Feng shui (traditional Chinese: 風水; simplified Chinese: 风水; pinyin: fēng shuǐ; pronounced /ˈfəŋˌʃueɪ/ foong-shoy in Chinese Mandarin, "fheng-schway" in American English) is an ancient Chinese system of aesthetics believed to utilize the Laws of both heaven (astronomy) and Earth (geography) to help one improve life by receiving positive Qi. The original designation for the discipline is Kan Yu (traditional Chinese: 堪輿; simplified Chinese: 堪舆; pinyin: kānyú; literally: Tao of heaven and earth).

The words feng shui literally translate as "wind-water" in English. This is a cultural shorthand taken from the following passage of the Zhangshu (Book of Burial) by Guo Pu of the Jin Dynasty:

Qi rides the wind and scatters, but is retained when encountering water.

Traditional Feng Shui practice always requires an extremely accurate Chinese compass, or Luo Pan, in order to determine the directions in finding any auspicious sector in a desired location.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Feng Shui Mirrors - Reflections For Creating a Healthy Bedroom Space

Feng Shui provides some interesting information about mirrors--whether using them is advisable and why the reflections they create have the potential to wreak energetic havoc in the bedroom. Here are some Feng Shui mirror tips and guidelines you can follow to create healthier Chi and the energy of rest and rejuvenation in one of your most sacred spaces, the bedroom.

So the big question you may have at this point-"is it good Feng Shui to have a mirror in my bedroom?" The answer is yes, there can be some benefits but there are also energetic drawbacks and steps you can take to minimize negative Sha Chi.

1. One major faux pas is to have a mirror directly facing your bed or a large mirror in your headboard. Master practitioners teach that having a mirror directly in line with the bed causes restlessness, confusion and an inability to get a proper night's sleep. If possible, rearrange your bedroom furniture so that no mirror is facing the bed head on.

2. There is a strong belief that mirrors in the bedroom can play a part in breaking up an otherwise happy marriage or union. Mirrors potentially attract the bad luck energy of infidelity by introducing another person into the relationship, according to many teachers.

3. Mirrors contain the energy of the water element in Feng Shui. Too much water in the bedroom can cause a 'dampening' of your relationship and also your spirits. If your bedroom is located in the fame and illumination region of the Bagua map, placing a mirror in the room can put out the natural fire energy you are looking to foster here.

Luckily, it is not necessary to remove mirrors altogether from your bedroom, in order to cure these energetic problems. One easy solution is to cover a mirror during sleeping hours. Consider having an attractive fabric created that can easily slip over the mirror at night.

One of the biggest benefits for having a mirror in your bedroom is for the multiplying of yang energy that comes into the room in the form of sunlight. Many bedrooms have mirrors installed on their closet doors, making it handy for checking one's clothing choices and appearance.

If possible, cover mirrored closet doors with tasteful drapes anytime you retreat to your bedroom for rest and rejuvenation. Just remember what goals you are looking to achieve in your bedroom with Feng Shui. Reduce any negative affects mirrors can potentially have on your ability to rest well.

Cover your bedroom mirrors to foster passion, romance and strengthen the intimate bond with your soul mate, or in cases where one partner is tempted by an affair, the best option may be to remove the mirror from the room.

Autor: Ling Meng

Ling Meng is a Feng Shui enthusiast, researcher and author. Like to know how to avoid other Feng Shui bed and bedroom mistakes? Live your best life starting today and invest in her comprehensive four piece Feng Shui info package available only from this site! Thanks for reading.

Added: January 14, 2010
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