Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Fengshui Mythbuster = Water Feature.

Many fengshui people recommend setting up a water feature in the house or office, saying that it will bring wealth and luck.

However, some water feature bring nothing but bad luck. Why?

The 1st thing the fengshui person needs to do, is to understand the Qi circulation of the space, the exit and exist points, and how different times of the year will it affect.

As we all know, in the 12 months of the year, the air direction is different. Different air directions will bring different level of humidity = affect the Qi of the house.

Simply put, a house of high humidity must not install any water feature. This will increase the humidity level = increase the instances of illnesses = 助邪气 in TCM or fengshui term.

Houses like these are more suited to install air purifiers + air-cleaning houseplants instead.

Houses that have more stagnant air circulation would require a water feature to boost the Qi circulation.

Now, how do we know the humidity level of the house without any electronic gadget?

Simply by training the nose for it.

High humidity will smell heavy to the nose, oftentimes with a cloying feeling. On the opposite realm, drier and more stagnant air would smell lighter to the nose.

For the Qi circulation, this takes more experience to understand and apply.

On a simpler note, a house that has poor Qi circulation will have a musty smell easily. This can gather 邪气 in terms of mold, bacteria and viruses.

Old buildings constructed in the 80s have Old Building Syndrome, people working or living in there can get ill easily. Those who have sinuses will tell them immediately.

Old Building Syndrome have another issue to deal with = asbestos. They can scar the lung tissue after a long term exposure.

If there is no budget to move out to a newer building, a good air purifier with top grade HEPA system can alleviate the issue.

This is why I always advise my clients not to buy houses more than 20 years old, especially offices. Offices have this issue more than residential houses or apartments.