What is Fengshui ?
Feng shui fēng shuǐ, pronounced [ fɤ́ŋ ʂwèi ] is a Chinese philosophical system of harmonising everyone with the surrounding environment. The term feng shui literally translates as "wind-water" in English. This is a cultural shorthand taken from the passage of the now-lost Classic of Burial recorded in Guo Pu's commentary Feng shui is one of the Five Arts of Chinese Metaphysics, classified as physiognomy (observation of appearances through formulas and calculations). The feng shui practice discusses architecture in metaphoric terms of "invisible forces" that bind the universe, earth, and humanity together, known as qi.
Historically, feng shui was widely used to orient buildings—often spiritually significant structures such as tombs, but also dwellings and other structures—in an auspicious manner. Depending on the particular style of feng shui being used, an auspicious site could be determined by reference to local features such as bodies of water, stars, or a compass.
Richard Nixon shakes hands with Communist Chinese leader Mao Tse-tung
Introduction and Western Adoption
After Richard Nixon journeyed to the People's Republic of China in 1972, feng shui became marketable in the United States and has since been reinvented by New Age entrepreneurs for Western consumption. Critics of Contemporary Feng Shui are concerned that with the passage of time much of the theory behind it has been lost in translation, not paid proper consideration, frowned upon, or even scorned. Robert T. Carroll sums up what feng shui has become in some instances:
...feng shui has become an aspect of interior decorating in the Western world and alleged masters of feng shui now hire themselves out for hefty sums to tell people such as Donald Trump which way his doors and other things should hang. Feng shui has also become another New Age "energy" scam with arrays of metaphysical products...offered for sale to help you improve your health, maximize your potential, and guarantee fulfillment of some fortune cookie philosophy.
Here is a quick start guide for your home using basic feng shui rules, you'll increase your chances of selling your home.
Feng shui when selling your house is a perfect tool to use when preparing to place your home on the market.
Being Organised Is Sound Feng Shui
This sounds so simple, but organisation is a basic feng shui principle. You want your home to be in order when potential buyers come to look. Stop viewing your home as yours and see it as someone else's. Feng shui is all about organization and creating a space where chi energy can flow freely. This principle goes hand in hand with getting your home ready for the market.
Make Your Home Marketable: Declutter
The very first thing you need to do is declutter. This means getting rid of more than just trash. Get rid of things you don't need on a daily basis. Either give it away, place in a consignment shop or pack it up. In feng shui, clutter clogs up the chi energy flow and the chi become stagnant. When that happens, money flow can stop and potential buyers are stopped before they ever get to your front door.
Don't just pack up items and store the boxes in your garage. In feng shui, this is still considered clutter because the boxes will block the flow of chi. If you can afford it, rent a mini-storage building to temporarily keep the boxes offsite. This will make your home look larger and uncluttered. In feng shui it's all about the energy. If you have dispersed part of your belongings from the property, then you have literally moved your energy out of the space in preparation of your move. This will help draw new energy (buyers) into your home.
Fix Anything Broken
Feng shui is practical enough for everyday living as well as selling your home. In feng shui, if something is broken like a light switch, get it repaired ,watch,wallclock ,wall mirrors ,electrical items . A malfunctioning device creates shar (negative) chi. This principle applies to all appliances, toilets, sinks, tubs, showers, and other fixtures that may need repairing.
The Front Appeal Is Sound Feng Shui
Take a very objective look at your front garden. Is it inviting? Does it welcome visitors? Gardens can be cluttered, too. Overgrown shrubbery can create obstacles for chi energy to enter your home. You can do a few simple inexpensive things to ensure proper chi flow into your home.
• Trim all shrubbery (improves chi energy flow).
• Paint exterior (attracts positive chi).
• Repair any windows, seals, exterior lighting, garage door openers, and unclog gutters.
• Clear all debris from driveways and walkways (removes obstacles for energy flow).
• Keep lawn mowed and grass clipping collected and disposed.
• Remove all branches, twigs, broken, or fallen trees (obstacles and clutter).
Spruce Up the Front Door
The front door is the single most important part of your home, second only to the outside of your home. Paint the front door so the color is appealing and make your door stand out as a positive feng shui design element to invite positive chi into your home.
If you don't have lights on either side of the doorway, install them. The lights attract chi energy. If you already have lights, clean any debris out from them, replace if necessary and make sure the light bulbs work, if not, replace them. Any of these problem areas can block chi from entering your home. Neglected home repairs create stagnant chi and shar energy.
• Replace any torn screen doors or storm doors.
• Make sure all locks on doors work easily, so pop down to local DIY store
• Wash all windows inside and out so positive chi can enter your home.
• Repair any windows that don't open or don't open easily.
• Repair loose or broken window panes.
• Make sure all window locks work.
• If your sidewalk is broken or missing pieces of brick or concrete, repair.
• Clean all overgrown grass and shrubbery out of the pathway so there is easy access to the front door (remove all obstacles to chi flow).
Letterbox and Curbside
It may sound like an insignificant thing, but your mailbox should look fresh and clean. If necessary, give it a new coat of paint or replace it. Do some landscaping around your mailbox. If it's the right time of year, plant a bed of colorful flowers around or near it. Draw the chi energy to your mailbox and up your driveway.
Feng Shui Water Features
You may have some problem areas in your home that could prevent your house from selling regardless of the basic feng shui principles discussed.
The biggest mistake people make when applying feng shui principles is to confuse or misinterpret, how to implement feng shui element enhancements. For example, some people choose to add a water feature to the outside of their home. If you aren't sure of the correct direction to place this feature, you can do more harm than good.
You want to make sure that the water, always flows toward the house and not away. The water will bring money, to you when flowing toward the house, but if flowing away from your home, the water will siphon your wealth and you'll find it and potential buyers flowing away from you.
The water is flowing towards the house
Never place a water feature in a bedroom, this includes an aquarium. The chi energy is too intense for a bedroom and you could be placing a water feature where it can dampen instead of activate elements.
Trying Only a Few Suggestions
Using feng shui when selling your house is more than taking a couple of suggestions and trying them out. This method will certainly help you, in your resell quest. However, if you want to drastically increase the chances of your home selling, especially when it's a buyer's market, you'll want to use all of the feng shui.
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