Wind chimes can be decorative, they can be musical and in Feng Shui, they can also be powerful tools. By using them properly, it is believed you can attract money and friends and promote health and harmony within your family.
Feng Shui, an ancient Chinese method of object placement, focuses on the flow of "chi," or energy. According to the principles of Feng Shui, this energy is present everywhere, and how it flows has a direct impact on a person's health, happiness and overall luck. By channeling the energy in certain ways, it is thought that you can counteract negative influences in your life, and maximize your possibilities for good fortune.
Sound is one of several Feng Shui "cures," items that, when used in specific ways, can remedy a variety of problems. Wind chimes are used widely in Feng Shui to activate chi and eliminate any blockages that might be causing problems for a home's occupants.
Selecting the right wind chimes
For the best effect, choose a size suitable to the space. Very large chimes might be overwhelming indoors, but very small chimes might not be potent enough outside or in a large room. As for sound, the most important aspect to consider is how pleasing they are to the people occupying the space. Metal chimes usually work best, because their sound is the most penetrating and so they are extremely effective at circulating chi.
However, wood and pottery chimes are also used, and are better choices for some problems. Pottery chimes, for example, are a good way to calm the chi energy of the south if that area is too active. Another important consideration is selecting chimes that correspond to an area's element. For instance, the east and southeast are associated with tree or wood energy, and so using wood chimes would be the most effective way to activate chi energy in this area. Feng shui does not recommend clutter and so chimes should be hung in a space free from too many other things.
Uses for wind chimes
Wind chimes have a long and varied history, with developments spanning cultures, continents and uses. Archeological finds date back almost 5000 years. In South East Asia remains of wind chimes made from bone, wood, bamboo and shells were found about 3000 BC.
Wind chimes can be used for protection, purification or to enhance chi in a certain area. Placed in front of an entrance, they make an effective security system by alerting occupants of intruders and warning trespassers that their unwanted presence will be noticed. They can also be used to control the flow of chi, for example to diffuse negative chi that has accumulated, or to direct beneficial chi into an area that has become stagnant.
Because wind chimes are so versatile, and so effective, they can be used just about anywhere in the home, office or garden. While there are many ways to employ them, the following are some of their most common uses:
For north-facing windows: In a room or building in which all of the windows face north, little sunlight can reach the building's interior. This can create a cold, dark atmosphere that is stifling and depressing. Metal wind chimes placed in the north, west or northwest area of a home can help, however, by bringing in more chi and making the room feel lighter.
For a north-facing entrance: A home's entrance needs to be vibrant and lively, but north is associated with quiet and isolation, not favorable for bringing life into a home. Metal wind chimes can enhance chi in this area, attracting more activity and vitality into the house.
To increase your popularity: Hang two-rod or nine-rod chimes, made of either crystal or ceramic, in the southwest corner of the living room. The chimes help chi circulate, and this will attract more people to you and increase your circle of friends.
To enhance the west area of the home: The west is sometimes called the children area, and activating this area can promote harmony within the family, increase the chances of having children and positively influence the health, behavior and academic performance of children. Hanging hollow metal wind chimes in this area may increase the flow of chi here.
To attract helpful friends or mentors: In Chinese tradition, influential friends are one of the biggest keys to success. Without the aid of these friends and mentors, it is believed, a person's progress in life will be seriously hindered. The northwest is associated with mentors and networking, and activating chi here may attract powerful and influential people who can help you on your journey. Use hollow metal wind chimes in this area to boost chi and attract helpful people.
To break up stagnant chi: If a front entrance is blocked by another building, it can cause chi to stagnate, thereby causing stagnation in the lives of the building's occupants. They may find their relationships, careers or financial situations getting "stuck," but adding wind chimes can disperse this negative chi and bring new opportunities into their lives.
For a children's bedroom that faces north: A north-facing bedroom may be too oppressive for children, who fare better in a stimulating and active environment. Because the atmosphere in a north-facing room can be rather heavy, adding metal wind chimes can help lift the mood and encourage activity among the children who sleep there.
To help eliminate clutter: If clutter accumulates, it can negate any positive effects achieved by using Feng Shui. It is therefore important to eliminate as much clutter as possible, a process that can be helped along by using wind chimes. Chimes will loosen up any stagnant chi and give clutter-clearing efforts an extra boost.
Sound is one of the most powerful and popular Feng Shui cures, used for everything from increasing popularity to protecting a home or business from intruders. Wind chimes are not only effective remedies for a myriad of problems, they are also pleasing to both the eye and the ear, making them one of the most commonly used Feng Shui tools. Used correctly, they can counteract harmful chi, emphasize beneficial chi and help you improve your life and realize your goals.