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Good Qi for the TV

The deepest secret in our heart of hearts is that… we love the world, and why not finally carry that secret on with our bodies into the living rooms and porches, backyards and grocery stores?
— Natalie Goldberg

One simple way to encourage good Qi, or the life energy that is present in all things, is to have healthy plants and fresh flowers throughout your home, and especially in the living room. Using feng shui principles, you should choose houseplants that are fleshy-leaved or rounded. Avoid prickly, or pointed leaves that would bring too much yang energy, or might even be “poison arrows” of negativity. And be sure to remove any wilted leaves or dead flowers right away, as their energy is quite detrimental.

Some practitioners suggest that you should avoid creating sharp angles in the room. Thus, if you need extra storage space, or a media cabinet, make it a corner cabinet if possible, to soften the edges of the room. And speaking of media, negative energy, called “Sha Qi,” arises from synthetic materials, artificial lighting, and media and electronic equipment like air conditioning, computers, and TVs.

Wood creates a very effective shield for the EMFs (electromagnetic field emissions) that can cause disruptions and disturbances, as well as Sha Qi. So keeping your home theater behind the closed door of a wooden armoire when not in use offers, not only a more aesthetically pleasing decor, it is a practical way to thwart the buildup of negativity in your living room.

Dark corners and cluttered rooms can also create stagnant Qi, which slows your energy and causes a loss of direction in life. Adding a bright light, mirror, fountain, strong colors, or an aquarium can help churn stagnant Qi.

Avoid having sofas or chairs with a door behind them. This not only blocks the Qi energy from flowing properly, having one’s back to a door creates tension and anxiety. If you ever look around at a restaurant, you’ll notice people prefer to sit with their back against a wall, preferably with view of the door, if they have a choice. We feel ‘safer’ and more in control this way.

Similarly, desks are best positioned in the far corner away from the door, with a solid wall behind you and good view of the door and window. And the best places around a dinner table are those with a wall behind you.

Speaking of the dinner table, if you’re still up for this, next week I’ll discuss the important areas of abundance and health that the kitchen and eating areas of your home embody.

And if you want to send me photos of your front door (or other areas of your home!), I’ll post them this weekend!

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  • March 12, 2010, 9:58 am Maria

    Thank you, Beth. I just moved my office desk around so that the toxic guy I work with can’t spy on me as easily. In the past I’ve faced my monitors with my back to him, and then wondered why my back and shoulders are tense all the time. I read what you wrote about people feeling more secure with their backs to a wall, and the lightbulb went on. (Incidentally, not ten minutes after I started moving things around, he asked me what I was doing. I told him my chiropractor suggested it. HA!)

  • March 12, 2010, 10:12 am Rio

    I read that sharp pointed leaves (like “mother in law’s tongue”) cut through bad Qi. Not so?

  • March 12, 2010, 10:33 am Regina

    Talking about “sharp” plants… I read an interesting Feng Shui tip some years ago, and it certainly does seem to work. If you have a plant that’s “sharp” – like a cactus – the only appropriate place for it would be your career/reputation area. Placed there, it will offer you protection. The best case would be to have a plant such a rose in that area – because its flowers lend you beauty and elegance, and the thorns provide protection. You will be seen as a person of beauty, and you will also be respected. 🙂

  • March 12, 2010, 10:56 am Beth

    Maria! That’s super! And I love how you handled it when he asked! Brilliant!

    And thanks so much Regina! That’s an observation that makes sense to me.

    Rio …great question! I did a little hunting around, because I couldn’t remember my original sources for this article, and I found this:

    “Don’t forget that you can always place a living plant in front of a sharp corner or angle that may be throwing out cutting chi. This will help reduce stress, anxiety, sleep disorders and arguments.

    “Remember that chi flows along a smooth wall or surface until it meets an angle where it creates turbulent energy at the point. Placing a feng shui plant in front of the angle will soften it.

    “This is why plants with thorns or spiky plants are such no-nos. A thorny cactus plant, for example, emits loads of cutting chi and symbolically indicates a dry, hostile environment. Other spiky plants with sharp pointed leaves include: yuccas, mother-in-law’s tongue, snake plant, holly, certain palms, the agave and roses.

    “Artificially stunted plants such as bonsai should be avoided as their chi has been stunted too.

    “Lastly, you should avoid using plants that grow downwards such as weeping willows and spider plants. If someone is depressed they’ll generally have downward growing plants in their home or objects that hang off furniture and backs of doors. This is simply because plants that grow downwards and hanging objects tend to pull energy downwards. Remember that with Feng Shui plants, you are trying to lift the energy of a space.”

    Of course, the whole idea is balance. So if, for some reason, you had a space that really needed that sharpness, or more downward pull, I suppose you might do that. But best beware, it would seem!

  • March 12, 2010, 4:33 pm Arie

    You can hang paintings or pictures near both wall’s corner. This will also soften the chi.