Feng Shui is about attracting good energy to you and your home, deflecting bad energy, balancing energy through your home or workplace, focusing energy on areas where you want “more” of something, minimizing unwanted energy and enhancing the vitality of the space for optimal benefit to create your dreams. All this can be achieved creating a beautiful, strong “Ming Tang.”
Able to see the view across the valley in Austria represents the perfect Ming Tang on a grand scale. Being able to see more than across the hall of your apartment or the street from our home is the ideal Ming Tang.
What is a Ming Tang you may ask?
It is the front yard or porch to your home, office or apartment. It is everything you see – and what you don’t see. If you can’t see part of your yard from the front door, you have a blocked Ming Tang.
How do I create a correct style of Ming Tang?
First evaluate the front yard, walkway and porch to your home, office or apartment. Is it small, dark, overrun by weeds or so overgrown by big trees or shrubs you can’t see the sidewalk? Then you have a poor Ming Tang.
Create a beautiful “Ming Tang!”
The front exterior of your dwelling is one of the most important areas around your home. It greets you, your family and friends plus attracts energy to your home.
We want to have an open space without seeing dead plants, broken toys & furniture, broken pots or weeds. Since there is a Universal Law that says, “Like energy attracts like energy,” we want to make sure the energy coming to us is fun, loving, peaceful and prosperous.
Here are a few ways we can attract those qualities:
- Lovely gardens with beautiful plants
- Special lighting (we want to attract energy even at night)
- The sounds of birds at a bird feeder or birdbath
- The sight and sound of water from a fountain, waterfall or pond
- Fragrances of lavender or citrus
- A clean or freshly painted front door with a great handle
- A “welcome” mat with bright colors, inviting words or possibly black, which represents water, wealth and career opportunities
- A statue of your favorite animal or a spiritual icon
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In the many schools of Feng Shui we are working with both energy and balance. With energy, we may want to slow it down, make it move faster, or activate it. Sometimes we need to balance the energy. There are several tools we have to balance it.
This moon/sun wall hanging has strong yin/yang qualities.
The Five Elements
Within the Eastern traditions there is the awareness and use of the Five Elements. They are: wood, fire, earth, metal and water. The order I just listed is known as the “Productive Cycle” or sometimes called the “Parent/Child Cycle.” The first one gives birth to the following, as in wood gives birth to fire.
When there is too little an amount of one of the elements, an environment may feel stuck. If there is too much of an element we may feel overwhelmed or weighted down.
Another way we create balance is through the understanding and correct use of the Yin and Yang qualities. Yin is a more feminine, intuitive, soft, nurturing aspect. Yang is more linear, often aggressive, active and outwardly powerful energy.
When one of my clients sent me this picture of a wall hanging and asked where to place it, I immediately focused on the Yin/Yang perspective of the wall hanging. The moon is “Yin” by nature and the sun is “Yang.”
Since this wall hanging is a combination of both, it is best placed in a location where both qualities exist. That would be the mainline of the house – not on the left or right sides, but down the middle.
If the item is to be placed outside, we don’t have to worry about the Yin/Yang interior qualities. It can be placed almost anyplace outside. Yet, the feeling I got when I saw the photo was to have it seen in the backyard directly opposite the middle part of the house on a wall or fence.
What a magnificent item to view when gazing out the French doors from a bedroom or the sliding glass doors of a family room!
Wind Chimes are used a lot in Feng Shui as an activator to stimulate energy, actually shaking up and dispersing negative energy while attracting good energy. Often I’m asked specifics as to the correct placement for the wind chimes. Should they be on the left side or the right side of the door?
Wind chime – Trio Temple Bells by Woodstock Chimes
Since there are a dozen different schools of Feng Shui, there can be almost as many different answers to this question. Let me give you some guidelines for placing your wind chimes:
- Place them as close to the front door as is easily done without blocking the door itself.
- It is fine to have them by other doors as well.
- If you can’t place it easily outside, try to find a place inside – either on the door itself or as close to it as possible.
- If you have a backyard, patio or balcony, place a wind chime close to the back door in that area.
- If you live in a windy area, please be respectful of your neighbors by placing them in such a way that a prevailing wind does not make them chime constantly or at a time when your neighbors are trying to sleep.
