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Find out how Feng Shui can improve your living space and boost your home’s value, as it can do the same on your business too!

If you’ve ever house-hunted, you know what it’s like when you walk into a stranger’s home and experience a feeling of uncertainty…a subtle discomfort that is hard to articulate. Experts in the ancient Chinese art and science of Feng Shui will tell you why this occurs: the balance of energies in the house is out of whack.

Feng Shui is a 3,000-year-old concept rooted in Taoism, and proponents believe calmness and good fortune result when the energies or Chi that exist in every object on earth are in balance. For many years Asians have built cities based on this approach, and North Americans are slowly adopting the technique, says Sharon Hay, senior Feng Shui practitioners and director of the Canadian Schools of Feng Shui in Toronto.

Beverley Girvan, a real estate appraiser with Kempton Appraisals in Lunenburg-NS, says that decorating with Feng Shui definitely has an impact on the appreciation of one’s home. By example, Hay says that she moved some furniture around to create better energy flow in one Barrie home that had sat on the market for six months. “It sold the next day,” says Hay.

But the study of energy between people and the earth isn’t just about how objects relate to one another (e.g., placing your furniture in just the right way). “Feng Shui is also about timing,” says Hay. Start your renovation on the wrong side of the house on the wrong day, she says, and you’re asking for trouble. Here’s a primer in Feng Shui.

How does Feng Shui work?
Mainstream science has shown that everything on this planet is made of atoms or tiny molecules that contain protons and neutrons, which are constantly in motion, bouncing against one another. The vibration caused by this movement is energy or Chi in Feng Shui. Depending on how we balance this energy it can cause negative effects on our emotional well-being, says Hay, though she points out there is no scientific “proof” of the ill fortune of unbalanced Chi. We only have the anecdotal experience to guide our decision to apply the ancient technique, she explains.

How can I use Feng Shui?
Renovation timing Hay says it is a good idea to hire a Feng Shui practitioner to assess the astrological charts and determine the best day to begin a renovation. “Usually when I get called into to a middle of a renovation that is rife with money problems, delays and accidents, I do an assessment and find out they started on the wrong day.”

For 2011, Hay says that the Feng Shui community has determined the worst place to begin tearing things apart is on the east side of the house. “If you don’t have a choice, putting up something metal, like a wind chime, can help counteract the effect,” she adds. Tip: If for some reason your contractor does not show up on the designated “right” day to begin a renovation, start it yourself, says Hay. Even hammering out a small piece of drywall, or unscrewing a kitchen cabinet door will do the trick.

If you are building a new home, make sure none of the doorways are directly facing one another (especially the front and back door). This creates a competing flow of energy between rooms. “It’s better to have energy meandering between,” says Hay.

Ground high energy sources
The kitchen stove, a fireplace and TVs should all be anchored against a wall (as opposed to being in a kitchen island or in a room divider). Hay says that they contain aggressive energy, which is only alleviated by grounding it against a wall. (The furnace is also a source of aggressive energy, but since it is underground it becomes a soft energy, she adds.) “Do not keep a fireplace or TV in your bedroom. It is a very aggressive energy and your bedroom is a quite place,” adds Hay. “It could end up causing ripples in your relationship.”

Bathroom
Now you have a case for insisting he keep the lid down: energy in a home exits through drains and Hay says that the toilet is one of the biggest zappers. “You want to accumulate a lot of positive energy in your home. And you don’t want the goodness of the family’s energy escaping down the toilet.”

Avoid sharp jutting objects
There are quite a few ways to apply Feng Shui when decorating, but one of the most important is to avoid sharp, jutting angles that disrupt the normal flow of movement: for example, a sharp coffee table that you have to walk around.

Lighting
You may want to try placing a lamp in a dark corner. Hay says that light “activates” energy and helps to get it circulating through a space. “Otherwise a lot of stale energy can collect in dark corners. Like life, you want to keep Chi moving,” she says. On the other hand, too much bright light can be aggressive, she adds. Put lights on dimmers, and ensure there are adequate window treatments on extremely large windows, which are sources of aggressive energy.

In many ways, the practice of Feng Shui is intuitive, concedes Hay. If you visualize the flow of energy from all things in your rooms, you can probably bring a little more Zen to your own home applying a little common sense.

 

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