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Feng Shui Guidelines for Rooms - Part II
can be found in any room. If they can be seen then they need to be
protected, because they symbolise the pressing down of chi onto whoever
or whatever is beneath them. Incidentally, it is for this reason that
bunk beds are not a good idea! Beams can be protected in the tradtional
way by placing open fans on them, or bamboo flutes
mouthpieces at the bottom of the beam and the tops slanting towards
each other, or by more 'modern' methods such as postcards of birds in
flight or a hot air balloon rising. Another good idea, somewhere under
the beam is to have small uplighter lamps. Anything indeed which will
make the beam feel 'lighter' and less oppressive.
Fireplaces can often help to give a very welcoming effect to a
living room. If the fireplace is in the West or North West, a problem
is caused [Fire/Metal clash in the Destructive Cycle]. Often the effect
of a clash like this can be neutralised by the introduction of the
other elements. For instance, a mirror in an ornate frame above the
mantelpiece would help, as would trailing plants on the mantelpiece and
plants at either side of the fire, and even one in front of the
fireplace, when the fire is not lit.
As much natural light as possible should be allowed to filter into
the living room and hanging faceted quartz crystals in the windows can
be a good idea. Always check windows in any room to see if any 'poison
arrows' are 'looking in'. These 'poison arrows' can include any roof
apexes, corners of buildings, lamp posts, bus stops, T junctions, as
well as doctors', dentists', hospitals, undertakers, churches and
graveyards ----all bring unwanted nasty chi into the room.
Pa Kua mirrors, remember, can be used as a last resort, but only on
the OUTside of the property, never inside, but crystals, crystal
animals, or the Chinese Unicorn, the Qirin can all be used on window
ledges to point at the offending edge. You can also use protector
warriors such as Kuan Kong. Vertical blinds or net curtains can be used
in a similar way as dispersers of harmful chi. Check every window.
Whenever possible the dining room should be separate from the
living room. Once again, when thinking of decor, work out which Pa Kua
location or locations are represented in the room. Remember that dining
areas can be for just the family, family and friends plus sometimes,
business colleagues as well. It is definitely a social area.
A good dining room, which has been decorated using Feng Shui
principles, often brings strength to all members of the family. It was
seen in Ancient China as a centre of wealth and also a place of deeply
based strong relationships. The best place for a dining room then is
where the earth energies are strongest so near to the tai chi, the
centre of the property. If the tai chi is contained within the dining
room so much the better. It is therefore best if the dining room is not
part of the kitchen or the living room. It then spoils both rooms.
As big a dining room as possible is good. It should look welcoming and open and a relaxed atmosphere needs to be encouraged.
The lighting then, is very important, it should not be too bright,
artificial or glaring. Wall lights and dimmer switches are a good idea.
Mirrors too will help to soften the lighting and a large mirror
reflecting the dining table is thought to immediately double the
family's wealth---since in Ancient China, the more food you had showed
the more money you possessed. Observe how Chinese Restaurants use
mirrors and you will not go far wrong! The energy levels in a dining
room need to encourage relaxing chat so should slightly favour yin. The
colours can be brighter than pastel, as you would choose for a bedroom,
but not strong. Ornaments and pictures in the room can bring in
brighter colours. Pictures should be of bright flowers or of rounded
fruit, but once again sunny happy landscapes could be used.
These ornaments may change slightly depending who is dining,
friends, family or business colleagues. Wooden tables are always best
and as large as possible is good. Best shapes are either oblong or
round. If the table is oblong choose lots of other rounded shapes in
the rest ot the room, and of course the opposite would be true. If the
table is round, then some angular lines can be brought in around it.
Decoration of the table including the cloth, the crockery and the
cutlery will all depend on the sector of the Pa Kua the room is in. As
a general rule go for simple shapes and plain colours.
Silk and real flowers are excellent, dried flowers represent
decay--do not use them! Simple colours rather than heavily patterned
wallpaper and dado rails are often best with walls in most rooms
including the dining room and the lounge. Overpatterned wallpaper can
have the same effect on the chi as mirror tiles and crazy paving.
Crystal glassware is a good idea as are candles in an appropriate
colour, lit for the meal. A few large soft leafed plants can be good,
as can a small water feature in an appropriate part of the room, or
even a small aquarium. In the living room, I said that clocks were a
good idea for movement and energy and for this very reason, keep them
out of the dining room. You want a lazy, relaxed, meal with good
conversation. A clock will just emphasis the time ticking by and will
bring tension in just when you do not want it. This is especially
important when dining with business colleagues, when of course you will
have enhanced the North and North Western sectors of the room already.
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