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Feng Shui Tip - How To Recognize Sha Energy

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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.

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Laura Cerrano is a second-generation Certified New York City Feng Shui Consultant Expert. As a full-time Feng Shui consultant, Laura provides bicoastal consultations and workshops for residential, commercial, real estate developments, Fortune 500 companies and healing faculties. In addition, Laura is a resident teacher at the Metropolitan Institute of Design in Syosset, NY. She has been featured in highly respected publications and TV networks such as Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen," PBS, CBC Television, BBC Radio and The New York Times. 



Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

I will have to take note of the angles in the house and how many I should change. 

Feb 11, 2022 04:29 PM
John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Hello Laura Cerrano thank you for the sharing very valuable information about Sha energy.

Feb 11, 2022 08:00 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Sunday morning, Laura.

Have a great day and an outstanding week.

Feb 13, 2022 08:38 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Laura - you provide so much good information that I did not know.  I have to do some of these observations in our rooms.

Feb 14, 2022 05:14 PM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Very interesting!  Good to know these things exist so we can watch out... great picture of something to avoid!

Feb 15, 2022 10:27 AM
Deepak Chauhan Asso-Broker, MLO
Versailles Property - Irvine, CA
Your Solution-Oriented Realtor

Aha, I see you in my rear mirror. So much better than a cop following me.

Feb 23, 2022 11:02 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Friday morning, Laura. Thanks for your comment on my recent post.

Have a great day and a very special weekend.

Feb 25, 2022 09:01 AM
Ann Hayden 636-399-7544
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties-St. Louis Missouri 314-775-2050 - Des Peres, MO

Laura Cerrano ,

I run into those sharp edges.  Not a good thing!

Feb 28, 2022 09:01 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Laura - I read this again and feel the natural enery in my Florida home.  Maybe that is why being there re-energizes me.

Mar 02, 2022 02:47 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for your comments on my posts.

Have an outstanding weekend.

Mar 05, 2022 04:18 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Laura - I just read Raymond Henson, eXp Realty comment.  That would be ditto for me.

Mar 07, 2022 04:03 AM
Byron Henry - eXp Realty
eXp Realty - Calgary - Calgary, AB

Hi Laura,

What an interesting read.

My office desk is located in the basement in an alcove underneath a closed stairway. Sha Chi may explain why I find myself always gravitating from my office desk to the kitchen table on the main floor.

Mar 08, 2022 07:49 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Hey Laura need to do some new posts your fan club is waiting, Endre

Mar 19, 2022 11:55 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Laura Cerrano - These are fabulous tips for those of us who understand how positive and negative energy can affect us and our environment (home).  I am bookmarking this for future reference and assessment. Thank you!  Love and Light...

Mar 22, 2022 10:14 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Laura, great information on things I had no idea about, thanks for sharing.

Mar 27, 2022 11:32 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Laura, I probably do not pay enough attention to small details. This is such an interesting post!!!

Mar 29, 2022 07:13 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Saturday morning, Laura.

Have a very special weekend.

Apr 09, 2022 08:46 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Thanks for the great post Laura Cerrano! Rounded edges are more natural and easier on the eyes. Sharp edges hurt or can potentially be dangerous. Love the education you bring here on ActiveRain. Happy Easter.  

Apr 17, 2022 06:19 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Laura Cerrano  your fans are waiting for your next post, Endre

Apr 22, 2022 11:53 PM
Kris Collis, Associate Broker
Smart Way America Realty - East Stroudsburg, PA
Professional Results you Expect 570-801-5525

Laura, what an interesting feature of feng shui.  Makes me wonder about two walls that intersect at 90 degrees a couple feet from my desk.  The short wall in foyer leads to a powder room and the longer wall faces into the den. I wonder if that qualifies as cha chi?  Sounds like it.  I should send you a feng shui report I received before learning of your work.  I suppose it's next to impossible to do a digital analysis, i.e. out of state.  No doubt you must see the premises in person for accuracy.

Apr 29, 2022 12:46 AM