It is common to hear about Sha Qi when one talks about Feng Shui. Sha Qi translates as "Killing Qi", a term that often strikes fear in many - at times, for the wrong reasons.
First, it's best to understand what defines Qi. Qi is the natural living energy that is found in the universe and the product of mountains and water in the environment. There are two types of Qi namely, the positive Sheng Qi and the negative Sha Qi.
In essence, the aim of the practice of Feng Shui is to grow the Sheng Qi and minimize the Sha Qi. By minimizing the Sha Qi, we look for ways to transform it, like realigning the Qi pathways into a more sentimental form of Qi. Qi, like all forms of energy, cannot be destroyed or dissolved, but it can only be transformed.
Sha Qi is defined as sharp, fierce, merciless Qi produced as a result of energies being focused by sharp corners, straight lines or narrow gaps - features that create energy that moves aggressively and quickly. It can come from a variety of sources; the most obvious being sharp and pointy objects like a roof-edge, pylon, sharp mountain peaks or straight roads - formations that can generate Sha Qi in an environment.
However, this doesn't mean that all that is sharp and pointy automatically produces Sha Qi. This means furniture and plants such as cacti does not produce any Qi and therefore, no Sha Qi will be emanating from there.
So don't worry if you have a lot of potted cacti in your home. No need to panic if you have floor-to-ceiling shelves in your bedroom or if the pointy corner of a desk is aimed at your bed. Though in Feng Shui, harmonious and rounded surfaces are preferred, but that rule only applies to large or significant structures more than small objects like book shelves.
Seriously, when you think about it, it is virtually impossible to remove all forms of sharp objects anywhere in the environment. Take your TV antenna, chopsticks, knives or even the L-shaped sofa - things you'll find in our everyday life - for example, they do not produce any Sha Qi that you need to worry about. Rest easy and hold your order for that round-edged furniture.
Sha Qi is only a cause for concern when it comes to the quality of the Feng Shui of your environment. Dealing with Sha Qi is a matter of understanding of what it is, and being able to differentiate the Sha Qi you should be concerned about and the negligible ones.
When it comes to Sha Qi in your environment, you only need to consider if it affects any one of the three important factors: the Main Door, the Bedroom and the Kitchen. Then, determine if the Sha Qi is internal or external. If external, you may have a serious problem, which may require a Feng Shui professional to evaluate and resolve. If it is an internal Sha Qi, the problem is minor and it is likely does not bring any harmful effects on you.