June 7, 2006
Fast Feng Shui Newsletter
to Use Mirrors as Feng Shui Remedies, Part 2
PART II: REFLECTION & DEFLECTION
This is the second part of a two-part article designed to clarify how to use mirrors as feng shui remedies. Mirrors serve three basic purposes in feng shui: expansion, reflection, and deflection. In Part 1 of this article we reviewed how to use mirrors to expand a narrow or constricted space and/or to correct a "missing" area (if you missed the last issue of this newsletter, you can read it here. This expansive quality is a visual effect created by the reflective quality of a mirrored surface.
In addition to expanding space by creating a virtual window through the flat plane of a wall, mirrors can also be used to reflect (draw in) or deflect (push away) specific objects, images, or views. These are among the most useful of feng shui remedies as they enable you to either bring a positive energy into your space or keep a negative influence out.
Purpose #2: REFLECTION
When you place any mirror in your home, pay attention to what is being reflected in it. In feng shui terms, the mirror is doubling that energy by creating a virtual duplicate within the virtual space of the reflection. For example, if your mirror is reflecting a pile of clutter and unpaid bills, the reflection is a symbolic doubling of your untidiness and debt. On the other hand, if the mirror is reflecting a family snapshot from your most recent vacation when everyone was having a wonderful time, the mirror is symbolically doubling your family's happiness and enjoyment.
This is the principle behind the feng shui suggestion to hang a mirror above the kitchen stove, so that it reflects - therefore doubling - the number of stove burners. Because the stove is symbolic of prosperity, doubling the burners with a mirror symbolically doubles your wealth.
Another very easy way to use this quality of reflection to your advantage is to place a small round mirror under or behind any object that has special feng shui significance. This symbolically doubles the power and effectiveness of the object.
You can also deliberately place a mirror so it reflects a positive image or view from the exterior of your property into a specific area of your home. For example: "
Purpose #3: DEFLECTION
Mirrors can also be used to deflect negative influence away from your home. When used for this purpose, the mirror's reflection is "bouncing back" the harmful chi towards its source. Often a ba gua mirror - a small round mirror in an octagonal frame, usually red and/or yellow in color and decorated with black trigrams - is placed on the exterior of the home to deflect sha chi (harmful energy) aimed at the property, the structure, or the front door.
The key differences between using a mirror to reflect/attract a positive influence and to deflect/repel and negative influence are placement and intention. When you are reflecting/attracting a positive image into your space, the mirror is inside your home. When you are deflecting/repelling sha chi, the mirror is hung on the exterior of the home.
While any mirror can be used to deflect negative chi, a ba gua mirror can only be used for this specific purpose. You should never use a ba gua mirror inside the home; it is only to be used on the exterior. (If you live in an apartment and cannot place the ba gua mirror outside, it is acceptable to hang the ba gua mirror inside a window, with the reflective surface facing out.)
As with any feng shui cure, the intention with which you use a mirror will determine its effect. Whether you are placing your mirror to expand a small space, double the positive energy of a feng shui object or symbol, or deflect sha chi, your clear intention to experience the desired benefit will help to ensure the effectiveness of your feng shui remedy.
As I was writing the second part of this article, I came across these delightful accent mirrors at an online catalog site, Domestications.com. The coin mirror is a wonderful accent for the wealth area of your home, and the "good luck" symbol mirror could be used either anywhere in the home where you might wish to increase your luck:
Feng Shui Q+A
If you are a new subscriber, I recommend reviewing past Q+A sections in the newsletter archives before emailing me, to get a sense of what kinds of questions are appropriate. You may even find that your question has already been answered.
Last but not least, please be aware that many others are also hoping for some of my time, and that asking multiple questions limits my ability to respond to everyone equitably. Due to the high volume of email I receive, I am often unable to respond promptly; please be patient while awaiting a reply.
(Questions have been edited for clarity and length, and identifying details have been changed..)
Q: : " I have heard that is it bad luck
to have a mirror facing the bed. My bedroom closet has mirrored doors,
so I am unable to avoid the mirrors facing the bed. How serious is this,
and what can I do about it?"
"If it ain't broke, don't fix it" is as good a rule for feng shui as for anything else. In other words, if you are sleeping well you can assume the mirrors are not a problem. However, if the mirrors are reflecting too much light from a street lamp into the room, for example, then certainly you can try covering them at night with a sheet or sheer curtain. (On the other hand, it might be easier and more effective to wear an eye mask to bed if too much light is the issue. Don't overlook the obvious; often the best feng shui remedy is common sense!)
If you are not sleeping well and if you can't identify an obvious cause, such as work or family worries, inadequate exercise, or too much caffeine too late in the day - then it is possible that large mirrored surfaces may be too stimulating for the space. You might try covering the mirrors at night with an extra sheet or a sheet curtain and see if that makes a difference.
Clutter Clearing Tip
BEING 'CLUTTER-FREE' CAN BE SELF-PERPETUATING
Getting rid of clutter makes keeping the house clean much easier. Vacuuming and dusting, in particular go much more quickly. When a task is quicker and easier, you're less likely to put if off for another day, and when your house is finally cleaner and neater you'll want to keep it that way -- which will help you be more vigilant about keeping clutter from recurring.
"My entry way is clear and I have been purging
massive amounts of paper stuff. My nightstand and dresser top are also
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