The presence of creeper plants outside the window of your house can create negative energy and affect how you feel.

How not to creep out and assess the factors around you.

By Team Joey Yap

Stunning views, amenities, security and having a sense of community are some of the common reasons why some of us would prefer to live in an apartment compared to a landed property. Why wouldn’t we? Living in such small spaces has been a continuing trend around the world. From cities like New York to our own backyard Singapore, many are opting to find a home in one of the many skyscrapers that are mushrooming at an alarming rate.

The reasons may be simple enough. Many of the new developments are now equipped with facilities such as gyms, pools and function rooms which provide convenience and easy accessibility to its residents without them having to travel far.

Aside from all these advantages of living in an apartment, one should understand that the Feng Shui criteria for buying an apartment and a landed property are different. Here is a fun question for all apartment dwellers. Have you ever looked out your apartment window and seen these little plants growing on the side of your building? Do you know that this affects how you feel in the morning?

Creeper plants

You may think it is part of the eco-friendly living initiatives that many developers are taking on, however that is not really the case. Interestingly, these types of plants will have an adverse effect on your home if you are covered by it.

In Feng Shui, it is known as the Creeping Plant Sha. These plants or ivy would normally hang from above, which makes sunlight harder to penetrate through and if a unit is covered by these plants, it doesn’t bode well for its occupants as it creates negative energy. The occupants living in the unit may suffer from mental health issues, become more temperamental and are prone to hallucinations.

In classical Feng Shui, everything around us revolves around Qi or energy. And depending on the direction of your home, it can be one of those prevailing factors in improving your life.

So how do you assess your apartment by using Feng Shui? Here are some simple tips to Feng Shui your home.

1. External forms – The first thing you must do when it comes to Feng Shui is to inspect the surroundings of your property and from there you can gauge the sort of Qi that it is receiving. Depending on the location of the property, it will determine how Qi is received or repelled.

2. Apartment building – When selecting an apartment, identify if the building is receiving or repelling Qi (assuming if the environment around the building is favourable). This helps to personalise your selection and identify whether the prospective apartment is in-tune with you.

3. Your unit – If you haven’t already done so, check your Flying Star Chart (this is the integration of the principles of Yin Yang, the interactions between the five elements, the eight trigrams, the Lo Shu numbers and the 24 Mountains). The Flying Star chart allows us not only to know the favourable and unfavourable sectors of a property, but also the precise type of Qi that is affecting those sectors. In short, it is a map of the Qi in a property.

You can identify the Qi quality of one of the three important sectors in a property – the main door, kitchen and bedroom using the Flying Star chart.

Also, the unit number is not important. Most people may think that living on the fourth floor is taboo, but if the Feng Shui on the fourth floor favours you, what’s stopping you?

4. Internal forms – Identify the negative factors in your unit such as beams or sharp corners that can affect the three important sectors – main door, kitchen and bedroom. Avoid choosing apartments with odd shapes as sharp corners may give you unstable Qi resulting in many problems.

Selecting the building

If you are surveying the property market for your first or next move, there are certain things you should consider. When selecting an apartment unit, not only does the area matter, but you will need to assess if the block and the unit is right for you.

Most apartments are built as blocks or towers and each of these towers or blocks have their own Qi imprint.

Dealing with Feng Shui of an apartment or small spaces may be challenging, but with the right tips and skills, you can have good Feng Shui!

Joey Yap

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