Types of Materials
Various types of materials have different effects on the
movement of Chi in a room. Some materials speed up and some
calm, while others help to maintain a consistent flow. It
is also important to note that in general hard, polished
surfaces tend to speed up Chi, while soft surfaces slow
Materials that slow Chi down are more Yin, while materials
that speed up Chi are more Yang. Different materials can
help to balance the two out.
The following is a chart outlining the general characteristics
of different types of materials.
It is said that wood has a neutral effect on Chi. However,
like the general rule, hard-polished woods tend to speed
up energy, while the softer unpolished woods slow it down.
Wood creates a calming atmosphere but at the same time is
Natural fibres include straw, bamboo, wicker and other various
plants. All of these materials, whether they be used for
furniture, rugs, etc. all help to slow down the flow of
Glass is a great material used for speeding up Chi energy.
This is especially effective when used in large panes.
Like glass, metal is a good remedy for revitalizing a stagnant
area. Whatever the type of metal and whatever the shape
or form, it is good for speeding up Chi Energy.
The use of fabrics are good for creating relaxing atmospheres,
however their over use can slow Chi energy down too much
and create a suffocating feeling. Natural fibres (ie cotton,
wool, silk, etc.) are the best. Synthetic materials tend
to have negative effects.
Depending on their finishing, ceramics can have varying
effects. Glazed ceramics (ie smooth tiles or pottery) speed
up Chi, while more natural feeling, unglazed ceramics slow
Stone works to stimulate and speed up Chi. Areas with a
lack of sunlight or stagnant Chi would benefit from the
use of stone, such as stone floors. Smooth, polished stone
speeds up Chi energy, where as softer, rougher stone scatters
Plastics and other synthetic materials have a negatively
desired effect by blocking Chi energy.
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