Category Archives: Residential feng shui

By February 9th Place Pussy Willow Branches to Enliven Stagnant Energy

Allow the pussy willow branches to spread wide for most positive effect.

Allow the pussy willow branches to spread wide for most positive effect.

Feng Shui tip: Uplift the yin chi (low energy) of a stagnant corner with pussywillow branches for Lunar New Year.[/caption]Uplift the energy in your home with pussywillow branches. These harbingers of Spring will enliven the energy of a stagnant corner. This year best to choose one close to the center of your home. Pussywillow branches are perfectly in tune with an optimistic auspicious energy to welcome the New Lunar Year (Chinese New Year). Place a generous bunch in a tall vase in your chosen spot by February 9th for maximum energy effect.


Mirror Mirror on the wall, are you the best Feng Shui Prescription of all?

In the past 20 years my father Master Tin Sun and I have fixed many cases of new clients who had strings of bad luck after they spent thousands of dollars on the advice of western Feng shui practitioners they hired. Very often, because the bad luck started so quickly one right after another, they knew that they had to find the “real Feng Shui McCoy” to fix serious problems – even it if meant paying more money so quickly on top of the crystals, statues, flutes, Bau Gua, ribbons (and more) that the Feng Shui consultant had them buy. I will address these items in a future post, but for now, the most harmful of these non-authentic prescriptions: Mirrors.

In the past twenty-five years, about 97% of the people in the American Feng Shui profession came out of courses that taught formulas relying on mirrors. Mirrors are not part of the authentic Feng Shui teachings – in fact the ancient teachings predate glass mirrors by at least several centuries. Mirrors have a quality that makes them a double-edged sword at best: they absorb and hold negative energy and reflect it back out.

Here is a list of places I have seen mirrors prescribed to my clients, and what the danger of each placement is:

Behind the range or stove increases confrontation in the household, rapid burning out of

Mirror behind the stove increases anger

Mirror behind the stove increases anger

asset, restless sleep, insomnia, aggressive dreams, increase agitation, nervousness, …
In accordance with Feng Shui, the fire in the kitchen should be grounded, contained and concentrated in order to maintain wealth and health of the occupants, not spread. Mirror here spreads the hustle and bustle energy creating disturbance instead.

Facing the Front Door disturbs family unity, reduces wealth and helpful networking.
In accordance with Feng Shui, this “Yuen Guan” foyer position gathers the energy from outside (mouth /nose) before spreading to other parts (organs/glands) of the house. Therefore, should not have a mirror reflecting the energy back out the door or reflective the back of door when it is closed. If you really think about it, doesn’t it feel more grounding and welcoming to be looking at a pleasant artwork to help you shift your mind to your Home Sweet home mode vs. an image of you after a day of running around?! The wall that faces the front door is the first impression of your home and who you are for your guests to see, not themselves.

Reflecting the bed creates restless sleep, more dreams, relationship disharmony affecting the

Mirrors reflecting the bed harm rest and relationships

Mirrors reflecting the bed harm rest and relationships

concentration and career in the long run besides declining health.

Reflecting the desk diminishes your power, concentration, emotional calmness, benefits of your hard work.

Tilted to reflect the ceiling places limits in the growth of career and money.

Some unusual places clients that showed us that they had been advised to place mirrors are: small round mirror between mattress and box spring, under the bed, behind the toilet. These are so terrible I can’t even justify them with an explanation.

Places that can digest lots of mirrors are hair salon, dance studio, boutique, where they are a part of the business. In these cases the flow of traffic is more, and because of the high traffic the effects are absorbed among a greater number of people. Even so, these businesses should not have the mirrors reflecting the cash register or office.

This being said, sometimes mirrors can be used beneficially: when they pull in a view that is positive, or redirect that view to a major meridian walkway – as long as it is not reflecting one of the power positions like bed, desk, stove range. Respect the dual nature of mirror energy, and buyer beware if your Feng Shui consultant is advising you to use them in these harmful ways.

Improve Energy of the Master Bedroom Through Feng Shui Principles

According to the authentic form of Feng Shui that originated from the Chinese culture about five thousand years ago, there are three major places of focus to analyze the Feng Shui and chi of a residence: The entrance, the master bedroom and the kitchen.

The negative energy in the bedroom at top actually made the client ill.  The bedroom on the bottom is more calm.

The negative energy in the bedroom at top actually made the client ill. The bedroom on the bottom is more calm.

So, in accordance with traditional Feng Shui, one of the major ways of improving the energy is to start with the master bedroom, and this is what I suggest people focus on when trying to deal with improving the energy. Time is limited, so start clearing things out of your master bedroom that are not essential to sleeping and resting. The combined 100 years of field experience between my father and I, we have seen too often that people clutter their night tables – a very common mistake – but one easily fixed! Pill bottles, more than one book (stacks of books sometimes), newspapers, magazines, telephone, alarm clocks, candles, spiritual objects and other personal objects are what we see all the time. This is very bad Feng Shui that drains from the sense of calmness one should see and feel when approaching the bed where people are supposed to feel relaxed and recharge well. It is important to be lying next to minimal things that enable you to feel order and serenity. Not the drama of the books or other reading texts. Not the negative electric magnetite field of the phone, wall plug alarm clock,… By our bedside, the less the better.

For people with strong fire energy or in career of high stress, it might help to have two small smooth stones, each the size of half your palm, that you may rotate two at a time in one palm and get into a calmer state through the Earth Element that absorbs the stress from you. Think of the connectivity to nature and this as a predictable routine that you have control over in your life. You do need to cleanse these stone periodically.

Then, clear the entry area to your master bedroom and place tranquil objects on that wall that are helpful to your own vibrations, based on your own Five Elements Composition. A traditional Feng Shui master from the Chinese culture that knows the varying tastes in current design would be able to help you to figure out a customized theme helpful to you.

Clear things under your bed. This is especially important if you are trying to find a mate in your life. Things under bed block the earth chi that suppose to travel up freely and be active in the room. This applies to rooms in apartment units as well.

Lastly, clear the path to your bed from the bedroom entry so that it won’t be a twist and turn before getting there. Simplicity and clarity is ideal where the energy travels through.
These are some of the more important pointers among a list of other things that an authentic Feng Shui master would be looking into in relations to how objects affect your state of mind and energy field.

Residential feng shui update video

I’m on site today in Boston at a developer client I was referred to by the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York (thank you).  So while I’m out of town here is a video from earlier in the year of a residential annual feng shui update visit to one of my long-time clients who lives in an apartment in New York City.  If you have any questions about the video please leave them in the comments section and I’ll answer them.