The enrichments can come into play only when all obstacles
have been removed to clear up the path of Ch’i, or when
none were present. They ensure that the energy continues
to flow smoothly, thus permanently enriching the inhabitants’
lives. Their role when using symbols, is to give strong
visual commands to our subconscious mind, while activating
the movement of Ch’i in a particular Bagua area.
In Feng Shui, there are two sorts of cures, "mundane" and
"transcendental". Those cures have different purposes, starting
from countering the pernicious effects of "poison arrows",
to capturing, generating, or anchoring the benevolent Ch’i.
Each of these is important and portends powerful remedies
for most environmental ailments. Mundane cures are those
that seem logical, familiar and based on plain common sense,
making them easily understandable for everyone. Transcendental
cures, on the other hand, are mysterious, and do not seem
to follow any logic. They can appear very incongruous to
many people, especially to Westerners, educated to accept
only tangible and scientifically proven data. For instance,
a typical transcendental cure to remedy the problem of money
being flushed away, would be to place a plant near a toilet.
The plant would symbolically absorb the water (symbol of
money) and grow strong and healthy, instead of letting the
precious substance that the water represents disappear away,
thus, bringing along financial troubles.
They are used to deflect threatening energy (convex or Bagua
mirrors), to facilitate the flow of Ch’i, to expand the
space in cramped rooms, to bring light into dark corners,
to draw in Ch’i from the outside, to open up a "missing"
Bagua section (in this case, the bigger the mirror, the
better), to provide security to anyone whose back is to
an entrance (a small mirror facing the door will tell who
is coming), as well as to transfer energy by sending it
upward (in that case a convex mirror, which looks like a
dome) when something big and heavy is looming over a house
or apartment. Victorian mirrored garden balls, placed in
dark corners, are used to lift up and activate the Ch’i.
Mirrors should always be made of one uninterrupted piece.
Never use a mirror that distorts your image. Cloudy, antique
mirrors are best left in museums. Discard any broken mirrors.
Do not lean mirrors against walls, but hang them. Mirrors
should never cut off a person’s head. Hang them high enough
to reflect the entire head of the tallest person around.
Mirrors should be framed or beveled. If you break a mirror,
don’t panic! Just wrap the broken pieces into a piece of
pretty material and bury them.
They have the property to improve, activate and balance
the flow of Ch’i, to absorb, purify and disperse negative
energy, and to lift up sluggish Ch’i. A crystal will draw
energy into a windowless room or storage area, enhance or
activate any Bagua sector, and joyously reflect the light
when placed in front of a window (but beware that they can
be fire-provoking). It is best to choose round-faceted crystals,
or crystals that are symmetrically shaped, like octagons,
hearts, teardrops, almonds, etc. The rounded man-made prisms,
usually from Czech- Slovakia or Austria, are prevalent in
Feng Shui, and are traditionally hung on a 9" red string,
or any multiples of nine (18", 27", etc.). The clearer the
crystal, the better. A crystal chandelier is often hung
in the foyer to disperse any negative energy that may be
entering a dwelling. A round-faceted crystal hung above
a cash register is said to considerably enhance business
profits! Place a crystal in your car to ensure protection
(yours, your passengers, as well as that of the engine,
and the body of the car). To clean your crystals, you can
either smudge them with sage, incense, etc., or soak them
in salt water (three tablespoons of salt to one cup of water)
in a glass container, then let them dry naturally under
sunlight. You can also cleanse your crystals in flowing
Symbolizes wealth and good fortune and is a key element
in Feng Shui for its capacity to creates an abundance of
nurturing Ch’i. The movement of water is said to attract
wealth like a magnet !
Water should never be seen flowing away from a site or toward
the exit of a home (meaning that money is flowing away from
you!). Viewing water brings good luck, but fast moving water
in straight banks or raging torrents is not considered beneficial.
Ideally, water should meander gently and move slowly. Water
should never be left to become stagnant, as dirty water
brings bad luck. A strategically placed fountain can slow
down and divert straight, oncoming negative (Sha) energy.
Swimming pools and ponds should be round, octagonal, or
bean- shaped, in that case, embracing the house. If there
is a waterfall, the flow should be directed toward the house.
Aquariums are great Ch’i purveyors, and their presence in
homes or businesses attracts good fortune and draws in money.
They should contain an odd number of fish, the most auspicious
number being nine, when the fish tank is large enough to
comfortably accommodate them (traditionally, eight red and
one black). The tank must obviously be well-taken care of,
and if a fish dies, it is the custom to replace it as soon
Electrical, oil, gas, natural day light, candles, any kind
of light in Feng Shui symbolizes the Sun. Light is used
to stimulate stagnant energy, to uplift Ch’i in lifeless
and dull areas, and above all, to keep Ch’i alive. It can
also symbolically recreate a "missing" area from the Bagua,
help lift a sunken room or one that has a low ceiling (floor
lamps, bucket lamps, torchier lamps, spots lamps, wall sconces,
etc.), which are all lighting features that send the light
up to the ceiling. Full spectrum lights are preferred over
the fluorescent kind as they give a warm feeling of natural
sun light. Burned out light bulbs should be replaced immediately.
Light should be bright but not cause glare. Light features
placed at different heights in and around a space are strongly
recommended over a single ceiling light, glooming down from
above. Place a lamp on your desk and have it on at all times
when working. A tiny increase in your power bill will be
worth the trouble, as you will gain so much more by creating
and nurturing an ample supply of Ch’i in your home or business.
Trees, plants and flowers
Symbolize both nature and growth, and are used extensively
in Feng Shui. They will help you bring in a very auspicious
energy, enhance or correct a Bagua sector, enliven your
business, dispense a radiant Ch’i flow in your home and
business, guide Ch’i from room to room, slow down and disperse
fast-moving energy coming your way, activate sluggish Ch’i
in recessed corners, shield protruding corners, absorb noise,
and provide protection to your home. Evergreens are a symbol
of longevity in China and are regarded as being especially
auspicious. Trees should not be planted too close to a house,
blocking out the natural sun light, and never in direct
line with the front door. Avoid creeping plants on walls.
Willow trees are excellent arthritis healers, but if you
do not suffer from it, avoid planting them on your property,
for they are also reminders of pain. Trees and bushes should
not be planted in straight rows. Curved or undulating pathways
are ideal. Plants with spiky or pointed leaves are not recommended
unless placed in recessed areas where they cannot "bite"
anyone passing by. Plants with rounded leaves, reminders
of coins, therefore money, are considered the most auspicious.
A healthy growth of trees, plants, and flowers, means there
is good energy flowing through and around a dwelling. Dead
or dying trees, plants, and flowers must be removed at once,
or else they will drain the Ch’i and produce negative (Sha)
energy. Silk plants and flowers can be successful substitutes
as long as they look "fresh and alive". Dried or plastic
flowers are not recommended.
Plants as protectors
When leaving a house that will stay uninhabited for a longer
period of time than usual, position a large cactus plant
on each side of the front door and on window sills. These
are said to be powerful protectors from burglars. This remedy
must be removed as soon as the house is occupied again,
by moving the cactus back to their recessed habitat.
And remember to plant several trees for posterity!
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