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Does anyone here practice feng shui?

Asked by JellyB (938points) March 24th, 2009

If so, how do you find it has affected you?

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psyla's avatar

Sure do. Having certain items on display & having certain arrangements of items, may be coincidental with recent events. I note what events occurred while certain things were arranged a certain way.

JellyB's avatar

@psyla Really? That’s cool. I started studying it, but haven’t had time to finish it yet. I find it so interesting, and so much fun too! I haven’t implemented anything yet…. :)

psyla's avatar

Don’t let it rule your life. Scoff it & do what you want sometimes. Just be aware of it. For example, I don’t mind corners of tables, furniture, or buildings pointed at me, though feng shui says it’s a lethal Sha energy, I find a view of a corner aesthetic. Feng shui uses some deathly terminolgy at times, so don’t buy completely into it, take it with a grain of salt.

One good way to protect yourself from the negative problems for which feng shui is the remedy, is to contemplate the writings of Lao Tsu before studying feng shui. This will help you avoid the trap of how bad things usually happen to people that believe bad things are going to happen.

If you read Lao Tsu, treat feng shui as an art & not a defense, & take it with a grain of salt, you’ll be fine.

JellyB's avatar

@psyla Oh of course! :D Just a few tweaks here and there is all i want. I think what has even more value than their specific suggestions (say, this colour is best in this section of the home, and that shape is best there….) is the fact that you must love everything in your surroundings. Seeing things that you don’t really wanna be seeing will have a negative impact on you somewhere along the way, that makes sense. :)

psyla's avatar

True, but the mindset of not wanting to see certain things can acually lead to bad eyesight, believe it or not! Lao Tsu said that by labeling something as beautiful, we have thus created the concept that some things are ugly. Feng Shui is a neutral force. It’s just a matter of directing it so that things we’re attracted to surround us. Sorry to be picky about wording as we must categorize things to organize our lives, but a brief read of Lao Tsu’s Tao Te Ching will help you to more quickly & intuitively practice Feng Shui without falling into any pitfalls.

JellyB's avatar

@psyla Hmmm…...Ok.

That book is actually on my “to get” list!! You are not the first to recommend that book! :)

JellyB's avatar

@psyla Oh, i see you added something up there….yes, i agree, what you think about has a tremendous impact on what happens in your life, so true! It’s best to always focus on the positives, always…. And yes, i think i do look at it as art as well….. :)

ckinyc's avatar

I know a few things about it growing up but don’t really pay much attention to it. The only thing i won’t do is to sleep under a beam (structural).

psyla's avatar

Me too, but they say it’s a safe place to be during an earthquake!

JellyB's avatar

@ckinyc Oh yes, i don’t like that either! I want no heavy things above my bed! :D

Also, clutter! THAT does get on my nerves, i’m so lazy to keep things tidy ALL the time, but the clutter brings me down. I’ workin’ on it though….my laziness i mean… ;)

psyla's avatar

Some people are hoarders, saving everything, & others are trashers, always throwing unused stuff away. Trashers are more organized, but frequently need some of the things they threw away. Hoarders tend to accumulate “piles” of things. Usually, hoarders & trashers marry each other.

Two major things Feng Shui afficionados dwell on is, one, don’t set your bed up so your feet are aimed out the bedroom door, and two, be careful what kind of houseplants & landscape plants and trees you have.

JellyB's avatar

@psyla LOL! Yes, i’m a hoarder, and i hate it! LOL!

Yes, i’m familiar with the positioning of the bed that way…i must say i haven’t really learnt much about plant types…..not anything at all really. Except i did read somewhere (i think i have it on my PC somewhere) about the benefits of certain plants types for certain “problems”.

ckinyc's avatar

BTW, some rules change every year based on the Lunar Calendar (Tone Sing – the red book)

psyla's avatar

Those outdoor Arbor Vitae pine trees are the trees of the dead. You might even see spooks in them late at night. Bamboo, Fortune Plants (a form of corn plant), Jade Plants, & “Five Fingers” plants are good. Anything droopy, or gothic-looking is bad. Cactus will keep people away & you’ll die alone which are supposedly bad things, but I love being left alone, wouldn’t mind dying peacefully alone without people panicking & crying around me, & I like cactus! Bonsais are actually bad because they “dwarf” your life. Feng Shui says get an aquarium with 6 orange & 1 black goldfish & if your pet or plant dies, it took the hit, sparing you some negative event.

