By Jenny Liu, M.A.



Chi is the energetic component behind all life in the universe. Chi is a light wave beyond our visible spectrum and cannot be seen as itself, therefore it needs a medium through which it can express itself. Chi encompasses cosmic forces, the earth’s geomagnetic field, the biomagnetic energies of living organisms, the electromagnetic fields created by natural and man-made sources, the full spectrum of light and sound waves, ionic fields in the air, the cause and effect of energy created by chemical reactions, the aesthetic and psychological expression of one’s feelings in response to our surroundings, and the rhythms that define time.

Everything is made of chi. In modern terms, everything is made of atoms which are positive and negative ions (what the Chinese refer to as yin and yang components). These opposite forces are held together by an innate magnetic attraction causing the ions to orbit about the nucleus creating an energy field that emits a frequency. This energy and frequency that holds things together and makes living and non-living things whole, is chi.

As human beings, we are constantly influenced by chi. Our universe is filled with the energy embodied in the sun, planets, stars and moons. Electromagnetic forces hold these entities in orbit and the planets constantly undergo the push and pull of forces, causing various phenomena to occur on galactic bodies such as our Earth.

Sunspots are an example of the phenomena that occur as a result of electromagnetic forces. When sunspots are detected on top of the sun, the earth experiences economic boom. Sunspots seen on the bottom of the sun are related to more deaths, darkness and hospitalization.

Another manifestation of cosmic chi occurs when Saturn and Jupiter align over the United States about every twenty years. When this happens, the leader of the United States encounters illness, accident or tragedy. Documentation since 1860 shows that every twenty years, the president of the time has suffered an accident, illness or death.

Earth has at its center a magnetic, molten core with chi moving along its own spherical meridians. The fact that chi is stronger in certain places than others is apparent on the earth’s surface in the form of terrain and the health of the vegetation, animals, water and human inhabitants.

The north and south polarities of earth’s magnetic fields also make a difference in the kind of chi a region experiences. Many studies show that people who are more exposed to the southern polarity tend to be more passionate and sexually active. People who are exposed to the northern polarity of the earth tend to be more in touch with their mind and their intelligence is stronger.

Every living organism has a unique chi that circulates along its personal meridians with a specific frequency called the aura. Since energy and time go hand in hand, every organism has its own concept of time. Trees know when to turn green, plants know when to regenerate by releasing seeds, fruit knows when to ripen and be harvested, and birds fly south for winter. Humans also have biological clocks. All of these functions are connected to the Earth’s chi, rhythms and electromagnetic field.

The earth’s electromagnetic field emits a very low frequency (.5 miligauss) that is essential to our lives. We need to be close to the earth’s magnetic field as it plays a major role in keeping the direct current of our meridian systems — our chi — in control of bodily functions within normal bounds.

We have discovered from space travel that going from the earth’s environment to a lower magnetic environment can result in serious discomfort or death. It has been studied and shown that when the human body is isolated from the earth’s magnetic field, its biological functions become irregular. 

The brain is the power center and most vital of the bodily meridians. The mind’s chi, or brainwaves, generate and regulate neurohormones, which control our emotions and bodily functions. The complexity of our brains is what separates us from animals and makes us intelligent beings capable of inheriting the wisdom of ancestral experience, feelings, thoughts and ideas, all greatly influenced by our environment. Our environment’s chi can have negative or positive impacts on our mind that can be destructive or healing.

How chi can affect you can be characterized as wang chi and sha chi. Wang means, “to promote.” Being in compatible alignment with the earth’s magnetic field, using compatible colors, plants and positive images around you that reinforce your well-being is called wang chi — supporting, positive, synchronized energies.

Sha chi means “killing force” that is stagnant, stank or polluted and harms the health of living organisms and the environment. An alley way cultivates sha chi because it is usually dark, lifeless and cluttered with debris and pests. Anything potentially harmful such as sharp edges, power stations, fast traffic, dying or diseased organisms and cruel words is sha chi — defeating energies.

The complex study of feng shui and its application to our environment guides us in selecting the vital points on earth which contain the most positive chi. Since the forces of the earth and cosmos are constantly in flux, the chi of our environment is always changing. Re-examining our lives and environment every year calls us to adjust our feng shui annually to keep up with the ever-changing and powerful energy of the universe, and therefore promoting our well-being.

Jenny Liu holds a Bachelors’ Degree in Environmental Design from UC Berkeley and a Masters Degree in Architecture from UCLA. She is an expert in the 8,000-year-old Chinese philosophy of Feng Shui who also shares her knowledge through seminars, workshops, periodicals and the Internet. Awarded for her Master’s Thesis on Feng Shui, Ms. Liu is a fourth-generation practitioner with her own consulting firm. For more information, visit: Liu-FengShui.com or call her at (626) 272-4901.


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