Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese art of metaphysics in which energy from the mountains and rivers are tapped for the denizen’s physical and mental well being, a sort of living in harmony with the environment. When this energy (also known as qi to the Chinese) is carried by the wind and settles at the boundary of water, the residents of a property nearby enjoy the benefits of its presence which is invigorating and rejuvenating to the mind and body.
Ideally, a property should be located where qi gathers. In other words, mountains and rivers should be in the vicinity of your property. Mountain ranges are a vital source of life-supporting qi. Rivers, lakes or any water catchment area on the other hand is a good collector of qi. Hence, the preferred location of a property should be near the mountains and water.
In Feng Shui, the ideal location of a property is one that is surrounded by mountains at the back (known as Black Tortoise), on the left (known as Green Dragon) and on the right (known as White Tiger). Ideally, the mountains at the back should be higher than the mountains on either side of the property and by extension, the mountain on the left should be slightly higher than the one on the right. In front of the property, there should be a hill or rise in the land (known as Red Phoenix). With such a location, the property is able to tap into the abundant qi and at the same time, insulated and protected against strong wind and harsh weather.
It would be even better if the metaphorical Dragon and Tiger extend and protect the property like the embracing arm of a lover. In this formation, the mountains will not only bring qi but also serve to protect it from being blown away by the wind.
If the property is located on a flatter terrain, there should be some undulation or contours in the land as this indicates the presence of smaller hills which are also sources of qi. In the absence of such formations, a property should face an area of water in front.
If a property is located in the town or urban setting, buildings can serve as mountains. Even though they are not a good source of qi, they nevertheless help to conserve qi in the area by protecting it from strong winds.
If there are no rivers near a property, roadways can serve as rivers. Even though they do not accumulate qi like waters do, roadways can still assist in dispersing or conserving qi when the property is located within its embracing arm (concave side) as oppose to its convex side. A property should ideally have roads on all four sides to allow even flow of qi.
In Feng Shui, it is believed that certain places or man made objects emit negative energy or Sha qi which adversely affect the health of residents dwelling in the property.
When choosing a property or a house, we should avoid locations which are too close to:
• Places of worships, cemetery (Yin energy) • T-junctions, Y-junctions, lamp posts (heart piercing energy) • Pylons, power stations, electric poles (high tension energy) • Oxidation ponds, monsoon drains (cutting feet energy)
People staying in such a property, especially when these adjacent buildings, structures or objects directly faces the main door, will not have peace of mind, financial success and good health.
All of us face challenges in life. Feng Shui offers a way out for a dweller to live in harmony with the environment where vibrant qi thrives. By tapping into its life-giving energy, qi helps to support our endeavor in the areas of wealth, health and relationships.