JellyB's avatar

@ckinyc Ish…..i haven’t got that far involved with it yet…. there is much to learn indeed….. :)

psyla's avatar

@ckinyc, did you ever do “the Flying Stars” on your house?

JellyB's avatar

@psyla That is interesting! Spooks, you say? LOL! I don’t wanna be seeing scary things out my window at night time! :D

You know what….i DO have a strange problem in my house….just about all my indoor plants kick the bucket. And i have no idea why. I move them all around the house and nothing improves. I have 1 that’s stayed alive and looks healthy – then i have 2 others that have survived, but they don’t look so hot. I would be on cloud 9 if i could figure out why this happens! I love indoor plants! :(

psyla's avatar

I seem to think you’re constantly flooding their pots and/or nailing them with massive sun rays. Keep them out of direct sun & water very small sips once or twice a week ( after the flood dries out). Buy “Superthrive” & a nonconcentrated liquid fertilizer & mix both with the water once a month. Also, they may have been doomed from the beginning due to transport or transplant trauma. See how they react to water. If they look better after watering, give a bit more next time. If they look mushy after watering, give less.

JellyB's avatar

@psyla Tnx! But, i put them where the lable says to put them! This one plant i have that’s doing well, i give it water when it look droopy, and in a few mins it’s perfect again! Maybe i could have overwatered the rest, but i dunno…. How could i have killed ‘em all!! I’ve always wondered if there is some funny vibe in the house that could be causing this. It’s come to the point where i’m almost considering buying fake plants…..

But, i’m first gonna try growing some myself, from seed stage. I’ll see what happens then.

psyla's avatar

Feng Shui says don’t buy fake plants because they’re “dead”. Seeds are a good idea, I have a cactus & an aloe I grew from seed. Try to plant the seeds in a container big enough so you don’t have to transplant them/traumatize them. They’ll grow up in your place & be used to the light & water. What kinds of plants do you have?

JellyB's avatar

@psyla That’s true too…i don’t really want fake plants anyway…it just don’t feel right! ;)

I’m have no idea what they’re called… :/ I had a bonsai too, but it also died, and that was sad, it was cute. My cactus is not looking too healhty anymore either, perhaps i should put it outside, because i have some there and they’re flourishing! This one was meant to be indoors though.
I had a little mini fern too that died.

psyla's avatar

Hmmmm, interesting. A fern should not die, it’s semi tropical & needs lots of water. A cactus should survive, even with only a short time of direct sun per week if you water it once every 3 months – more & it gets mushy & loses roots. Was the bonsai a juniper pine?They’re picky & hard to keep moist soil dry enough the way they like it. They say vines will make you a “clingy” person. Try some new plants . Keep the soil moist but not wet. A tiny plant likes direct sun where older bigger plants like indirect sun. Careful about water & light, don’t let ‘em dry out ‘till they droop. Eventually you’ll find some growers. I’m turning in, it’s 8AM – bedtime. Been fantastic talking with you!

JellyB's avatar

@psyla No, it was a different bonsai, something to do with “snow” in the name….
Anyway, ya, i’ll try the seeds!
Yes, it was nice, tnx! See ya! :)

mattbrowne's avatar

My wife does occasionally.

JellyB's avatar

@mattbrowne Oh! And? Do you notice anything??

ckinyc's avatar

No idea what Flying Star is!

mattbrowne's avatar

@JellyB – She made me throw away all things I didn’t use for a year. In a few cases I noticed a little pain. But she’s right of course. Our house is cluttered with too much stuff.

We also took a Aikido course that required lots of Qi. But I’m not a Feng Shui expert.

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