In feng shui, as in Chinese medicine, Chi is the term for the universal energy, the energy that permeates everything around us. This applies to the energy inside your body as well the energy inside and outside man-made structures. Also known as Ki, Qi, Prana, or Life Force, Chi is expressed in many forms and in both positive and negative energies.
Expressions of Chi in Feng Shui
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, and these are 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 the color red as well as in triangular shapes. Once you've identified which element is needed for good feng shui in your home, you can decorate with specific colors and shapes to bring a specific quality of Chi into your space.
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.
Sheng Chi and Sha or Si Chi
It is important to note that not all Chi is desirable. In feng shui, Sheng Chi is characterized as vibrant, alive, or fresh energy. This is the quality of Chi you always want to have around you. By contrast, Sha and Si Chi are characterized as sharp and attacking or low and depressing feng shui energies. These qualities of Chi are best to avoid in your home, office, or anywhere else.
The Flow of Chi
Identifying the flow of Chi in your home is easy if you visualize the Chi flowing into your home as water. Would the water flow smoothly into your home and nourish all areas, or will it get blocked and become stagnant? Like water, Chi can be subject to both blockage and leakage.
The most common feng shui Chi leakage, or loss of feng shui energy, occurs when exterior doors are in direct alignment in a home, especially when the main front door is aligned with the back door. Significant leakage can also occur when a door is directly aligned with a large window.
Creating a home with a smooth flow of Chi is central to feng shui because the flow of energy in your home sooner or later will be reflected in the flow of Chi in your body. When your body energy (Chi) is blocked, you cannot sustain a good quality of life. A good flow of vibrant Chi is necessary to support successful productivity and good health.