August 12, 2014
A lot of people believe in karma and their good luck charms. They put trust in unseen forces to provide balance in their life, and one such system practiced by both homemakers and business owners is Feng Shui. To practice it is to ask questions such as “Where do I place the sofa?” and “What direction should by bed mattress face?”
Before we go on with this post, let’s have a clear definition of Feng Shui:
Feng Shui a system of laws considered to govern spatial arrangement and orientation in relation to the flow of energy (qi), and whose favorable or unfavorable effects are taken into account when siting and designing buildings.
There are schools and websites that teach the principles and practice of Feng Shui, but as its popularity increases, false guidance have also spread. So if you’re a believer of Feng Shui and want to practice it, how would you know if your source is legitimate?
That’s where we come in! Here are five common Feng Shui myths – busted!
Myth #1: No red doors
In Chinese culture, red is a powerful color and is said to bring good luck, yet some Feng Shui experts say that painting your northwest-facing door red will bring aggravating energy. However, history and ancient culture defines that painting it is actually advisable as an alternative to the practice of south-facing front doors.
Way back when there was no electricity, it was common advise to build houses facing south so that doorways will allow the home to experience more daylight during the day and more warmth during cold winter months. Painting the doors red was an option for those whose homes face north, as red symbolized the warmth of the life-giving sun and welcoming its blessings into your home.
Myth #2: Plants suck out positive energy
Big mistake! Plants are the best source of oxygen, and being around them is naturally good for our body. So why does Feng Shui say otherwise? It is a common mistake in Feng Shui practice to think of plants as an energy-sucking creature. Harsh much? Truth is, having plants around workplaces and your home help absorb accumulated negative energies. Fresh air equals a fresh mind, thus a positive vibe!
Myth #3: House numbers give better Feng Shui
Do you have a lucky number? If yes, you’ll surely relate to this one even if you’re not interested in Feng Shui. One of the many misinterpreted practices today is the lucky number game. Although it isn’t entirely wrong, your house address number does not have any effect on the overall energy of your home.
Here is a superstition that can be traced in the Chinese culture where Chinese avoid homes with the number 4 – as it is associated to death. They consider it as an unlucky number that can push luck away from homes, much like how other cultures identify ever Friday the 13th as unlucky.
Myth #4: All-out dedication is a must
Feng Shui is more often practiced at home than at business establishments, essentially representing the five elements to bring in good energy. Spoiler Alert! It doesn’t necessarily require every single room be represented. Feng Shui is a practice to represent characteristics of how energy behaves, so taking it literally would just cause you exhaustion and even bring you negative energy trying to execute an all-out Feng Shui craze!
Myth #1: Feng Shui is a religion or spiritual practice
There are so many Feng Shui practices today, but many who learn it don’t actually know how to apply it correctly. For many, it’s turned into a frustrating reliance instead of psychological behavior adjustment. Going back to where it started, Feng Shui is an ancient system of developing psychological environments to help you thrive in the natural world and your built surroundings.
Furthermore, it is a practice of adjusting environments for better behavior and psychological adaptation – no religion and no literal superstition nor good luck. Simply put, Feng Shui is creating ideal spaces for better emotional and psychological conditions!
So, next time you practice Feng Shui, remember to consider your emotional, spiritual, physical and intellectual needs, because that’s all that matters! Positivity depends on the environmental and psychological behavior your brain and body works well with, not just some standard rules.
What about you? Where would you like to place your bed, sofa or office table? Let us know by commenting below!