When it comes to design, there needs to be a balance between what looks cool and what makes sense. Many designers tend to lose perspective of this and tend to design without any consideration to the requirements of the client, instead, opting for the 'coolest' design.
Melbourne has moved up once again in the rankings compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit. YES Melbourne has been ranked as number one in a survey of 140 cities around the world in August 2011 by the ETU as the world's most livable city.
When we think about our Home Value, we always refer to its location and floor area. But what we don’t think about is its Psychic Value, the value of how much we cherish our homes and the value we place on a property when we resell it.
So much of successful feng shui practice comes from cleverly harnessing the powerful chi of SYMBOLS that if you travel the length and breadth of China today, everywhere you will see evidence of this Symbolism.
Every year the Hungry Ghost Month dawns upon us on the 7th lunar month of the year – a time where the Gates of the underworld open for a 30 days! During this month millions of spirits, demons and ghosts are unleashed..
Ever wondered how buildings affect the way we view our world? It is so natural to live in a state on NON AWARENESS and for many of us, this is how we are, walking, living and doing things while quite oblivious to our surroundings.
It is important to attune yourself to the clearing process. The act itself is a departure from a normal kind of day. It is a departure from routine, and the mind gets a creative jolt that is not unwelcome. When the mind focuses on the process of dejunking physical space, it automatically goes into cleansing mode.
I am charmed by this because I know that birds coming into the home spells excellent feng shui. Indeed, birds have been sharing my house for a long time. This started years ago when a pair of mynahs started living in the eaves of my home at the back.
When we design our homes we generally concentrate our efforts on the more public areas such as the living and dining halls and we often put less effort into the other areas which we tend to use quite often.
In business, the luck of the CEO is crucial to the success and profitability of the business. Just as in the home it is essential to take care of the feng shui of the Patriach first, in business, it is the CEO’s feng shui you must protect first and foremost.
Offering water, lights and incense to holy objects are easy ways to gain blessings from the universe! These traditions come from lineage texts that tell of the amazing benefits of offering even a single drop of water to the Buddhas! Always do it with the intention to benefit others and its blessings will be multiplied!
Staircases are conduits of chi in the home. They are where chi moves from one level of the home to the next level. When your staircase has good feng shui, it distributes good fortune to the rest of home. However, when it is bad from a feng shui perspective, it spreads harmful energy causing illness, robbery and misfortune.
General Ground Rules
Stairs should not have hollows or openings in the steps. These suggest “leakages”, making it difficult for residents to amass wealth.
The staircase should be well lit and landings should have uplights.
The top and bottom of staircases should never face the main door.
The staircase must be solid. Avoid creaky or badly fitted banisters.
Avoid carpeting your stairs with the colour red, as this brings severe misfortune.
Avoid water under the stairs, as this hurts the success potential of the second generation of the family.
Avoid locating the staircase in the center of the home.
Stairs should never start or end in front of a toilet.
Try to locate your stairs in sectors that correspond to inauspicious Flying Stars, as staircases can press down on bad luck caused by inauspicious stars.
Avoid a spiral staircase, as this resembles a corkscrew. These are more harmful when located in the middle of the home.
Install a crystal chandelier just before the start of the staircase.
Place a screen or divider between your stairs and main door if they happen to be aligned with each other.
Stairs can be made of wood, metal or concrete to simulate these three solid elements. Wooden stairs are suitable in the South, East and Southeast. Metal stairs are best in the North and concrete stairs work best in the Northeast, Southwest, West and Northwest.
Hang a picture of a protector image such as Chung Kwei or Kuan Kung near your stairs to create protective chi there.
Place a pair of Fu Dogs either side of the stairs to protect against bad energy going upstairs and to encourage good luck chi to travel upwards.
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