Chi, or Universal Energy in Feng Shui

Understand the Feng Shui Concept of Chi

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Focus on attracting, as well as keeping a strong, smooth flow of Chi in your body, as well as your home and office. For a good quality of life, a strong quality of Chi is essential. Tim Hawley/Getty Images

In feng shui, as in Chinese medicine, CHI is the term for the universal energy or the energy that permeates everything around us. This feng shui term applies to the energy inside your body, as well the energy inside and outside any man-made structures.

Chi, or feng shui energy, is manifested in yin and yang characteristics and in a variety of forms according to the feng shui five elements theory. The five feng shui elements are Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood.

They have several different ways of interacting, called cycles. The most basic cycles of the five feng shui elements are the productive and the destructive cycles.

In feng shui, Chi is also expressed in different colors and shapes. Each color and shape is an expression of a specific feng shui element. For example, the Fire feng shui element is expressed in color red, as well as triangular shapes.  Once a person knows which element is needed for good feng shui in their home, they can decorate with specific colors and shapes to bring a specific quality of Chi into their space.

Read: How To Decorate with the Five Feng Shui Elements

The main goal in feng shui, no matter which feng shui school you choose to work with, is to attract, direct and nourish the Chi flow inside your home in a way that supports a good flow of Chi inside your body.

Read: How To Attract Strong Chi into Your Home

The quality of Chi you always want to have around you is the vibrant, alive, fresh Chi, also called Sheng Chi in feng shui.



The quality of Chi is best to avoid in your home, office, or anywhere else, is the Sha and Si Chi (sharp & attacking or low & depressing feng shui energies.)

Most common feng shui Chi blockages in a home are Chi blockages at the main door, such as when the main door opens into a wall, for example, as well as the Chi blockages in cluttered garages and home closets.



Most common feng shui Chi leakage (loss of feng shui energy) occurs when there is a direct door alignment in a home, especially of the main door with the back door, as well as a direct alignment of a big window with a door.

Identifying the flow of Chi in your home is easy if you visualize Chi, or feng shui energy, flowing into your home as water. Would the water flow smoothly into your home and nourish all areas, or will it get blocked and stagnant?

Do your best to create a home with a smooth Chi flow, because the flow of energy in your home sooner or later will reflect itself in the flow of Chi in your body. When your body energy (Chi) is blocked, you cannot sustain a good quality of life.

Also Known As: Ki, Qi, Prana, Life Force

Examples: The flow of Chi, or feng shui energy, in your office is constricted. There is not enough vibrant Chi to support successful productivity and good health.

Further Reading: How To Check the Flow of Chi in Your Home