What we see affects us either positively or negatively and at times we may not even be aware of the effect subconsciously. What we see or what we are surrounded generates that kind of energy and influences us. A good view, clean air, colours which are bright and interesting, pleasant décor, warm lighting are all said to create a positive feel and usher in happiness. The converse of the above situation would be a smelly home, dark, cluttered, improper lighting, which would bring in a sense of resentment, dejection and negativity in the minds of the occupants.
Windows play a significant role in channelising energy flow into the home or workplace. A clean window pane creates the visual impact of positive flow and good energy. Windows are considered as the “eyes” of the home. They need to be large enough to allow adequate amounts of light and Chi to infuse your environment and not too small leaving you feeling like a recluse. Too many windows, relative to the size of your space, are likely to make you feel too active. These can serve as a bigger problem with children, making them hyperactive.
Aligning windows or doors in a straight line with the main door is considered bad Feng Shui as the ‘Chi’ energy coming in goes away directly. Feng Shui emphasises on the point that ‘Chi’ energy should be allowed to settle down in a building and spread slowly and not rush out. Windows are best when opening outwards. If a window opens inwards, make sure it doesn’t face the West, which is the direction that signifies death or ending. In that case, block negative Chi with an outward facing mirror or a plant with round leaves.
Symmetry plays a very interesting role in Feng Shui. Hence placing windows is important not just to usher in energies but also create a visual symmetry in the building architecture and layout. There is no such thing as perfect symmetry. Even the wings of a butterfly will show variation from one wing to another, despite the fact that they are considered symmetrical.
In Feng Shui, symmetry provides order for an environment, which allows the life force energy to flow evenly. Within this flowing of energy, there is a feeling of balance, safety and therefore, harmony, which is created as a result of symmetry. To live in “Perfect Symmetry” would be near to impossible but an environment that creates a sense of balance and order is good one to aim for, and it will ultimately create good Feng Shui.
In some buildings, the amount of light and energy flowing through windows could be in excess of what is desired, hence under these circumstances, one can moderate the flow. Reducing the Chi charge through the window can be achieved by installing blinds or curtains. Windows are best if they open outwards, keep them spotlessly clean and replace all cracked panes.
• Pull the curtains back during daytime to allow sunlight to lighten your house and give the area positive energy.
• Keep your curtains closed at night. Don’t leave your windows exposed into night as it is considered to bring negative Chi.