Good feng shui energy, called Sheng Chi, is the bright, refreshing, uplifting feng shui energy that is beneficial to your health and well-being. Sheng translated from Chinese means upward moving energy. Often, Sheng Chi is referred to simply as Chi, or energy, but there are different types of Chi, good and bad. It is the Sheng Chi that is the desirable, nourishing energy that you want to surround yourself with in your home or office.
Sheng Chi takes many forms. It can be expressed in the energy you experience when you walk by the beach; the high concentration of negative ions in coastal air is beneficial to your health. This is similar to the energy you experience in a lush forest or anywhere where nature is thriving (the Japanese have the expression of "wood bathing" or "forest bathing"). Sheng Chi also can be expressed and experienced in a harmonious interior environment with a good flow of feng shui energy, clean air, and plenty of natural light.
Creating Sheng Chi
Creating good feng shui energy in your home may take some effort, depending on the current quality of energy in your space. Some homes or offices have a neutral quality of energy, which is relatively easy to improve. By contrast, some spaces have a really low, if not negative, energy that takes much more effort and commitment to clear and improve.
Starting with a good space-clearing session is always a good way to start creating Sheng Chi in your space. The next step is to define the bagua, or the feng shui energy map, of your space. This will help create a harmonious quality of energy and actually improve specific areas of your life. The feng shui energy map will also serve as a guide to help you make the best color choices and to select art and various feng shui cures appropriate for your home.
The Opposite of Sheng Chi
Just as there is a balance of everything in nature, positive energy has its counterparts. The opposite of Sheng Chi are the low feng shui energies—called Sha and Si Chi. Both of these should be minimized as much as possible in and around your home.
Si Chi is associated with decay and stagnation and has a depressive or destructive force on its surroundings. Some of the most common forms of Si Chi are clutter, dirt, and trash as well as things that block or sap energy, like clogged drains, leaky faucets, and broken window screens.
Sha Chi is characterized by death and is sometimes called killing energy. Like Si Chi, Sha Chi also is promoted by stagnation and blockage, which stop the flow of beneficial Chi and eventually kill it. Sha Chi also comes in the form of sharp points on buildings, T-intersections on roadways, or sharp wall angles and other sharp-edged objects in the home. These are commonly known as poison arrows that direct Sha Chi energy wherever they point.
The best way to eliminate Si Chi and Sha Chi is to focus on having more beneficial Sheng Chi in and around your home: Let the fresh air and natural light in regularly, clear the clutter in your home (especially in your bedroom), and re-arrange the furniture in your living room. Those are just a few of the many, many things to try that will promote the flow or more positive, vibrant Sheng Chi energy into your life.