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  Lesson 2

 What is Qi?


Feng Shui is the Chinese Art of capturing and using the Dragon's cosmic breath. The Chinese called it Qi. The closest English translation of Qi is energy. Qi is the core of Feng Shui and the whole point of Feng Shui.


The word “qi” in Chinese means air, energy, spirit or luck. In Feng Shui, qi is a combination of all these meanings, as Qi is more than just energy. In this context, Qi refers to invisible energy that moves and circulates across mountains and water, and it can bring fortunes or misfortunes to man.


In Classical Feng Shui, we are mainly concerned with where the qi is, what kind of Qi you have in the area, how to bring the auspicious qi to the property, and how to retain and distribute qi in the property. This is what Feng Shui consultants mean when they talk about “harnessing qi in the environment”.


When qi flows, the occupants of a property are healthier, and perform better. When good qi is blocked to reach a property, then the well-being of the occupants will be affected, which could affect their health, career and relationship.


Qi can be positive energy or negative energy. Positive energy is termed as Sheng Qi, and the negative energy is termed as Sha Qi. The following pages are the detail description of Sheng Qi and Sha Qi 


Sheng Qi

In Feng Shui, Sheng Qi means good, fortunate, and growth energy. It is difficult to define sheng qi, but we can understand sheng qi by the following illustrations:


  • When a man is full of “sheng qi”, he looks confident and energetic.
  • When a house is full of “sheng qi”, it is clean, tidy, full of laughter, joy, love, and has plenty of sunshine and fresh air.
  • When a garden is full of “sheng qi”, the grass is greener, the flowers is blooming, the breeze is comforting, the sound of bird is soothing, and the water is soothing.
  • When an office is full of “sheng qi”, the people are cooperative, happy and diligently working.
  • When a restaurant is full of “sheng qi”, the restaurant is serving delicious food, providing warm service, customers are enjoying happily and satisfactorily.


Features producing Sheng Qi:

Good and beautiful looking objects produce sheng qi. However, we have to determine the type of qi that the object produces based on the shapes and colors, in order to know whether the object is appropriately placed. Here, Wu Xing is taken into consideration.



Sha Qi

Sha Qi is the opposite of Sheng Qi. You can imagine the above illustration in a negative way when the places are full of sha qi.


In Feng Shui, the common sha qi producers are:


1)    Sharp pointing edges or corners

Any natural or man-made structures that are sharp and pointing like sharp corners of buildings, walls and mountains produce sha qi.


2)    Fast and strong wind, fast and strong water flow

Structures that create fast strong wind or fast water flow produces sha qi. Examples of sha qi producers are a long corridor or passageway with high human traffic, convex side of a highway, and fast moving river. When you face directly an incoming road with heavy traffic, sha qi would affect you also.


Features producing Sha Qi:

Dirty and unpleasant objects produces the evil energy, which is termed as sha qi. Dirty home, cluttered home, dirty streets, polluted cities, noisy places, rugged terrains, sharp pointing edges, smelly environments produce sha qi.


Understanding Qi

Students of Master TY Tan were taken to site after class lecture to see and feel Qi. With appropriate guidance, students' understanding of Qi expanded and their practice of Feng Shui become very much more effective.






Dear Brothers & Sisters into the Dhamma,

I am very lucky to have a very good lecturer of Feng Shui. Absolute, from beginning until the end of class, I followed and I was happy with Master explanation. I was very happy with the Basic & Advanced Feng Shui course. 

Thank you very much to our Master

Ven. Eh Sau Cha Cham, Thailand

Student of Master TY Tan


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