The Feng Shui principles evaluate energy through various observations that can be classified as Shen, Sha, or Suu Chi. For this particular post, we are referring to Sha chi - life-draining energy, and how to recognize it.
One of the most common ways in how you can introduce yourself to recognizing Sha chi is by avoiding too many designs that have a sharp 90-degree angle, and/or leaving items out on display that can literally pinch, prick, or cut you. The image you see above is a picture of the Cholla (Choy-ya) Cactus. It’s common sense why you would not want to be near or touch these cactus spines.
Looking to the interior of your home with how to recognize Sha chi, you could start by observing any protruding wall edge that faces toward your front door (or any doorway), your bed, and/or desk. A view of protruding edges on a daily basis can create an off-putting feeling. In Feng Shui, we refer to this observation as ‘cutting your energy down.’
Taking a broader look at what else could be classified as Sha chi, keep an eye out for spaces that have limited natural light, mazy-like hallways, blocked views of the outside, unkempt landscaping, clutter, stairs across from the front door, sweeping energy, fans placed over a bed or desk, broken appliances, exposed structural beams, non-working light fixtures, and/or broken building structures throughout the home.
When dowsing homes, Sha chi is referred to as Geopathic stress (trauma to the land). These are subtle circumstantial energies that can be felt and sensed, but they may not be so obvious to the naked eye with what is draining your energy. It’s also important to note, any negative thoughts, actions, behaviors, habits, and emotions also have the potential to contribute to the level of Sha chi permeating throughout your space. And yes, we even get into the conversation of spiritual activity that could be disrupting the energy.
There can be many other ways in how you classify Sha chi, however, what has been mentioned tends to be among the most common situations.