Feng Shui Home Tips: How To Check the Flow of Chi

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Chi is the word for Universal energy that composes everything around us. Good Chi is good energy in all forms—from the healing scents in one's home to your lover's beautiful smile. 

With all the emphasis on good Chi for good feng shui, it is really important to understand what makes good energy, how it circulates in any given space, and how to get into the habit of regularly checking the energy flow in your home. 

Chi in the Home

It's especially important to be sure you're creating a good flow of Chi whenever you are redecorating, renovating, or just want to reposition your existing furniture for better feng shui.

One of the basic ways to check the energy flow in your home is to imagine Chi, or energy, as water. If water were to flow into your home—starting at the main door—where would it stop or stagnate?

Ideally, the imagined water would flow harmoniously and smoothly to all areas of your home, gently refreshing it. For example, when you have big objects or specific home design elements in a straight line, the energy will flow more quickly and forcefully, which is generally considered bad feng shui.

One of the first things people remember about feng shui is the benefit of curved lines over straight lines. This is true not only for the outside of one's home but for the inside, too. 

Checking the Flow of Energy

Something to watch for in checking the energy flow in your home is the presence of long, straight lines that create a harsh quality of energy. More often than not, they will contribute to a considerable leakage of energy, as well as an unfriendly, cold feeling in a home. This is especially true if you have an opening, such as a door or a big window, at the end of the straight line.

The second thing to watch for is having blocked areas in your home, meaning areas where the energy is drained, sucked in or pushed back. Stay with the image of water flowing into your space and observe where water might encounter blockages.

This can happen when you have a wall facing (and in very close proximity to) the front door, for example. In feng shui we call them blocking walls. This can also happen when you arrange the furniture in a way that blocks the energy from flowing smoothly into the room.

Other feng shui scenarios that can contribute to either the leakage or the blocking of a good Chi flow in your home are as follows:

  • A main door in line with a back door.
  • A mirror facing the main door.
  • Stairs facing the main door.

Be sure to position your furniture in a way that allows for a smooth flow to all areas of your home and avoid any blockages and stagnant areas, such as cluttered closets, for example, as they tend to create bad feng shui energy (Si Chi).