressing. It is better to choose uplifting imagery: positive symbols, pictures, or photographs that are a tribute to nature. These attract favourable chi.
Feng Shui Protection employs the symbols used in ancient China such as the black turtle, crimson phoenix, green dragon, and white tiger. Other examples of the use of potent symbols of good fortune include: a statue of a laughing Buddha (fortunate if placed in a foyer, but not in the dining room). Shells are lucky for travel; in particular, the conch shell or those shaped like it. Like the goldfish Japanese carp or the expensive arrowana fish are considered lucky. The jade plant, with its round leaves and no thorns, is the perfect plant to attract wealth, particularly when placed in the money area–the southeast Also, the deer is considered as a fortunate symbol of health, and the crane is one of the most beautiful symbols of longevity. A representation of the phoenix or, alternatively, a rooster or a flamingo, can be used to enhance your fortune area, which is the south. You may not feel comfortable, because of western superstition, having peacock feathers in the house; many people consider them to be “the evil eye.” But in China, peacocks and their feathers are a symbol of great good luck.
If you do choose western symbolism, think very carefully about its meaning and its benefit, or harm will become clear. Analyse the intrinsic meaning of any image, picture, statue, or object that you bring into your environment. Think carefully about what its shape, form, and symbolism mean and whether these qualities will be helpful. For instance, dried flowers and dead wood, in the form of ornamental branches, have been associated with death, so the chi is negative. Surround yourself with uplifting imagery.
You can also use other techniques to activate the chi in your environment. Things that attract your senses in a pleasant way will attract positive chi; incense and fragrances, for instance, improve the atmosphere. Candles and the use of up-lighting lift the chi levels, especially in the south and southwest, your fame and romantic areas. Chandeliers are considered as very effective chi stimulators. Consider also using pleasant sounds such as wind chimes, water and gentle music which encourage chi. Moving objects, such as mobiles, also activate chi as do electrically powered objects such as Television’s, stereos and computers.
Many people worry that they can not apply Feng Shui Protection in their homes or workplace because it requires either a vast amount of personal knowledge about the subject or a vast amount of money to pay for a reputable practitioner. Many of the rules of Feng Shui Protection are common sense, and it is easy to use these simple methods to create a setting that nurtures your positive energy and protects your soul from environmental negativity.