Understanding Feng Shui and Indoor Fountains
What is Feng Shui? Feng Shui is an ancient art of balancing energies and has been developed in China, more than 3,000 years ago. This body of knowledge is derived from the amalgamation of two elements: Feng, which means wind, and Shui, which means water. In Chinese culture, these two elements are greatly associated with prosperity, good health and luck. Thus, Feng Shui can be translated as an art of finding good fortune.
The Taoist was said to be the first who used Feng Shui. This religion, relying heavily in the understanding of nature, believes that the earth is alive and is filled with Energy, or Qi. They believe that a land's energy, which greatly depends on its topography and structure, could either invite good or bad luck. An ancient energy compass called Bagua—a grid with an octagonal shaped divided into different areas of growth—is used to denote which part is good for Feng Shui, and which is not.
Water is an important element in Feng Shui and it denotes the flow of luck and emotions. The streaming water was associated with letting go of things no longer necessary to us. it invokes healing and tranquility, giving a person the feeling of renewed strength and a fresh start. Having water features in the home is an important aspect of Feng Shui and is greatly suggested by professionals.
From dazzling koi ponds to large water paintings, Feng Shui specialists suggest having this element in your home. An indoor water fountain becomes a perfect alternative to the more expensive options; you can easily add a beautiful water feature on your side table or install a glass floor fountain which can double as a side panel. But when it comes to Feng Shui, placement is important. You don't just put your indoor fountain just about anywhere. Take a look at some of the Feng Shui guidelines in adding a water feature:
- Put your indoor fountain in the north area of your house. Water is a northern element and it depicts a descending flow--meaning, luck, joy and prosperity will flow down to the southern parts of your home.
- You may want to place your fountain at the front door to welcome an energy of fortune into the home.
- East and Southeast areas are compatible directions with North, and these can be alternative placements to your indoor water fountain.
- Avoid placing your water feature in a bedroom. The buildup in the water can cause you health problems, and may result to various immunity ailments like flu and colds.
- Place your fountain a distance away from your rest area as you do not want to hear the sound of the lapping water as you sleep.
- Other places where you should not put your water feature: beneath a stairway, inside a bathroom, or directly below your bedroom—Feng Shui experts believe that sleeping over water is a bad omen.
Use water to generate a feeling of peace, joy and positivity inside the home. While Feng Shui greatly relies on oriental beliefs, this Chinese science includes practical guidelines you can use in decorating your household.
- Gerald Dumandan