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More often than I can count, I run into clients, students, and other everyday people who are confused by the contradictory information they hear regarding feng shui. Below are six common feng shui myths and misunderstandings along with information that will help set the record straight.
Myth #1: Feng Shui is a religion or spiritual practice
Fact: Feng Shui is an ancient system of environmental psychology developed to help people survive in both the natural world and the built environment. It has NOTHING to do with religion, superstition or good luck and everything to do with creating an optimal living and working space.
Myth #2: If your stairs face your front door, all your money will roll out of your house
Fact: This is a common misunderstanding of an ancient recommendation to protect one’s family. 5,000 years ago (when feng shui was developed) people didn’t have locks on their doors. It was advised that if your family’s sleeping quarters were upstairs, it was best to hide the staircase as far away from the main door as possible to keep everyone safe from intruders while sleeping. Over time the original intent was forgotten, and superstition replaced the practical purpose for not having the stairs face the main door.
Myth #3: Your front door must be painted red in order to bring good luck
Fact: This front door myth stems from a time when people didn’t have heat or electricity. It was recommended that one should build one’s house oriented towards the south so that the home would experience more daylight during the day and more warmth in cold winter months. In ancient China, as in many other cultures, the southern direction was associated with the life-giving sun. The sun was associated with fire, and the symbol for fire was the color red. Therefore ancient people believed that if your home couldn’t face south, you should have a red front door in order to honor the sun and bring the blessings of the sun into your home. (It was seen as the next best thing to having a southern exposure). To this day the color red is seen as a “fortunate” color in China…all stemming from this ancient practice of orienting a building towards the south for light and heat.
Myth #4: A mirror can be used above your front door to keep away negative energy
Fact: A mirror is a piece of glass and has no inherit “powers”. After all, if it could reflect away negativity, what keeps it from reflecting away positive energy too? Does it have a brain that can discern the difference between good and evil? Of course not. This misunderstanding comes from a time when mirrors were actually made of metal. In feng shui (as in Chinese medicine), metal plays an important role in balancing energy in buildings and in the human body. Mirrors made of glass simply reflect light and can’t do anything more to protect you than a rabbit’s foot, horse shoe, or four-leaf clover.