10 Feng Shui Myths You Can Stop Believing

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    Feng Shui: What's True and What's Not

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    Feng shui, the ancient Chinese practice of managing the flow of energy (chi) through a spatial arrangement, is popular today because it is practical and successful. But it is also riddled with stereotypes and blatant mythology that is often pure nonsense. As with any discipline, it can take time to sift through all the information and determine what is true and actually works. Part of that process is to identify and abandon beliefs that just aren't true. 

    Here are 10 feng shui myths to stop believing now; it might just make your job of applying feng shui easier.

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    Red Is the Lucky Color for All Front Doors

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    Is the color red really luck for doors in feng shui practice? Yes, it is, but not for every house! The successful use of color in feng shui is quite specific, as it depends on many factors.

    In the case of choosing the best color for your front door, you must look at its feng shui facing direction, and then choose the best color for that situation. Consult a feng shui guide to help choose the best front door color for your situation. In many cases, that color will not be red. 

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    Good Feng Shui Depends on Lucky Bamboo and Fountains

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    A lucky bamboo plant and indoor fountains are the items most often associated with feng shui. And it is true that both items can be used as very efficient feng shui cures in different areas of one's home or office. However, their presence (or absence) in your home does not automatically make for good or a bad feng shui. There is far more involved in creating a space with good feng shui than just buying an item or two.

    A pot of lucky bamboo or a small indoor fountain may well be a useful feature. But they do not instantly make for good feng shui, nor does a house without them automatically have bad feng shui. 

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    Flowers Are Bad Feng Shui in the Bedroom

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    Fresh flowers have exquisite energy (chi) and always bring enchantment and sweet healing scents to any space. So how can they be bad feng shui for your bedroom? Yet it is a surprisingly common belief that flowers are bad for the bedroom.

    As with everything feng shui, you have to be specific and look at details, not just be guided by general statements. In reality, a small bouquet of fresh flowers is wonderful feng shui for the bedroom, while a huge colorful composition can create energy that is a bit too active for the bedroom, where restfulness is the goal.

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    Move Your Furniture, Change Your Life

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    Wouldn't it be wonderful if you could instantly get a career promotion simply by moving your sofa? Or, if rearranging your dining room ensured that you met that special someone? Many feng shui novices believe in a slightly magical power that comes from rearranging the furniture. Sounds dreamy, but it's not exactly true. 

    Moving or rearranging your furniture from time to time is always a good idea as it refreshes the energy flow in your space. But just the move in itself does not guarantee major life changes. Lasting change can be enacted by working with feng shui, but it takes much more than just randomly changing the position of your furniture. 

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    Your Bed Must Face a Lucky Direction, or You Are Doomed

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    Along with the popular myths of easy and miraculous feng shui applications, there is an equal number of misconceptions about what can lead to doom and gloom. One of these myths is that you'll be tempting all sorts of misfortune to befall you if your bed faces an unlucky direction.

    Absolutely not true.

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    The Right Plant Brings Luck and Money

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    There are several money plants in feng shui, and it is good practice to explore and experiment to learn what is different about each of them. Here is the truth, though: Any vibrant, lush, healthy plant with flowing, soft energy will bring you an abundant quality of energy because it replicates nature. And nature is the mother of all abundance. 

    So instead of scouring stores for that special and "right" feng shui money plant, you are better advised to take good care of the plants you already have—their health and vibrant chi is what fosters abundant energy.

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    The Stove Direction Makes or Breaks Your Kitchen

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    If you like to cook, entertain or eat, you know that there are many, many elements that make a well-functioning and attractive kitchen. There are quite a few factors that make for a good feng shui kitchen, and the direction of your kitchen stove is not even in the top three.

    So stop worrying about the bad direction of your stove and focus instead on creating a clean, beautiful kitchen that reflects health and happy times.

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    Mandarin Ducks Bring Everlasting Love

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    Mandarin ducks are the most popular and prominent classical feng shui cure for love. They are associated with the promise of everlasting happiness in marriage and a loyal, devoted partner for life.

    But this reputation derives from ancient Chinese folklore and Mandarin ducks can be largely meaningless to people lacking the cultural connection. If images of Mandarin ducks make you feel the energy of love and devotion when you look at them, that's great—use them as your principle love cure. But if they don't speak to you, then consider other feng shui cures to improve the energy of love. 

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    Displaying Clocks Is Bad Feng Shui

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    Clocks keep track of time, and time is a non-renewable resource that is consumed very quickly.  For this reason, you have to be careful where you display big clocks, just because they bring unnecessary reminders.

    But small clocks that are well-chosen to blend with your home's aesthetics are not bad feng shui, at all. Displaying big clocks in the bedroom should be avoided, but anywhere else in the home you can feel free to display as many clocks as you want.

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    A Bagua Mirror Will Protect Your Home

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    The use of bagua mirrors is largely misunderstood, and people often decorate their homes with them without regard for how or why they are doing them. 

    A bagua mirror—whether concave or convex—should never be used inside the home. It can be used outside, but only if there is sha chi (attacking energy) actually pointing at your front door. But even then, there are better ways to shield the energy of your home than using item that is sure to raise a few eyebrows in the neighborhood.