The "Ming Tong" or "Bright Hall" is a term used in the original school of Form Feng Shui. Form Feng Shui is concerned with the placement of buildings in relation to the natural terrain, exterior landscape, and other surrounding structures. These affect the qi flow around and ultimately into a building. The Ming Tong is the open area or plaza/Palazzo in front of a building. It is significant since it determines the flow and nature of the Qi (life force) that enters The Mouth of Qi (main entry door).
The Ming Tong should be open, well lighted, well maintained, clutter free, and welcoming, without walls, gates, or other obstructions. The terrain in front of a building should be either flat or gently sloping down from the building. If the terrain slopes toward the building there will be a rush of energy tumbling down and past the building on either side...taking your wealth with it. If the terrain slopes steeply down from the front entry the qi will be very sluggish and can stagnate at the bottom of the hill.
If the sidewalk arriving at your front door is straight, the qi moves too quickly and may be harsh as it enters. A gently curved path to the door is preferred. If the front door is hidden and not well defined from the street, not only will people be confused about where the entry is, but so will the qi.
If there are trees, poles or tall structures obscuring the front door also has an unfavorable effect. So does overgrowth of plantings close to the building since they absorb all the energy and obstruct ch'i flow from the building.
Water features are very good in the Ming Tong, but stagnant water and water flowing away from the building is unfavorable. Stagnant water will imbue the energy flowing into the building with unfavorable energy and water flowing away from a building (or lots of steps that look like a water fall) will carry the abundance energy away from the building.
Maintaining the Ming Tong of your building will assure a positive flow of fresh qi that will enhance the lives of the occupants of the building. It's imperative for a continuing flow of ideas, people, health, and wealth potential.
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