QUESTION: My baby daughter just started walking recently and we noticed how often she bumps into the same things over and over again. This made me notice that I also tend to bump into a few things around the house to the point of having a constant little bruise on my thigh. Is there some feng shui cure to child and adult-proof a home?
ANSWER: I never thought of adult-proofing a home per se, but I really like the idea!
Here is a classic case of “ch’i suckers” that I speak of in my book Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life. Children usually appear to be the most affected by the little glitches in our homes. They bounce from one table corner to another. But I’m glad to see that you have noticed that you are succumbing to the same energy lines! So let’s figure out what needs to be addressed in this home: I think there are two things: corners and aisle widths.
1. Corners. Look at the corners of EVERYTHING; book shelves, tables, chairs, bed posts, trunks, cabinets, dressers, and televisions. Run your fingers over them. Tap your hand on them. Feel how sharp or blunt they are. These corners are a tiny version of a “poison arrow” or “arrow ch’i.” It is a good idea to be mindful about where they are, how sharp they are, and what they are pointing towards. There are a lot of products out there that are meant to baby proof glass table tops and such, but from a feng shui standpoint, your baby proofing measures are also helping the energy of a room or space. Anything you can do to soften corners that have “nipped” you in the past will help you hold on to your ch’i rather than give it up to poison arrow leeches! Perhaps you could turn the furniture in a slightly different direction to create a wider walkway, sand down a sharp corner, place a table cloth over glass table tops, or better yet – here’s an idea – get rid of that piece of furnitue and replace it with a more thigh and child head-friendly piece of furniture.
2. Aisle Widths. After inspecting each corner in the home, I would check to see if that corner has become a major ch’i nipper because of it’s location in the space. Is it too close to a doorway? I’d say if you have two corners of furniture facing each other and there’s not three feet between them, you may have created a ricochet zone that will nip you just about every time. I see this often where people have big bedroom furniture. When you walk in the room you have the corner of the dresser on one side of you and a bookshelf or other piece of furniture on the other side, forcing you to go through a skinny pathway to enter the room. That’ll get ya every time. I also see it when the coffee table is scooted up too close to the living room furniture. A rule of thumb is if you can’t freely walk around the table without bumping into it, the furniture, or the wall (in other words you are shuffling your feet or scooting sideways between the furniture and the table) it is too close. Perhaps getting a smaller table is the answer; or a round one rather than a square or rectangular one. Also, don’t overload the coffee table with accessories so that it feels tighter than the space really is.
And if you really want to have fun finding ch’i zappers, try making your way though your home blindfolded. Ch’i suckers often show themselves in their full regalia with this exercise!