Prosperity Right Through Your Front Door
By S.BS. Surendran
Many have heard the words vaastu or feng shui; some may pass it off as a religious belief or ritualistic approach. Sceptics call it faith following and an unscientific practice. So what is vaastu and feng shui?
The science of vaastu or feng shui is a magical tool to positively transform your life and your premises to pulsate and vibrate with energy that ushers in happiness, success and sustained prosperity.
Vaastu is the “science of sacred geometry,” evolved from the ancient book of Knowledge from ancient India known as the Vedas. The science deals with energy, matter, time, speed, space and spatial form. The science of vaastu also encompasses the creative form of arts, like poetry, music, dance, sculpture and architecture; hence, adapting vaastu design in a structure is not just about measurements but visual aesthetics and creativity, too.
Feng shui, the oriental art and science of space alignment, also takes into account the creative aspects of poetry, music, painting, rhythm and geometry when designing a vibrant structure, be it a home or work place. Based on mathematical formulas and compass directions, the science studies the influence of the flow of chi, or energy, through your building and other aspects of your environment. Feng shui principles align the energy patterns with healing forces of nature, resulting in a harmonious space that lays the foundation for emotional, spiritual and physical health.
Vaastu or feng shui is not just about building structures and designs, which are supposed to usher in “luck”; it’s a lot more than that. It is the study of the energy around the occupants, its cause and effect and the effect of the immediate surroundings or environment.
The science is all about harnessing the nature’s energy and channelling it into our place of dwelling, keeping in mind the directions, elements and time changes. In other words, it is the art of spacing, positioning, planning and orienting.
To understand the concept of vaastu or feng shui, we need to understand more about energy or chi. Everything in the universe has an energy field unique to it, but is influenced and linked in some way to everything else. Likewise, everything has a flow, like a river that flows down to the sea.
We as human beings when we are rightly positioned, whether at home or at work, can have both balance and harmony in our lives. Conversely, when we are out of step with these natural rhythms of the universe, our lives can be constant struggle, just like a boat going against the current.
Energy can be classified broadly as Heaven’s chi, which is the energy emanating from the planets and constellations – the waxing and waning of the moon and manmade chi, which can be those from air-conditioners electrical equipment, synthetic carpets, indoor fountains, plants or even open fires. If we are to release a small mouse in a room, it would rapidly run around and you would observe that your heart would start beating a little faster due to anxiety, and your energy would resonate with the small but intense energy field of the mouse. If it was a tortoise, which would be slow-moving, you would remain seated in your armchair and watch him move slowly and relax.
One of the most important areas of the home or office is the entrance, and the main door, as this is the place where most energy enters; and we tend to churn the energy by walking in and out through these doors, be it home or office.
The “entrance to your world” is nothing but the area outside your main door and this is also referred to as the “mouth of chi.” This door relates to your life path, vocation and is the most important door in your home. Chi can come through the walls and windows, but most comes through the main door.
The front door also relates to your relationship with the outside world. A main door should ideally be large and must be the largest door in the house; it should not be broken or chipped or have paint worn off. The door should be parallel to the wall when opened and open fully.
In many condominiums and apartments, the main door is most often in line with a large picture window or balcony. In the science of feng shui, it is said that energy rolling into the house will leave swiftly through the window in line.
Hence, placing healthy plants between the main door and the balcony, or suspending metal wind-chimes close to the window or balcony, can slow down the speeding-away energy.
S.BS. Surendran is an accredited master feng shui consultant, traditional vaastu practitioner and bio-energetician based in Bangalore, India. He can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org