Friday, July 24, 2020

Home - A Healing Sanctuary

Home - A Healing Sanctuary

Using the ancient principles of feng shui architecture and design, you can make your home a healing sanctuary. July is a perfect month to pay attention to home and family, as the trigram Zhen is positioned in the center.

Everything in the Universe is driven from the center, thus family becomes the driving force for all things. The subtle energy of Zhen trigram is a reminder that strength, strong roots and forgiveness enables us to meet the challenges of surprise and develop strength of character.

Creating a home environment that maximizes positive vibrational energy is essential when it comes to living your best life. Feng Shui, literally means "wind and water." It focuses on aligning structures with the laws of nature by observing the cardinal directions (north, south, east, west), the inter-cardinal directions (southwest, northwest, northeast, southeast), welcoming the energy of the sun, and observing the 5 elements (wood, fire, earth, metal, water).

Feng shui's main goal is to manage energy within an environment to create harmony between people and their spaces. Traditional feng shui utilizes a 9 sectioned grid known as the bagua. There is a multitude of information comprised within this grid that follows the macrocosm of the cosmos or universe. The bagua follows the energy patterns of nature. Each part of the grid is associated with the 5 elements (wood, fire, earth, metal, water) - and rooms, furnishings, artwork, etc. correspond with these elemental qualtiies. 

For example, the east and southeast correspond to the element of wood and therefore have an upward energetic quality that bodes well for active rooms such as a family room/living room or kitchen. The south areas of a house are associated with the element of fire. This is a powerful element that represents clarity, expansion, goals and life mission. A home office bodes well in this direction but so does a kitchen as the element of fire represents the cookery. The southwest and northeast holds the energy of earth - grounding and stabilizing and therefore bodes well for a place of rest and meditation. The west and northwest represent the element of metal - precision, organization and structure. Additional qualities include playfullness (west) and travel/culture/mentorship (northwest). Rooms that fare well in these directions are children rooms (west), office (northwest). The north direction is associated with the element of water, the depths of the ocean and journey through life. Water can be a soothing quality and therefore reading room or medition room can work effectively in this direction. 

Feng shui does take into account the personal energy of the occupants and further refines the 8 directions and 5 elements to energetically fit each person. This means that certain rooms will fare better than others for the people living in the structure. In addition, there are specific charts that represent each home that further refines the energetic vibrational energy of the structure.

You can apply feng shui to any home. Sometimes you'll notice a dramatic shift right away. Other times it is the consistent use that makes all the difference. What exercise, meditation and healthy diet does for the body, feng shui does for the home. The whole point of living your best life is to energetically support all aspects of your life. Your environment is one of them!

If you are serious about learning feng shui and designing your home using these principles, The Feel Good Home - Feng Shui and Taoism for Healthy Living is the book for you. Available on Amazon by clicking here!

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