One of my favourite sayings that carries an undercurrent of irony is, ‘there can be no light without darkness’. Even Sir Isaac Newton expresses irony quite gracefully in physics by saying that every action has an equal and opposite reaction. In Chinese philosophy, opposite ends of the forces spectrum are described as Yin and Yang. Considering much of my discussions have been about the positive energy in Feng Shui, it’s time we give the negative energy a share of the spotlight too as it would only make for a better understanding of its opposite.
In Feng Shui, all energy is known as Qi and it makes up a large part of living energy in the universe. Positive energy is labelled Sheng Qi, while its opposite – negative energy – is labelled Sha Qi. Sha Qi translates to ‘Killing Qi’ and as such, seems to invigorate much paranoia and anxiety amongst Feng Shui enthusiasts simply by the sound of its moniker. That said, it is of utmost importance that we understand the forms in which they appear around us, especially at our place of dwelling.
Before delving deeper, it is good to note that all Qi come from mountains and collect in water at lower grounds. Essentially, the practice of Feng Shui is purposed to enhance or grow positive Qi, whilst minimising negative Qi. The role of a Feng Shui practitioner is to transform incoming negative Qi into its opposite by realigning Qi pathways. Like all energy, Qi cannot be destroyed or dissolved, therefore transforming it would be a great way of optimising usage instead of letting it all go to waste.
Like all energy, Qi cannot be destroyed or dissolved, therefore transforming it would be a great way of optimising usage instead of letting it all go to waste.
Negative energy or Sha Qi appears in a form that is sharp and aggressive. It is a by-product of energy convulsion due to sharp corners, straight lines, or narrow gaps. Features like this – man-made or natural – are capable of creating effervescent energy that moves quickly. Some of the more common features that can be seen around the neighbourhood are the edge of roofs, pylons, sharp mountain peaks or straight roads. Also considered a source of negative energy is gushing water and wind when it is forced through narrow gaps. Gaps between buildings in the roof, known as Sky Crack Sha and alleyway gaps, known as Pulling Nose Qi, can both create this negative energy.
Don’t get the idea wrong though, as you would not have to avoid everything with sharp corners. If this were the case, we would have to avoid shelves and door sills. Might as well stay indoors then! That would be the outcome of excessive paranoia and it would be a waste if you didn’t channel all that effort into practical common sense. This is in fact your best defence against negative energy. Let’s take a cactus for example. It certainly does not give off any form of negative energy despite having sharp thorns, but if a large cactus blocks natural light at your Main Door, then you do have a problem. Rest assured you can place a cactus, or any other pointy furniture in your home without triggering negative energy.
This is why the Main Door to your home should not directly face a T-junction road.
I have also come to understand that some Feng Shui masters use certain scare tactics on clients, which further compound the aforementioned paranoia. They advise clients to avoid placing L-shaped couches in the living room. This, you need not worry about, however, there should be some concern with slanting ceilings that form sharp edges. This would disrupt Qi circulation within your home and could bring about adverse effects. Other features that cause negative energy include pylons (if they are right in front of your home) and the ever popular T-junction roads. Sharp corners along these roads promote aggressive Qi movement that releases negative energy. This is why the Main Door to your home should not directly face a T-junction road.
Negative energy happens to be a major part of Feng Shui, an art that focuses on turning most negative energy into positive energy. There is certainly no need live in fear now that you are well acquainted with the negative energy around. If you do find it difficult to single out features around your home or property that discharge negative energy, simply engage the services of a Feng Shui consultant.