You walk into a store, or a restaurant, or a residence and it just doesn’t feel right. It’s got bad energy. It’s not the lumens per watt. It’s not the watts per square foot…It’s a different kind of energy. The ancient Chinese called it Qi or Chi. What is it? How can we “see” it? How can we accentuate or minimize the drivers of good Chi?

First, you need to accept that there are things that are invisible to us that are real.

Let’s first accept this concept:  there are elements that are invisible to us yet are real.  For example, we can look outside and see leaves rustling in the wind. But we don’t see the wind.  We experience gravity but we can’t see it. These are forces that you are aware of that you don’t see. You know that you don’t see them.

Consider that there are other forces that exist that you don’t see and that you don’t know that you don’t see. These are the forces that contribute to the energy of a space. I call these forces “Ener-Chi”.

The relationship between space or architecture and how a human being is affected are well documented. A stunning example is the story of Jonas Salk, the inventor of the Salk Polio Vaccine. Salk had hit an impasse in his research for developing a vaccine for eradicating polio. Earlier in his career, when he was still struggling to find a cure for polio, Jonas Salk retreated to the monastery at the Basilica of Assisi in Umbria, Italy.

Something happened to Salk there …something remarkable and life altering. Salk would insist, for the rest of his life, that something about this place—the design and the environment in which he found himself—helped to clear his obstructed mind, inspiring the solution that led to his famous polio vaccine.

 In Salk’s own words he said:

 “The spirituality of the architecture there was so inspiring that I was able to do intuitive thinking far beyond what I had done in the past. Under the influence of that historic place I intuitively designed the research that I felt would result in a vaccine for polio. I returned to my laboratory in Pittsburgh to validate my concepts and found that they were correct.”

So we can therefore assert that space and some forces we can’t see can impact the way we feel, act, and even think. 

We have found a way to access to these invisible forces. It comes from a 5,000 year old map from the ancient philosophy of Feng Shui, called the Bagua Map.

The Bagua Map is an 8 sided form that is broken into 9 areas of one’s life such as:

 •  Prosperity

 •  Fame

 •  Relationships

 •  Creativity

 •  Travel

 •  Life Journey

 •  Wisdom

 •  Health and Family

 •  Well Being

The map also shows particular colors, shapes and imagery that correspond to the 9 areas. By deftly employing these elements we can impact the 9 areas of life. The Ener-Chi is stimulated so that we can impact those areas that matter to us.

There’s a key element in Feng Shui called ‘Black Hat’ that directs us to design the space so that it is in alignment with your life’s goals and dreams. By using the Bagua Map you can tap into the invisible and create what might have been considered impossible.

As Jonas Salk said:

 “Hope lies in dreams, in imagination, and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality.”

 Said another way…Designing for Good Ener-Chi…to make your dreams a reality.