- A couple of schools of Feng Shui – Flying Star and Yearly Animal Feng Shui – have locations requesting wind chimes in specific areas. These vary according to the direction the front door faces (Flying Star Feng Shui) and the compass direction in which the room lies (Animal Year Feng Shui).
- In Animal Year Feng Shui, the wind chime specified is to be a 6-rod (hollow rod) metal chime. In flying Start Feng Shui, the type of wind chime just needs to be metal.
These are just a few of the main guidelines for the correct placement of wind chimes for deterring negative energy, attracting good energy and stimulating an area of stuck energy.
What Is Land Form School Feng Shui and Why Is It Important?
I have been teaching Feng Shui and giving speeches about Feng Shui for over 25 years sharing the principles of the various schools of Feng Shui
Retaining Wall Creates the Support of the Turtle Backing
to bring health, wealth, loving relationships, career enhancement, happiness and harmony into peoples’ lives. Clarifying Feng Shui due to the numerous contradictions among the schools is always a fun part of the process. Visuals always help, especially with the frequently asked questions.
Landform School Feng Shui
Buddha Statue as Greeter and Symbol of Joy and Hope Attracts Good Feng Shui to Home
The Landform School or Form School Feng Shui wants us to have “Mountain” or “Turtle” Backing behind our homes in order to give support to the occupants. This gives support to our finances and to our backs. The Front Door is the Phoenix area and wants energy attracted to it.
When a home is on a hillside, the front door is best located facing the view. The back of the home is best with the hillside in the backyard. When you live on flat land, building a retaining wall or a raised flower bed is a perfect solution to create the support needed for Mountain Backing.
When I saw this mat it made me smile. Then when I walked past the window, the cat that lives here was looking out at me. At this point I was laughing. It was so appropriate to have a mat that says, “It’s about TIME you got home!”
The Front door is the Main Mouth of Chi. We want to attract and direct the energy from the street to the front door. Also, it is wonderful to have symbols with meaning to us as we approach our front doors. Things like wind chimes, statues, plants and specialty items around our front door help draw the energy to our homes while raising our energy at the same time.
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Improving your home through proper landscaping using Feng Shui principles from several Feng Shui schools including Landscape, Water Dragon and Classic Schools can be a fun, practical and creative process if done correctly. If done poorly, it can turn what used to be a good Feng Shui home into a nightmare, actually blocking good energy that is necessary for a wonderful life.
Not only is the front door hidden from view, the landscape on this corner house is overgrown and lacks flow. There is no flow for attracting the Good Feng Shui to the home.
Three Bad Feng Shui Practices
The front yard is the location designed to attract the most good energy to your home according to most Feng Shui schools.
- Planting trees in the wrong location.
- Blocking the view of the front door from the street.
- Lack of “Good Feng Shui” plants plus incorrectly designed structures in the front yard.
Planting Trees in the Wrong Location
Trees should not be too close to the house. They should not grow over the home making it feel smothered by a too tall or too heavy tree.
Depending on the type of trees and the geographic location in which you live, you will probably want to have deciduous trees in the south if you live in the Northern Hemisphere to allow the sun to shine on the house and warm it during the winter months. Trees on the west side of your home can provide shade to keep the home cooler during the summer.
Blocking the View
Good energy finds it’s way to your home from the street to the front door. If you can’t see the front door from the street you are blocking the Good Chi from finding your home. You may want to have both some tall and short plants to add interest. This makes the chi “dance” up to the front door.
Lack of Good Feng Shui Plants Plus Incorrect Structures
Some plants are more inviting than others. There are times when you want the “protection” of spiny plants. If you are next to a shopping center or busy highway you might want pointed plants. Otherwise it is best to have soft, beautiful, flowery plants.
If your front yard feels too exposed and open – say on a corner lot – the use of a fence is usually the best defense. Having tall plants or plants that are overly full hides the house, AND it also hides the view of the front door as mentioned above. Arbors and other manmade structures should not have points aimed at the house. These would be “attacking” arrows.
If you want more information on proper landscape design, attend one of my classes. I am a guest lecturer at many horticultural programs, Home & Garden Shows and places like the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show nationwide. I also present webinars on interior and exterior design. Check out my events page for current offerings.