USING OBJECTS FOR FENG SHUI
Using objects for Feng Shui ambience
We use lights, mirrors and bells etc. in house. Most of these are defined as solid or fixed elements. They are more or less permanent in nature. There are some objects however, that are symbolically 'alive'. Though most of them need lots of care and alertness in terms of maintenance, they tend to be the best hosts for Chi.
Flowers are always a cheerful sight and encourage Chi. Potted plants and freshly cut flowers are best for apartment residents. One has to be careful about dead flowers in the sense that they create negative Chi. Once flowers start fading they need to be disposed. Dried flowers as strongly discouraged as their life (water element) is drained out of them.
Artificial flowers are a good alternative for busy people, provided they are dusted and washed at regular intervals. Among live flowers, most are good and brighter they are, the better. There are five flowers that Feng Shui places right on top and believes to be especially beneficial.
Chinese roses - These represent love (red), wealth (yellow) and honour (white).
Chrysanthemums - It is a flower of happiness, laughter, comfort and relaxation.
Magnolias - They represent feminity and serenity.
Orchids - These are known to spice up sensuality and initiative.
Lotus - The sacred flower of the Buddhists, it represents purity, peace and triumph.
All green plants are known to create Chi and help to get in harmony and balance in the home. The best locations are east, southeast and the north as plants relate to wood and water elements. Plants can also effectively eliminate the undesirable Khi caused by sharp corners. For instance, if you have a square pillar in your living room, it helps a great deal to have a creeper running around it to the top.
Healthy plants at entrances and windows make an attractive display as well as ward of all the Chi but not as much as aquariums. Aquariums and small indoor fountains can become a feature of a room, while at the same time increasing the wealth of the occupants. Water symbolizes wealth and abundance. Gently moving water also promotes calmness and serenity.
Be it an aquarium, a fountain or a miniature waterfall, you should never place them in the south. North is the ideal direction. A water presence in the north, west or northwest will help you progress quickly in your career. Placing them in the east or southeast gets peace in the house and conflicts get resolved faster.
Stone, metal, ceramic and glass animals are also used in Feng Shui. Fierce animals like lions, tigers and birds of prey like eagles and falcons are generally placed outdoors to provide symbolic protection. In many cultures you have feline mammals placed on each side of the main entrance to a building.
More docile animals such as elephants (representing power) tortoises (representing longevity) and rabbits (representing fertility) are to be placed indoors in relevant locations. Thus elephants go well in a study or office, tortoises in drawing rooms and rabbits in the bedroom. Small animals can be fun to collect and provide symbolic security to the house.
Engineer Rameshwar Prasad
(B.Tech., M.Tech., P.G.D.C.A., P.G.D.M.)